Finding a Long Distance Moving Company for Your Cross-Country Move

Finding a Long Distance Moving Company

Going to move hundreds or even thousands of miles away? While a do-it-yourself move is an option, getting help from a long distance moving company means you’ll get someone with experience making sure that your move is smooth, a success, and stress free. Finding movers and getting quotes is easy, but the thing is that you don’t need just any mover – you need the best long distance moving company out there. If you want to feel confident in your choice of movers, you’ll need to know what to look for. 

Long distance movers are more than happy to help you pack, ship, and move all of your belongings across the state, the country, or even the world – but you cannot entrust your belongings to just any moving company. You need a mover who has the necessary equipment, holds all the credentials, and has experience to ensure your move is flawless. 

Whether it’s cost, service fees, or experience and recommendations that have you worried about hiring a long distance moving company, it is important to educate yourself on all of these factors before you pick one.

Costs:

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To most of us, cost is the biggest deciding factor when choosing a moving company – but you will only learn the price after you’ve contacted a moving company, and they came to your house in-person to survey the things you want to move. 

Though there are numerous sites where you can get more information on the average cost to move cross country, those example prices won’t really help you to understand how much your move will cost. 

  • Moving out of a studio apartment, be ready to pay around $1600 to have your belongings moved to a home located 1,000 miles away. (Approx. weight of household items: 1800 to 2000 lbs.)
  • Moving out of a 1-bedroom apartment, be ready to pay around $1900 to $2500 to have your belongings moved to a home located 1,000 miles away. (Approx. weight of household items: 2500 to 3500 lbs.)
  • Moving out of a 2-bedroom home, be ready to pay around $3600 to $4300 to have your belongings moved to a home located 1,000 miles away. (Approx. weight of household items: 5000 to 6000 lbs.)

Service Fees:

Let’s say the moving company came to your home, examined the stuff you want to have moved, and came up with an estimation of the costs. This won’t mean it’s the final cost – when you add up the service fees, hourly charges and other services, the price can be more dan double what they initially had told you. 

Some moving companies may tell you about their extra fees – such as for lifting heavy items, transporting items up and down a stairs, if movers have to park far away, if you want to use their packaging supplies, and so on.

Experience & Recommendations:

When you want to put your belongings into the hands of a moving service, you want to hire a company with a reputation for respect and care.

If you had a loved one or friend moving, find out what company they used and if they would use them again. If not, search for reviews and ratings about moving companies online – and especially look for reviews from people who’ve used that particular company currently as they will better reflect their recent work, and for reviews that mention the exact services you will need (local move, long-distance move, etc.)