Calculating Your Cross-Country Moving Costs
If I had to guess, I would say that "How much does it cost to move across country" is the most popular and important question we answer. Because every move is unique, and people are moving to and from different parts of the country, it’s also the question that’s most difficult to answer one-size-fits-all.
But, it’s still a great question.
And though there’s not a ball-park guestimate to rely on, it is easy to get an online quote from U-Pack and see your price instantly. Just enter the basic information about your move, and you’ll see the price right away—without having to call or invite someone over for an in-home estimate.
Factors Used To Determine the Cost of Your Cross Country Move
If you're wondering how your cross-country moving costs are calculated (and why it's necessary to provide this information to get a quote), here's what moving companies typically look at.
Where you’re moving from and to
Location is probably the biggest indicator of price. It goes without saying that a 3,000 mile move will cost more than an 800 mile move. But, did you know that if you’re moving out of a location with an excess of equipment or into an area that needs more equipment, U-Pack may be able to offer significantly discounted rates? You’ll be able to see that with your moving quote.
How much you’re moving
With U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use. So when you move less, you pay less. You know what that means… it’s time to pare down. You’ll find that leaving behind the stuff you don’t use or need is a huge money saver in the long run. Whether you donate it, have a garage sale or throw it away, your cost to move cross country is definitely impacted by how much you move.
When you’re moving
Similar to hotels and airlines, moving services also offer peak and off-peak days. The best days to move with U-Pack are typically Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the beginning of the month (excluding holidays). Ask your U-Pack representative what the lowest price day is for your move.
Questions to Ask About Cross-Country Moving Costs
Now that you’ve got a good idea of what moving companies need to know to help determine your cost to move across states, there are some questions you can ask to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.
How do you charge?
U-Pack prices are based on how much space you use. The less you use, the less you pay!
How do I know how much space I’ll need?
The Online Space Estimator is a great tool for calculating how much space you’ll use in a trailer, or the number of ReloCubes you’ll need. If you’re moving a studio apartment across the country, 5 linear feet, or 1 ReloCube is normally adequate. If you’re moving a larger 3-4 bedroom home, 21-28 linear feet of the trailer is probably what you’ll need.
Are there any hidden charges?
Not with U-Pack. You pay one flat rate for your cross-country move that includes fuel, tax, tolls, standard liability coverage and the driver. Your trailer quote includes a per-foot adjustment rate that you can add or subtract based on how much space you use.
What is the transit time?
U-Pack averages delivery in just 2-5 business days. Your state-to-state moving quote includes the estimated transit time for your specific move. In most locations, you have the option of adding U-Pack Guaranteed—guaranteeing the exact day your shipment arrives for unloading.
While being moved state-to-state, will my belongings be transferred or co-mingled?
U-Pack doesn't co-mingle or transfer shipments. Once loaded, your items stay put until they're unloaded at your destination. When you finish loading, just install the secure divider wall we provide, and we’ll load any remaining space with commercial goods moving in the same direction. If you move in a ReloCube, just place your lock on, and keep the key!
Is a deposit required?
Not with U-Pack! You can wait to pay after you're shipment is loaded and you know exactly how much space you need.
Other Things to Consider When Figuring Your Cross-Country Moving Costs
How much will I pay to fuel a rental truck or my vehicle for a cross country move?
U-Pack’s Rental Truck Fuel Calculator is very helpful for figuring out how much it costs to fuel a rental truck. If you’re driving your personal vehicle, try this fuel calculator from fueleconomy.gov.
How much will I pay for hotels for a cross-country drive?
If you’re driving in your personal vehicle, 500 miles is ideal for one day of driving—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.
Need Help Calculating Your Cost to Move Across Country?
We'll be happy to help. Leave a comment below, use the Ask the Experts tool, or give us a call at 800-413-4799.