This has been a crazy year so far when it comes to everything and moving too. A lot of people decided that this is the year when they need to relocate. And there are plenty of reasons why. People wanted to move away from the center of LA because a lot of things were happening all at once at one point. A lot of people decided to move to the suburbs of Los Angeles because living there is now much safer because there aren’t as many people as in downtown LA. And we have been hearing the question “How much does it cost to move locally in LA?” for months now hence why we decided to write this article about how much really does it cost to move locally in LA this year. This will help you create a realistic moving budget which is an important part of every moving plan.
What is considered a local move?
Before we get to the actual pricing, let’s talk about what a local move actually is. Los Angeles is a huge city with dozens of smaller towns attached to it. But usually, any move under 50 miles is considered a local move. That is about 80 km. And local moves are the most common in LA. LA spreads for 44 miles (71 km) north-south and for 29 miles (47 km) east-west. This means that wherever you are moving to in LA, you will be having a local move.
Hiring professional assistance
Moving requires professional assistance. That is at least if you want to do it the right way and make it as stress-free as possible for yourself and your family as well. Having a professional mover such as JB Movers LA moving you is the best thing you can do. This will also make your relocation safer. Many people don’t realize how tiring and demanding moving home is. This means that there is plenty of opportunities for somebody to get hurt or something to get damaged or broken.
The worst-case scenario this year would be for somebody to get seriously injured. This would mean that they need to seek medical care but because of the pandemic, going to a hospital isn’t very safe. A lot of sick people come in every day. This is why having professionals lift, carry, load the truck, drive, unload the truck, and everything else that persists into the moving process is the best thing to do.
How much does moving locally with residential movers in LA cost?
Let’s just get one thing straight – the quality of the service is important and you should be charged in accordance with it. Paying too much money for a service you aren’t satisfied with is something you don’t have to do. But how much can this cost? Well, depends on which estimate you get. There are two types:
- binding estimate – whatever the estimate says, you pay.
- non-binding estimate – what the moving company believes is the cost of your move without guaranteeing the price, meaning it can change.
These estimates are free but you have to be very careful if getting a free online estimate. A lot of scam moving companies exist out there. And also have in mind that different companies price differently. Some companies have an hourly rate and some have flat-rate estimates. This is something you will be able to read on the company’s website or you will be informed about this when you decide to call the movers.
And our experience has shown us that if moving at a flat-rate in LA, you will pay between $400 and $1000. This depends on the size of your move. And if you hire a moving company that has an hourly rate, you might end up paying less. The average hourly rate of movers in LA is between $85-120. This means that an average hourly estimate will be around $300-600. This is a much smaller amount of money to pay to move locally in LA.
Moving without movers
Moving without movers is very stressful and tiring which is why we don’t suggest doing it. It is better to save some money on the side and then hire movers. Moving without them can be a very challenging task. This would mean that you have to worry about getting the right moving gadgets as well as preparing for the move physically. Moving requires a lot of physical activity hence why preparation is important.
In order to move, you need to rent a truck. And sure, renting a truck is far cheaper than hiring movers but it is less safe too. This means you have to do all the packing, lifting, carrying, and loading yourself. This can lead to injuries which is exactly what happens 7 out of 10 times when people rent a moving truck. Renting a moving truck won’t cost more than $100 but the price you might have to pay to get some medical treatment is much higher. And if you are moving out of your parents’ home for the first time, hiring movers is a must.
Packing supplies are an expense too
Have in mind that you also need to get packing supplies for your move. This is also an expense. Using the things you have at home such as suitcases and bags is a good idea. But you also need to get some professional moving supplies such as moving boxes, both cardboard, and plastic ones. You will also need bubble pack and packing peanuts. Especially if storing some things away in a storage unit.
This isn’t going to be a big expense but it is worth mentioning it. You will certainly spend between $150 to $300 for packing supplies if you don’t have any at home. You can also rent packing supplies from certain companies.
Special services are an expense that we can’t tell you much about. This is something you will have to see with the moving company of your choice.