Moving is a really exciting endeavor, but there is also a lot that you need to consider and sort out. And, if you’re looking at a cross-country move, there are a lot of other logistics that you’re going to have to try and work out. How can you be sure that you’ve got enough money to take care of things properly?
So, what is the average cost of moving across the country? How much can you expect to pay cross country moving companies if they take care of your move? And how much should you have set aside for a budget? Let’s take a closer look.
How Far Are You Going?
The distance of your move is going to play a significant role in how much your move is going to cost. Local moves are typically 100 miles or less, and they are charged by the hour, based on how many movers are on your job.
But interstate moves, which are what we’re looking at here, are a little different. The distance of the move involves a lot of factors, including what state lines you’re going over, how many days the trip is going to take, and how many people are going to need to travel with the items. All of those factors are included in the price per pound, which is what we’re going to look at next.
How Much Stuff Are You Taking?
This is actually where the bulk of the calculations are. The weight of your truck is going to be the main determination as to how much that you’re going to be paying for your move. This is, mainly, because of how large vehicles are treated on interstates. Most large vehicles are required to get weighed at weigh stations and may be inspected for any reason.
Plus, they will have to stop for inspection at some states’ borders. For example, if you’re moving to Florida, your truck will absolutely have to stop at the border between Georgia and Florida. The state has very strict guidelines as to what plants, animals, and other “invasive species” are allowed to come into the state. So, your movers will have to have a list of the inventory in the truck and they’ll need to stop so that the truck can be looked at. Several other states have similar laws.
Before the truck leaves for the cross-country trip, the company will weigh it. They will subtract the weight of the truck and then have a total. They will, then, provide you with that total weight. So, you want to be aware of large items that you’re taking, like furniture and yard ornaments, because they can hike the cost up a bit.
On average, you are going to pay between 50 and 70 cents per pound in order to get your move sorted out. The higher end of that is if you have a lot of items or if you’re moving further away. The lower end is if you’re only moving a couple of hundred miles to your new home.
What Additional Services Do You Require?
There are all sorts of additional services that may be available from the moving companies that you want to work with. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Packing and unpacking your items
- Moving heavy items or fragile items
- Providing you with packing materials
- Storage services
Obviously, not all moving companies are going to offer every service, so you need to research it ahead of time. You will need to let them know what it is that you are looking for at the exact time that you get your estimate. Otherwise, they will need to completely redo your estimate to include the costs of additional services. Let them know everything up-front and you won’t need to worry.
What Does All of That Mean?
On average, your typical cross-country move is going to end up costing you somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000. The further you go, and the larger your home, the more that number is going to continue to rise. While you can reduce some of the costs by taking care of things by yourself, you will still not be likely to drop it much below the $5,000 mark.
Research your options ahead of time and see what you can find for your move. If you plan things out well and you think about the financial impact of each of your decisions, you may find that it’s a lot easier to work out what you need to pay and how much it may cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest way to move cross country?
The cheapest way to move cross-country is to load up your vehicle and do it on your own. But, it’s not always the easiest. If you need to move furniture, you’ll need to do it on your own. You’ll need to pack, unpack, and take care of all of that without professional assistance. But, if there are people who are going to meet you at your new home to unload, or you aren’t moving furniture, then it may be a fine way to do it.
Is it cheaper to buy new furniture or move it?
It depends on the furniture! If you’re looking at the furniture you got in college from the thrift store, then give it away and buy a new set when you move to your new home. If you’re talking about more expensive items that may be hard to replace, then it’s easier to move them.
Is it cheaper to get a pod?
In some instances, it may be tempting to just throw everything into some sort of moving pod and send it off to your new home. The problem with this is two-fold. First, you may find yourself stuck for an extended period of time, waiting for your items to get to your location. Second, the movers will literally drop the box off at your new home, and you’ll need to unload it.