Are you planning on moving to another state?
If the answer is yes, you’re probably wondering how much the move will cost.
While there’s no set answer as to how much a move to another state will cost, we’re here to list and break down the various factors that will influence how much you’ll end up paying for your interstate move.
Before we jump into the types of costs associated with moving to another state, we’re going to rattle off some quick tips to help make your relocation a success.
How Can I Make My Interstate Move a Success?
Planning, starting early, selecting your moving method, deciding whether to hire movers, and packing efficiently are necessary preliminary measures for an interstate move. The first step in planning is to develop an all-encompassing to-do list of the tasks you need to complete for the move. Take time to sit with yourself or with other people you live with to brainstorm this list, so no stone is left unturned. Your to-do list should include packing methods, transferring or canceling services, and deciding whether to hire professional movers.
Early planning helps mitigate the pressures brought on by an interstate move. If you’re hiring a professional moving service, you’re going to need to coordinate the service in advance. Waiting too long to set up professional moving assistance could result in the service being booked during your ideal relocation time.
Weekend moving times are busier than Monday-Thursday moves, so be sure to book at least a month ahead if you’re relocating over a weekend.
It’s vital to understand the various types of moving methods to find a service that’s right for you. If you choose to book professional movers, you can either let them do all the packing, transporting, and unpacking, or do some of the work yourself and let the movers handle all of the heaviest items.
If you’re performing some packing, try and pack as efficiently as possible. Placing heavy items toward the bottom of boxes, organizing boxes, and making sure boxes close are essential steps that will make unloading easier.
How Do I Choose a Moving Company?
Scanning online reviews is a great way to start your search for the ideal moving company. Online services such as Angie’s List provide plenty of online reviews for you to conveniently sort through. Watch out for red flags when reviewing moving assistance options, and professional moving companies should be licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Association and possess proper licensing for interstate moves.
You can often locate better deals by sourcing quotes from multiple moving companies. Moving companies provide potential customers with binding or non-binding offers. Binding offers are a fixed price, while non-binding offers may result in the customer paying more or less after completing the job. If the idea of a non-binding offer makes you nervous, try requesting a “guaranteed-not-to-exceed” offer, which allows customers to pay the estimated cost or the binding cost.
Do your best to keep sensitive materials and items on you during the move. Sensitive items can include Social Security cards, financial documents, and more.
Below is a quick list on how to prepare before we get into costs:
- Identify your moving location
- Outline your moving budget
- Decide your moving method
- Plan early
- Change your address and transfer utilities
- Make arrangements for pets
- Locate healthcare services in your new area
While moving costs are relatively uncertain, we’re here to clear up some of the fog for a clearer picture.
How Much Does Using a Professional Moving Company Cost?
Enlisting the help of a professional moving service to do everything for you from A-Z comes at a cost—but that cost is justified. Hiring moving professionals vastly mitigates the moving process and frees up more time for you to plan and take action. Let’s cut to the chase. The average interstate move costs around $5,630 based on an average weight load of 7,100 pounds and a 1,200-mile travel distance.
If you’re wondering how far 1,200 miles is, it’s roughly the distance between New Jersey and South Florida. Labor costs, distance traveled, shipment weight, insurance costs, and add-on fees will affect your interstate move’s final price tag.
We know not everyone wants to book a professional moving service, so we’ve come up with some DIY options to help you out.
What Is a Moving Truck Rental?
Moving trucks present a more affordable form of assistance. After you rent a moving truck, you’ll have to lift and load the items into the vehicle and transport them yourself. U-Haul, Budget, and Penske are examples of companies people commonly use for moving truck rentals.
Are you wondering how much this is going to cost?
Earlier we gave the distance example of an average moving cost from New Jersey to South Florida. That same route would cost around $1,700 with a moving truck. Your overall cost will be impacted by the time you need the truck for, the size truck you require, equipment rentals, and gas costs.
Renting a moving container is fairly similar to moving truck rental.
What Is a Moving Container?
Moving containers are portable and provide users with storage space before, during, and post-move. The average cost of renting a moving container for an out of state move is $2,231.
Your moving container costs will be calculated based on:
- How long you need the container
- The number and size of containers you need
- The distance you’re moving
- Whether or not you’re storing in a climate-controlled environment
These fees all sound pretty straightforward, but don’t forget about hidden fees that can pop-up during an interstate move:
What Hidden Fees Might I Be Subject to During My Move?
Property closing costs, vehicle shipping, moving supplies, and the need to buy new furniture are examples of hidden fees during a move.
If you’re purchasing a home in a different state, be prepared to pay title insurance, realtor fees, and appraisal fees to finalize your purchase. Unless you plan on driving your vehicle(s) to your moving location, you’re going to have to organize vehicle shipping.
The methods for shipping vehicles are:
Open carrier transport is the most common method of transporting vehicles, while enclosed auto transport offers higher car protection levels for an increased price. Airfreight shipping is the fastest and safest way to ship a vehicle, but the most expensive. Owners of luxury vehicles should look toward enclosed auto carrier transport or air freight shipping.
Common examples of moving supplies include:
- Cardboard boxes
- Foam pouches
- Packing tape and paper
- Box cutters
The chances are relatively high that you’ll have to purchase some new furniture for the location you’re moving to, so set aside some money in your budget to account for that old chair, couch, or any other furniture item you want to replace.
Should I Hire Professional Movers?
Professional movers significantly reduce the amount of stress you’ll experience during an interstate move. If you have the money in your budget for professional movers, we recommend hiring professional assistance for an interstate relocation. There are great options available if you don’t wish to hire professional movers as truck rentals and moving containers can help you get the job done.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.