Moving to a new home is a big and potentially expensive event. Some factors influencing the cost include your volume of belongings, timing of the move and market pricing. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best movers in Cleveland to identify excellent moving companies to help you transition to your new home.
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Cleveland is the seat of Cuyahoga County, which lost almost 5,000 of its 1.2 million residents from 2016 to 2017, the third largest county loss nationwide. However, certain areas in Cleveland are attracting newcomers, including Downtown, Tremont and the eastern neighborhoods bordering Lake Erie.
Six counties border Cuyahoga: Medina, Lorain, Lake, Summit, Geauga and Portage. All six gained residents in 2017 while Ohio’s overall population grew by a modest 0.3 percent.
Timing impacts moving prices. The busiest home-buying season in Cleveland is spring. Cleveland’s peak moving seasons are spring and summer. The last week of the month and the later days of the week are also busiest for moving companies. With Cleveland's icy and snowy winters, residents avoid moving during the cold. Booking your move far in advance may also save you money.
Local and out-of-state moving in Cleveland
Prices for local (intrastate) movers are typically charged per hour, yet guaranteed price estimates are possible. The average cost per mover is $25 to $50 per hour. Cleveland averages about $95 per hour for two movers and a truck and $165 with four movers.
To avoid unexpected costs, tell your moving company if its truck won’t be able to park near the door and if there are stairs. Older apartment buildings in areas like Old Brooklyn and Euclid were built as “walk-ups” of up to four floors.
If moving out-of-state, you’ll need an interstate mover that meets certain regulatory requirements. Here are types of quotes that interstate movers offer:
Binding estimate gives a definite final price.
Non-binding estimate gives an approximate price with an understanding that the final price will not exceed the estimate by a reasonable amount, such as 10 percent.
Not-to-exceed estimate is one where the final price will be the lower amount of either a binding estimate or the actual cost.
When moving long distance and in need of temporary storage, Colonial Van Lines has you covered. Customers love their professionalism, customer service and that they are up-front about every step of the moving process so you know what to expect, when to expect it and at what cost.
Mile High Van Lines
Founded in Denver in 2008, Mile High Van Lines has expanded its service area for state-to-state moves. Interstate moving services can include packing and extra furniture protection. A consultant assigned to you will make your move less stressful. Customer reviews say Mile High movers are timely and hard working while customer service is attentive and professional.
For state-to-state moves, American Van Lines is a national company offering residential, corporate and military relocation. Last-minute moves are considered for no additional fee. Fragile items, such as pianos, fine arts and antiques are moved by trained and certified professionals. American Van Lines prides themselves on a fleet of modern trucks with air-ride suspension so your belongings arrive no worse for wear.
Two Men and a Truck
Two Men and a Truck have grown into a national moving company with franchised locations. They offer full-service moving with compassion, marketing themselves as treating everyone “as they would their own grandma.” Local customer reviews are quite positive and many applaud their punctuality.
All My Sons Moving & Storage
All My Sons Moving & Storage operates in 15 states, but is largely focused on local moves. Cleveland customer reviews were generally positive. Many stated that the movers were professional and fast. A few customers cited concerns related to scheduling errors and other miscommunications.
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