Answered by Jenna FarmerApril 15, 2013
You may have finally made that life-changing decision to pack up everything you own and start anew on the opposite side of the country.But let's face it, these days, moving is much more than carrying a bindle sack on a stick as you set out to your new destination. And with the cost of virtually everything on the rise, it becomes increasingly harder to keep your finances in check by the time you reach your new home. Luckily, there are plenty of options for moving cross-country that can compliment any budget. However, be prepared to spend anywhere from $1,500 to upwards of $10,000 depending on the size of your home, amount of belongings, distance of your move and method of moving. Get a free quote here at movers.com.
Full Service Movers
On average, movers assess a cost of approximately $0.50 perpound to move your household goods; however, this does not include any packing fees (labor and material), insurance costs or storage costs. If you're moving 2,800 miles, for example, the cost to move 2,000 lbs would be approximately $2,700; to move 3,000 lbs the same distance would be approximately $4,000; and to move 4,000-5,000 lbs the same distance would cost approximately $5,600. Costs will also vary from company to company, so make sure you get at least three estimates before you hire anyone.
Renting a Truck
If you'd rather rent a truck and take on the rest of the moving logistics yourself, you can rent a cargo van for approximately $20 per day plus the cost of mileage. If you rent the van for 10 days, traveling 3,000 miles, it will cost you somewhere around $3,000. If you need to rent a large truck (24 feet or more), the daily rental and mileage will increase somewhat. It will be approximately $40 per day for the truck, and cost approximately $3,400 in total for a 10-day rental at 3,000.
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