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Madison moving company costs

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Most local moves in Madison cost between $400 and $2,000. Local movers charge between $50 and $100 per hour for two movers and a truck, but moving companies sometimes require a minimum number of hours. The cost to move a three-bedroom home in Madison is around $1,800. A one-bedroom apartment runs about $480. Premium services, like packing and furniture assembly, cost extra.

If you live in an area where movers may have difficulty parking nearby your home or have to use stairs instead of an elevator, your moving quote will be higher. This is sometimes the case for older homes and apartment buildings on the isthmus or on crowded streets near UW-Madison, for example.

Estimated moving costs to and from Madison are as follows:

  • One-bedroom apartment, local move: $480
  • Three-bedroom home, local move: $1,800
  • One-bedroom apartment, 500-mile move: $1,500
  • Three-bedroom home, 500-mile move: $5,000
  • One-bedroom apartment, cross-country: $3,000
  • Three-bedroom home, cross-country: $5,500

In Madison, interstate moves of less than 500 miles usually cost between $1,300 and $5,400. For reference, Madison is about 500 miles away from Lincoln, Nebraska. For moves a few states away, or more than 1,000 miles (approximately the distance from Madison to Denver), the price range increases to between $2,100 and $5,800.

Cross-country moves for a one-bedroom apartment cost about $2,800, and $6,500 for a three-bedroom home. Packing services, higher moving insurance coverage and moving specialty items like pianos and artwork increase the price of a move. For an accurate cost of your move, request an estimate from a moving company in Madison.

Madison moving laws and regulations

Moving companies in Madison that operate between states must be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. You can verify a Madison moving company’s registration on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website by putting in its name or USDOT number.

For tips on interstate moving, read the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection interstate moving fact sheet. The Wisconsin Movers Association website also has several consumer moving guides and information on regulations.

Avoid companies with extremely low or high pricing estimates and those that ask for significant down payment. Interstate movers are required to provide you with a pamphlet titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” and all movers should provide you with an estimate, order for service, bill of lading and an inventory list.

Madison moving FAQ

Where can I get boxes for packing in Madison?

The moving companies on this guide all sell moving boxes. You can also buy boxes and moving supplies from retailers including Home Depot, Walmart and the The UPS Store.

How much do you tip movers for a local move in Madison?

You should tip your movers between 5% to 10% for a local move in Madison. If your movers go up and down multiple flights of stairs, move belongings from a larger home or carry a lot of heavy furniture or a specialty item like a piano, consider tipping between 10% and 20%.

How much does it cost to move a studio apartment in Madison?

Moving a studio apartment locally usually costs $400 to $500. If movers have to go up stairs or you have an unusual volume of belongings, the quote may be higher.

How much does a full-service move cost in Madison?

Expect to pay an additional $400 to $1,000 for a full-service move in Madison, which includes packing supplies, furniture disassembly, packing, loading, unloading, unpacking and furniture assembly. A full-service move for a three-bedroom home is roughly $2,500 or more. Moving a one-bedroom apartment is $1,200 or more.

What types of moving services are available in Madison?

A wide variety of moving services are available in Madison, from local and long-distance moves to commercial and military moves. Most companies offer full-service packing and overnight storage options as well as furniture assembly and large-item transport.

Madison moving company information

American Van Lines

American Van Lines is a nationwide moving company with service to and from Madison. The company, a member of the American Moving & Storage Association, performs long-distance moves for residential homes, offices, small businesses and military members. The company’s movers have experience moving bulky and valuable items like pianos and antiques.

American Van Lines

United Nation Van Lines

United Nation Van Lines is a nationwide company that completes hundreds of moves each month. It offers long-distance, corporate and military moves, with options for full-service packing, fragile item packing, short- and long-term storage and furniture and appliance assembly and installation. Each customer is assigned a personal moving coordinator to guide them through the process. Reach out to United Nation Van Lines for a free moving quote in Madison.

United Nation Van Lines Learn More (916) 836-1166

Colonial Van Lines

Colonial Van Lines has nationwide service, including in Madison. Its container option, Colonial Cubes, is a good choice for customers interested in doing the packing, loading and unloading themselves. Once the container is loaded, Colonial Van Lines movers drive it to its new home. Colonial Van Lines has climate-controlled storage options and full packing services.

Colonial Van Lines Learn More (800) 338-9092

Safebound Moving & Storage

Because Safebound Moving & Storage is based in Florida, it has experience with snowbird routes from other parts of the country to the Sunshine State. Safebound Moving & Storage has customer representatives who speak English and Spanish. Get a quote online or over the phone. Temporary storage is available. Movers have experience with fragile and valuable items.

Safebound Moving & Storage Learn More (561) 569-2378

Badger Brothers Moving

Badger Brothers Moving does local and full-service moves in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. The company also performs long-distance moves into and out of Madison. Other services include storage, piano transport and express moving. Badger Brothers Moving offers free same-day estimates for Madison residents. The company is located at 313 W. Beltline Highway, Madison, WI 53713.

Badger Brothers Moving

Top Notch Movers

Top Notch Movers is a local moving company in Madison. The company’s movers always pad, wrap, disassemble and assemble all furniture. Top Notch Movers sells packing supplies to customers interested in do-it-yourself packing. The company’s junk removal services take care of anything you don’t want moved. Temporary storage is available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Top Notch Movers is located at 2829 Perry St., Ste. 214, Madison, WI 53713.

Top Notch Movers

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

College Hunks is a nationwide moving company with a location in Madison. College Hunks provides packing and unpacking, moving supplies, junk removal, storage and hourly labor. Moving checklists help customers make sure everything is completed. College Hunks specializes in residential, student and office moves.

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving