Here’s What Goes Into The Cost of Moving House

Figuring out a budget for the cost of moving house can be confusing and downright frustrating.

There are so many details to remember and decisions to make. How do you pack up your whole house? Do you need movers? How can you get an accurate quote for the cost of your move?

Don’t worry. With this guide, there’s no need to stress. We’re breaking down all the details of the cost of moving house.

Everything That Goes Into the Cost of Moving House

When it comes to moving, it’s all about the 4 D’s: distance, delivery, details, and documents. Let’s break it down.


How far are you moving? The distance of your move influences the cost of moving house in several ways.

If you’re hiring movers, here’s what you can expect.

Generally, a local move costs less than a long distance move.

Most local movers charge by the hour. This means you’ll be paying them a pre-negotiated rate, typically between $80 and $100 an hour for the “two men and a truck” industry norm.

This means you’ll be paying them whether they are packing, loading, driving, unloading, or anything else related to your move.

Being organized and prepared with clear instructions for the movers will help you save time. Most companies charge per hour and a fraction of the hour thereafter.

Long moves, over 100 miles, across state lines, and cross country moves usually charge a flat rate based on the distance and size/number of truckloads your move requires.

Expect to pay a four figure number for most long distance moves. However, since there are so many factors that affect the cost, it’s best to get a free quote.

If you’re moving without professional movers, distance factors most into time. How many trips back and forth will you need to take? Will you be using your own vehicle or will you need to rent a moving truck?


You may have heard of the iron triangle. It’s the concept that between good, fast, and cheap: you can pick two of the three.

This is certainly true of the cost of moving house!

Your move could happen at hyper speed if you’re willing to shell out the money for experienced movers. Good and fast, but not cheap.

Your move could happen for very low cost if you’re willing to take days or weeks to get everything from point A to point B. Good and cheap, but not fast.

Your move could happen super fast at an inexpensive rate, but you’ll end up with broken belongings or worse. Fast and cheap, but not good.

It all comes down to the method of delivery. Putting in the time to handle the packing, including the purchase of supplies, and moving the items small enough to fit in your car will save you money. For the large items, like your bed, mattress, couch, and dining table, you can rent a truck or leave these few things to the pro’s to avoid the heavy lifting.

You can potentially save yourself something better than money by hiring movers: stress. Paying for an experienced, quality moving company can ensure that your belongings are delivered safely without you having to put in a painstaking amount of effort.


The details of your move will factor into the cost of moving house as well.

The biggest detail? The size of your space. Moving a one bedroom apartment will obviously cost less than moving a four bedroom house.

Generally, you can estimate that the cost of a local move by the number of bedrooms. Check out the following time chart:

  • Studio or one bedroom: 3-5 hours with 2 movers
  • Two bedrooms: 5-7 hours with 3 movers
  • Three bedrooms: 7-10 hours with 4 movers

Larger homes (over 5,000 square feet) will take longer and require an extra large truck. You can expect that these moves will cost $1500 or more.

There are additional details to consider. For example, some moving companies charge a premium for large items, such as a piano or pool table. Make sure to mention these items to get an accurate quote.

Also, the date of your move can affect the cost of moving house. May-September is the height of the moving season, so you may encounter inflated moving prices. Weekends, holidays, and first and last days of the month will also often cost more.

Reserve your moving company as early as you can, and if possible, strategize your moving date to save!

Keep in mind that you will likely need parking permits for the moving truck at both your former and your new home. Check out our complete guide to parking permits for movingfor more information.


Moving your belongings is only half the work. You also have to change your address with a variety of utility, governmental, and financial organizations.

This includes the following:

  • Driver’s License or ID (You are supposed to get a new driver’s license printed within a certain period of time, depending on your state. There are additional requirements if you’re moving to a new state. Find out what the rules are for your case by clicking here).
  • Voter Registration
  • Bank Accounts
  • Credit Card Accounts
  • Employer (including any previous employers that you will need a W2 or similar form for tax purposes).
  • Health Insurance
  • Car Insurance (this is a big one- you may save money if you’re moving to a neighborhood with a lower insurance claim rate!)
  • Car Registration
  • Utilities such as water, power, and gas. (You may be able to transfer some of these, but many will require a new account).
  • Internet, Cable, Phone
  • Magazine or Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Loan Issuers (Student Loans, Mortgage Loans, etc.)

Some of these changes will involve a nominal fee, such as the cost of issuing a new driver’s license or installing your internet.

Budget $150-$300 for these costs and you should be totally covered.


So the answer to the cost of your move really is….it depends!

The best thing you can do when moving is make sure you’re in good hands.

At Liberty Moving and Storage, we’re here to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Contact us today.