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How much does a moving company cost?

Average cost in 20149: $75 /hr See National


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The average cost for a mover is $75/hr. You are likely to spend between $60 and $95 per hour. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Any move that covers a distance of 50 or fewer miles, is categorized as "local moving." A full-service move can include boxing or packing up a home, loading, moving, unloading and unpacking. Simple moving services might just be helping someone unload a truckful of items into a storage unit.


Many movers charge by the hour, with the hourly rate increasing as more movers or moving trucks are needed. For example, hourly rates at Texas Elite Moving range from $100 to $250, depending on what exact services are needed.

Rooms in house

In general, the larger the house, the higher the moving cost. Seasoned movers can provide an estimate for moving costs based on the number and type of rooms in a house, although estimates may increase based on the number of boxes and other variables.


Full-service moving includes a moving truck and moving boxes, labor for packing household items into boxes, loading boxes into the moving truck, driving boxes and furniture to the new location, and unloading boxes into the new home. Unpacking items from boxes in the new home is generally not included and can count as an additional cost. Here are examples of costs for a standard move and a full-service move from Texas Elite Moving:

  • Full-service on a three-bedroom house: Three people packing for approximately four hours and five or six hours of loading, moving and unloading time = $1,000–$1,500

  • Standard moving service on a three-bedroom house: Three people and five or six hours of loading, moving and unloading time = $500–$1,000


Stairs at the initial move site or the new destination can increase moving costs because they require more work for movers and present more possibility of injury or damage.


When movers are hired solely to assist with packing, loading and unpacking, the costs will be less than if a moving truck is also requested.

Specialty moving

Moving specialty items such as pianos and billiards tables, disassembling and reassembling furniture, and moving heavy items are auxiliary tasks that require extra work and may increase the cost of local moving.


Travel may impact the price for local moving costs. Some companies don’t charge mileage unless the distance is over 50 miles, while others do. Confirm the specifics of how distance is handled in the contract before signing. For example, Texas Elite Moving’s base local moving fee is $100 per hour, and the company does not charge for mileage if the distance covered is under 50 miles. Once the 50 mile mark is reached, however, a mileage fee kicks in.

Cost strategies

Packing all boxes ahead of time and having everything organized, well-labeled and easily accessible for pickup will reduce overall cost if you pay by the hour.

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Recent reviews

Ally Moving LLC

Ally movers did an excelkent job.Carlis and his helo was great! They were professional, efficient and very careful with miving my items and they even helped me pack up some of my things. I would gladly recommend Ally movers to any one who would like professional movers at a very cost efficient price with no hidden fees or extra cost...

Mike's Moving

The two movers that were here to move my heavy furniture were on time and did a great job of making sure everything was protected. No scratches or dings on anything. Put all my desks and beds back together and never saw them goofing off or stopping for any breaks. Not sure I agree with the "out of town" move cost which cost me more and had to pay for them to drive home but under 50 miles should be considered in town. Especially if I had to pay for them to drive back to the office.

Allbright Moving Services Inc.

This review is two-fold. I give Nate (Allbright) 1 star for first impression and 4 stars for the end product so in essence 2.5 stars overall. 1 Star Reason: Nate e-mailed me 10 minutes before his scheduled arrival to let me know he was going to be late. I called him and he said he would arrive by 10:30 am. I confirmed the time as I had a very tight schedule. He assured me yes. I went and ran errands and was back home by 10:20. I called to confirm his ETA and he made me aware that he got held up and would not be there until 11. I was upset and asked why he did not call me to let me know. He said he left his phone in the truck. I told him he had until 11 to get to my apartment. In the interim I made back-up plans as I had no faith in his reliability. Nate go to me at about 11:25. So almost 2.5 hours later he arrived in a Budget rental truck. I will say my initial impression was not good at all. We had a discussion, I gave him an ultimatum, and they got started moving. 5 Star Reason: Once they got started moving my stuff things started to improve. Marquez (sp) was a life saver. He was polite, and really sweet and was very concerned about the protection of my items. He also went the extra mile to make sure that I was okay with everything that was being done. After a while, Nate also came around. They took really good care of my items, set everything up just the way I wanted them to and did not rush the move even though we were already behind schedule (which I appreciated). That service was really a 4 star effort. It is really unfortunate that the first impression was so negative. It seems as if lateness is a theme for Albright Moving Services. Being late does not have to be such a huge issue if clients are made aware in a timely fashion and they feel as if there frustration is taken seriously. So, if you are in a time crunch and have to stick to a strict schedule this might not be the moving company for you. If you are flexible with your time and/or understand that they will probably be late I think that they will be worth it for the quality of the move and the affordable cost.