Long Distance Moving Cost

Published on 2021-05-27

Long Distance Movers Cost: What You’ll Spend to Move Interstate

Long Distance Moving Cost

Long Distance Moving Cost

Any move over 100 miles is considered a long distance move and comes with a higher cost than a cheap local move. When you move across the country, the cost can get rather expensive. Let’s look at the average cost you can expect to pay when moving long distance based on specific criteria.  

Which Factors Change Long Distance Moving Costs?

There are several factors you want to look at when considering the long-distance moving cost including:

  • Distance
  • Size of Home
  • Services Chosen
  • Weight or Size of Space You Need
  • Hired Moving Labor
  • And More!

If you want to keep the cost of your long-distance move down, you may want to sell off any large or heavy items you own first. Many long-distance moving companies charge based on weight or size of space you need. Getting rid of heavy or large items can help you save money on the long-distance moving cost. 

What Will You Pay for Your Long-Distance Move?

The average long distance moving cost will obviously vary. However, we can look at a few things to determine a price range for the long-distance average moving cost of your upcoming move. The average costs are as follows:

  • 250-mile long-distance move – $850 to $5,700
  • 1,000-mile long-distance move – $950 to $8,100
  • 2,500-mile long-distance move – $1,300 to $8,400 or more

If you plan to move a one-bedroom apartment, your cost will be on the lower end of this scale. However, if you need to move a four- or five-bedroom home, you will end up on the higher end of this scale.

Along with the distance and the size of your move, you will also need to consider the type of moving company and the services you desire.

Long Distance Moving Cost Based on Services & Company

The cheapest moving option for interstate moves and long distance moves is to rent a moving truck and do all the rest of the work yourself. This includes packing, loading, transportation, unloading, and unpacking. When you do the work, you won’t need to pay for labor.

You can also choose to do the labor yourself, but allow a company to do the driving for you. This option includes having a storage container dropped off at your location, which you will load up with your items. Then, the company you hire will transport it to your new location and drop it off for you to unload.

Of course, if you want to do none of the labor yourself, it will be more expensive, but you can hire a full-service moving company to do the work for you. They will handle everything including the packing, the loading, the transportation, the unloading, and the unpacking.

You can also pay for storage and other services if you need them. There are moving companies that will help with heavy and fragile items. Some will even handle the disassembly of furniture and reassembly.

The services you choose and the type of moving company will help to determine the long-distance moving cost. If you choose a full-service moving company, it will be the most expensive option. However, if you choose to rent a moving truck, you will pay the lowest long distance moving cost.

Cost Of long Distance Movers Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, professional movers consider long distance moves to be anything that surpasses 100 miles from source to destination. Three Men and a Truck have done cross country moves for clients routinely surpassing thousands of miles, so we know the drill for moving cross country and long distance. 

When we quote clients on a long-distance move, we consider several factors to derive the value. However, there may be other factors specific to your job that may impact the final cost of the move.

When moving long-distance, several factors stand out as impactful on how much money you will pay as final cost. There are:

  • Weight or size of space needed for items
  • What type of moving service you choose
  • The size of the apartment or home we’re working with
  • If requiring additional moving services and full service movers 
  • How far away the destination is
  • Other factors such as how far up from the ground floor the destination is or if there’s a long approach to the destination’s front door

Contact us today to work out an estimate based on your description of the job.

Yes. If you have items that you deem sellable, you should consider getting someone to buy them to save you the costs of transporting them to a new location. Selling some things may even help you pay for the moving truck. Considering this option allows you to offset potential costs.

The best way to manage costs for a long-distance move starts with informing your moving company early. The sooner you let us know you’re moving, the better price you’ll get on your move. Additionally, things like timing and availability are better on some days as opposed to others. Weekends tend to be busy, so prices are high. Many leases expire at the end of the month, so the last week of a month is more active, meaning a higher cost for moving on those days.


In general, the rough estimate for moving is as follows:

  • 250-mile long-distance move: $850 – $5,700
  • 1000-mile long-distance move: $950 – $8,100
  • 2,500-mile long-distance move: $1,300 – $8,400 (or more)

These figures are rough estimates, and the prices may fluctuate based on how many items you’re moving.

When moving you usually have several services provided by your moving company. Three Men and a Truck offers several options for clients, including:

  • Hiring the truck yourself: This option saves overall costs, but you need to do most of the work yourself.
  • Hiring a truck and a driver: You still do the loading and unloading, but the driving is left to a professional.
  • Hiring a truck and a crew: In this case, you would do the packing of your items with the team doing the loading, driving, and unloading for you.
  • Full service: You don’t have to lift a finger. The crew does all packing, cataloging, moving, unpacking, and reassembly at your destination.

Storage locations are helpful in keeping things over the short term, and we are aware that clients may need to make a detour to stash some of their items. The detour may add to the price of your move, however.

Our basic insurance coverage deals with damages that may occur to items during transit. However, if you have sensitive things that you may want to protect, our advanced insurance coverage will give you that peace of mind, even though it will add to the cost of your move. More expensive things like collector’s items would be safer if covered by our advanced insurance offering.

We are indeed! Three Men and a Truck has been in the moving game for a long time as a professional moving company, so we know what licenses and certifications you need to seamlessly move your goods from one state to another or even for a local move. You won’t need to worry about the red tape that accompanies any moves. We’ll deal with all of that for you.

Tariff refers to the rules and regulations of interstate moving, all available services, and the resulting charges. You can request a copy of the published interstate taxes. If you’re moving within the same state, different tariffs may apply.

The initial estimate that Three Men and a Truck offers is free of charge to clients.

Preparing the destination for drop-off is crucial in controlling your costs. Each day the movers remain at the destination, the more the cost of the move will be since it takes up available resources. We will have to charge daily if the destination isn’t ready for unloading the truck. To avoid this, use a portable storage container when moving your items. This container will be dropped at your new destination so you can access and unload them whenever your new home is ready.

No. We serve customers directly, ensuring that your goods are the only ones contained within your shipment. We know that other companies try to save on costs by having multiple moves scheduled for the same area, but we don’t follow that practice. We ensure that your goods are the only ones inside of the truck.

We don’t discourage clients from tipping movers because it incentivizes them to do a great job. That said, the choice to tip your moving team is entirely yours. If you feel that they deserve something for going above and beyond the call, feel free to offer them a tip for their excellent service!

As soon as you discover the broken item, give us a call, and we’ll send over a claim form for you to provide us with details on the item. The form is necessary to deal with insurance costs and premiums.

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 Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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