How Much Does It Cost to Move Out of State?

A long-distance move has the potential to be more stressful given it requires more strategic planning, effort and paperwork than a local move. A long-distance move is usually more expensive than a local move, too, though the cost is heavily dependent on the size and distance of the move.

Knowing how much it costs to move out of state will help you financially prepare for your relocation. In this article, United Van Lines offers advice to ensure you have a successful out-of-state move, while helping to minimize the stress. We also share how to best calculate your moving costs in advance so you’re ready for the financial investment of a long-distance move. 

How Much It Costs to Move to a New State

There are many different factors to consider when determining the cost of your move. Moving yourself? Be aware that unexpected costs can pop up. Prefer to have a professional moving company do the heavy lifting? A reputable one will provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of all of the moving services they’re providing.

Among the expenses to keep in mind when planning a long-distance move are:

  • The cost of gas
  • The cost of food and snacks along the way
  • Overnight hotel or other lodging costs
  • The cost of a truck rental if moving DIY 
  • Hauling oversized items
  • Packing supplies, such as boxes or tape
  • Temporary or long-term storage of your belongings
  • Time off from your job
  • Expenses involved in safely transport your pet(s)

Needless to say, each of these costs can quickly add up. There are a number of reliable resources available to help estimate your moving costs. If you are wondering how much gas will cost along your route, for example, the Weekly Retail Gasoline and Diesel Price chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration can help plan your fuel costs. You can also plan your move with the help of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Trip Calculator Tool.

It’s important to remember that each moving company has their own method of estimating the cost of your move. That said, you should be prepared to answer questions about the size of your move and schedule a survey of your items when getting a quote from United Van Lines or any other professional moving company. This helps accurately estimate the amount of time your move will take. Just be sure to carefully review the estimate and ask questions at that time to avoid unforeseen expenses.

Things to Know Before Hiring a Professional Mover

It’s important to do your research about various moving companies before making your decision about who will transport your belongings since hiring subpar movers can lead to lost belongings or unanticipated moving expenses that quickly mount.  

A great place to start before hiring a mover is to use the FMCSA search tool, which lets you see the mover’s status and past performance reviews. 

Still, how do you know what a reliable moving company looks like? For one thing, professional movers who perform interstate moves must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A registered moving company also has a Department of Transportation (DOT) number that legally permits them to make interstate moves. Not to be overlooked, a professional moving company must provide you with educational materials that help inform your decision-making.

At the end of the day, the federal government designed these rules to prevent you from moving scams. 

Learn more about how to avoid moving scams

Things to Consider When Making a Long-Distance Move

Further distance moves often require you to assess the situation — and your belongings — differently than if you were moving across town. A few things to ask yourself are:

  • Will I need to downsize my belongings? If so, what will I be keeping?
  • Will additional services be required for the move, such as storage or moving oversized items?

Deciding between hiring a professional mover or taking a DIY approach to your move is often a hard decision to make and it’s one that typically comes down to budget and what you’re capable of taking on yourself. 

Considerations when weighing your options include:

  • Your budget for the move
  • The timing of your relocation
  • How much time you’re able to commit
  • What tasks you’re willing to pay for
  • Whether you have family or friends who are willing to help 

Answering these questions will help you determine if you should hire a professional moving company for your state-to-state move or if you’re able to tackle the task yourself

Benefits of Hiring a Pro for a State-To-State Move

Although typically a less expensive do-it-yourself move does demand a significant time commitment. This can be especially challenging without the help of family and friends. 

A professional moving company, while typically more expensive, affords many benefits. For example, a moving company has access to an experienced team of professional movers who work efficiently and quickly — not to mention who knows their stuff. They also have all the necessary equipment for a move on hand. 

By contrast, completing a large move on your own means not just rounding up family and friends, but also renting the necessary equipment to get the job done.

Like some rental companies, a professional moving company also offers moving valuation for item repair or replacement, giving you peace of mind for the duration of your long-distance move. 

Most professional movers will provide you with a personal move coordinator when making an out-of-state move, someone who helps you stay organized and provides updates on each stage of the move. Your move coordinator’s guidance helps minimize stress during your move.

A professional moving company also offers flexibility, allowing you to pick and choose what services you want to pay for. Don’t think you’ll have time to pack your belongings? Ask the moving company if they offer packing and unpacking services. Have to adhere to a tight budget? Working with a professional moving company gives you the freedom to select only the services you need. 

How a Professional Moving Company Estimates Costs

A lot goes into planning and making a long-distance move happen. Understandably, a number of factors play into the ultimate cost of your move, including:

  • The distance of the move
  • The size of the move or the number of belongings you have
  • The number of bedrooms in your new and current homes
  • The time of the year
  • The number of specialty items, such as large furniture or fine art
  • Additional services, such as packing or unloading

There is the cost of extra services to be mindful of as well, including:

  • Storage
  • Car shipping
  • Moving protection
  • The cost of traveling your new home, whether flying or driving

Learn more about estimating the costs of your move. 

Choose United for Your Long-Distance Move

A long-distance move doesn’t have to be complicated — United Van Lines can help you move with ease. With over 90 years of qualified, skilled moving expertise and access to 500 locations across the United States, we specialize in providing stress-free state-to-state moves. 

Assisting with moves of all sizes and distances — including international moves — United Van Lines further helps alleviate your stress and expedite your move with an array of additional moving services, such as packing, unpacking and storage. 

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Full-Service Moving Packages

United Van Lines provides affordable, full-service moving packages perfect for anyone looking to complete a long-distance move. And these packages are customizable, while helping you adhere to your budget.

A full-service move with United Van Lines includes:

  • A personal move coordinator
  • Transportation of your belongings
  • Loading and unloading of your belongings
  • Full-Value Protection for peace of mind
  • Standard furniture placement
  • Qualified drivers and dependable moving equipment

There are a number of additional services available that can be added to your full-service moving package, including:

  • Packing and unpacking services
  • Storage
  • Car shipping
  • Debris pickup

View a full list of United’s services

America’s #1 Mover® Since 1928

United Van Lines is proud to be America’s #1 Mover® for 90 years. Since our start in 1933, we’ve assisted with countless moves nationwide. Worried about leaving your belongings in someone else’s hands? We have your back. And our customer satisfaction rating is an average of 4.43 out of 5 stars, a testament to our professional moving expertise.

MyUnited Move Portal

United Van Lines makes it easy to tackle the to-dos of your move. In fact, everything is in one place, thanks to the MyUnited Move Portal, which helps keep track of your major milestones, organize contacts and book your move online. 

Start planning your move with the MyUnited Move Portal today.

United Van Lines Moving Resources

United Van Lines understands that moving out of state can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this catalog of resources to further assist with your move. 

Still trying to decide where to move? Check out the latest United Van Lines Annual Movers Study. Each year we interview our customers about where they’re moving and why. Our info-rich Moving To articles help familiarize you with your next home state. 

United helps you stay organized throughout your move with the help of comprehensive online Moving Checklists. We also offer many expert tips on packing and preparing for your move.

Ready to Move With United Van Lines? Get a Quote Today!

Start planning for your long-distance move today by requesting an online quote from United Van Lines! 

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