Depending on the size and distance of the move, interstate moving costs can range anywhere from $900 for studio apartment going less than 100 miles to $3,500 to move a studio apartment cross country.Larger, 4-5 bedroom homes on average can cost $2,000 to $5,000 going less than 100 miles and $8,500 – $15,000 going cross country.The type of moving company, time of year, and any specialty items or service requests can also affect pricing.
Every moving company generally offers the same set of services for a basic full-service move.Keep in mind, there are different types of moving estimates that can be hard to compare.When getting quotes, ask every company to verify the exact services they’re offering.What seems like a cheaper quote may actually just be because certain packing services weren’t included or the quote was done in cubic feet instead of weight.If you’re working with a moving broker get the name of the actual moving company who will be performing the move.
A full-service moving company’s basic package usually includes:
Loading and unloading of all items
Breakdown and reassembly of basic furniture
Moving blankets, pads, straps
All moving equipment (dolly, rollers)
Fuel, tolls, taxes
Basic valuation coverage (not insurance)
The following services typically cost extra:
Packing supplies like boxes, paper wrap, etc.
Full pack service of boxes & loose items
Short or long term storage (sometimes free)
Additional insurance coverage
Breakdown & reassembly of complicated furniture (IKEA)
Packing of fragile or bulky items
Full unpacking of boxes and loose items
Most professional movers offer long and short term storage options. Many companies will offer 30 days of free storage (aka “Storage-in-transit”). Keep in mind the moving company will most likely store your goods in their warehouse so you will not have access to the items while stored.
If you’re relocating over 1,000 miles or cross country, you’ll want to consult your mover about delivery timeframes to make sure storage services are necessary. It’s not uncommon for deliveries to take over 2 weeks.
The moving industry is notorious for low ball estimates and extra fees. If you hire a bad moving company they will often play games with their estimates and end up charging you more when the actual bill arrives.
Good moving companies will try to estimate the cost of your move as accurately as possible. Be sure to work closely with your mover and take the time to provide them with all the necessary details about your move.