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How much do moving companies usually cost?

September 7th, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Comparing moving company prices

One of the easiest ways to compare moving service rates is to compare prices from real moving companies. To get an idea of how much a long-distance move can cost, take a look at a 1,850-mile move from Pittsburgh, PA to Salt Lake City, UT. Prices are based on the space or equipment each company recommends for a three-bedroom home. 

using a calculator to compare the cost of a moving company

Full-service movers

For a full-service move, you typically have to do an in-home estimate, where a representative comes to your home, looks at your belongings and estimates a shipment weight. Rates for this type of moving service are based on the weight of the shipment and what services are provided. There could also be additional fees for things like stairs or a far distance from the truck to the front door (called a “long carry”).

So how much does it cost for movers? Bekins Van Lines® gives ballpark estimates online, making it easy to get a quote for the sample move. For loading, transportation and unloading, their cost would vary from $5,638 to $6,789. Adding full packing services brings it up to $7,197 to $8,738.  

DIY moving

A truck rental service like U-Haul® is the most common type of DIY moving. Since using that service means you’re responsible for packing, loading, driving, unloading, and equipment pick-up and drop-off, all the work is up to you. Rental truck rates are based on the size of the equipment and the distance between origin and destination. And don’t forget to add fuel, since you’ll be driving the truck.

For this sample move, a 26-foot U-Haul would cost $3,441, plus the cost of fuel, which would be $741. So in total, you’d be paying $4,182.


U-Pack® is a moving service that’s in between truck rental and full-service movers. You do the packing and loading, but we do the driving. Rates are based on the space used, the move date and locations. Prices include equipment, transportation, liability coverage and fuel. 

What’s the cost of moving with U-Pack? For the sample move, U-Pack recommends 17 linear feet in a moving trailer for $3,678. 

Related Resource: Average Cost of a Move

How much does moving cost? Find out for yourself!

Now that you’ve seen how much moving companies usually cost, it’s time to get actual quotes to compare. It’s the only way to see how much your move will cost. Get a U-Pack quote online or by calling 800-413-4799. Start comparing and find the option that fits your needs and budget. If you have questions, call or leave a comment below. 

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