How Much Does It Cost to Relocate?

Are you considering a residential move but feeling overwhelmed by all the expenses? Look no further as we dive into the key question that plagues the minds of many: How much does it cost to relocate? Moving from one home to another is a significant undertaking, and it's essential to have a clear understanding of the potential financial implications. 

This informative guide will unveil the residential moving costs you should know, helping you budget wisely and ensure a seamless transition to your new abode. So, get ready to explore the various aspects that contribute to the price tag of your move and gain valuable insights on managing these costs effectively. 

Let's embark on this journey together, demystifying the expenses associated with residential relocation.

What Is the Cost of Moving?

Moving across town or the country can be an exciting experience. Most people considering moving have one common question: how much will it cost?

You should consider all the moving costs, such as the cost of living and the need to balance two mortgages or rents during the transition.

Moving Costs Estimation

About half of the people who move, whether short or long, use professional movers.

Type of Move Average Charge Extra Charges
Local/intrastate (under 100 miles, including 2 movers + truck) $80-$100 per hour + $25-$50 extra per additional mover
Interstate/cross-country (over 100 miles) $2,000-$5,000 per move + $0.50 per pound

What Is the Cost of Moving Across Town?

Local moves are the most common type of move. The research shows that 57% of buyers who sell their homes also move to the same city and 86% within the state.

Local moves are usually priced at an hourly rate, which includes the truck and two movers. Your move will be longer if your house is larger. According to research, sellers typically pay $475 on average to professional movers to move locally.

Size of House Estimated Time of Move Average Price Range
1-bedroom apartment 3-5 hours $240-$500
2-bedroom apartment 4-7 hours $320-$700
3-bedroom house 6-8 hours $480-$800
4-bedroom house 8-12 hours $640-$1,200

When Should I Book My Local Mover?

You must book your movers four weeks in advance, as most people will move between May and September. Booking early makes you more likely to get the best day and time for your move.

The cheapest days to move are Monday through Thursday. In the off-season (October to April), you can book movers in as little as one or two weeks.

What Is the Cost of Moving Across the Country?

Local movers usually charge per hour. However, the price will depend on weight and distance for cross-country moves.


Your mover will provide an “empty weight receipt” before the move. Once your items are all loaded into the truck, your mover will weigh it again to calculate your moving costs.

Do you have yet to learn what your possessions weigh? Before you sign, reputable movers will provide you with an estimate based on the average weight of homes your size.

The goods in a 3-bedroom apartment of 1,000 square feet typically weigh around 5,000 pounds. The furnishings of a 2,800 square-foot, four-bedroom house weigh around 20,500 pounds.


The more distance a moving company must travel to deliver your goods, the higher their bill. In addition to weight-based fees, you'll be charged per mile. Ask if you'll be charged for any extra transportation costs, such as fuel or tolls.

How Much in Advance Do I Need to Book Movers for My Long-Distance Move?

You'll want your interstate or cross-country move booked as soon as possible, ideally six to eight weeks before your move.

Typical Moving Expenses

The moving costs you will incur depend on the service level you choose.

  • Just a truck rental: You can rent a truck and do all the work yourself. This includes packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking. A flat per-day rate costs around $20, depending on truck size, plus gas and mileage charges.
  • Loading, transportation and unloading: Professional movers can do all the heavy lifting, including loading, transporting, and unloading. This will save you time and money. This service is available for local moves ranging from $200 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,000 for a four-bedroom house.
  • Full-service move: Let the professionals handle everything, from wrapping and packaging your items to loading, transporting, and unloading. Unpacking and settling in will be your responsibility. This is a long-distance move. You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $5,000 for transportation plus $0.50 per pound plus $25 to $50,000 per hour for unpacking and packing help.
  • Temporary storage: If you can't move on the dates that work for you, it may be necessary to temporarily store your belongings in a moving container or storage unit. Storage facility rates range from $50 for a small storage unit to $300 or 400 for larger ones. You can expect to pay between $150 and $300 monthly for a portable unit delivered to your house, loaded by yourself, and stored in a warehouse.
  • Moving supplies: Renting hard plastic boxes is a greener option than buying and recycling boxes. Prices range from $50 per week to pack up a one-bedroom apartment to $200 for a large home. The rental service will collect the boxes once you are done. Check your local “buy-nothing” group or moving company rental service to save money on cardboard.

Additional Costs of Moving

Keep these moving costs in your budget when calculating it:

  • Transport surcharges are charged if a moving company pays its workers more to work in metropolitan areas, where labor costs tend to be higher.
  • Full Value Protection Insurance (released Value Protection is usually included at no charge by movers, but only $0.60 per pound for each article lost or damaged).
  • Vehicles, such as cars, boats, and motorcycles, are subject to charges for transporting them.
  • Surcharges on moving large or fragile items
  • If the mover has to walk over 75 feet to reach the truck or needs to use an elevator or stairs, there will be additional charges.
  • If your street is too narrow for a moving truck, they must transport your items with a smaller vehicle.
  • Moving costs are unexpected if your home is delayed and the moving company must store your belongings.

Moving Cost Agreements

A reputable moving firm should quote based on the Tariff 400 N, a standard rate book for the industry published by the Household Goods Carrier Bureau. Moving quotes come in two different types:

  • The industry standard is non-binding estimates. These estimates are based on the company's best estimate of your pay but need to be more accurate. Choose a quote that does not exceed the final bill.
  • Quotes that do not exceed a certain price are those where the moving company guarantees a specific maximum.


The distance of the relocation, the weight of your things, and the level of service you select are some variables that affect moving costs. To ensure a smooth and stress-free moving experience, carefully examining these issues and spending accordingly is essential. Whether planning a local or cross-country move, booking your movers in advance is recommended to secure the best day and time for your move.

Remember, moving costs are not included in the price of your new home, so it is important to factor them into your overall budget. Remember to consider additional expenses such as transport surcharges, insurance, vehicle transportation, and any unforeseen costs that may arise.

If you're looking for reliable and professional movers to assist you with your relocation, consider Movers New Rochelle. With our expertise and exceptional service, you can trust us to handle your belongings carefully and ensure a seamless transition to your new home.

Don't let the cost of moving deter you from embarking on your new life journey. You can make your relocation successful with proper planning, budgeting, and the right moving partners. Start preparing now and make your move stress-free and cost-effective. Happy moving!