The biggest concern most people have during a move is the cost. Even though your one-bedroom apartment move is a small one, you still might want to hire professional movers. The exact amount will vary depending on the mover’s experience, qualifications, the distance of your move, and the special services you require.
While you should always get an in-home estimate, the following will give you an idea of what to expect. We’ve also covered the moving costs in California in another blog, so definitely check that out.
Costs to move a one-bedroom apartment
Local movers typically charge by the hour, with an average rate of about $195 per hour for two movers and a truck. A one-bedroom apartment move can take between four to six hours or $780 to $1170 for moving labor alone.
You may also be charged extra fees for special services and supplies. Some examples include:
- Moving Heavy items (safes, pianos)
- Extra materials
- Drive time
- Shuttle service (when the truck won’t fit down your street or park near your apartment)
- Packing services
- Packing supplies
Move your one-bedroom apartment on your own
You will also need to account for various belongings such as clothing, books, DVDs, coffee makers, toasters, and blenders. The plus of an apartment move is the absence of moving heavy appliances as refrigerators, stoves, or dishwashers required. This keeps your cost considerably lower.
Here are some of the possible costs you will incur on a self-conducted move:
- Truck rental.
Prices vary depending on the size of trailer you need and the distance you will be traveling. You may also be required to purchase fuel, as some rental companies ask you to return the truck with a half tank of gas. Penske offers their smallest truck about $160 plus mileage.
- Packing supplies
Costs for one-bedroom packing kits range from $150 to $250 on moving supply websites. These usually only include only boxes and packing paper; bubble wrap, and mattress bags will cost extra. Furniture pads can cost about $300
TIP: For small moves, find free boxes or use old towels and quilts in place of furniture pads or moving blankets.
Cost-saving tips for moving a one-bedroom apartment
- Pack yourself. You can save lots of cash by forgoing packing services and taking care of most of the boxing and wrapping yourself. The only items you may need professional assistance with are your furniture items and breakable electronics.
- Talk to your movers about the exact specifics of your move, so you can plan for elevators or stairs. Always ask them what extra fees you might incur when moving into an apartment complex.
- Plan parking in advance. Speak with the landlord to make arrangements. You’ll want the most convenient place you are permitted for unloading purposes. You could also plan to arrive early and park your own car near the entrance to save a spot for the moving truck.
- Call Thunder Horse Moving for any questions at 8772177959 or visit our website and get a free estimate. Check out how Thunder Horse Movers will keep you safe during covid-19.