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What is the Average Cost of a Long Distance Move?

The short answer: It depends. Moving, especially over significant distances, involves a range of considerations impacting the cost. From packing and hiring movers to renting trucks, it’s essential to plan for all potential expenses. That’s where United Van Lines, America’s #1 Mover®, steps in with a user-friendly guide to demystify the cost of your long-distance move.

What Can Influence the Total Cost of a Cross-Country Move?

Many factors influence the cost of your move, but there are a few you should be aware of when planning a long-distance move. These are:

  • The distance traveled
  • The size of your move
  • When you move
  • Whether you hire professional long-distance movers or do the move yourself
  • If you need full-service move and special add-ons
  • The cost of packing supplies
  • And more

Distance Traveled

When it comes to moving, distance matters. The farther the journey, the higher the expenses. Moving expenses to keep in mind when planning a long-distance move are:

  • Fuel cost
  • Foods and accommodation for you to travel to the new home
  • Cost of vehicle rental if you move your belongings on your own
  • Packing supplies
  • Storage

The Size of Your Move

For those opting for professional movers, the number and weight of your possessions play a role. The larger the household, the more items to move, translating to higher costs. Whether you’re in a cozy apartment or a spacious home, the weight of your belongings significantly influences the final moving quote.

Most rough estimates for a two- to three-bedroom home are over $8,000 on the low and over $10,000 on the high end. Moving a four to five-bedroom home long distance can be anywhere from just shy of $10,000 to over $17,000.

Your Chosen Moving Date

Did you know the moving industry has a season? Peak seasons, typically spring and summer, may lead to higher costs due to increased demand. Moving during weekdays may offer cost advantages compared to weekends. If flexibility allows, consider a non-peak season for potential savings.

Hiring Professional Movers

While a DIY move may save money, professional movers can ease the stress. Estimates depend on factors like distance, time, and labor. United Van Lines provides customized moving plans to meet individual needs, offering a stress-free solution for a slightly higher cost.

Add-On Moving Services

Customize your move with additional services like storage or car shipping. United Van Lines’ full-service options simplify the process, ensuring your unique requirements are met. While these extras may increase costs, the convenience and coordination we provide could be worth it.

Buying Moving and Packing Supplies

Don’t overlook the costs of packing materials. Boxes, bubble wrap, and tape all contribute to the moving budget. While you might find some supplies for free, budgeting for purchases ensures a smooth packing process. That is if you choose to pack items yourself. With United Van Lines’ full-service moving packages, you can put these tasks aside for us.

Additional Moving Costs to Consider

So far, we’ve covered the primary factors most likely to increase your moving costs. However, other less common situations could also make you spend more on moving day. These often include fees assessed during the move for special circumstances. Some of them may not be avoidable depending on what the setup at your new home is like, but being aware of them can make it easier to decrease the chances of surprises on moving day disrupting your estimated moving budget. 

Long Carry Fees

Be aware of potential long-carry fees if your items need to be transported a significant distance from the moving truck to your new home. This most often occurs when movers cannot park close to the entrance to your new place. Are too many cars parked on the street preventing a truck from entering? Is there narrow or limited access to the front of your home? These are all things to consider and discuss with your movers.

Stair Carry Fees

Moving items upstairs may incur stair carry fees. Inform your move coordinator about potential stairs during the initial estimate call to account for any additional costs.

Elevator Fees

If movers need to use an elevator, extra fees may apply. Discuss elevator usage with your move coordinator to plan for any additional equipment or time required.

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