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How Much Does A Cross Country Move Cost?

Published by Chris Townsend

How Much Does A Cross Country Move Cost?

How Much Does A Cross Country Move Cost?

When you decide to move cross country, the cost will likely be a factor in which company you hire. While some cross-country moving companies are cheaper than others, the cost of a cross country move will still be rather substantial.

There are several factors to consider when figuring out the cost of a cross country move including:

  • Distance
  • Amount of things being moved
  • Services chosen from the moving company
  • Any fragile, abnormally large, or abnormally heavy items
  • The time of year you decide to move
  • Any labor you hire for packing, unpacking, and other moving tasks
  • And more!

When you move cross country, you might need additional services, such a storage, packing, unpacking, furniture disassembly, and more. These services will come from a full-service moving company and the cost will be higher for each service you choose.

Average Cost of a Cross Country Move

Let's look at a few cities and the average cost to move based on a few specific options.

Moving from New York City to Los Angeles (2,800 miles)

If you plan to move from NYC to Los Angeles or a similar distance across the country, expect o pay from $2,182 to $6,895, depending on the option you choose. A full-service moving company without any additional services (includes loading, unloading, and transportation) will range from $3,500 to $6,895.

Those looking to save a little money on the move can do the loading and unloading themselves with a portable storage unit moving company, such a PODS or U-Pack. This type of move will cost between $3,000 and $4,300 with one month of storage included in the cost.

If you want to rent a truck, you can do so at the cheapest cost of $2,182 to $3,155, but this cost doesn't include fuel.

Moving from New York City to Orlando (1,080 miles)

Since this cross-country move is a shorter distance, it will be cheaper than moving from NYC to LA. The average cost to move from New York City to Orlando is $923 to $4,100. If you choose a full-service cross-country move, you will pay $1,920 to $4,100 for transportation, loading, and unloading. There will be an additional cost for any additional services you choose.

Choosing PODS or U-Pack will have a lower average cost of $1,700 to $3,260 with one month storage included. If you choose to rent a moving truck, you will pay $932 to $1,424, along with the cost of fuel.

Moving from Tampa to Atlanta (460 miles)

While it's not exactly a cross country move, looking at a move closer to 500 miles will give you a better idea of how distance impacts the cost of your cross-country move. The average cost to move from Tampa to Atlanta is $630 to $3,800. A full-service moving company will cost $1,745 to $3,800 plus the cost of any additional services.

If you do the packing yourself, you can move for $1,400 to $2,650 with one month of storage included. Renting a moving truck will cost $630 to $972 plus the cost of fuel.

When you want to move cross country, figuring out the cost can be difficult. The best way to find out the actual cost of your cross-country move is to get a free online quote or have a full-service moving company provide an in-house estimate.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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