The Average Cost to Hire Movers

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Moving can be a stressful experience, whether you are moving a household or an apartment, across town or across the country. Budgeting the cost of a move is a step toward reducing the stress. Moving companies base their charges differently depending on whether the move is local or long distance.


You will need a local mover if your move is within 100 miles inside the state of origin, according to Cost Helper. The key factor with a local move is the moving time, which depends on the size and amount of items, as well as whether the movers do the packing for you. Local movers charge about $25 per hour, per mover.


Charges for long-distance moves are based on weight and distance, according to Moving A to Z. A full-service move includes packing, loading, unloading and transport, as well as unpacking if contracted. At the upper end, the average cost of a cross-country move of a 1,500-square-foot three-bedroom house with eight total rooms, expected total weight of 12,000 pounds, with full-service packing is $9,000 to $11,600, according to Cost Helper.


In the high-demand summer months of May to September, the cost of a move can be about 20 percent higher for both local and long-distance moves. Moving company fees often include additional charges, such as a fuel surcharge or extra-heavy item fees, so check with your mover about them.