Cross-country movers q&a: how much does it cost?

Cross-country movers q&a: how much does it cost?

Moving across the country offers an exciting experience, whether you're crossing state lines for a new job or for a change of scenery. One of the most important steps in preparing for a long distance move is knowing what expenses you'll face so you can plan your budget in advance and avoid any last-minute surprise costs. Here are a few points to consider as you gather moving quotes:

Service options for cross-country moves

Depending on the specific details of your situation, the price range when moving out of state can vary greatly. The low end may involve a single service, such as packing-only or transportation-only services. On the other hand, a full-service move can be on the high end of cross-country moving expenses, since these type of moves cover virtually every aspect of the process. 
 
Full-service moves generally include packing, shipping and transporting your items. They may also include the cost of assembling furniture, securing required permits and cleaning services. Whichever option you select, make sure the cross-country movers you’re getting quotes from provide answers to the questions that are important to your particular move.

Types of quotes provided by long distance moving companies

Whether you’re moving locally or cross-country, moving quotes are typically based on these main factors:

  • The weight of the items being transported

  • The distance of the move
  • The amount of rooms you have 

Because distance is usually the biggest factor when moving across the country, it’s important that you take the time to verify any additional costs relating to any special items you’re having moved. Examples can include large or complex furniture, any delicate items that require special wrapping, or any bulky items like pianos or pool tables. 

Quotes can be variable, so it's important to get a video survey or in-home survey instead of simply getting a quote over the phone or via email, as these quotes are not guaranteed. The video survey also acts as an inventory report, so when your belongings arrive at your new home, you can confirm that everything was moved. Also, the video can detail the condition of the items before they were moved, so if they’re damaged during the move, you have their original condition documented. 

Typical moving expenses

Make sure you inquire about what types of costs to expect from the long distance moving companies you’re considering. Some typical expenses for moving across state lines include deposits, storage fees and moving supplies. You may also be required to cover the cost of fuel to transport your items. Consider inquiring about insurance coverage for the move. You don't want to be without coverage if something happens to your items during the move. Make sure all costs are discussed so you know what to expect.

Final thoughts

By understanding the different types of services, quotes and expenses that make up a cross-country move, you’ll be more at ease throughout the process. Suddath® offers a variety of cross-country moving services and can handle the unique needs of your move with personal care and attention. Click here to ask us a question or get a free moving quote.