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Long Distance Movers Cost

Long Distance Movers Cost

National average
$4,500 - $6,000
(full service packing and moving a 2-bedroom house 1,000 miles)
Low: $1,400 - $2,300

(studio apartment, 1,000 miles)

High: $9,800 - $14,000

(full service, 4-bedroom house, 1,000 miles)

Cost to hire cross country movers varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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The averate cost of hiring long-distance movers is $8,000​.

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Cost factors

How much does it cost to hire cross-country movers?

If you have to move across the country, the process can get messy, especially when children and pets are involved. Cross-country movers, also known as long distance movers, are hired to help pack and ship your belongings safely while you and your family travel separately to your new home.

Hiring a long-distance moving service costs on average $4,500 to $6,000, with the average homeowner spending around $5,250 on moving, packing, and shipping a 2-bedroom house 1,000 miles.

Long distance moving costs

Lond distance moving costs
National average cost$5,250
Average range$4,500 - $6,000
Minimum cost$1,400
Maximum cost$14,00


Cost factors

No matter where you move, there are going to be additional costs that factor into the overall cost of moving, some of which increase the farther your move.

  • Travel fees: unless you’re driving your own moving truck, most of your belongings will travel separately from you and your family. You’ll have to build in the cost of travel on top of the standard moving fees. Expect to pay $300-$400 per person to fly across the country. Driving to your new home may take several days, which adds accommodations and food to your travel costs.
  • The size of your home: how much you plan on taking with you, which is based on the size of your house, will impact the final cost of shipping. Long distance movers charge by the distance (per 1,000 miles) and by the pound ($0.50-$0.70 per pound).
  • Packing services: some moving companies will also provide packing services for an additional fee. This fee would include the cost of packing supplies and the labor involved in packing and preparing your belongings. Packing services range from $1,000-$3,000.
  • Storage: storage will also add to your moving costs. Storage units cost an average of $50-$200 per month, but storage containers are another way to ship your belongings without having to pay for additional storage ($150-$500 per month plus delivery and moving fees).
  • Moving supplies: if you’re packing your belongings yourself, you’ll need to factor in the cost of moving supplies such as blankets, boxes, tape, and packing fillers. Boxes and packing materials will cost $200-$500, depending on your home size.
  • Moving date: what time of year you move may affect your moving quote. The summer months are particularly high-volume in terms of moving, and you may have to pay a premium. October-April moving rates are generally cheaper. Another way to possibly save money is by moving mid-month and mid-week; these are less popular moving times than end-week, end-month dates.
  • Liability and valuation coverage: valuation refers to the assessed “worth” of the items to be shipped, and you may be charged a premium for shipping items of higher value in order to make sure they are properly protected.
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Athens, GA
-9%
Framingham, MA
+36%
Madison, WI
+13%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Suffolk, VA
-3%
Yuba City, CA
-3%
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