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Moving is a lot less stressful once you find a reputable moving company with affordable services. WiscNews has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing moving services, website ease of use and customer reviews of 15 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top moving companies in southern Wisconsin.

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How much do movers cost in Southern Wisconsin?

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Residents of southern Wisconsin moving locally can expect to pay about $1,000 to $1,600 for a two- or three- bedroom move with a moving company. Moving to a city in a neighboring state — Chicago, for example — costs between $2,500 and $3,500, on average. A move to Texas from southern Wisconsin costs about $3,500 to $5,500. A cross-country move to California is closer to $5,000 or $7,500.

Local move pricing is ordinarily calculated by the hour and the number of movers. Interstate moving costs depend primarily on distance and weight of items. Other price factors include whether you use packing and unpacking services, require special handling for fragile or large items, require furniture disassembly and assembly or need storage. Purchasing extra insurance coverage or moving during summer adds to cost.

Moving companies in southern Wisconsin provide free quotes. These quotes can be binding or nonbinding. The estimate should clearly explain all charges for the move and be in writing. Moving companies may require a small deposit; avoid any company that requires a sizable down payment before the move is complete.

Southern Wisconsin moving laws and regulations

Before moving your belongings out of or into Wisconsin, interstate movers are required to give you a pamphlet called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” Interstate movers must be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Look for a USDOT number on the company website, and verify the registration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Wisconsin movers moving someone else’s property in exchange for payment need motor carrier operating authority from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. If you are moving locally, ask to see your mover’s certificate with an intrastate authority number, which starts with “LC.”

Southern Wisconsin moving FAQ

How much should I tip movers for a long-distance move?

Tips for long-distance moves are typically $10 per person for a half day or $20 per person for a full day. Tips are given at the discretion of the customer and are not required.

How can I move cheap in southern Wisconsin?

To save money on moving, pack boxes yourself. You can rent a truck or storage container and hire movers to do only the loading and unloading. Moving during winter or off-peak times costs less than moving during summer.

How much does it cost to move a studio apartment in southern Wisconsin?

Moving a studio apartment from Portage to Milwaukee, a distance of about 100 miles, costs between $500 and $800, on average. Moves to closer towns, including Baraboo (17 miles), Beaver Dam (38) and Madison (40), are less expensive.

How much does a full-service move cost in southern Wisconsin?

A full-service, local move for a two- or three-bedroom home in southern Wisconsin costs from $2,000 to $3,000.

Southern Wisconsin moving company information

American Van Lines

American Van Lines handles moves across the nation, including in Wisconsin. The company is a good choice for long-distance and interstate moves out of and into the state. The company’s vans are equipped with air ride suspension. Reviewers praise the professional moving staff and helpful moving coordinators. Contact American Van Lines for a free moving quote.

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Colonial Van Lines

Colonial Van Lines performs long-distance moves out of and into several towns in southern Wisconsin, including Beaver Dam, Portage and Baraboo. Colonial Van Lines has Colonial Cubes in select service areas. These modular moving solutions allow customers to fill up a moving container themselves, then have Colonial move it to its new location. The company does over 12,000 moves per year. Contact Colonial Van Lines for a free quote.

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Safebound Moving & Storage

Safebound Moving & Storage is a national company serving many states, including Wisconsin. The company is a good option for long-distance moves into and out of the state. Customers can take advantage of short-term or long-term storage. Movers have experience moving fragile or antique items. Contact Safebound Moving & Storage for a free quote.

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All About Moving

All About Moving offers local and out-of-state moves for homes and businesses in southern Wisconsin. It supplies boxes and puts down floor covers and carpets while working. Flat or hourly rates are available, depending on the job. Movers can also help move furniture within a home. The company is located at 324 Front St., Beaver Dam, WI 53916.

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Dairyland Moving and Storage

Dairyland Moving and Storage provides local and long-distance moving services for residential and commercial customers. The company offers packing, loading and unloading, storage, auto transport and heavy equipment moving. It also moves antiques, artwork and special items. Stretch wrap and padding for furniture and household items is complimentary. The company is located at 1208 Northport Road, Portage, WI 53901.

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A1 Movers of Portage

A1 Movers of Portage offers residential and commercial services for in-state and interstate moving. The company has specially trained movers for large or fragile items and full-service packing options. Movers cover floors and walls while working. Most moves within 100 miles are delivered the next business day. The company is located at N6522 S. Highway 51 & 16, Ste. A6, Portage, WI 53901.

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Maiboxes Moving

Mailboxes Moving performs local and long-distance moves for homes and businesses in and around Baraboo. The movers at Mailboxes Moving have experience moving pianos. Free estimates are available over the phone. The company is located at 620 Broadway St., Baraboo, WI 53913.

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