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When moving within, to, or from the bustling urban hub of Oakland, California, it's worth considering a professional moving company for assistance. Plus, Oakland's hot summer temperatures can add more stress to your move. We've put together a list of the top local and long-distance movers in Oakland below.

Consider the movers below for your local or long-distance move.

Top Pick
IVL logo
4.8/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

  • Best Overall
  • Full-Service Mover
  • Worldwide Availability
Most Experienced Mover
American Van Lines logo
4.5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

  • Experienced Crews
  • Binding Estimates
  • Price-Matching Policy
Most Customer-Oriented
Safeway Moving logo
4.4/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

  • No-fuss estimates
  • Nationwide moves
  • Donates to St Jude Children's Research Hospital

10 Best Moving Companies in Oakland

Brands are algorithmically curated from a database of local service providers near you. We require a minimum number of Google reviews and average ratings for provider inclusion.

Top Rated Provider
Jay's Small Moves Logo
Top Rated

Jay's Small Moves

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 804 reviews


2525 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 501-5800

www.jaymoves.com/oakland-moving-compa...
Dependable Movers SF Logo

Dependable Movers SF

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 808 reviews


425 Avenue M, San Francisco, CA 94130

(628) 201-6674

dependablemoverssf.com

Pure Moving Company San Francisco Movers Local & Long distance

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 1,088 reviews


401 Terry A Francois Blvd #110, San Francisco, CA 94158

(415) 919-6497

www.puremovers.com/locations/san-fran...

NorthStar Moving Company

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 764 reviews


One Bush Plaza, Bush St Suite B-182, San Francisco, CA 94104

(415) 635-3844

www.northstarmoving.com
California Movers Local & Long Distance Moving Company Logo

California Movers Local & Long Distance Moving Company

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 1,011 reviews


1010 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 579-2747

californiamoversusa.com
Hauling Moses Moving & Storage Logo

Hauling Moses Moving & Storage

5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 399 reviews


2070 Newcomb Ave Unit A, San Francisco, CA 94124

(415) 662-0010

www.haulingmosesmoving.com
Royal Moving & Storage Inc Logo

Royal Moving & Storage Inc

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 170 reviews


189 3rd St #116, Oakland, CA 94607

(415) 715-1925

royalmovingco.com/san-francisco

Big Family Movers - Moving Company

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 85 reviews


3955 Whittle Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

(510) 839-5239

bigfamilymovers.com

Angel Moving & Storage

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 34 reviews


230 California St # 207, San Francisco, CA 94111

(877) 847-8122

www.angelmovingandstorage.com

Gentle Giant Moving Company

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 79 reviews


1390 Market St #200, San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 544-7000

www.gentlegiant.com/locations/san-fra...

Best of the rest

Below are home warranty companies that provide decent coverage but fell short of top scores in our rating system. We recommend these only for specific coverage needs.

  • In & Out Movers and Storage

    4.7/ 5

    2440 Newcomb Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

    (415) 573-9954

  • Capo’s Moving & Storage LLC

    4.7/ 5

    2440 Newcomb Ave #2, San Francisco, CA 94124

    (650) 544-7852

  • Kora Moving

    4.7/ 5

    948 S Van Ness Ave Suit 5, San Francisco, CA 94110

    (415) 583-1189

  • Fairprice Movers - San Francisco

    4.7/ 5

    1126 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    (415) 862-1964

Facts about Oakland

  • Population:
    436,291
  • Median Age:
    36 years
  • Median Rent:
    $2,676
  • Median House Value:
    $802,361
  • Cost Of Living Percentile:
    97%
  • Median Income:
    $94,389

How to Choose the Best Local Mover in Oakland

Some factors to consider when looking for a moving company include cost, services offered, licensing, and customer reviews.

Determine Your Budget

According to our research, Oakland movers charge $78 per hour on average. The average cost overall is $4,579 for two-bedroom homes. Factors that contribute to your actual cost include the season, move distance, your home size, and any additional tasks you need done.

We recommend getting quotes from a minimum of three reputable movers in your area. It's essential to get written estimates, which should outline your total cost and the flat fee or hourly rate. Comparing the estimate provided by your mover to the final cost after the move helps ensure fair pricing.

Read Customer Reviews

Solid customer feedback is important for all moving companies. Reading customer reviews on forums such as Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Trustpilot, Google Reviews, and social media will indicate which movers prioritize positive customer experiences. We recommend thoroughly researching customer reviews before selecting a moving company.

Ensure Proper Licensing

Moving companies in Oakland must follow different licensing requirements depending on their service area. If you are only moving intrastate, choose a company that carries a California Bureau of Household Goods and Services license. You can check a company's local license using the Transportation Carriers Lookup tool.

If you're moving across state lines, the regulations are different. Interstate moving companies must be licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and must carry active United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Motor Carrier (MC) numbers. You can use these numbers to look up a mover’s registration status and complaint history on the FMCSA’s mover registration search tool.

Services

Ask if your chosen mover can deliver the services that meet your expectations while obtaining quotes. Conduct an inventory of your belongings before requesting quotes and document any basic or add-on services that might be necessary to ensure accurate pricing. Inform your moving company representative regarding any special conditions or needs to evaluate whether the company can provide adequate service.

Types of Moving Services

Full-service movers will include the following moving services in the base price for standard moves:

  • Basic wrapping materials for furniture protection
  • Loading and unloading
  • Released liability coverage for loss or damage

If you need special services from your moving company, share these during the quote process. Services that contribute to increased pricing include the following:

  • Crating for art or antiques
  • Extra flights of stairs
  • Long carries
  • Packing
  • Moving a piano
  • Storage
  • Unpacking
  • Vehicle shipping

Tips To Consider When Moving in Oakland, CA

Here are some extra tips to consider when moving in Oakland.

Schedule an Early Move

Oakland sees its fair share of traffic, and navigating this can be a challenge in a moving truck. Being stuck in traffic during your move can lead to delays and impact your budget since local movers charge by the hour. You can prevent this by arranging your move several hours before or after morning rush hour.

Avoid Busy Season

Moving season peaks between May and September. In Oakland, this time coincides with very hot summer weather, which can worsen your moving experience. You should be able to schedule with your preferred moving company by contacting movers well in advance. However, keep in mind that the heat may impact your movers.

Pack in Advance

Begin packing approximately six weeks before your move so you won't have to rush at the last minute. You can pack a few boxes each day to make the process less stressful. Most movers only transport items that have been packed by the scheduled moving time, so you should finish your packing before they arrive.

How Much do Movers Cost in Oakland, CA

Movers in Oakland cost $2,757 on average for moves less than 250 miles. It can cost up to $8,629 to move a larger 4 bedroom house the same distance. See the chart below for more moving estimates, and contact a moving company for a more accurate quote specific to your situation.

DistanceStudio-1 Bedroom2-3 Bedroom4+ Bedroom
Less than 250 miles$2,757$3,755$8,629
250-999 miles$3,377$4,452$11,961
1,000-2,499 miles$3,434$5,039$12,950
2,500+ miles$3,457$6,138$15,159

Frequently Asked Questions about Moving in Oakland

Moving Data Sources

CDC Wonder

U.S. Census

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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