The Most Definitive Way to Estimate Packers and Movers Cost in 2021


How much does it cost to move from one place to another?

If you are moving, then you might feel relatable to this question. If I am wrong, check me out.

Moving from one place to another (relocation) is a real challenge. It is infamous for being stressful. In addition, it takes time and effort. If not handled properly, it will make you stood in troubled waters.

According to some findings, moving is included among the top stressors in the world, other stressors are divorce, breakup, loss of job, and death of a loved one.

Yes, moving is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Broadly speaking, there are 3 key mantras that will help you cope with the stress of relocation.

  1. Positive mindset
  2. Practical preparation
  3. Sufficient budget

Yes, a sufficient budget is much needed for moving.

Whether you are moving to a new place on your own or hire a professional moving company, you will need money.

You cannot escape this.

Moving is less hectic when you have a sufficient budget. If you truly want to mitigate the stress of relocation, then you must be financially prepared.

And for that, you need to estimate the total expenses of relocation. There are several expenses in the process, accumulated expenses can blow your mind.

Total expense on moving!

It is one of the major concerns people face when they decide to move from one place to another.

A total expense does not mean only the cost of hiring packers and movers, but also includes expenses on travel, meal, etc. But the main cost head is the cost of hiring packers and movers.

How Much Do Packers and Movers Charge?

If I am not wrong, you are eager to know this, aren’t you?

Give me a few minutes, I will never disappoint you. I will discuss all the cost heads included in the total expense of hiring packers and movers.

Generally speaking, professional packers and movers charges will range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 30,000+ for local shifting and Rs 10,000 to Rs 52,000+. But these are only estimates. Therefore, the actual relocation costs can be something else.

Getting confused? Allow me to tell the truth.

The cost of hiring packers and movers is not fixed. Yes, this is an absolute truth.

The reason is obvious, every move is a unique situation and demands specific attention to detail.

No moving company can tell you the exact cost of moving your stuff without knowing:

  • How much stuff do you want to shift?
  • And from where to where you want to move?

There are many things, movers consider to estimate relocation costs. For example, the distance and the total weight/volume of items are the main factors that will influence your move cost.

So, how will you know the rates if you need to hire professional packers and movers?

For you, correctly determining packers and movers charges can be tricky.

If you overestimate your moving budget, you arrange more funds than you need. An expensive move can disturb your financial condition.

If you underestimate your moving budget, you could end frustrated by a surprise bill. In worse conditions, you may raise more money through premature withdrawal of your fixed deposit or other means.

Whether you overestimate or underestimate your moving budget, you may be in a mess.

Feeling despondent? No worries!

You can use the Moving Solutions Packers and Movers Cost Calculator to know the approximate costs of hiring relocation services. This tool will help to get the moving estimate as close to the actual figure as possible.

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How Much Do Local Movers and Packers Estimate Charges?

The cost of hiring professional packers and movers for a local move depends on a number of factors. Let’s learn about the fundamental factors that influence the costs of moving.


Ordinarily, distance does not matter in most situations of local moving. But if the distance is more than 12-15 kms then it may affect the moving cost. If you are shifting from one floor to another or crossing the street only, you may have a reduced transportation cost.

Household Goods & Transportation

How much stuff do you need to shift? I mean, the total weight and volume of your belongings that you want to shift will influence the cost.

Depending upon the size of your home, movers may approximate the total volume of your belongings. Accordingly, they will decide what size of the vehicle will be needed to move your belongings.

Generally, packers and movers use Tata Ace Chota Hathi to 18 feet DCM Truck to shift household items locally within a city.

The price of transportation can range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 12,000 depending upon the total weight & volume of items or size of the truck and the distance covered in transit.

Local Transportation Charges Based on the Size of House

Home SizeTransportation Cost
1 BHKRs 1,000 – 3,500
2 BHKRs 1,500 – 4,000
3 BHKRs 3,000 – 6,000
4 BHKRs 4,000 – 10,000
VillaRs 5,000 – 12,000

Remember that the size of the house only gives an idea of how much stuff you may have. But the actual scenario can be different. Therefore, the price may also vary. In fact, the larger the load you are shifting, the more expensive your move will be.

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Number of Movers (Manpower)

How many movers will be handling your move? This will also influence the cost of your move. These people pack, load, and unpack your belongings. Ordinarily, the cost of manpower is estimated at Rs 400-500 per person.

Manpower charges

Home SizeNumber of MoversPrice
1 BHK2 MenRs 800-1,000
2 BHK4 MenRs 1,600-2000
3 BHK6 MenRs 2,400-3,000
4+ BHK8 MenRs 3,200-4,000

Job Complexity

It is a less discussed factor but it matters a lot. If there is more risk, time, and effort needed to handle your move, then your moving cost will increase.

Remember, movers will need special handling tools and extra manpower to make the process easier in less time. Hence, the costs will increase.

Time of the Year

The season and timing of relocation significantly influence the costs of hiring movers and packers. For example, if you move during the peak season, such as summer, the costs will be high obviously; movers are busy.

Weekend vs. Weekday

Most people prefer to shift on weekends due to holidays in their workplaces. Due to this, there is a high demand for packers and movers from Friday to Sunday.

For this reason, it could be an expensive affair to move on weekends. So, choose weekdays over weekends to save money on your move. It also becomes cheaper if you shift in the middle of the month.

Gratuities to Movers

The workers (movers) of your moving company may ask for a tip at the end. Giving tips to your movers would be a nice gesture. However, it is not mandatory, you can give Rs 50-100 per person.

Packers and Movers Price Chart for Local Shifting (Updated 2021)

Below is a price chart that will give you an idea about the tentative local shifting charges.

House TypeLabor chargesMen RequiredPackingTransportationTentative shifting charges
1 BHKRs 1,000 – 2,0002 MenRs 1,000 – 3,500Rs 1,000 – 3,500Rs 3,000 – 9,000
2 BHKRs 1,500 – 3,5004 MenRs 1,500 – 5,500Rs 1,500 – 4,000Rs 4,500 – 13,000
3 BHKRs 1,500 – 4,5006 MenRs 1,500 – 7,500Rs 3,000 – 6,000Rs 6,000 – 18,000
4/5 BHKRs 2,000 – 6,0008 MenRs 2,000 – 9,000Rs 4,000 – 10,000Rs 8,000 – 25,000
VillaRs 2,500 – 7,0008-10 MenRs 2,500 – 11,000Rs 5,000 – 12,000Rs 10,000 – 30,000

How Much Do Intercity Packers and Movers Estimate Charges?

Estimating the cost of an intercity home relocation is a bit intricate.

I recommend that you use the packers and movers cost calculator to know the approximately correct price for moving.

However, I am here trying to discuss the fundamental factors that can influence the cost of hiring packers and movers for an intercity house moving.


The distance to be traveled in transit will significantly influence the cost of your long-distance home relocation. The more distance you are moving, the more expensive it will be.

For example, if you are relocating from Delhi to Kanpur. You want to shift household items of 2 BHK. Your movers and packers in Delhi would charge you around Rs 15,000 – 27,000. If you want to shift 2 BHK home items from Delhi to Dehradun, then the movers will charge you around Rs 13,000 – 23,000.

What is the reason behind the price difference? Obviously, it is the distance.

But it is not necessary always. Sometimes the costs of packers and movers may differ even the distance and home size are the same. The demands of moving service and the condition of road may influence the costs.

Type of Truck

Movers and packers use different types of trucks and tempos to shift belongings from one place to another. The type and size of truck/tempo needed for transportation will significantly influence the cost of moving.

There will be a price difference between a shared truck and a dedicated truck. If you choose a shared truck over a dedicated truck, then it would be an affordable option.

In shared truck transportation, the movers will transport your belongings together with the belongings of other persons in the same truck.

If you don’t prefer your belongings to be transported with another person’s belongings, then you must choose a dedicated truck. This option will be expensive but definitely has some benefits. Your goods will be reach destination fast.

Moving household items from one city to another in a dedicated truck will cost you an additional Rs 4,000 to Rs 15,000 depending on the distance covered in transit.


Long-distance home relocation is a risky endeavor. Your goods may damage in transit due to the bad condition of the road.

Obviously, the jerk en route can damage your belongings. To avoid this situation, packing must be done carefully in premium quality packaging supplies and sturdy boxes.

Fragile items such as glassware, silverware, antiques, electronics, and kitchen appliances are prone to be damaged in transit. Movers and packers must pack these specialty items with utmost care and attention.

Hence, there is a requirement for more packing supplies and boxes in an intercity home relocation. Also, the quality of packing materials and boxes should be premium.

Generally speaking, professional packers and movers charge around Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 for the packing of standard items from 1 to 3 BHK homes. In the case of delicate and specialty items, it can add up to Rs 12,000.

Manpower Required

Broadly speaking, manpower cost is estimated at Rs 400 to Rs 600 per person on intercity home shifting requirements.

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Manpower charges

Home SizeNumber of MoversPrice
1 BHK2 MenRs 800-1,200
2 BHK4 MenRs 1,600-2,400
3 BHK6 MenRs 2,400-3,600


Many packers and movers do not unpack items at their destination, but some unpack. It is recommended to ask movers whether they will unpack your belongings or not. If they unpack, they will charge for the same. Unpacking charges range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 4,500 depending upon the total weight & volume of items.

Toll Tax and Octroi

In an intercity home relocation, the truck/tempo has to cross the city/state border. Your packers and movers will levy the toll tax and octroi charges on you.

Goods in Transit Insurance (Optional)

In an intercity home relocation, there are chances of damages to goods in transit. If your mover is perfectly packed and handled by professionals, then chances are rare, but can be.

To avoid this unpleasant situation, there is moving insurance (goods in transit insurance) that will cover the risk.

Although insurance is an optional thing, it will benefit you. It will cover the risk of damage to the goods if it happens unfortunately in transit. Movers and packers will compensate you for damages.

Usually, packers and movers in India charge 3% of the declared value of items. Most moving companies make insurance mandatory. So, don’t forget to ask your movers if it is mandatory or not.

GST Charge

Most movers and packers will charge you GST on their services. Often people get confused about the actual slab of GST rate on relocation services. 5% or 18%?

Allow me to clear the same.

  • GST on packers and movers (for transport only) – 5%
  • GST on packers and movers (for complete shifting service) – 18%
  • And GST on transit insurance – 18%

Additional Charges

There will be additional charges for additional services.

AC Installation & UninstallationRs. 1200 – 1,600
Geyser Installation& UninstallationRs. 800 – 1,000
TV MountRs. 600 – 700
Warehousing & StorageRs. 3,000 – 4,000 per month (1-2 BHK)
Bike and Scooter transportationRs. 2,500 – 15,000
Car or Four-wheeler TransportationRs. 4,000 – 21,000
Pet Relocation 

Packers and Movers Price Chart for Intercity Home Shifting (Updated 2021)

400 Km
400 –
700 Km
700 –
1100 Km
1100 –
1500 Km
1500 –
2100 Km
2100 –
2700 Km
1 BHK (150 to 300 Cubic feet)10,000 – 20,00012,000 – 22,00014,000 – 23,00016,000 – 25,00018,000 – 28,00020,000 – 33,000
2 BHK (400 to 700 Cubic feet)13,000 – 24,00015,000 – 27,00017,000 – 30,00020,000 – 33,00023,000 – 37,00025,000 – 40,000
3 BHK (800 to 1200 Cubic feet)16,000 – 28,00019,000 – 32,00020,000 – 36,00024,000 – 39,00028,000 – 44,00032,000 – 52,000

How Much Do Packers and Movers Charge for Warehousing Services?

Most packers and movers also provide warehousing and storage services for residential and commercial owners. There are certain rates for this value-added service provided by moving companies. You might be curious to know the rates for warehousing and storage services.

Ordinarily, the price of warehousing & storage service will be Rs. 3,000 per month for 1 BHK, and Rs. 4,000 per month for 2 BHK items.

Standard Rates for Warehousing & Storage Services

Warehousing & StorageTentative List of itemsTotal Approx. Number of Boxes:Tentative List of items
1 BHKRs 3000/- Per Month20Deewan cot, single mattress, dressing table, center table, detachable double cot, mattress, 4 pcs plastic chairs, TV (LED, LCD, CRT), refrigerator (single door), gas stove, RO water purifier, washing machines, grinder-mixer, kitchen utensils (up to 8 boxes), carton boxes (for clothes), bedsheets, etc.
2 BHKRs 4000/- Per Month30Sofa set (3+1+1), diwan cot, mattress, shoe rack, 2 detachable double costs, dining table, dining table chairs, dressing table, refrigerator, air conditioner, microwave, TV, washing machine, gas stove, carton boxes (for clothes), bed sheets, kitchen utensils (up to 10 boxes, etc.
Box Storage (Small)Rs 300 per month—NA——NA—
Box Storage (Medium)Rs 500 per month—NA——NA—
Box Storage (Large)Rs 600 per month—NA——NA—
Scooter/Bike StorageRs 750 – 1000 per month—NA——NA—
Sports Bike StorageRs 1000 – 1400 per month—NA——NA—
Car Storage (Hatchback)Rs 2500 – 3000 per month—NA——NA—
Car Storage (Sedan)Rs 3000 – 3500 per month—NA——NA—
Car Storage (SUV)Rs 4000 – 4500 per month—NA——NA—

What is the Average Cost of Hiring Packing and Moving Services?

I have outlined all the possible costs involved in the relocation process. The question is now, the average cost of packing and moving services, the amount you would need to move.

Broadly speaking, the average cost of packers and movers ranges from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 30,000 for 1 to 3 BHK local shifting.

On the flip side, movers will charge approximately Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 52,000 for 1 to 3 BHK intercity home relocation. Keep in mind that the distance and the size of the load will significantly influence the final cost.

For accurate rates of packers and movers, I personally suggest you use an online packers and movers cost calculator. You will get almost the correct figure after using this tool. I have used this tool and also recommended many of my friends.

Another way is to use the enquiry form on the relocation portal. Just fill in the form and send it online. You will receive free quotations from multiple vendors within a few minutes (According to Moving Solutions, a trusted portal to hire relocation services in India).

You can use Moving Solutions to send your equerry online. Below is the enquiry form of Moving Solutions that you can use to collect free quotations from pre-verified movers and packers.

What are the Additional Costs of Moving?

Whether you are moving down the street in a city or relocating to a distant city, there can be additional costs along with the actual costs of moving.

To avoid unnecessary stress, you must be aware of additional costs. The most common additional costs of moving are as follows.

Cost of moving specialty items: If you have more specialty items to relocate, then movers will levy additional costs. It is because movers need more effort to pack specialty items such as bikes, pianos, antiques, artworks, glassware, heirlooms, etc.

Fee for unpacking services: Not all packers and movers offer unpacking services. So, when hiring a mover, make it clear whether they will do unpacking or not. This must be clear to avoid further disputes. Unpacking charges range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 4,500 depending upon the total weight & volume of items.

Storage Fees: Sometimes your belongings need in-transit storage. In this case, movers will levy additional costs.

How to Reduce the Costs of Moving and Save Money

Moving is an expensive affair. I totally agree. You must be.

How to minimize the cost of relocation? How to save money on hiring professional packers and movers?

This question might come to your mind when you need to move. I bet; I am not wrong.

So… How can you reduce the cost of moving?

No idea. No worries!

Allow me to share some great money-saving moving tips.

Declutter your home

Did you know that a minimalist person usually saves a lot when they have to move from one place to another?

Yes, it is true. And the reason is obvious, they have a limited number of items (only necessary items) to live.

I am sure you get the idea. So, sort through your property and identify what items you don’t want to move.

To get rid of unwanted items, use three simple fundas – trash, donate, or sell. This will help you downsize your belongings. Keep in mind that only move those items that you need to your new place.

Pack your items on your own

If the movers will use their own packing materials to pack and move your belongings, they will charge a considerable amount of money. If possible, pack your items as much as you can.

Collect free packing supplies

Packing materials are expensive. Collect free boxes from local grocery stores and chemists. Use old newspapers to wrap items. You can also borrow packing supplies like old newspapers and old boxes from your neighbors and friends.

Book movers early

This is one of the best things I can recommend you to do. If you will have sufficient time to book packers and movers, you can get a better deal. You will have many options to choose from.

Get at least three quotes

Sticking to a single moving company is a big mistake many people commit. Don’t repeat the same. Get at least three quotations from multiple vendors. Compare rates. This is a great technique that you must use. This will save you up to 30% of the moving cost.

In Closing

I hope the aforementioned information on moving costs helps you greatly. Now you can plan your move with the right budget. If you have an idea about relocation charges, you can know if a moving company is giving you an expensive quote. In general, you will never be cheated on pricing.

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