The amount of money you can expect to spend during a move depends on a number of factors. Moving is an exciting (albeit stressful) time. Whether it’s a new job, growing family, or need to downsize, moving is a fresh start, a chance to make a new home your very own. As you look at homes for sale in Austin, you’re bound to consider how much it will cost to move all of your belongings. Naturally, the distance of your move will play a heavy role in that cost, but there are other aspects to consider.



The U.S. Census reports 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016. With Austin recently topping the list – for the second year in a row – of best cities to live in America, it’s likely that Texas’ capital city will see a rise in population. If your one of the many considering a move, you’ll want to know how much will it cost to relocate?  

Move Locally To Austin

More than half – 56 percent – of people who move, relocate within the same city, and 86 percent stay in the same state, Zillow reports. For Texas residents planning to plant roots in Austin, the cost of moving will depend largely on the amount of stuff you need to haul. Unpakt surveyed the Austin area to determine prices below on how much it costs to move to Austin from a local city.

Average Cost of Moving Within Austin

  • Studio (217cf): $323.76

  • Studio Alcove (275cf): $333.26

  • 1 Bedroom, Small (353cf): $393.41

  • 1 Bedroom, Large (473cf): $497.32

  • 2 Bedroom (708cf): $704.33

  • 3 Bedroom (1106cf): $1,059.54

  • 4 Bedroom (1517cf): $1,384.73

If you’re in a situation where you’ll need a storage unit until you can complete your move – maybe you’re building a custom home, waiting on your house to sell, haven’t found the right house – you’ll need to factor in monthly storage fees until you can complete your move. Unpakt estimates monthly storage rates for Austin based on the size of your current home.

  • Studio (217cf): $82.27

  • Studio Alcove (275cf): $104.50

  • 1 Bedroom, Small (353cf): $134.03

  • 1 Bedroom, Large (473cf): $179.70

  • 2 Bedroom (708cf): $290.44

  • 3 Bedroom (1106cf): $370.46

  • 4 Bedroom (1517cf): $470.67

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

About half of people who relocate enlist the help of professional movers, according to Zillow. If you’re one of those people who want to hire someone to handle your move, here’s what you can expect to pay:

  • Cost of professional movers across town: If you’re moving across town – less than 100 miles – two movers and a truck will cost $80 to $100 per hour.

  • Cost of professional movers across the country: If your move takes you across state lines, plan to pay more. Moving more than 100 miles will cost $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the distance.

When it comes to moving, the best way to keep your sanity and limit your spending is to move quickly. Make the decision to get organized, packed and get out of your old home. You’ll pay less in storage and moving fees when you’re intentional about speeding up the process, plus you’ll avoid overlapping mortgages or rent payments.