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Denver CO [2022] Moving Costs | How Much Do Movers Cost in Denver? [Tips, Data, Estimates]

Congratulations on your upcoming move to Denver! If you’re a nature lover, it’s hard to find a city that beats Denver. Here, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful views and nature. Not only that, but you’ll be in a great, modern, millennial city that is full of events and experiences.

Moving can lead to a lot of mixed emotions. During this time, you’ll probably find yourself being excited and stressed all at the same time. Whether it’s for family-related reasons, employment-related reasons, housing-related reasons, or whatever it be, moving has its challenges and costs. Here we will cover the costs of local moves within the Denver area, meaning a move in the same city metro area that can be completed in one day.

Factors That Affect Your Moving Costs in Denver

It’s important to know that most local moves will be calculated by the hour, meaning companies will have a ‘hourly moving rate.’ Anything that affects how long your move takes, makes you move that much more expensive. Long-distance moves are usually calculated by distance, not the hour.

Here are some other factors that might influence your moving cost:

The volume of your goods: Moving a few boxes and furniture pieces will obviously be much easier to move than a whole household full of things. The more things you have, the longer it will take the movers, making the cost of moving to go up.

Packing: If you are having the movers pack and/or unpack for you, it will take more time, making it more expensive. You can usually choose between a full pack, partial pack, or no pack.

Supplies: If you are having the movers pack for you, you will need to provide additional supplies for this service. For example, you’ll need boxes, packing materials, tape, bubble wrap, and whatever else they might need.

Access: Think about where the movers are able to park their truck in both your old home and your new home. If the movers need to walk a long way back and forth, it will take them much longer than if they could park right by the door.

Stairs/elevators: Make sure to think about how long it takes to use both the stairs and elevators. If you’re moving to or from a home on a higher floor, this will add time to the move. Although elevators are great for moving a lot of objects, they actually slow down the process since you have to spend time waiting for the next elevator to pick you up. There is no getting around this added time, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Furniture assembly/disassembly: If you have furniture that needs to be disassembled/assembled that will take additional time. Try to do this yourself, or buy new furniture for your new home so you don’t have to take any with you.

Distance of the move: This is an obvious time addition. If you’re moving far away, the movers will have to make the drive a few times, depending on how many loads they will need to make. Also, the time includes traffic, so it’s smart to move on days/times that there isn’t as much traffic.

Special items/requests: If you have fragile or antique items or pianos that take extra care to move, this will also add more time to the move since it takes additional equipment and cares to move these items.

Full-Service Movers vs. DIY Moving in Denver

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With all of these expenses adding up, you might start thinking about just moving everything yourself. While this might seem like a cheaper option, there are a lot of downfalls of doing everything yourself. Here are a few reasons why moving yourself might not be as glamorous as it seems:

Do it yourself moves don’t necessarily save money over professional movers: There are many hidden costs to moving yourself. You’ll have to rent a truck and buy gas, as well as materials for moving and renting equipment. If you’re recruiting your friends you’ll also have to buy them lunch! These hidden costs can add up to the same costs as hiring pros. Movers come with the truck, the equipment, and will be a lot more helpful than your friends.

Moving yourself is STRESSFUL: Movers know what they’re doing because they move people for a living. Hiring professional movers can give you peace of mind since they will handle all of the aspects of the move.

Save Time: Even if you recruit friends, moving yourself will take a lot of time. Movers are very efficient at what they do since they are trained and have done this hundreds of times. They will make the move faster, easier, and more organized so you don’t have to spend your valuable time moving yourself.

Movers protect your belongings: Like we’ve said, these movers know what they’re doing, and you might not. Movers use moving blankets, shrinkwrap, and other tools properly to make sure you’re not damaging your old or new house during the move.

Storage: Did you know movers can provide short-term or long-term storage? If you were doing that yourself you’d not only have to pay a lot for it, but you’d have to do two moves on your own.

Safety: Moving can be dangerous, believe it or not. Moving large items can be difficult and dangerous. If you hire movers you won’t have to lift things, so you won’t get hurt.

Average Moving Costs in Denver | Denver Moving Estimates

The average moving cost to the city depends on a lot of factors all relating to the time it takes to move. On top of that, the cost will depend on how many movers you’ll need for the move.

Cost to Move a 1 Bedroom Apt in Denver

Your 1-bedroom apartment move will require 2 movers and take between 3 and 6 hours. To get the final moving estimate you multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours.

Cost to Move a 2 Bedroom Apt in Denver

Your 2-bedroom apartment move requires 3 professional movers and will also take between 3 and 6 hours. To get the final moving estimate you multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours.

Cost to Move a Home in Denver

Smaller home moves require 3 to 4 movers and average 4 to 7 hours. To get the final moving estimate you multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours. Larger homes may require more movers and longer hours, but we strive to complete all local moves within a single day.

Regardless of the size of your home or whether you are moving from an apartment or a mansion, give us a call for a local moving estimate and quote for any additional services you may need.

If you’re moving cross-country, out of state, or other long-distance moves, we provide binding moving quotes based on the distance traveled and the amount of belongings to relocate rather than the number of hours the relocation takes.

Tips to Make Your Denver Relocation More Affordable

Talking about all of these costs can be stressful, so let’s talk about how to reduce the costs! Here are some things you can do to help decrease the costs:

Declutter: Go through everything you own before moving. Anything you no longer need or want can be thrown out or donated, and that means fewer items for your movers to relocate. Fewer items means the move takes fewer hours and your costs will be lower.


Do your own packing and labeling: Have the boxes already packed and ready to go when the movers get there. That way they won’t have to pack anything, they can just grab and go! Then, unpack yourself, too.

Prepare furniture and electronics: Disassemble large furniture to make it easier to move and unplug your electronics and wrap their cords around the device so the movers can just grab everything, place it in the truck, and bring it to the destination.

Take care of approvals before moving day: There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding out you can’t move in because you didn’t get approval from the HOA or landlord ahead of time. Make sure that’s all taken care of before the day of the move.

Direct traffic: When you get to your new home, play ‘traffic cop’ and point the movers in the right direction so they put boxes and furniture in the correct rooms and where you want them placed.If you wait to figure that out when they get there, there will be a lot of waiting time that costs more money.

Provide water and snacks for the crew: Moving is hard, physical labor. Help the crew stay motivated by providing water and drinks along with some snacks to maintain their energy.

How To Choose a Denver Moving Company

In order to find what moving company is right for you, here are some tips to do and think about:

  • Check Yelp and Google reviews
  • Check stats like how long have they been in business, how many moves they’ve made, and the claim rates.
  • Make sure they are licensed and insured
  • Ensure the crew has appropriate moving equipment for safety and to minimize damages (like a smooth riding, well maintained moving truck)
  • Provide exceptional customer service

Wasatch Moving is licensed and insured with over 8 years of experience and a team of 40+ highly trained employees.

Additional Denver Moving Tips

How much should you tip movers in Denver?

Usually, you should tip $25 per mover, or about 18-20% total of the final moving costs. The crew will split the tip amongst themselves.

Ultimate Denver Moving Checklist

Click here to get our ultimate city moving guide.

Denver Cost of Living

To get an idea of what the general cost of living in Denver is, click here.

Even though it’s stressful, we know you’re excited to relocate to your new home! When you’re ready for the move, make sure to call the top Denver movers 720-798-2878 for a quote so we can help you get there fast.


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