NYC’s Typical Moving Costs (2022)

To prepare your wallet for a move to NYC, let’s face it: you need to have a serious conversation with it about moving costs. We’ve all experienced it. Despite its allure, New York City is among the most expensive cities in the world. Spending more money in New York City than in Philadelphia serves as the very reason we are here.

What Elements Have the Most Impact on Moving Service Pricing?

Size and Volume of the Motion

The volume of the objects that need to be relocated has the biggest impact on how much moving costs.

The price of the move will increase the more furniture, boxes, and other stuff you have. We advise getting rid of anything extra before your move because of this.

When you have a list of the items you need to move, you can give it to the moving firms you wish to get moving rates.

Typically, moving firms will request your item list via an online form, email, phone call, in-person visit, or video call. Of course, you are free to select the manner of distributing an item list that best suits your needs.

Moving firms will be able to determine how many cubic feet will need to be moved once you give the goods list. They will then multiply the estimated number of CFTs by their rate to determine a quote for you. Of course, more elements will affect your move’s cost; you may learn about these in the sections below.


Accessibility is another aspect that may significantly impact your final bill. The first thing that comes to mind is stairs. The price can increase depending on how many flights of stairs the movers will need to climb up and down. This designates both the pick-up and drop-off points for you.

Additionally, even if the building has an elevator, the expense of the move would be increased by the furniture that cannot fit in the elevator and must be carried upstairs.


Depending on when you move, you may pay quite different amounts for the same move. Compared to moving on a Friday or Saturday, Sunday can offer you more hospitable rates. Moving is frequently done during the summer by families who don’t want to pull their kids out of school. This is the busiest time of year, thus moving costs will be higher.

You can think about picking a day between the fourth and the 26th of the month if you want to save some money. Additionally, since most individuals prefer to relocate in the morning, hiring movers for the middle of the day will be less expensive.

Packing Materials

You’ll need boxes, packing paper, tape, markers, bubble wrap, and more to pack your possessions for a move. These packing materials are very expensive on their own. However, there are a few places where you may get these materials for nothing, such as asking your friends or visiting your neighborhood recycling center. You can find out more about where to find free moving boxes here.

Some moving firms also offer the rental of reusable plastic bins as an environmentally friendly alternative to cardboard moving boxes.

Services for Packing and Unpacking

You can also obtain full packing and unpacking service, where you can rely on our experienced movers to handle the entire task. Especially if you don’t want to lift a finger on the day of your move and if you want to avoid all the hassles of packing and moving.

On the other hand, if you only need assistance with a single room, such as the kitchen, you can select a partial packing service, in which case we would assist you in packing the belongings from that particular room.

Naturally, adding packing and unpacking services to your move will raise the overall cost of your relocation, but clients commonly choose this option because it helps them save a lot of time and stress.


If your new house isn’t yet ready, renting a storage unit is the best option if you need to store your possessions somewhere.

The end of your existing lease should coincide with the beginning of your new one, though, to save money on moving and storage expenses.

Further Services

You can also require certain other services that have an impact on the cost. Some of your unique possessions might also require specialist box packing. For your sculptures, artwork, priceless antiques, extremely delicate furniture, pricey gadgets, or pricey motorcycles, moving companies build special wooden crates.

Moving Costs of Long Distance Relocation From NYC on Average

The costs of long-distance migrations also largely depend on the aforementioned criteria. But there is one more aspect that greatly impacts the cost of long-distance moves.

Whether you select consolidated or exclusive shipping will determine this.

With exclusive shipping, you can move more quickly and receive an accurate delivery date.

Consolidated shipment, on the other hand, would cost substantially less, but you would just receive an arrival window and your things would be transported in a trailer with those of other customers. To prevent this from happening, Dream Moving performs a thorough, bar-coded inventory of each load and physically separates each job inside of our trailers using wood dividers.

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