Moving can often be a stressful time in a person’s life. Having to plan, organize, and execute a move can be tricky and challenging especially if you’ve never done it before. Challenges like moving furniture, truck rentals, getting help, packing and unpacking, moving supplies can be a mess to organize and the first thing a person asks themselves is how much will it cost to just hire professional moving help? That’s a great question and we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to! The following information is tailored for Calgary however cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, etc. will be in roughly in the same price range.

Factors That Determine Your Moving Costs
Factors That Determine Your Moving Costs

The cost to hire moving help in Calgary has a lot of factors involved. The following factors are the biggest impact in your moving costs:

Number of belongings Number of belongings
Total Weight and quantity will determine how many boxes you’ll need as well as how long it will take to pack, move, and unpack
Weight of large furnishings Weight of large furnishings
Weight is the most important factor for your large furnishings. Large furnishings can be anything such as desks, drawers, beds, appliances, etc. The more you have, the more manpower in generally will be needed for the move. Time is also a factor if disassembly and assembly is required.
Distance Distance
Next is the distance to your new move. Obviously, a local move will be significantly cheaper than say a cross country move. Another important and overlooked factor is the floor of your new address. Additional equipment may be needed if it is on the upper floors of an apartment/condo for example. Some movers will charge extra depending on the flight of stairs involved.
Type Of Moving Service Type Of Moving Service
Moving services often range from full service to just moving. You can save money by packing and unpacking yourself or you can simply hire the moving company to do everything for you. Packing and unpacking can add a significant amount to the cost so be sure to include this in your planning.
Insurance Insurance coverage
Coverage is often based on total weight. Most moving services provide basic insurance coverage with the option to pay for full coverage. Be sure to inquire about this!
Additional factors Additional factors
Other factors that may affect the cost of your move is whether you have antiques and/or delicate furnishings that require special care and packaging. Also if you need to store your belongings in a warehouse temporarily.

Estimated Cost For Professional Moving Services In Calgary

With the above factors in mind, the cost for professional Calgary movers will roughly be in the following range for these common scenarios:

One Bedroom Move
Number of BoxesNumber of Boxes
10-20
Average WeightAverage Weight
2000-2500 pounds
Movers NeededMovers Needed
2
Estimated time requiredEstimated time required
2-4 hours
Local moving cost in CalgaryLocal moving cost in Calgary
$200-$300
Long distance moving costLong distance moving cost
$1500-$2500
Packing and unpacking costPacking and unpacking cost
$60-$120
Small Home
Number of BoxesNumber of Boxes
30-50
Average WeightAverage Weight
4000-6000 pounds
Movers NeededMovers Needed
3
Estimated time requiredEstimated time required
4-7 hours
Local moving cost in CalgaryLocal moving cost in Calgary
$400-$600
Long distance moving costLong distance moving cost
$3000-$5000
Packing and unpacking costPacking and unpacking cost
$120-$210
Two-story Home
Number of BoxesNumber of Boxes
80-100
Average WeightAverage Weight
5000-8000 pounds
Movers NeededMovers Needed
3-4
Estimated time requiredEstimated time required
6-9 hours
Local moving cost in CalgaryLocal moving cost in Calgary
$600-$900
Long distance moving costLong distance moving cost
$3500-$6500
Packing and unpacking costPacking and unpacking cost
$180-$270

Keep in mind the above are just estimates for the most common move sizes. Everyone’s move is unique and will differ depending on your needs and what is involved in your move (See factors that affect moving costs above). You can do a rough estimate based on the following:

Moving cost per labour hour: $25-35 per worker
Packaging and unpacking cost per hour: $25-$35 per worker
Packaging supplies: $1-$1.50 per box
Full Value Insurance: 1% of total valuation

Remember an often-hidden cost that is not discussed…tipping! 5-10% is the average tip for a local move while anywhere from 10-20% is usually given for a long distance move.

Do It Yourself Moving Cost
Do It Yourself Moving Cost

Now that you have a rough idea on the move, you’ll need to decide whether the value of professional moving services is worth the extra cost. To help you make the decision, we have also compiled some costs to do a move yourself:

Truck rental cost (Mileage not included): $20-$60 per day based on size
Truck mileage cost: $1.10 per KM
Rental Insurance cost: $30-$30 per day
Packaging supplies and boxes: $30-$60

You’ll also need to add in gas cost. Remember tackling a move yourself also has an opportunity cost as you won’t be working during the move and you’ll likely need to find extra help which sometimes can cost money. We also recommend you watch the following video to ensure you pack the moving truck efficiently:

Conclusion

To give a quick summary you’re looking at roughly $100/hour for a local move in Calgary ($130/hour for full service moves that includes packing & unpacking). The professionals will have the equipment and labour required for the move and they’ll plan and advise you on your move. If you choose to move yourself, you’ll need to plan, pack, unpack, rent the truck and/or equipment, and possibly hire extra help for your move. At the end of the day, you’ll need to decide for yourself whether hiring professional moving services is worth it based on your situation but hopefully we’ve given you the necessary information to make such a decision.

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