Alaska Moving Company Cost
Whether you’re moving into a new house down the street from your current one in Juneau, across the state, or need your household goods shipped overseas or to the mainland, the AK movers at Three Men And A Truck are ready to assist you. In the over 20 years that we’ve been in business, we’ve successfully executed many residential and commercial relocations to and from the state of Alaska. Our experienced customer service agents will connect you with dedicated and highly-trained movers to handle every aspect of your move.
We offer professional, unmatched moving services for residential, commercial, local and long-distance relocations, at very competitive prices. With our familiarity of Alaska’s smallest towns and biggest cities, our agents are fully capable of providing you with affordable moving solutions that fit your budget.
Preparing for Life in Alaska
Since life in Alaska is considerably different from what you’ll likely find in most, if not all, of the lower 48 states, it’s important that you know what to expect. Three Men And A Truck has helped people move to (and from) Alaska for over 20 years. Based on our experience, we’ve assembled some tips and resources to help ease the moving process, such as:
- What life is like in Alaska
- Advantages and disadvantages of living in Alaska
- How much it costs to move to Alaska
- How to move to Alaska
Let’s explore each of these in detail to obtain a better understanding about what moving to Alaska is really like.
What Life is Like in Alaska
Alaska, or Aleyska “the great land,” is the biggest and northernmost state in the United States. In fact, the Alaskan coastline is longer than all other U.S. states combined, with a total area twice that of the state of Texas. Geographically, Alaska consists of everything from active volcanoes, tundra, and glacier ice to a chain of islands and over 3 million lakes.
With that said, it isn’t difficult to understand that life in Alaska can vary considerably based on location. While some places in the state are very populous and have a range of amenities, others are tiny, isolated villages. Whether you’re want to live in an expansive city with all the conveniences that come with it or a small town only accessible by ferry, Alaska has it all!
For example, Fairbanks or Anchorage are ideal if you’re looking to attend a university in the state. Almost half of the residents in the state reside in or around Anchorage. On the other hand, rural communities like Ester or Gateway offer a much slower pace of life that you may be drawn to.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Alaska
The following are some facts about living in Alaska that will help you decide if moving to the Last Frontier is for you.
- Long winters. If you love winter, then you’ll love living in Alaska. Winter lasts for six months in Alaska and can be pretty harsh. If you don’t especially enjoy cold weather, this state may not be the right place for you to put down permanent roots.
- Long summers. Like winter, summers are extra-long in Alaska. From May to October you can expect 20 hours of sunshine. However, don’t expect the temperatures to climb much higher than the 60s or low 70s.
- Higher cost of living. Housing, gas, food, and general household goods tend to cost more than in the lower 48 states. This has to do with the fact that most consumables have to be shipped to Alaska from other locations.
- Higher wages. Fortunately, higher wages in Alaska helps to offset the higher cost of living. The state has adopted a daily overtime pay policy, and doesn’t have an individual income tax or state sales tax.
- Strong sense of community. While some Alaskans prefer to keep to themselves, many others will happily give the shirt off of their back to assist a neighbor. They understand what it takes to survive and thrive in Alaska and how much residents must rely on each other. Additionally, family values and tradition are strong in Alaska.
- Quality of life. Although it may be more difficult to travel to your friends and family in Alaska, many people flock to the state for the solitude and low population. If you enjoy your alone time, or simply want to escape from it all, Alaska can significantly increase your quality of life.
How Much Does It Cost to Move to Alaska?
Moving rates depend on a number of factors such as where you’re moving from and to, how much items you need relocated, and when you’re moving. Therefore, the cost to move to Alaska will vary. The best way to know the price for moving to Alaska is to obtain a quote from a professional moving company. It is highly advisable to collect estimates from multiple companies to ensure that you are getting the best deal.
Although the cost to hire professional movers can be high, it is the best way to move to Alaska. After all, it’ll cost you much more to relocate your belongings yourself by driving several thousand miles from the mainland, through Canada, to Alaska.
Alaska Will Pay You to Move There
One major benefit of moving to Alaska is that the government will actually pay you to live there. Yes, you heard that right. Through the Permanent Fund Dividend Program, full-time residents of Alaska are awarded royalties every year from the Permanent Fund’s investment earnings. While the amount will vary from year to year, it tends to be anywhere from $800 to $1,100.
This program was established back in 1976 as a way to conserve some of the state’s revenue for mineral resources. It was intended to help benefit future generations of Alaskan residents and hopefully attract new residents in the future. This extra cash every year can help offset the cost to move to the Last Frontier.
How to Move to Alaska
Although moving to Alaska may seem like an overwhelming endeavor, it doesn’t have to be. However, there are some things you must consider. First, when you’re packing, you must keep in mind that your possessions are going to make an enormous journey. It is crucial that you make sure that your fragile belongings are well padded and protected for the trip to Alaska.
Additionally, depending on the time of the year, your household goods might experience some incredibly low temperatures. You want to be certain that these cold temperatures won’t harm your items by choosing a company that can control the environment your belongings are transported in.
Fortunately, Three Men And A Truck has comprehensive moving plans to help ensure that your items are secure and temperature-controlled during transit. Should you arrive in Alaska before your new home is ready, we can place your belongings in a safe storage environment until you’re ready for them.
If a move to Alaska is in your future, contact us today for your free, no-obligation moving quote. We offer some of the most competitive rates in the industry, ensuring that you get the best price for your next move. As your AK movers, we’ll help you lay the groundwork for a successful relocation to Alaska.