How Much Does It Cost to Move?

At a glance

Put simply, moving costs vary. The final price of your move will depend on a number of considerations:

  • The amount of belongings you’ll be moving
  • The distance of your move
  • The time of year
  • The moving services you require
  • Whether or not you’ll hire professionals to assist at any stage during your move

Because there are so many variables at play, we can’t offer a definitive amount you should expect to pay. We can, however, offer price ranges for common moving scenarios to give you a general point of comparison.

Move typeCost range
Full service$550–$12,000
Moving and storage containers$70–$5,500
Moving van rentals$35–$2,800
Cost range
$550–$12,000
$70–$5,500
$35–$2,800

The whole picture

Deciding how you’re going to move to your new home often involves two major factors—preference and price.

Your personal preference will dictate how much of the moving responsibilities you’d like to take on yourself.

Do you want to pack your own boxes? Do you want to personally load and drive the truck? Or would you prefer to sip a cool glass of lemonade on your front porch and watch professional movers take care of those tasks for you?

A lot of those answers will hinge on the amount of free time you have and the amount of effort you’d like to exert during the course of your move.

Regardless of your preference, your budget can often be a much larger determining factor in whether or not you opt for a DIY move, a full-service move, or a hybrid of the two.

Read on to see the most commonly asked questions about moving price and learn how these costs can impact your moving budget.

How much does a full-service move cost?

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Professional MoverFull-service moves generally fall in two different categories: local and long-distance. Depending on the size of your home and the number of additional services you select, the cost of your move will fluctuate.

If you’re planning a small apartment move, your costs will be on the lower end of the spectrum. Moves for larger homes will require budgets somewhere in the upper portion of our price range.

Here’s a range of the costs you can expect.

Local moveLong-distance move
Basic move (no additional moving services)$550–$2,000$2,000–$7,500
Packing service$30–$60 per labor-hour$500–$4,000
Moving coverage$0–$8 per $1,000 in value covered$0–$8 per $1,000 in value covered
Basic move (no additional moving services)
Packing service
Moving coverage
Local move Long-distance move
$550–$2,000 $2,000–$7,500
$30–$60 per labor-hour $500–$4,000
$0–$8 per $1,000 in value covered $0–$8 per $1,000 in value covered

Full-service movers assist with a whole lot more than simply loading your belongings onto the truck and driving everything to your new home.

Although it’s a more costly moving option, the amount of time and effort they save you in the moving process is well worth the investment.

Learn more about cost benefits of hiring a professional mover here.

How much does a moving pod cost?

How Much Does it Cost to Rent Moving ContainersMoving and storage containers—often called moving pods because of the company that popularized them (PODS or Portable On Demand Storage)—are generally less expensive than full-service movers.

Although there are fewer variables involved to determine your moving pod cost, it will still fluctuate based on the size and number of moving containers you need, how long you’ll need them, and how far you’re moving.

Most moving and storage container companies offer quick estimate tools on their websites, but here’s a brief look at how reserving a moving pod will affect your budget.

The price range below covers everything from renting a single, small moving container to renting enough containers to move a large home.

Local moveLong-distance move
Container(s) cost$70–$650$1,500–$5,000
Moving coverage$35–$475$35–$475
Container(s) cost
Moving coverage
Local move Long-distance move
$70–$650 $1,500–$5,000
$35–$475 $35–$475

Even though you generally have to load your belongings yourself when you rent a moving container, you still get to relax when it comes to driving. Whether or not the cost savings are worth the sweaty afternoon of loading your own containers is up to you.

If you are willing to put in the work, however, renting a moving container is less expensive than a full-service move and offers a level of convenience that a truck rental move can’t match.

Find out our recommendations for the best moving container companies here.

How much does it cost to rent a moving truck?

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Moving TruckRenting a moving truck is often the default choice if someone wants a DIY move. Moving trucks are relatively inexpensive, readily available, and easy to reserve.

Despite the apparent cost benefits, however, extra fees can cause your moving truck rental price to climb higher than you might expect.

Our local price range below reflects everything from renting a small truck for a single day to renting a large truck for a couple of days (to ensure you have enough time to unload everything in a calm and collected fashion).

The long-distance price range, on the other hand, illustrates the cost spectrum for a 1,000-mile move, depending on the size of truck you choose.

Local moveLong-distance move
Truck rental$20–$160$500–$1,700
Cost per mile$0.69–$0.79Usually included
Car towing$130–$350$130–$350
Truck rental deposit$0–$150$0–150
Fuel cost$5–$20$400–$600
Truck rental
Cost per mile
Car towing
Truck rental deposit
Fuel cost
Local move Long-distance move
$20–$160 $500–$1,700
$0.69–$0.79 Usually included
$130–$350 $130–$350
$0–$150 $0–150
$5–$20 $400–$600

Although truck rentals are generally the least-expensive options for your move, they are also the most time and labor intensive.

Spending an extra couple hundred dollars on renting a moving storage container or hiring a full-service mover can save you a lot of time, alleviate some unnecessary stress, and help you avoid aggravating any achy joints you might have.

If saving money is your primary objective, however, renting a moving truck will certainly help keep your moving costs low.

Let us help you find a mover

Are you looking for the best moving company for your upcoming move? Check out our Best Interstate Moving Companies list to see our recommendations for long-distance moves. If you’re planning a local move, our Best Local Moving Companies list might be more up your alley.

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin Holmes is a Kansas City native writing and enjoying life in Utah. Over the past five years, he’s moved five times and has learned a thing or two in the process. Colin graduated from Brigham Young University and worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, and documentary film interviewer before coming to Move.org—bringing a wealth of research experience to help movers find accurate and useful information for their next big move.