Category Moving & storage
10 January 2022,

If you are looking for the best movers in Ottawa, you are in the right place!

Our network consists of reliable and experienced moving companies serving all of Ottawa for moving trucks with movers, packing services, and all of your moving needs!

Most importantly, our moving partners are the top movers serving the region, with complete credentials, insurance, and solid track record for home and office moves.

Moving is never easy but with professional moving companies, you can get the move done faster, easier, and without the stress.

To save time and money, you can fill our short online form to find movers in:

·         Kanata

·         Nepean

·         Gloucester

·         Vanier

·         Stittsville

·         Ottawa-Gatineau

·         Blackburn Hamlet & Orleans

·         Rockcliffe Park

·         and many more!

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What can Ottawa moving companies offer?


Moving companies understand that every move is different. Thus, they offer a variety of moving services to suit your needs.

Movers also want to help you plan your move within your budget. Depending on the size of your move and your budget, you can choose any of the following:

·         Local moving

·         Long-distance moving

·         Small moves

·         Packing services

·         Piano Moving

·         Moving trucks

·         Storage services

·         Consolidated moving

·         Cross-border moving

Local Moving Services

If moving within Ottawa, you need a local moving service. For most moving companies, a local move is when the point of origin and the destination do not exceed 100 kilometers based on the shortest route.

Movers offer different packages for local moves. You can choose a moving truck with driver only or a moving truck with movers.

Local moving services charge hourly rates and they vary based on the size of the moving truck and the number of movers you need.

Hence, for a local move, moving companies generally bill you as follows:

·         Hourly rate x number of hours to complete your move

·         Travel fee (usually 1 hour to cover travel from the moving company’s office to your home and back)

·         Moving supplies (some movers provide some free boxes and packing materials but charge extra if you need more)

Most moving companies offer free use of mattress covers, floor runners, wardrobe boxes, packing tape, peanuts, and other supplies.

You need to find the right size of moving truck for the size of your home to complete the move in less time. You can also choose 2, 3, or 4 movers based on the size of your move.

As a guide, you can refer to the table below to determine how many movers you may need:


Size of home

Recommended Truck and Movers

Average Hourly rate

1.5 bedroom apt. or smaller

Moving truck with 2 movers

$130-$150 per hour
(minimum 3 hours)

2-3 bedroom apartment

Moving truck with 3 movers

$170 – $200 per hour
(minimum 4-5 hours)

Large home

Moving truck with 4 movers

$200 – $250 per hour
(minimum 6-8 hours)


If you require the movers to do the packing, the number of hours to complete your move will increase. The prices mentioned above include basic moving supplies, moving insurance coverage, and free use of moving equipment such as moving blankets, dollies, straps, etc.

Some moving companies provide only basic moving insurance (limited to $0.60 per pound of your household belongings) in case of loss or damage. Other moving companies provide Replacement Value Insurance which is the best coverage movers can offer to protect your cargo in case of loss or damage.

As with most insurance claims, there would be a deductible on a claim which varies based on the company’s insurance coverage.

Of course, higher insurance coverage can mean higher moving rates but they can be really worthwhile for your peace of mind.

It is also possible to hire a moving truck only if you intend to do the loading and unloading by yourself. This type of move will be more strenuous on your part but the hourly rates are lower.

Small Moves

Sometimes, people need to move a single item (bed, cabinet, a few boxes, etc.) but these items are heavy or bulky and would require a moving service.

Small and medium-sized moving companies can accommodate small moves. The cost will depend on your cargo and how flexible you are in the time and date of your move.

Some local movers in Ottawa charge as little as $60 per hour for a small pick-up/delivery with a small truck and 1 mover. If the item requires more than 1 mover to carry, each additional man will cost another $35-$40 per hour.

Long Distance Moving Services

Unlike local moves, a long-distance move is charged a flat rate by the moving company which is based on the distance of travel and the weight of your belongings.

Most movers consider moves exceeding 100 kilometers as a long-distance move.

The flat rate covers fuel, mileage, food and lodging for the movers (if applicable to the distance of your move), and travel time.

To estimate the cost of a long-distance move, your Ottawa moving company will need to assess the size of your cargo using video or photos. Most movers will schedule a virtual assessment of your home to provide you with an estimate.

The moving company may also charge you hourly rates for the loading of your cargo from your home to the truck and for offloading the cargo when it arrives at your new home. Hourly rates also apply if you require packing services.

Once the truck is loaded, the movers will weigh the loaded truck and subtract the weight of an empty truck to calculate your final moving bill.

Long-distance moving can be quite expensive so it is important to compare multiple moving quotes.

Consolidated Moving

If you are making a long-distance move, for instance, from Ottawa to Toronto or vice-versa, you can save a lot of money with a consolidated move.

Some moving companies regularly make runs from Ottawa to other cities such as Toronto or Montreal. For customers who can be flexible with their moving date, the moving company can schedule your move with other customers to reduce your moving cost.

For example, if a regular move from Ottawa to Toronto will cost around $2,400 for a 2-bedroom home, a consolidated move could cost only about $1,600 to $1,800.

If you can be flexible with your moving date, you can save hundreds of dollars with a consolidated moving service.

Piano Moving and Specialized Moves

Moving a piano requires special skills, equipment, and experience. Movers will offer rates for piano moving within Ottawa.

If you are moving a piano as part of your household move, you can be charged an additional $75 to $450 depending on the size of your piano.

If you only need to move a piano, movers could charge you from $200 to $500 if locally or up to $2,000 for a baby grand piano moving long-distance.

Storage Services

If you down-sized and can’t bring all of your household belongings, you can put in storage with professional movers.

Moving companies have climate-controlled warehouse or storage space with security systems that ensure the safety of your stored possessions. They are available for monthly or long-term lease.

The size of moving trucks matter in speed and cost


The size of moving truck matters when it comes to getting your move done fast and well. The faster the job gets done, the less you need to pay.

·         For large homes, the 24” or 26” moving truck is recommended. This truck can accommodate a lot of cargo to save time on travel.

·         Small apartments and homes can use the 20” moving truck which is ideal for local moves.

·         Small moves, student moves, senior moves can be served with van or 12” to 17” moving trucks.

A good moving company will be able to offer you the right size of moving truck for your moving needs. The right-sized truck will result in a faster move with fewer billable hours!

Typical Local Moving Costs in 2024 in Ottawa

Are you worried about the cost of your move? We can help you find the lowest moving rates from reliable movers in Ottawa with our free online form.

In the meantime, take a look at the typical moving costs in Ottawa in 2024 for your reference.

Size of house

Standard Moving Cost

2-bedroom home

$880 to $1,100

3-bedroom home

$1,400 to $1,700

4-bedroom home

$2,300 to $2,500

 **Prices are for illustration and are not actual quotes. These are average prices for the months of June to August.

 The final bill can go up for a few things, depending on the moving company. For instance, some movers charge extra if the apartment has an elevator. Some movers charge for stairs.  We know you don’t want to hire movers that charge frivolous charges so we encourage you to compare free quotes using our short online form.

Take note that moving rates are high around June to August but they are much cheaper starting in September. If you can be flexible about your move, you could arrange for a moving date after the peak season and save as much as 40%.

Talk to our moving partners to plan your move in Ottawa by requesting free and no-obligation quotes!

Reasons DIY Moves don’t save you money


A lot of people choose to do DIY moves because they think renting a U-Haul is cheaper. That may be true if you have a lot of time and just moving a few items or boxes.

But if you are moving a whole home, even if it is only a few blocks away, it makes more sense to hire professional movers. Here are the reasons why DIY moves don’t actually save you money.

1.    Your time and energy cost more.

When you are moving, you have a hundred things on your to-do list. From buying moving supplies, packing up your home, updating your mailing address, closing utilities, paying bills, bidding farewell to friends, selling or disposing of items you don’t want, you just won’t have a lot of free time.

If you choose to move DIY, you will need to take time off work to be able to do all these things! To pack up a 2 bedroom home for a family of 4, you may need as much as a week to finish it.

Aside from time, you will also be spending much energy getting things done and neglecting other things that are more important such as relaxing and enjoying your life.

2.    Renting a DIY moving truck is not really cheap.

You probably see all those advertisements for DIY rental trucks for less than $20. They seem so cheap but are they really? There are additional charges to U-Haul trucks such as mileage, gasoline, insurance, and moving supplies. If you need help with loading and unloading, you will be paying hourly for labor, too. If you ask friends for help, you will spend on beer and pizza, too.

In the end, you spend a lot of hours doing the work yourself and picking up and returning the truck.  You could also be doing multiple trips which take you longer and cost more.

3.    Damage from DIY moving can be expensive.

If you injure your back, hand, or feel too tired after the move, you will take more time off work or spend on medical bills.

Your health and well-being are too important to risk to save just a handful of dollars.

If you break or damage any item during the move, repair or replacement of that item can also be more costly than the savings from your DIY move. You could damage the floor and walls of your new home when you bring in furniture because you don’t have the proper tools.

4.    Last-minute issues and stress.

Moving DIY is stressful enough without having to deal with last-minute issues like friends canceling out, moving truck suddenly not available (it happens, you know), etc.

Because you may not be very “experienced” at DIY moving, you could make errors in judgment that could cost you more time and money. Renting the wrong size of truck, not having proper tools, no moving insurance, getting lost, or having a breakdown along the road are problems that could cost you more money in the end.

There are other options to DIY moving that don’t really cost a fortune.

For local moves, professional movers offer moving truck and mover packages at hourly rates. For long-distance moves, you can consider consolidated moving or even moving pods or moving containers.

The best way to find the most practical and economical moving company is to compare free and no-obligation moving quotes.

Just fill out the form and get connected with the best movers in your area.

FAQS: Moving in Ottawa and Ottawa Movers


Planning a move, whether it is local or long-distance, requires careful consideration and research. You want things to go well and save as much as possible.

Having the most information at your disposal can help you plan a successful move.

Below you will find useful answers to the most frequently asked questions about moving in Ottawa and Ottawa moving companies.

 My lease is expiring but my new home won’t be ready for another 2 months. What can I do with my furniture?

Some good moving companies in Ottawa offer portable storage containers that can be delivered to your doorstep. You can put all of your things there which makes more sense than moving them to a temporary home then moving again in a couple of months.

If you don’t have yard space, some movers also offer storage containers to be parked in their yard. Other moving companies also offer secure and climate-controlled storage space for a month or long-term.

Is a consolidated move safe?

Consolidated moves cost less than a regular move. For a long-distance move that costs thousands of dollars, you can save a lot from consolidating your move. The moving company will combine your move with another customer and perhaps use only one truck to hold all your possessions. The moving company will be responsible for your cargo and will take all precautions to keep your belongings safe.

If you choose to consolidate your move, expect your household belongings to arrive later.

Do movers require a deposit for a move?

Yes, most movers will ask for a small deposit (no more than 20%) once you book a moving date. However, you can cancel a move free of charge subject to the policies of the moving company.

Do I need moving insurance?

Moving companies are required to provide minimum insurance coverage for all moves. This type of coverage is limited to a maximum of $0.60 per pound. This means if your sofa costing $16,000 gets damaged, you won’t be able to claim the full value. Some moving companies offer replacement value insurance although their moving rates may be higher.

If you have valuables in your moving inventory, you could buy optional insurance. You can also check your homeowners’ insurance policy.

Is it advisable to get packing services for a move?

If you are packing up a whole home for 4 family members, you need a lot of time to do it. Consider if you have other members to help you. You don’t want to be throwing things in a box and not knowing where they went after the move. It is important to have a system in place because unpacking later can become a nightmare.

If you don’t have help, don’t have a lot of time, and your move is fast approaching, it may be a great idea to get movers to pack for you. They are skilled at packing kitchenware, odd-shaped items, and fragile items to prevent damage and breakage.

To save some money, you can choose to just pack your clothes. Partial packing is less expensive than a full pack service. Movers charge hourly rates for packing services.

How do I choose a moving company in Ottawa?

When it comes to finding a good moving company in Ottawa, you won’t lack choices. There are many good movers but you need to find one that is available on your moving date and offers you the best price.

Get free quotes to compare using our short online form. Ask questions from your potential moving company, check the insurance coverage of your move, and look at their track record and experience.  You can verify moving companies with organizations like the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) or the Better Business Bureau.

Because you are entrusting your life-long possessions to your movers, make sure to hire one you can trust.

What is a full-service move?

A full-service move means that your moving company will do all the work including packing, loading/unloading, dismantling of your furniture and appliances, and delivering the cargo from origin to destination.  This type of moving service is perfect for homeowners who don’t have time to handle some aspects of the move or prefer to leave the work to the capable hands of movers.

Is it better to choose a van line or a small moving company?

Van lines are ideal for long-distance and cross-border moves such as Ottawa to Vancouver, or Ottawa to New York City. They have more resources and logistics to handle even complex and large moves. Smaller moving companies, however, can provide more personalized moving services and lower rates. They can be ideal for small moves, local moves, or long-distance moves such as from Ottawa to Toronto or Montreal.

There are many pros and cons to consider when choosing between a van line and a small moving company. The most important thing to look into is the capability of the company to conduct the move efficiently and the cost.

How do moving companies calculate the price for my move?

We understand you want to calculate your moving cost and plan your budget. Know that your moving cost will depend on a lot of factors – your moving date, origin and destination, weight of your belongings, your inventory (do you have a piano or pool table with your cargo?), etc.

As a rule, movers charge hourly rates for local moves which includes a moving truck and movers. For a small studio, your move could take no more than 3 hours if you do your own packing. Long-distance moves are charged flat rates by movers, depending on the distance of travel and your inventory.

The best way to calculate the moving cost is to get free quotes from reliable movers using our short online form.

Are instant quotes accurate or guaranteed?

Honestly, instant moving quotes obtained online in 1 or 2 minutes are just estimates; they are far from being accurate. This is because a moving company needs to know exactly what belongings you have to move to give an accurate price.

When you request free moving quotes using our short online form, our partner moving companies will provide a quote based on your information (size of home, moving date, destination) but will require an assessment (from photos, videos) to give you a more accurate quote.

Top movers with lowest rates for moving in Ottawa


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