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Best Moving Companies in Santa Barbara, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Barbara Moving Companies on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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422 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Rating

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4.9 (93)
4.5 (58)
5.0 (13)

Why choose this provider?

Founded in 1998, Jared's Moving Company is a family-owned and operated business in Santa Barbara that handles all-size jobs for residential and commercial customers. The business provides local and long-distance transport services with the option of packing and unpacking. Jared's Moving Company specializes in moving pianos, including grand, upright, spinet, and organ styles. Additional services include transport for trade shows, company events, or other activities that require moving equipment and furniture.

  • Local
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Packing

820 Cima Linda Lane, Montecito, CA 93108 Rating

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5.0 (68)
4.8 (20)

Why choose this provider?

Platinum Movers has been providing moving and storage services to the communities in Santa Barbara for over 15 years. Its team handles the packing of clients' possessions and personal items before loading and transporting these to their new location. The company's web platform provides a channel for customers to schedule and request estimates of the moving process. Since its establishment, Platinum Movers has packed over 9,500 trucks and moved 782,000 parcels for its clients.

  • Local

5390 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 Rating

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4.6 (37)
4.5 (13)

Why choose this provider?

Mammoth Moving & Storage in Santa Barbara is a full-service residential and commercial transport company with over 40 years of experience. The licensed and insured business offers local and long-distance moving options, including packing and unpacking, crating, disassembly, and reassembly. The professional movers provide specialty services for antiques over 100-years-old, paintings, and pianos, such as upright, spinet, baby, parlor, and concert grand pianos. Short- and long-term storage options are available in a 50,000 SF space that's fully secure.

  • Long Distance
  • Storage
  • Packing

3905 State St Ste 7-324, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Rating

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4.8 (42)
4.5 (33)
5.0 (9)

Why choose this provider?

Aussie Moving is a full-service moving company for residential and commercial customers in Santa Barbara with over 15 years of experience. The licensed, bonded, and insured business offers local and long-distance moving assistance to reduce stress and safely transport clients' belongings from one location to another. Its professional movers provide packing and unpacking and specialize in handling large, bulky items, such as pianos, safes, and oversized furniture. Additional options include short- and long-term storage solutions.

  • Packing
  • Local
  • Long Distance

Compare our Top Moving Companies

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Jared's Moving Company
422 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Platinum Movers Inc.
820 Cima Linda Lane, Montecito, CA 93108
Mammoth Moving & Storage
5390 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Aussie Moving
3905 State St Ste 7-324, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


  • Introduction

    If you're moving locally, or at least within the same state, you'll want to hire a reputable local moving company to get the job done safely. Interstate movers are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but local moving companies often only have to comply with state regulations; it may be beneficial to learn the licensing process in your state in order to find a company you can trust. Another good way to ensure that your selected moving company is properly licensed is by looking through our top picks.

    If you're moving across state lines, you won't just have to verify that a company is licensed locally. They'll need to have the legal authority to operate in any of the states you'll be crossing. Many local moving companies partner with van lines to make sure they can pass regulatory hurdles and can facilitate your move smoothly, no matter the distance.
  • What is considered long-distance moving?

    Generally, if a move is over 400 miles, it's considered a long-distance move, but the definition varies between moving companies. Some consider a long-distance move to be one that takes the cargo across state or international borders. There are significant differences in cost and regulatory clearance between a long-distance move and a local move.

  • How far in advance should I hire movers?

    Hiring a mover at least four weeks in advance ensures that a variety of reputable options will be available. In some regions or during the summer when movers are busier, it's recommended that anyone looking for a licensed mover arrange the booking two to three months from the moving date.

  • Do you pay movers before or after?

    You may be asked to pay a small deposit before your move, but payment in full happens after the move is complete and your possessions are inside your new home. This ensures that the movers complete the job to your satisfaction before getting paid.

  • How much does a moving company cost?

    On average, the cost of a local move (intrastate or under 400 miles) is around $1,250. This includes labor, fuel, insurance, and several other factors. If a move is considered to be long-distance, it will likely be around $4,900, with a wider variance based on the specific demands involved.

  • How much do I tip movers?

    Based on the performance of the movers and the difficulty of the job, you should tip anywhere between 5% and 20% of the total cost of your move. Most people recommend tipping in cash at the end of the final day of the move.

  • How much is it to rent a moving van?

    The cost to rent a moving van without a crew to assist in the move depends on the size, the length of the rental, and the distance it is being driven. The average cost of renting a van ranges anywhere from $100 for a local move to $2,000 for long-distance.