Whether you are moving for a job promotion, to be closer to family or simply a change of scenery you will need to know how much your cross country move will cost.  Every move – and every moving company – is unique especially with regards to how cross country moves are priced and performed.  Essentially your final moving cost will depend on a range of factors. When cross country moving, keep these two rules of thumb in your head:

“You get what you pay for” and ” The cheapest doesn’t mean the best.”


You have three options when moving across the country. You can rent a vehicle and trailer, use a done-for-you container service, or hire professional movers to help. Note, all costs provided in this article are estimated for moving a 3-bedroom, moderately furnished home 1500 miles.

DIY by renting a truck or trailer for about $3,000. Container services are good alternatives to moving yourself and cost about $4,500. Professional movers with full services cost around $1,000 per room, but this is really depending on the weight of the items in each room. Some people will have a few light pieces of furniture and others will have items stacked to the ceiling. The only way to get a true, accurate estimate is to discuss your inventory with a professional mover.


On average, hiring professional movers for a local move will cost from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size of the move. Long distance movers will cost on average $2,400 – $5,000 depending on the size of the move and the distance. ill be significantly more than moving to a nearby state.

Estimating the cost of a move is tricky. We know, we’ve spent years developing cost predictor algorithms and to try and answer these questions. In the table below you’ll find basic ballpark ranges for move pricing. Use the cost calculator above for a more specific breakdown on moving costs. The best way to get an instant, transparent quote is to start by requesting a moving quote here. This site is unique in that only one company will get this request so you will not be inundated with hundreds of movers harassing you.  After receiving your estimate you can then shop around with your weight and get the best price for your move

For in town moves, local moving companies charge by the hour with rates ranging from $50 to $200 per hour. The hourly moving rate is based on the number of guys needed to complete the job.A studio or small one-bedroom apartment typically requires 2 workers and takes 2-3 hours to complete with an approximate final cost of $150 to $400. A larger 2-3 bedroom home may take 6-10 hours, require 3-5 workers, and cost $600 to $2,000 total.

Long distance moving companies charge by the total weight (per pound) or volume of your household goods. The cost of moving a house can range from $600 up to tens of thousands depending on the size and distance of the move.

A small one-bedroom will typically weigh around 2,000 lbs and cost anywhere from $600 for a few hundred miles to A 2-3 bedroom home will typically weigh 5,000lbs with approximate costs ranging from $1,700 to $7,000 depending on the distance.

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How do I estimate moving costs?

Estimating the cost of moving to a new home involves a lot of variables. Here are some major move cost factors…

  • Move size – larger moves are more expensive
  • Distance – the longer the distance the more the move will cost
  • Do-it-yourself vs Pro Mover – DIY is usually cheaper
  • Time of year – because it’s peak season
  • Moving date – moving prices tend to be more affordable middle of the week and middle of the month
  • Specialty items – piano, pool tables, hot tubs, motorcycles, safes, etc. are expensive to move
  • Additional costs – packing supplies, long carry charges, full packing, unpacking, shuttle truck fees, travel fees
Do cross country movers charge by weight or volume?

Moving companies can charge by weight or volume but as a general rule of thumb if you haven’t worked with the mover before then it’s best to avoid cubic footage estimates. We recommend weight-based, binding estimates because they can be verified by the Department of Transportation. You can start by getting a weight estimate here

What is the cheapest moving company?

Finding the cheapest movers near you will vary from city to city so it is best to follow this link to find “cheap movers near me.”

Will a moving company move one piece of furniture?

If you’re trying to ship a single piece of furniture like a couch or mattress moving companies will not be your best option. Most moving companies have weight minimums and won’t be interested in shipments this small – Fed ex or the like will be the best option


If you’re willing to do all the heavy lifting and driving you can usually save yourself a good chunk of change on the total cost of the move. You’ll also have more control over the moving process which some people prefer.

The two main DIY options are rental trucks and moving containers. Let’s take a quick look at the estimated costs for each option.

How much does it cost to rent a portable storage container?

Moving containers are like a portable storage unit that can be delivered to your house, loaded, and then shipped or stored local or long distance.  But please keep in mind – these moving containers are known to get lost, vandalized, have rodent issues and damage rates are 10x  more than a private long distance moving company.

The average total cost to move within 50 miles with a portable moving container is typically around $800 to $900 for one container plus you will have to pay for the labor and material which will be another $800-1000.  The prices will add up quickly and usually are within a $100 difference of hiring full service long distance movers.

For interstate moves, average moving container prices can range from $1900 to $7500+ depending on the distance and size of the move. Generally, the longer the distance, the more expensive things get. If the company doesn’t have a nearby location at your destination, that can also ramp up the price. How much do moving truck rentals costs?

Another, major cost you’ll want to calculate ahead of time is fuel. Moving rental trucks typically get on average 8-12 miles per gallondepending on the size of the truck and whether it’s full or empty with home goods. For example, a fully loaded 26-foot rental truck is likely to get no more than 7 or 8 miles per gallon, while an empty 10-foot truck will get closer to 12 to 15 MPG. Fuel costs can easily add up to hundreds of dollars.

Put simply, moving costs vary. The final price of your move will depend on a number of considerations:

  • The amount of belongings you’ll be moving
  • The distance of your move
  • The time of year
  • The moving services you require
  • Whether or not you’ll hire professionals to assist at any stage during your move

Because there are so many variables at play, we can’t offer a definitive amount you should expect to pay. We can, however, offer price ranges for common moving scenarios to give you a general point of comparison.


The average cost of a long distance move is much more complicated mostly because of the distances traveled.  Here are a few of the considerations included in the cost of an average long distance move.

  1. Rate Per Pound – This is probably the most important factor when considering the average cost of a long distance move.  This is essentially the rate per pound that you are paying for your items to be shipped.  This rate changes depending on it’s own set of details:
    1. Destination City
    2. Origin City
    3. Distance Between the Destination and Origin
    4. Demand – The demand for shipments going from Boston to DC is going to be higher than Boston to Norther Maine.  Therefore, the average long distance moving rates will be more going from Boston to Maine.
  2. Price of Fuel – Many long distance movers add a fuel surcharge onto their long distance moving costs.  As the fuel fee decreases, the fuel surcharge should decrease.  Some movers incorporate the fuel surcharge into their rate per pound ( recommended).
  3. Guaranteed Dates – If a guaranteed pick up date and/or delivery date is required, the average cost of a long distance move will change drastically.