Answered by Robert MoreschiApril 15, 2013
So you want to move from the Garden State to the Golden State? I do not blame you, the allure of the Pacific coast can sometimes be too much to handle. But it's important that you know what you're up against before you start planning. Long distance moves are costly, and the expenses you'll be faced with have the tendency to pile up rather quickly. On top of all that, cross-country moves are usually the most expensive type of move you can make, other than an overseas move.
So how much can you expect to pay for your move from NJ to CA? Well, it depends on several different factors, but expect to pay anywhere from $6,000 to $14,000. For example, the total cost you'll end up paying for your move will depend on the size of your move (how big is your shipment? what size house will you be moving from?), the time of year that you choose to move (summer moves tend to be more expensive than other seasons), whether or not you will be hiring an auto mover to transport your car, and what type of professional moving services you utilize.
All of these factors will have an impact on what your final moving bill will cost you. If you have a smaller move that's less than 5,000 pounds, you may pay anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000. The lower figure on that scale will most likely be the cost of a move without professional packing services or auto transport services, however the more you add on to your move, the more you can expect to pay. If you are going to be moving a bigger house, like a 3- or 4-bedroom house, then you can expect to see the cost of your cross-country move exceed $10,000.
The best way for you to plan for your cross-country move is to sit down with all of your planned expenses and make a moving budget so you can better pinpoint what you'll have to pay. Then, with that figure in mind, visit Movers.com and fill out our free quote form on the front page to get free moving estimates from moving companies who can assist you with your long distance move.