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What is The Average Cost of Moving Cross Country?

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Moving cost relies on several factors, such as the type of move, the amount of furniture, the weight of cargo, and the number of movers.

If you are using a moving company, you can expect to pay anywhere from around $1,500 to $15,000 when moving cross country. The difference in cost is so great due to the differential in weight and miles moved.

The first thing that one must consider when calculating the cost of moving cross country is the type of move. The two main types of moves are do-it-yourself (DIY) moves or professional moves.

What is the average cost of a cross country move?

Professional movers are the most common way to move. Although it will be more expensive, you will have professionals handling your belongings. The movers will provide their own equipment and supplies to handle your furniture and precious cargo. How much will this cost you?

Costs vary but are primarily based on weight. For example, assuming the move is 1,000 miles:

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 to move a studio

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $2,500 and $4,000 to move a two-bedroom

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $6,500 and $9,000 to move a four-bedroom

What is the average cost of a do-it-yourself cross country move?

DIY moves will be a lot cheaper than professional movers, but you will pay with your time and your fatigue.

You can rent a moving truck. In this case, you would have to pack and drive the rented truck to your location. Another option is a You Pack, We Drive where you pack a storage container or moving truck, and the company drives it to your location. After taxes and fees, both come out to about the same price.

In the end, you'll have to ask yourself if it's worth it to cut out the middle man. For the smaller jobs, there's not much difference, but a four bedroom DIY move could save you $1,000. For example, assuming the move is 1,000 miles:

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $750 and $1,500 to move a studio

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $1,900 and $2,500 to move a two-bedroom

  • You can expect to pay somewhere between $5,500 and $8,000 to move a four-bedroom
Size of move 1,000 miles 2,000 miles
Studio apartment ( ~2,000 pounds) ~ $1,500 ~ $2,250
1 bedroom (2,500 - 3,500 pounds) $1,800 - $2,500 $2,800 - $3,500
2 bedroom (5,000 - 6,000 pounds) $2,500 - $4,000 $4,400 - $6,000
3 bedroom (7,500 - 10,000 pounds) $3,500 - $6,500 $5,500 - $8,500
4 bedroom (10,000 - 15,000 pounds) $6,500 - $9,000 $ 8,500 - $12,000

How does weight affect the cost of moving cross country?

To properly plan your budget, you'll want to estimate the weight of all the furniture in your house. This would also we a prefect time to make a list of your belongings with their price for insurance purposes.

  • Bedroom(s): You should start here, calculating the weight of all the bedrooms in your house. The rough estimate of the weight of a bedroom is around 1,000 to 3,000 pounds.
  • Living room: Focus on the living room next. Your living room is most likely filled with a couch or two, which will weigh a lot and take up a lot of space.
  • Kitchen: Don't forget the kitchen. All your pots, pans, plates, appliances, tables, and chairs will add up to be a significant amount of weight.

How does distance affect the cost of moving cross country?

One of the most important factors to determine how much it will cost to move cross country is the distance traveled. The longer that the distance traveled, the more expensive the move will be. If you are moving across the country, your move will most likely be around 1,000 to 2,000 miles.

Size of move 1,000 miles 2,000 miles
Studio apartment ( ~2,000 pounds) ~ $1,000 ~ $1,500
1 bedroom (2,500 - 3,500 pounds) $1,000 - $1,900 $1,800 - $2,500
2 bedroom (5,000 - 6,000 pounds) $1900 - $2,500 $2,500 - $4,000
3 bedroom (7,500 - 10,000 pounds) $2,500 - $5,500 $3,500 - $6,500
4 bedroom (10,000 - 15,000 pounds) $5,500 - $8,000 $ 6,500 - $9,000


Remember, the numbers shown in the charts are just estimates. Contact a moving company to get an accurate price for your move.

Scott Myers  Posted by Scott Myers on September 17, 2018

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