Moving Cost Calculator (for Local Moves)

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Illustration of movers loading a moving truck

My wife and I have suffered 3 moves. Each move was bigger and more expensive than the previous move. I guess that’s normal given that we had no kids for move number 1, then one kid for move number 2 and we were expecting our second son during move number 3.

I’m very glad I hired professional movers for each move. It was stressful enough filling up boxes. Moving days weren’t all that terrible because we just supervised. By that point everything was boxed up.

How much did our moves cost? They weren’t cheap, even though they were local moves. The fact is moving isn’t cheap. If you want a rough idea as to how much your local move will cost, use our local moving cost calculator below. Please note it’s merely an approximate guide and is not a quote for services. It’s based on many assumptions which we set out below.

Moving Cost Calculator

IMPORTANT: Please note that this calculator is a rough approximation at best. Every move is unique based on how much stuff you have, how complicated it is loading it and how much movers earn per hour in your region. Moreover, we are not a moving service; our calculator is not a quote for fees. It’s merely a free online tool we created for readers.

Also, we do not provide calculation options for long distance moves because there are nearly unlimited variables since the cost is based on distance and weight. Each long distance is moved and you will need to get a custom quote to even get a rough idea as to what it will cost.


  • Hourly rate per mover: $30
  • # hours for <1,000 sq. ft.: 12 (2 movers would take 6 hours).
  • # hours for 1,000 to 1,500 sq. ft.: 16
  • # hours for 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft.: 20
  • # hours for 2,000 to 2,500 sq. ft.: 24
  • # hours for 2,500 to 3,000 sq. ft.: 30
  • # hours for 3,000 to 3,500 sq. ft.: 33
  • # hours for 3,500 to 4,000 sq. ft.: 36
  • # hours for 4,000+ sq. ft.: 40+

The number of hours needed can vary. If you are a pack rat and/or have are moving appliances and/or need furniture disassembled it may take longer.

Average cost per box: $2.00.

If you buy boxes at Home Depot they cost around $2.00, depending on size. If you buy them from a moving company, they will cost considerably more. We based box cost on buying them for $2.00 each at Home Depot. FYI, you will need far more boxes than you think. At least we did. I went back to Home Depot three or four times buying more and more boxes during our last move (the biggest move).