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How much does it cost to move across country?

April 8th, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Calculating Your Cross-Country Moving Costs

Almost everyone who calls wants to know one thing from our moving experts: "How much does it cost to move across country?" That's an important question if your goal is to stay within a set moving budget. Though there's no one-size-fits-all price tag, it's an easy question to answer – you just have to get a moving quote.

Ultimately, your price depends on a few factors. Let’s walk through your options and help you calculate your cross country moving costs.

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What Goes Into Your Move Costs

Ultimately, the total cost of your move is based on the type of moving company you choose, how you get to your new home, and any extra services you add on. 

How the type of moving company impacts your move cost

You have options ranging from DIY to full-service and they vary in price. 

  • Truck rental may have a cheap price tag initially, but when you add fuel, liability coverage, taxes, and tolls, your cost increases. Use our Rental Truck Fuel Calculator to figure out how much it costs to fuel a rental truck.
  • The next step up is a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack. It’s the best of both worlds – you do the packing and loading, we deliver right to your door. Prices often compare to truck rental, and there’s no extra charge for fuel. Get a U-Pack quote online to see how much your move will cost.|
  • Typically, the most expensive option is a full-service move. While the movers do everything for you (packing, loading, driving, unloading), it comes at a premium. Their rates are based on the weight of your shipment, which can be difficult to accurately estimate. 

How the way you travel across the country impacts your move cost

Another factor to consider is your method of travel. These costs, even though they are tax deductible moving expenses, also play a part in the overall cost of your move.

  • If you decide to move with a rental truck, your family may be able to ride in the truck. While the larger trucks can hold three passengers, smaller trucks are limited to two. And if you’re moving with children, keep in mind that most rental trucks are not designed for car seats. It may also require towing or shipping a vehicle, so be sure to factor in those costs as well. Read more about traveling with a moving truck.
  • If you let U-Pack or full-service movers do the driving, you can travel in your own vehicle, by plane, or train and ship your car

With either option, if you’re driving in your personal vehicle, 500 miles is ideal for one day of travel – 600 if you’re feeling adventurous. That would mean for a 2,500 mile move, you would be looking at 3-4 nights in a hotel. Keep in mind that if you’re pulling a trailer with a rental truck, the maximum speed is 55 mph, so the distance you’re able to safely drive in a day decreases. You may be looking at 4-5 nights in a hotel. Average costs for a hotel range from $90-$150 per night, depending on where you’re staying.  

How extra services impact your move cost

There are other potential services you may need to factor into your moving cost.

  • Moving Help. If you need to add loading or unloading services to your move (either truck rental or U-Pack), those would be additional costs. Most moving help is available at hourly rates. 
  • Storage. If you need to store your belongings for any amount of time (either a few days or a few months), you can add on storage services. You may have to rent a storage unit if you’re using a rental truck, which would mean moving your belongings from the truck to the unit, and eventually from the unit back into a truck and then into your home. If you move with U-Pack, you can store right in the moving container or moving trailer so you don’t have to transfer your belongings. Storage rates are included in your U-Pack moving quote
  • Moving Supplies. To keep your belongings protected during your move, it’s recommended that you invest in professional moving supplies. Order your boxes from the U-Pack Store and get FREE shipping.

Ready to figure out your moving cost with U-Pack?

If you want to know how much it would cost to move with U-Pack, get a free moving quote. It includes the moving equipment, fuel, liability coverage, taxes, and transportation. Knowing who you’re moving with helps you see the bigger picture of your total cross country moving cost. 

Need Help Calculating Your Costs to Move Across Country?

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