How Much Do Moving Companies Cost?

We are excited to answer one of the most common questions around moving and hiring a moving company: cost!

One of the biggest concerns most families have about hiring a moving company is what kind of costs to expect. Packing up your life and moving to a new place is never an inexpensive affair—in addition to buying and selling real estate, you have to factor in new furnishings, differences in costs of living, possible new employment, and, of course, the moving itself. 

All of these things can add up—and not just in terms of dollars and cents. The stress of coordinating all these factors can quickly take a move from exciting to excruciating, which is why it might be a good idea to find a company that can not only save you money, but save you peace of mind, as well. 

How Do Moving Companies Calculate Cost

How much money you spend on your move depends almost entirely on how far it is you’re going and how much you have to transport. While there will always be variances depending on: 

  • How much of the packing you do yourself, 
  • How many belongings you have to transport, and 
  • The level of additional moving valuation protection you want. 

The truth is that moving across the country will always cost more than a move across state or even to a new neighborhood in your city. The further you have to go, the greater your cost. 

The size of your home is also a factor. Packing up and moving a one-bedroom apartment is much different from having a four-bedroom home condensed into one moving van. While many of us feel equal to the task of putting a few pieces of furniture in a truck and tying them down, there is quite a bit of coordination that goes into getting an entire household into boxes and transporting them thousands of miles. 

This is where hiring a moving company makes all the difference. Not only will your belongings remain more safe and secure on the road, but the process of determining how to pack breakables versus furniture is one you can leave up to the professionals. 

Moving Costs and Weights 

Although every moving company works a little differently, most estimates are based on weight. Weight is important because it determines the size of the truck you’ll need, how much gas goes into the travel, and how much manual labor is required in the loading and unloading. Although there are always variances, a good rough estimate of weight is: 

  • Studio Apartment: 1,800 lbs 
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: 2,200 – 3,200 lbs 
  • 2 Bedrooms Home/Apartment: 5,000 – 6,000 lbs 
  • 3 Bedroom Home: Up to 9,000 lbs
  • 4 Bedroom Home: 11,000 lbs+ 

When you see the numbers laid out like that, it’s easy to see why hiring a moving company makes good sense. Moving ten thousand pounds across the country is no simple task—and doing it alone is only that much more intimidating. 

Receiving a Moving Price Quote 

We recommend you receive moving quotes from at least 3 companies. Allied, and most other moving companies offer free, no obligation in home estimates – so it doesn’t hurt to talk to multiple movers. If any estimate is significantly different than the other two, than there may be something off on the estimate and you should ask the company about these discrepancies. 

It is also important to not receive any surprise changes in your price after a move. Be sure to use a company like Allied that provides a locked-in, guaranteed price (barring there are no changes in moving destinations, timing and amount of belongings agreed upon at the time of the quote). 

Lastly, late spring and summer are the busiest times of year for moving companies, so be sure to start the quote and pricing process at least a month out if possible. 

Talk with a representative today to get a more personalized quote for your move. You might be surprised at how much comprehensive support you get for your money—freeing you up to focus on your family and the exciting new chapter in your life.


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