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How Much Does a Local Move Cost?

Planning a moving budget isn’t a task for the faint-hearted. Between non-binding estimates, false advertising and hidden costs, most customers find themselves thoroughly confused and end up spending more than they imagined or planned for. So just how much does it cost to move locally? We got real prices from real movers and the results are in.


Our Method

We contacted moving companies with an example Move Plan for an average one bedroom home with no stairs and 390 cubic feet of furniture and boxes. We got guaranteed prices for a local move in different destinations nationwide, as well as average prices for moving homes ranging in size from studio to 4 bedroom locally in NY. All prices are for standard moving with no additional services such as packing, crating, storage etc.


Cost of Moving Locally

The cost of moving a one bedroom apartment starts around $272 in New York City and $576 in San Francisco. Denver was also on the affordable side, with an starting price of $280 while Boston was the 2nd most expensive city to move within at $555. More cities include:

  • Phoenix, AZ – $328
  • Atlanta, GA – $348
  • Miami, FL – $368
  • Washington DC – $388
  • Los Angeles, CA – $395
  • Houston, TX – $415
  • Dallas, TX – $420
  • Chicago, IL – $429

The moving prices for various home sizes in New York City we got were based on volume. Prices for average contents of homes in various sizes are shown in the table below:

Home Size Avg. Price for Move
Studio (231cf) $176
1 Bedroom, Small (390cf) $270
1 Bedroom, Large (524cf) $346
2 Bedroom (892cf) $578
3 Bedroom (1215cf) $774
4 Bedroom (1815cf) $1,148

An additional cost you might want to consider is insurance. The default insurance package included in the prices offers a coverage of 60 cents per lb. Depending on the value of your possessions, spending more on additional insurance can be a very good idea. Would you like to be reimbursed 60 cents per lb if your flat screen TV got broken? Insurance purchased independently can cost around $10 per $1,000 of valued goods with a deductible of $250-$500.

Keep in mind that in the moving business professionalism and experience often come at a price. Make sure to read verified reviews and find a reliable mover to make sure your move goes smoothly and safely.

Want to read more? Learn about the cost of moving long distance in another blog post of this series.