How Much Does It Cost to Move Across the Country?
09.04.2014 | Moving Tips | Deidra Poltersdorf
If you are planning a cross-country move, you will need to speak with a moving company to establish an exact idea of how much your relocation will cost. Every move is unique, with no common price. The amount you pay will depend on a range of factors, but there are always steps you can take to lower the cost.
The cost of a cross country move depends on the weight being shipped, the distance it is being shipped and the additional services you may need. In your research, you may find websites that claim a move will cost $1000 per room, but this is really depending on the number of items in that 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.
How You Can Lower the Costs of a Cross-Country Move
There are several ways to reduce the cost of a cross-country move:
Pick the right time to move – Typically, the busiest time for moving companies is the last 10 days of the month. If you can schedule your move as early in the month as possible, you can expect more flexibility and a lower price.
The amount you’re moving – Certain moving companies will only charge for the amount of space you use so it’s wise to get rid of any unwanted items before moving. Regardless, by only bringing useful or important items, you will make the packing and unpacking easier, and contribute to a stress-free move.
Packing materials – Rather than spending unnecessary money purchasing packing materials online, why not ask family, friends and local businesses for old/unwanted boxes and other materials? That said, it is essential to ensure that anything you use to pack is of sturdy quality so your items are protected during the move.
Job-related relocations – If you’re moving because of your job, your employer may pay for some or all of your moving expenses. Be sure to ask your employer if relocation assistance is available.
Quotes – Calling multiple movers, using online calculators, and comparing estimates is a great way to reduce costs. However, beware of any quotes significantly lower than the rest – this could mean a poor experience and unsatisfactory work.
Deposits – Most professional moving companies will not ask for a deposit prior to moving day, but they often require payment before delivery. Discuss your payment options with your mover so you know what to expect.
To Tip or Not to Tip?
A lot of people embarking on a cross-country move wonder if they should tip their movers. It is not an obligation, but is up to each customer to decide for themselves. The standard amount for a tip is anywhere from $40-$200. Before making a decision, make sure you check with the moving company to find out about its guidelines regarding tipping.
For any queries regarding an impending cross-country move, contact National Van Lines online or call us at 877-590-2810.