How Much Does Moving Cost?

How Much Does Moving Cost?

When hiring a professional mover, the costs can vary depending on the distance of your move, the volume of the load, and the moving company’s experience and pricing structure. To get a better understanding of how much moving costs and what you should expect, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you.

Local Moves

Most moving companies charge an hourly rate and estimate the cost based on the size of the truck, time required, and the number of movers needed. At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we do it differently to save you money. We charge a one-time, one-hour standard travel fee that covers the cost of travel for our crew. This includes moving anywhere within the city limits of Ottawa including Orleans, Kanata, Barrhaven, and more. 

Long-Distance Moving

Long-distance moves are priced differently than local trips. At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we charge by the kilometre for the travel portion and then hourly for the actual moving portion. Charges per kilometre will factor in the gas, number of crew, and the hotel accommodations if needed. By pricing ourselves this way we can save you thousands of dollars in fees compared to the other moving companies who charge a flat fee or by the weight of the goods, plus distance travelled and accessorial charges. Our pricing method also ensures that you have a good idea of how much you’ll be paying upfront instead of after the move has been completed. 

Commercial Moves

If you’re planning to move your office equipment, you’ll need a professional who specializes in commercial moving. At OML, we understand the special requirements of a commercial move and have the proper equipment and crew for the job. Because each project is unique, we price based on the type of services and equipment that will be required. A walkthrough is performed by our team to help get clarity and to assist you in planning the move. A quote will then be prepared based on our best rates.

The Extras

You should also budget for an extra couple hundred dollars if you plan to use packing services, short term storage solutions, or home delivery services offered by your mover. At OML our moving coordinator will help you plan accordingly and ensure you know how much you will need upfront to pay for any additional services during your move.


Don’t forget about insurance. Some movers pass the cost on to you, others don’t have enough coverage to fully replace damaged items. Our team goes the extra step to make sure you have all the coverage you need.

Contact us today at OML for a free quote!

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