If you are moving down the street, somewhere within your town, or maybe even a neighboring city, you fall into the category of a local relocation. We will use flat-rate estimates, hourly estimates, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) expenses to calculate the cost of moving in Los Angeles:
1. Flat-rate estimates
The price of flat-rate estimates usually depends on the size of your move, the distance you are moving, and your moving company. The month of the year, day of the week and time of the day also affect the pricing. Try to be flexible with moving dates, especially if you are moving between May and September. The earlier you book your move, the cheaper it will cost you.
Moving special items like fine art, antiques, and piano requires a whole new level of expertise. Also, it needs special moving equipment and experienced hands. That’s why moving those items will cost you extra and are not included in the pricing above.
Based on our experience, flat-rate costs start from $400 and up depending on the above-mentioned criteria. For a more accurate calculation of the flat-rate cost of your local move in Los Angeles, contact our salespeople.
2. Hourly estimates
Another way of estimating the cost of your local move in Los Angeles is by using hourly estimates.
On average, it takes two moves and a truck to complete a move. Keep in mind that adding extra movers will cost you move. The average duration of the move is 4-5 hours. If you have 3-4 bedrooms to pack and move, it might take them as long as 8-10 hours. Considering the average hourly rate of movers in LA, which is between $85-120, an average hourly estimate will be around $300-600, excluding the packing supplies, some of the fees, and tips.
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3. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Costs
Do-It-Yourself moving costs include rental truck expenses, packing materials, and maybe some moving help. We calculate the DIY cost of moving locally in Los Angeles by the following formula:
Packing Materials + Truck Expenses + Labor Expenses = DIY Cost
You will need boxes, duct tape, and maybe some stuffing materials.
Go to Home Depot, Walmart, or similar stores to buy heavy-duty moving boxes. For smaller boxes, you can go to different stores and ask them for extra boxes. They will give you those for free.
Again, you can buy a lot of duct tape and packing supplies at Home Depot. You can buy moving blankets to protect your furniture from scratching. They also have packing paper, bubble wrap, and dozens of different packing supplies.
If your move is small and you have all the supplies at home, you might spend nothing for packing materials. Otherwise, your packing materials could cost you as high as $50-100.
U-Haul is a very convenient option for a truck rental when it cost to moving by yourself.
While vans and pick-up trucks cost $19.99 per day, the larger trucks cost extra $10-20 per day. If you can finish your move within a day, you will save a little.
Also, add the mileage expenses: $0.59-0.99 per mile. If you drove the truck for 50 miles, it would cost you $29.5-49.5.
Allocate, roughly $20-30 for gas since you are moving in-town. Don’t forget to put gas before you return, otherwise, they will charge you more than it costs.
So, if you are moving locally, your truck expenses would be around $60-150 unless you are driving very far.
Having friends and family who is down to help you both at the origin and destination, will significantly lower the costs.
Otherwise, you can hire movers for labor-only moving services. They can help you to disassemble the furniture, safely pack your belongings, and load everything in your truck. At the destination, you can either unload it with your friends or hire labor-only movers again. Remember that some packers could have 2- or 3-hour minimum.
So, your labor expenses could go from free to $160-$255 if you have a lot of items to pack.
So, according to our formula below, your DIY local move in Los Angeles could cost your $60-$505:
Packing Materials (Free-$100) + Truck Expenses ($60-150) + Labor Expenses (Free-$255) = DIY Cost ($60-505)