There’s a wide variation in how much it costs for a local move, as it depends on the area, how far you’re moving, how much stuff you’re moving, storage needs, and how much you do yourself, among other factors. You’ll even find quite a wide range of pricing among local movers in your area. That’s why getting multiple estimates from local moving companies is the only way to get accurate costs for budgeting and comparisons. Be sure to look beyond the “specials” in Google listings to get estimates for your specific move and details on exactly what’s included. With all that in mind, here are some general guidelines on costs for local moving for your three main types of moving solutions – portable moving containers, full-service local movers, and rental trucks:
PODS Moving and Storage Container: $299 to $499* for local moves:
- Pricing depends on distance, your area, and container size and quantity needed to hold your belongings. An estimated 20% of PODS moves fall above or below this average range based on these variables.
- What’s included: Container delivery and pick-up for both your current and new home, as well as 30 days of built-in storage, so you can take your time loading and unloading or even store your stuff at a PODS indoor storage facility near you.
- What’s not included: Loading, unloading, packing, or unpacking. Referrals to trusted packing and loading professionals are available.
- How it works: We deliver your container, you take your time loading, and we pick up your container, and deliver it to your new home. You schedule the pick-up and delivery dates that work best for you. If your new home isn’t ready, you can keep your items in storage on a month-to-month rental basis at a PODS Storage Center without extra loading and unloading.
- Why choose a container service for local moving? Moving containers work especially well for local moves where you need to combine moving and storage to accommodate home staging, remodeling, a delay in moving into your new home – or just want more time, flexibility, and control over your moving process.
Full-Service Move: $1,250* for local moves:
- Pricing for local moves works differently than with long-distance moves. Local moving companies typically charge by the hour, with costs varying based on your area, distance, and the number of moving professionals needed to help. Some companies add the travel time to get to your existing home in addition to time spent driving to your new home to their hourly charges.
- What’s included: Loading, unloading, and transport
- What’s not included: Storage, packing and unpacking, and gratuities. While packing and unpacking can be added, many local movers don’t offer storage. If storage is available, the cost can be a lot higher than you’d expect to pay at a self-storage facility, and you may also need to pay for extra time for unloading and loading your stored belongings.
- How it works: Traditional local moving companies come to your home, load your stuff onto their truck, transport, and unload everything into your new home. Everything takes place on the same day, with little flexibility once you’ve scheduled your move date.
- Why choose a full-service mover for local moving? Full-service moving companies can be a viable option for local moves if you’re not worried about costs, can handle moving everything in one day, want someone else to do all the heavy lifting, don’t need storage or flexibility with your move date, and are comfortable with others taking control.
Rental Truck: $155* for local moves:
- Pricing depends on truck size, mileage, gas, and incidental fees.
- What’s included: One-day rental for a truck that you pick up and return.
- What’s not included: Driving, potential fees for late return, additional rental days if needed, loading, unloading, packing, unpacking, and storage.
- How it works: You pick up the truck at their location, drive it to your home, load it up, and drive the truck to your new home. After you unload your belongings, you drive the truck back to the dealer’s location. If you also require storage, you’ll need to pay for a storage unit rental as well as another potential truck rental to move your stuff into your new home, in addition to loading and unloading multiple times.
- Why choose a rental truck for local moving? Rental trucks can work well if you’re on a tight budget, are moving a small household, don’t mind driving a large truck, don’t need storage, and can handle making your local move in one day.
*Averages based on estimates from PODS rates published September 2019, Moving.com, and HireAHelper.com.