A cross-country move can be costly and it is vital that you know what the costs could be before you start planning your move. Knowing the estimated expenses will help you budget for your move. When looking at these prices, you should also consider how you can reduce the costs of your cross-country relocation.
The Average Moving Costs
It is important to note that the average moving costs for cross country moving will vary depending on where you are and where you are going. The cost will also vary depending on the size of your home and how much you are looking to move. However, data has shown that the national average for a cross-country move will be $1,552. However, it is important to note that this is not always the case and you may have to pay more.
If you are going to be using one of the professional cross country moving companies, they will send out someone to assess your move and provide you with an estimate of the costs. The assessor will look at the amount you are moving, the overall weight of the items and your destination. Some moves could cost around $7,000 based on the size and the destination.
If you are not going to be using a moving company, your costs will be different. It is possible to rent a moving truck and move everything yourself for less than the cost of professional movers. The cost of the truck will vary depending on the size and the number of days you need it for. A truck which could accommodate the goods from an average 3-bedroom house will cost around $3,000 which could be less than the movers.
If you are going to get the full-service from your moving company which will include them packing, shipping and unpacking your home, you will be charged more. This type of move could easily cost $10,000 for an average 3-bedroom house.
Choosing A Mover
When looking at the costs of your home move, you will need to consider the different moving services that you can use. Each of these services will cost a different amount, but the ease of the move will vary. Professional movers will be easier to use than moving your home across the country yourself, and you need to consider this.
If you are looking for a big name professional moving company, you should budget around $10,000 for your move. This amount is based on the average for a 3-bedroom home. The big names will offer a full-service for this price with a guarantee of delivery dates and insurance. This is the most expensive option to use, but it is the one where you have to do the least.
If you are looking to save money on your cross-country move, you should consider doing it yourself by renting a truck. This will cost an average of $3,000, but this could increase if you need to ship your car. Most of the big name truck rental companies will help you determine the size truck that you need for our move and whether you need additional features such as ramps. This is the cheapest move option, but it does require the most work for you as you need to pack, load and transport the items yourself.
The last moving solution you should consider is a container shipping company. These companies will deliver a shipping container to your home which you then fill with your items, and they will then collect it and ship it to your destination. This service will cost around $4,500 which places at between professional movers and doing it yourself. There is some effort with this method as you need to pack and load the container, but the transportation is taken care of.
Questions To Ask When Moving Cross Country
Moving cross country is very different to moving to the next city, and there are some questions that you should be asking the movers before you hire them. The most important is the insurance coverage that the movers have. Basic insurance with most companies will be $0.60 per pound, and you might want to consider getting your insurance.
You should also find out if the estimate provided is a binding quote. You should also find out if the quote is a ‘not to exceed’ quote as this will help you determine the actual costs of the move. The quote that you get should also include any strange sized items, storage, fuel, and parking.
Before you hire a cross country moving company, you also need to find out who is responsible should anything be damaged. If you receive an item and it has been broken in transit, who is accountable for the damage? This is something that many people do not consider because they do not want to think about anything going wrong during the move, but you need to know.
Tips For Lowering The Costs
Knowing what the estimated costs of your move are going to be is important, but you also need to know how you could lower these costs. There are a number of tips that you can use to help and lower the costs of your move. It is important to note that not all of these tips will result in a lower cost for your move in particular.
If you have pets, you should not ship them. While it is tempting to use a pet-transport company because it is easier for you, it will increase the costs of the move. It will also increase the stress your pet feels during the move, and this is something that you will want to avoid.
Before contacting a moving company, you should reduce what you are taking. Getting rid of items that you do not use will decrease the costs of the move as you need less space in the moving truck. The bulky items in your home should be looked at first as these are the ones that increase the costs the most.