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The vibrant city of Santa Monica, California has residents who rely on the services of a moving company when relocating. Plus, Santa Monica's hot summer temperatures can add more stress to your move. Save time searching for the best movers with our list of the top local and long-distance moving companies in Santa Monica.

Here are the best moving companies for local and long-distance relocations in and out of Santa Monica.

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 Santa Monica

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
Vip Pro Moving Logo
Top Rated

Vip Pro Moving

5/5

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

Based on 348 reviews


5535 Westlawn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

(213) 999-6365

vippromoving.com
Man With A Truck Movers and Packers Logo

Man With A Truck Movers and Packers

5/5

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

Based on 1,171 reviews


2185 Basil Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90077

(310) 925-7859

manwithatruckmoving.com

Trek Movers. Local & Long-Distance Moving Company in Los Angeles.

5/5

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

Based on 941 reviews


1049 Havenhurst Dr #35, West Hollywood, CA 90046

(800) 298-0044

trekmovers.com

U-Free Moving Systems

4.7/5

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

Based on 163 reviews


2900 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 696-3067

ufreemoving.com
Beverly Hills Movers Logo

Beverly Hills Movers

4.7/5

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

Based on 53 reviews


301 Rexford Dr #25, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

(310) 400-5907

beverlyhills-movers.com

StarTruck Moving

4.7/5

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

Based on 22 reviews


7225 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 784-1780

losangelesinterstatemoving.com

Excalibur Movers Santa Monica

4.6/5

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

Based on 39 reviews


1450 2nd St #119, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(877) 557-7777

excaliburmovers.com/santa-monica-move...

Prodigy Moving & Storage

4.6/5

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

Based on 47 reviews


100 Wilshire Blvd #700, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(800) 237-5801

www.prodigymoving.com

Big Win Moving

4.6/5

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

Based on 57 reviews


1033 3rd St #206, Santa Monica, CA 90403

(888) 378-1788

www.bigwinmoving.com

Santa Monica Movers

4.6/5

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

Based on 143 reviews


2210 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

(424) 219-5242

santamonica-movers.com

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.

  • Moving Pro inc

    4.6/ 5

    1, Venice, CA 90291

    (855) 831-7520

  • United Moving Services

    4.6/ 5

    1823 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    (213) 519-7002

  • Green Mountain Moving & Storage

    4.6/ 5

    8727 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

    (800) 765-8807

  • Citadel moving

    4.7/ 5

    500 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

    (833) 668-3494

Facts about Santa Monica

  • Population:
    91,250
  • Median Age:
    41 years
  • Median Rent:
    $3,545
  • Median House Value:
    $1,682,105
  • Cost Of Living Percentile:
    99%
  • Median Income:
    $106,797

How to Choose the Best Local Mover in Santa Monica

A few factors you should consider when looking for a moving company include customer reviews, licensing, services offered, and cost.

Determine Your Budget

Based on our findings, the average cost of a local mover in Santa Monica is $107 per hour. The overall cost adds up to $4,300 for a two-bedroom move. Your move distance, home size, move date, and any additional tasks you need the movers to do will determine your actual cost.

You should get quotes from a minimum of three reputable movers in your area. Ask for written estimates that provide a clear breakdown of the total cost, including the flat fee or hourly rate. Comparing the estimate provided by your moving company to the final cost after your move helps ensure fair pricing is maintained.

Read Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are valuable when looking for a mover. Take time to read customer reviews on sites like Trustpilot, the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, social media, and Google Reviews to find movers with excellent customer service.

Ensure Proper Licensing

Moving companies in Santa Monica must follow different licensing requirements depending on their service area. If you're moving from one California city to another, choose a company that carries a California Bureau of Household Goods and Services license. You can verify a company's state 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

Assess whether the mover offers the services you need during the quote process. Conduct an inventory of your belongings before getting quotes and document any basic or add-on services that might be necessary to ensure accurate pricing. Furthermore, notify your moving company representative about any extra services you may need to gauge the company's capability to provide adequate service.

Types of Moving Services

Full-service movers deliver the following standard services as a part of their base price:

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

Inform your moving company about the other services you require during the quote process. Additional fees may apply for the following services:

  • Crating for art or antiques
  • Extra flights of stairs
  • Long carries
  • Packing
  • Piano moving
  • Storage
  • Unpacking
  • Vehicle shipping

Tips To Consider When Moving in Santa Monica, CA

Keep these tips in mind before moving to, from, or within Santa Monica.

Schedule an Early Move

Santa Monica usually gets congested during rush hour. Navigating it can be more difficult in a moving truck compared to a personal-use car. Movers caught in traffic may result in delays and a higher cost since local movers charge hourly. We advise arranging before morning rush hour, which makes sure the movers avoid heavy traffic and complete the move before evening.

Avoid Busy Season

May to September marks the busiest moving season and Santa Monica's hottest time of the year. Moving at this time can slow or worsen your move, especially if you start searching for a moving company too late. The increased demand could make it harder to secure your desired mover. You should be able to schedule with your preferred moving company by contacting movers at least eight weeks before your move. However, remember that the heat may still present challenges for your movers.

Pack in Advance

Most moving companies only transport items that have been properly packed by the scheduled moving time, so you should finish your packing before their arrival. You should begin packing around six weeks before your move. Pack a few boxes each day to avoid rushing when move day comes. Your movers may have some extra boxes with them for last-minute packing, but you shouldn’t depend on it.

How Much do Movers Cost in Santa Monica, CA

Movers in Santa Monica cost $2,661 on average for moves less than 250 miles. It can cost up to $7,446 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$2,661$3,227$7,446
250-999 miles$3,275$3,866$10,894
1,000-2,499 miles$3,317$4,424$11,379
2,500+ miles$3,252$5,496$13,531

Frequently Asked Questions about Moving in Santa Monica

Moving Data Sources

CDC Wonder

U.S. Census

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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