How much does a long-distance move cost?
We get the question often. How much does a long-distance move cost? It’s a loaded question because many variables can affect the cost of an out of state move. The overall size/weight, location, time of year, and service are all things that affect the final price. The good news is there are ways of cutting costs, which we will provide in this article. We will give average rates, saving tips, and the best practices on getting a reliable moving quote. You can also use our moving cost calculator to get more insight into the cost of moving.
Average Cost – East to West Coast (Visa Versa)
- 1 bedroom (self-pack): $1750-$2000
- 2 bedroom (self-pack): $2500-$3100
- 3 bedroom (self-pack): $5500-$7500
- 4 bedroom (Self-pack): $6800-$9000
If you’re moving from New York to California or Florida to Washington, the prices will generally be the same, give or take. The average cost of hiring a mover will vary based on what you’re moving, dates, and service. The less you have, the less your final price will be. Moving is a great time to purge, so try and get rid of things you don’t need. You can hold a garage sale, give stuff away, or have local charities pick up unwanted items. The move size in the one factor that will have the most impact on the cost of your long-distance move.
The above price ranges will give you an idea of how much it costs to move out of state. The averages above are based on your self-packing. The packing charges will be determined based on the overall volume of your move. Before contracting a long-distance moving company, you should always check the DOT SAFER website for complaint history, license information, and whether or not they’re a mover or broker.
Average Cost – East Coast Move
- 1 bedroom (self-pack): $1500-$1900
- 2 bedroom (self-pack): $2200-$2800
- 3 bedroom (self-pack) $4500-$6500
- 4 bedroom (self-pack) $6000-$8500
We often get the question “how much does it cost to move long-distance“, or “I need a quick quote.” If you’re looking for averages, you can use this article for some guidelines. However, if you’re looking for an accurate quote, we would suggest setting up a virtual survey. Our virtual survey is pretty easy to use. With any smartphone, you can calculate the volume and weight of each piece of furniture and boxes. It only takes a few minutes and is ninety percent accurate.
Moving costs will vary based on the size/weight, packing, and the time of year you’re moving. If you plan on moving during the summertime rates will be a bit higher due to the peak moving season. Peak moving season ranges from May – September, and prices tend to increase by about twenty-five percent. Moves on the east coast tend to stay the same whether you’re moving from New York to Florida or visa Versa.
Average Cost – West Coast Moves
- 1 bedroom (self-pack): $1650-$2100
- 2 bedroom (self-pack): $2400-2950
- 3 bedroom (self-pack): $4800-$6800
- 4 bedroom (self-pack): $6200-$9000
Moving on the west coast tend to be a little more pricey than moving on the east coast. Overhead to run a moving company is a bit more expensive, which translates into the cost of moving. The averages listed above will give you a good sense of what to expect in terms of cost. All rates listed are self-pack rates. If you require professional packing, you should add approximately $500-$1000 depending on the size of your move. You can also check out our real moving cost calculator for more insight into the cost.
We always suggest contacting us for a more accurate moving estimate. Our long-distance moving cost averages are just that. They’re a guideline for you to plan and budget. We understand that moving can get costly, so planning is essential to have a positive experience.
Average Cost – Mid-West to East or West
- 1 bedroom (self-pack): $1500-$1950
- 2 bedroom (self-pack): $2200-$2650
- 3 bedroom (self-pack): $4500-$6300
- 4 bedroom (self-pack): $5600-$8500
How much does a long-distance move cost? (bottom line)
If you’re planning a long-distance move, we always suggest getting a visual or virtual survey. You should not book your move with a company that only offers phone surveys. They will not be accurate and can leave the door open for scams. You should also know your “rights and responsibilities” as a consumer. You must educate yourself on moving laws and do some research before hiring a long-distance moving company.
Like many industries, the moving business has scams. Some companies look to prey on uneducated consumers. The most common scam is called a “hostage load.” It’s when a mover will reel you in with an attractive price and charge you more after pick up. The simple way to avoid a situation like this is to be wary of costs that seem too good to be true. Here is how to cancel your move if you find yourself in a bind.
How to cut costs for your long-distance move
Hiring a professional moving company for an out of state move is costly. In this section, we will provide some ways to reduce the cost. You can also contact us if you have any questions or need any advice on cutting your moving expenses.
- Reduce the size of your move – Get rid of unwanted items in your home. Moving is a great time to purge.
- Self-pack – Self-packing is a great way to reduce moving costs. You can find used boxes by putting out a FB post or purchase materials at places like Home Depot.
- Moving during the wintertime – Peak season for the moving industry is between May and September. If you can manage to move in the wintertime you will reduce costs by 25%.
- Don’t’ look for the lowest price – This may sound strange, but going with the least expensive mover can cost you big bucks in the end.
- Do some research – before hiring a mover, make sure you check their reviews and credentials.