Interstate Moving Companies LA to NY

Getting ready to move cross country from Los Angeles to New York is exciting and probably somewhat stressful. Going from laid-back sunshine and palm trees to the Big Apple vibe is a major life transition. You have a long to-do list, and somewhere on that list is finding a moving company.

How do I find a cross country mover from Los Angeles to New York?

Interstate moving companies can be an independent small business, a local agent of a national chain, or a franchisee backed by the franchise sponsor’s support. No matter which kind of mover you hire, if it is going to transport your household goods from state to state, it is required to register with FMCSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA has jurisdiction over interstate commerce and a primary mission to reduce injuries and fatalities on U.S Highways. Also, it strives to protect consumers from moving industry scams and disreputable operators.  FMCSA maintains a database of movers that comply with its registration rules (check the website to see if a company you are considering is licensed) and provides information on their safety record and any reported customer issues.

FMCSA has developed a set of requirements for movers to follow, designed to protect consumers from wrongdoing. Many of the rules are about rates and quotes, and all are available in an informative brochure (which your mover will furnish to you) that you can access on the website. The publication is titled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move, and it explains how long-distance movers must structure their estimates so you can compare prices for your move.

What’s a full-service mover?

Most movers and packers can offer full service or more affordable options where you do some of the work yourself, and they come in to do the loading and unloading. Full service usually involves the mover packing your belongings into boxes and may include trash removal and cleaning services. Crating of paintings or other artwork is another service that you may need, as is preparing large items for travel. Most movers will disassemble beds and similar articles for loading but may charge an extra fee for taking apart a large hutch. You will likely pay more for moving bulky or heavy things like pool tables or pianos, and you may need to hire a specialty mover if you have something precious.

On the other hand, suppose you have a small move from an apartment, with limited furniture and boxes to transport. You may find the relocation more affordable if you look for a mover that can combine your shipment with others. Moving is not cheap, but it doesn’t have to be prohibitive. Some companies do have minimums, so you may want to check around.

How much will it cost to move from Los Angeles to New York?

The cost to move household goods long-distance depends on how much you are moving, and what moving services you need in addition to the transportation charges. In a local move, the mover will give you a price based on the amount of time to load up the truck, drive to the new destination, and unload. But for a long-haul, the primary factor is the weight. That’s why it is essential that you have three vendors come to your residence and conduct a walk-through to create an inventory of what is moving, which they will then use to provide you with an estimate of the cost. To give you an idea, the average price of a state to state move in the U.S. is about $4,300. Your job could be more or less, depending on what you are moving.

How do I compare estimates?

It’s essential to ensure that you are comparing estimates that are the same type. FMCSA requires that the movers specify if the quote is binding or nonbinding. For example, if mover A gives you a binding estimate that your shipment weighs 8,000 pounds, and says they can move it for $5,000, then assuming that you don’t add any items to the load or request any extra services, that price can’t go up. But if mover B provides a nonbinding estimate that your shipment weighs 6,000 pounds and says they can move it for $4,000, you are not protected from a cost increase if the load’s actual weight is greater. Mover B may have accidentally or deliberately given you a low estimate, and you could end up paying more if the shipment weighs more. It is best to determine why the weight forecasts are different and ask mover B what the cost would be if the weight is more.

Can I get a better price from a moving broker?

Experts recommend caution in working with moving brokers. FMCSA also regulates brokers, so if you talk to one, ask for their registration number. Remember that brokers do not perform any moves; they act as facilitators to bring moving companies together with potential clients. They operate similarly to how an insurance broker may check the rates of several insurance companies to find the one that best meets your circumstances—insurance brokers don’t sell insurance, and moving brokers don’t move anything. But they can only provide quotes for moving companies with which they have written agreements and must supply you with the tariff for the mover they are quoting.

Double-check that any mover referred by a broker is an established company. Some fly-by-night operators have ads on the internet to lure in unsuspecting consumers and develop business with low quotes. If you have trouble reaching the office or person you communicated with initially or if the representative is reluctant to do the in-person survey of the shipment, these are red flags. A request for a large deposit or payment in cash should also make you suspicious, as it may indicate that the driver will disappear with your belongings or not show up at all.

Should I buy the moving company insurance?

Insurance is usually a good idea. Disputes in the moving industry are mostly related to overcharging or damage. Every move estimate must include an explanation of the various choices for liability coverage. Your mover will include basic coverage, which they may refer to as Released Value, at no cost beyond the move’s charges. The rate of protection for this level is prescribed by federal regulations at $0.60 per pound, up to the shipment’s weight. But each item is only covered for its own weight—so if a five-pound item is lost, it will be reimbursed at $3.00, and a two-pound item that gets smashed will only result in a payment of $1.20. This amount won’t go far in replacing anything that is damaged or goes missing. The estimate will include an option for Full Value coverage, but it will have a charge, and you will need to declare a value for the shipment. Also, note that the mover isn’t liable for some things. If you pack a box of glassware and the container isn’t damaged, but the items inside are broken, the responsibility for that is yours, and the liability coverage won’t apply. If the box is damaged, then the mover is responsible. Also, even with the full value protection, you must itemize anything of high value on the inventory. Be diligent about listing your high-value items, and ensuring that the things you care about are protected on the road to your new home.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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