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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Most of us need moving services at some point. If you're moving in or out of Milwaukee, it's essential to find the right moving company. You need movers with excellent customer service, a reliable delivery record and affordable pricing. To help, we created this list of the best Milwaukee-area movers.

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      Milwaukee moving services

      Moving companies offer services beyond lifting and transporting heavy boxes to and from your home. You can also hire movers to perform a full-service move that includes all packing, unpacking, furniture disassembly and furniture assembly. Some moving companies handle large items, including jacuzzis and pianos, and provide specialized care for antiques or other fragile or valuable items.

      Best time of year to move in Milwaukee

      Summer is the most popular time to move, and prices of trucks and labor reflect that. Moving in winter in Wisconsin isn't very pleasant, and that's not only during December and January. Movers could encounter snow and freezing temperatures starting in October and lasting well into April. If you’re willing to press your luck, a late fall or early spring move is more cost-effective. However, late August, early September and May are very popular moving times, meaning you may find increased prices or a shortage of available trucks if you move during those times.

      Milwaukee moving laws and regulations

      By law, any moving company that moves goods across state lines must register with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Registered companies receive an assigned USDOT number that they must display in their advertising. To receive that number, the company must show proof of insurance and bonding along with contact information. Do not use or work with any company that cannot readily provide you with this information.

      The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has a fact sheet with several tips for interstate moving, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has guides on how to spot red flags when searching for a relocation company. The Wisconsin Movers Association is another excellent resource full of information on regulations, laws and rights specific to the state.

      Milwaukee moving costs

      Local moves within Milwaukee are typically charged by an hourly rate, so the most significant factors that determine moving cost are the amount of belongings being moved and how many movers you choose to hire. Expect to pay about $80 per hour for the labor of two movers, $100 per hour for three movers and $140 for four movers. The cost of moving a single-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee is around $500, and a three-bedroom home costs roughly $1,200.

      Long-distance moving costs in Milwaukee

      Long-distance moves are typically determined by the distance of the move and the volume of items being transported. The average price of a cross-country move from Milwaukee is $1,000 per room. You can also round the cost to about $12 per square foot. Some companies charge a per-pound cost for a long-distance move to account for fuel usage, with the average being $0.50 per pound.

      Cutting costs with Milwaukee moving labor

      One of the best ways to make a move affordable is to work with a labor-only moving company. With these types of moves, you are responsible for all packing work and materials. You must also rent and drive the moving truck yourself. The movers are only responsible for physically moving your belongings in and out of the rented truck. If you're very organized and don't mind doing the driving, labor-only moving can be very cost-effective — you're merely paying for the brawn to do the heavy lifting.

      Other factors affecting Milwaukee moving costs

      Some companies charge a stair fee if items must be carried up and down stairways, so those who live on the upper level of a duplex in Bayview or on the East Side should expect to pay more. This fee also applies to large, multistory houses found in Washington Heights. Unwieldy items and narrow streets may also create additional costs, so make sure you read the fine print of your estimate and ask about ways the price of the move might increase.

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        Milwaukee moving company information

        Milwaukee Movers

        Milwaukee Movers offers everything from labor-only to full-service moves. Its rates start at $60 an hour, and it offers multiple guides, tips and estimators online to make your packing and moving experience as smooth as possible. The company also has a secure, climate-controlled storage space available for $1 per square foot. It suggests booking at least a month before your move.

        • Service areas: Within 50 miles of Downtown Milwaukee
        • Address: 12000 W. Silver Spring Drive, Ste. 300, Milwaukee, WI 53225
        • Phone: (414) 368-0000
        • Hours: M - F: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 8am - 4pm
        • Website: mkemovers.com
        Hernia Movers

        Hernia Movers focuses on Wisconsin and the surrounding states, though it is licensed to operate in the contiguous U.S. The company offers moving, packing and storage services and charges an hourly rate. Its movers unpack boxes into the appropriate rooms and are capable of moving and handling specialty and heavy items.

        • Service areas: Milwaukee
        • Address: 3210 N. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53212
        • Phone: (414) 263-6402
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: herniamovers.com
        Brothers Moving

        Brothers Moving offers full-service and labor-only moves with a minimum of three hours. It has climate-controlled storage, offers packing supplies and comes prepared to disassemble and reassemble furniture as needed. The company charges an administrative fee for paying by credit or debit card.

        • Service areas: Waukesha, Milwaukee, Mequon, West Bend, Racine and Kenosha
        • Address: 21870 Watertown Road, Ste. 7, Waukesha, WI 53186
        • Phone: (262) 278-6683
        • Hours: M - Sat: 8am - 9pm
        • Website: brothersrelocation.com
        Kad Moving and Storage

        Kad Moving and Storage uses a three-person system with two movers handling big items while a third loads the truck with small items. The company claims this system makes for a well-organized and swift move. The fully licensed and insured company handles local and in-state moves.

        • Service areas: Milwaukee, Racine, Brookfield, New Berlin, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, Thiensville, Pewaukee, Muskego, Caledonia, South Milwaukee, Big Bend, Butler, Franksville, Greendale, Elm Grove, Oak Creek, Franklin, Cudahy, Lannon and Waterford
        • Address: 836 E. Bay St., Milwaukee, WI 53207
        • Phone: (414) 643-7638
        • Hours: M - Sun: 8am - 8pm
        • Website: kadmoving.com
        Eagle Moving and Storage

        Eagle Moving and Storage offers local and out-of-state commercial and residential moving services. It offers wrapping services for all upholstered furniture as well as complete packing services and materials. There are a number of helpful lists and tips on its website, including the company's nine-point checklist and money-saving tricks. The company packs, crates and ships your belongings for interstate moves, which it charges by the weight of the freight.

        • Service areas: Wisconsin
        • Address: 929 W. Bruce St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
        • Phone: (414) 383-1776
        • Hours: M - F: 8 - 4:30pm; Sat: 8am - 12pm
        • Website: moves.net
        Five Star Moving Crew

        Five Star Moving Crew offers a wide variety of services, from labor-only moves to full-service packing and moving options. It also unpacks shipping and storage containers. The company provides a free online quote on its website.

        • Service areas: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties
        • Address: 5616 Green Bay Road, Kenosha, WI 53144
        • Phone: (262) 997-9430
        • Hours: M - Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm
        • Website: five-starmovingcrew.com
        Anchor Moving Systems

        Anchor Moving Systems is an international company based in the Milwaukee area that handles any size of move. The company has a rapid move program that can be set up in just 24 hours. Its website contains a wide variety of resources, including checklists and tips and tricks, to ensure a quick and easy move.

        • Service areas: Wisconsin
        • Address: W144 N5800 Shawn Circle, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
        • Phone: (414) 355-6683
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm
        • Website: anchormovingsystems.com
        Five Star Movers

        Five Star Movers offer labor-only and full-service moves. It uses the staff's years of experience in packing belongings to offer advice that makes your move as smooth as possible. The company has on-site storage and excels at moving unusual, difficult items.

        • Service areas: Wisconsin
        • Address: 2238 W. Bluemound Road, Waukesha, WI 53186
        • Phone: (414) 704-0975
        • Hours: M-F: 7am - 9am; Sat & Sun: 8am - 8am
        • Website: fivestarmoverswi.com
        College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk Milwaukee

        College H.U.N.K.S. focuses on local and in-state moves. It offers labor-only and full-service options for residential and commercial moves as well as storage and junk removal. The company also provides donation pickup services. Visit the company's website to book online.

        • Service areas: Wisconsin
        • Address: 11800 W. Ripley Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
        • Phone: (414) 436-2909
        • Hours: M - Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 9am - 5pm
        • Website: collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/milwaukee
        by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

        As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.

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