Moving to a new home? Why not hire movers? If you’re curious as to how expensive it is to hire movers, here’s some information you’ll want to keep handy.

Several variables go into the cost when hiring movers.

How Far is the Move?

A local move will run you anywhere from $300-$1500, based on the size of the move. Some local movers charge by the hour and the size of the move determines how many personnel are needed. To move the contents of a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, you will usually need two movers. Others may offer a flat rate.

A long-distance move will cost more, from $2400-$5000, depending on size and distance. Long-distance movers charge by weight, not by the hour.

How Big is the Move?

For a local move, companies charge by the hour. This will generally be between $50-$200 per hour. They determine their hourly rate by how many movers will be needed for a job. If you have a studio or small one-bedroom, this will cost you less than if you live in a three-bedroom or starter home.

A one-bedroom job with two workers will take only 2-3 hours and cost $150-$400. Larger homes may take three movers and 6-10 hours, costing somewhere between $600-$2,000.

For a longer distance move, a small one-bedroom weighs about 2,000 pounds and would range between $600 for a few hundred miles and $2500 across the country. Larger homes weighing around 5,000 pounds would range between $1700 and $7,000.

When is the Move?

When hiring movers, day of the week and time of month matter. So does the time of year. Companies tend to charge less in the middle of the week or month. If possible, avoid moving in the summer, as this is considered peak season and will cost you more.

What Kinds of Items do You Own?

Some of your possessions may be considered specialty items. These will cost you extra to be moved and may include pianos, hot tubs, motorcycles, safes, and pool tables.

What Additional Costs Might There Be?

Think packing materials, long carry fees (when the truck is unable to get close enough to the house), travel fees. Have you hired full-service movers who will also be packing for you? Are you purchasing moving insurance? What about elevator fees? Will you tip your movers? How much?

Shop Around for the Best Moving Deal

Always get quotes from a few different moving companies before making a final decision. You may find rates vary widely depending on the company. It’s also fine to negotiate with the movers.

There’s a lot to think about when you’re looking at costs associated with movers. But you can’t beat the convenience of having someone else move your stuff for you. The whole process of moving can be daunting. Movers take some of the stress out of the equation and that’s what we are here to do.