Moving Companies from California to New York – CA to NY Movers

moving companies New York to California

Moving from the left coast to the Big Apple or from the east coast to the west coast is a significant change. Just thinking about giving up that laid-back California lifestyle for the hustle and bustle of New York , or missing favorite pizza and bagels enjoyed by New Yorkers, can raise your blood pressure a few points. Don’t let the move process add to your worries. Find the right moving company and get ready to start your takeover of either the Golden State or the Empire State, depending on where you are making your cross country move from. 


How do I find a mover from California to NY?

A big, cross country move like this takes planning and support. Look for professional movers with the resources to handle your relocation, including packing if you want it, storage services, and even moving your office if that’s part of the deal, and other additional services for stress free moving experience. Your full-service moving company can do everything, or you can manage some aspects yourself if that’s your style. Movers from California to New York provide a menu of options, and you pick the ones you want.


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Start with basics.

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is part of the Department of Transportation) regulates interstate moving companies. It’s their job to protect consumers from scams or provide you with information to help you protect yourself. FMCSA requires all interstate movers to register with them, and they maintain a database with details on safety history and complaint records. This is a great place to start when you are researching long distance moving companies.

 Make a move plan. The FMCSA publishes a checklist they call Ready to Move? It helps you create a plan for choosing your mover and preparing for the move itself. Some of the critical steps in selecting a mover include the following:


  • Ask for recommendations from family and friends. If the move is at the behest of your employer, the company may have resources for you. Even if the relocation is personal, your corporate procurement or human resources department may offer information about reputable companies with which they have contracted for previous moves.

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  • Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaint history about any mover you are considering.
  • Ask the California movers about their dispute settlement program. All FMCSA registered companies must agree to participate in arbitration for claims resolution, but each may have a different process.

Compare estimates. You may want to compare estimates of at least three movers with excellent reputation. This action not only gives you three prices to consider, but it allows you to acquaint yourself with three potential partners. You are going to trust this company to load all your essential and sentimental belongings into a truck and drive across the country—and you are going to pay them a lot of money to do it.

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Estimates can be confusing, so it helps if you know what to expect. Expect each of the long distance movers to visit your home and do a walkthrough to look at everything that you want to move. They do this to accurately assess what the shipment will weigh, which is the basis for the move’s cost. Even the most experienced mover can’t visualize your furniture from a phone conversation, and besides, federal regulations require it. Show the representative everything that you want to move, and then check to see it reflected on the inventory they create.

There is more than one kind of estimate, so ask which one you are getting. A binding estimate is a guaranteed price. If the moving company sets the weight of your shipment at 6,000 pounds, based on their walkthrough, but the delivery is actually 8,000 pounds, you will not pay extra for the additional weight—as long as you did not add anything to the shipment that was not in the inventory used to create the estimate. 

Other services and unforeseen problems are exceptions, but the weight charges will not increase. Non-binding estimates are more common, and more practical for the moving company because they leave the risk with the consumer. If the mover is inaccurate in determining the shipment’s weight, then the price will increase to reflect the actual weight.

What should I look for in an estimate for my California to NY move?

If you have chosen a mover you trust, you won’t have to worry so much about the estimate’s accuracy, but it is still better to be protected than to regret it later. Some of the red flags that rogue operators show will fly during the estimating process. If a company representative wants you to waive the requirement for a physical survey of the shipment, you should be wary of its intentions. 

If a mover asks you to sign a blank document that it will fill in later, refuse, and do not consider doing business with them. Suppose you have trouble contacting a mover during this period. In that case, it could be a sign that it is a shady operator, and you may have even more difficulty reaching them during the crucial time when they are transporting your goods outside of your span of control.

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With the moving estimate, which will clearly state the weight, any services such as packing, flight charges, long carries, storage or additional stops, and so on, the mover will provide you with a copy of their tariff, which outlines all fees that it may charge you. The tariff will include the mover’s definition of impracticable operations, which are conditions at the destination, making it impossible for it to complete delivery without the use of additional labor or equipment. This might include parking restrictions, unexpected stairs, narrow hallways, or steep driveways.

The estimate must also include the choice of valuation options. The default option for valuation (similar to insurance but typically self-funded by the moving company) is Full Replacement Value. This choice provides replacement or repair (at the mover’s discretion) of goods that sustain damage or are lost. There are exceptions if the shipper packed an item, or an expensive object (over $100 per pound) was not noted and accepted by the vendor. 

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Full Replacement Valuation is not included in the move’s price, and the charge for this choice will be stated in the estimate. You can waive it, and substitute the lower value of $0.60 per pound, at no additional charge. This choice may be tempting, but consider it carefully. If the mover drops your 20-pound flat-screen television, the company will reimburse you $12.00. That loss is going to put a damper on the start of your new life in NYC.

Does it matter what time of year I move to NY?

Yes, it does. When you make a significant interstate move like California to NY, summer is the most expensive time to go. That is when demand is highest, so movers charge more. If you can move in winter or after summer is over, movers have extra capacity and may offer you affordable prices, which reduces the average cost of your move. 

Moves From California to New York: Our Top Routes

There are some great destinations in New York state that you can move to. We can help you move to every one of them. We can also help with moving from New York to southern California. Here are some of our popular New York to California routes.


Places from California to New York City

Los Angeles to NYC
Anaheim to NYC
Fresno to NYC
Stockton to NYC
Irvine to NYC
Bakersfield to NYC
Fremont to NYC
Oakland to NYC
Richmond to NYC
Sunnyvale to NYC
Modesto to NYC
Sacramento to NYC
Santa Clara to NYC
Huntington Beach to NYC
Santa Ana to NYC
San Francisco to NYC
San Jose to NYC
San Diego to NYC
Thousand Oaks to NYC
Chula Vista to NYC
San Marcos to NYC
Santa Clarita to NYC
Long Beach to NYC

California to Syracuse

Los Angeles to Syracuse 
Anaheim to Syracuse 
Fresno  to Syracuse
Stockton to Syracuse 
Irvine to Syracuse
Bakersfield to Syracuse 
Fremont to Syracuse 
Oakland to Syracuse 
Richmond to Syracuse 
Sunnyvale to Syracuse
Modesto to Syracuse
Sacramento to Syracuse 
Santa Clara to Syracuse 
Huntington Beach to Syracuse
Santa Ana to Syracuse
San Francisco to Syracuse
San Jose to Syracuse
San Diego to Syracuse
Thousand Oaks to Syracuse
Chula Vista to Syracuse
San Marcos to Syracuse
Santa Clarita to Syracuse
Long Beach to Syracuse

California to Hempstead

Los Angeles to Hempstead 
Anaheim to Hempstead 
Fresno  to Hempstead
Stockton to Hempstead 
Irvine to Hempstead
Bakersfield to Hempstead 
Fremont to Hempstead 
Oakland to Hempstead 
Richmond to Hempstead 
Sunnyvale to Hempstead
Modesto to Hempstead
Sacramento to Hempstead 
Santa Clara to Hempstead 
Huntington Beach to Hempstead
Santa Ana to Hempstead
San Francisco to Hempstead
San Jose to Hempstead
San Diego to Hempstead
Thousand Oaks to Hempstead
Chula Vista to Hempstead
San Marcos to Hempstead
Santa Clarita to Hempstead
Long Beach to Hempstead

California to Buffalo

Los Angeles to Buffalo 
Anaheim to Buffalo 
Fresno  to Buffalo
Stockton to Buffalo 
Irvine to Buffalo
Bakersfield to Buffalo 
Fremont to Buffalo 
Oakland to Buffalo 
Richmond to Buffalo 
Sunnyvale to Buffalo
Modesto to Buffalo
Sacramento to Buffalo 
Santa Clara to Buffalo 
Huntington Beach to Buffalo
Santa Ana to Buffalo
San Francisco to Buffalo
San Jose to Buffalo
San Diego to Buffalo
Thousand Oaks to Buffalo
Chula Vista to Buffalo
San Marcos to Buffalo
Santa Clarita to Buffalo
Long Beach to Buffalo

California to Rochester

Los Angeles to Rochester 
Anaheim to Rochester 
Fresno  to Rochester
Stockton to Rochester 
Irvine to Rochester
Bakersfield to Rochester 
Fremont to Rochester 
Oakland to Rochester 
Richmond to Rochester 
Sunnyvale to Rochester
Modesto to Rochester
Sacramento to Rochester 
Santa Clara to Rochester 
Huntington Beach to Rochester
Santa Ana to Rochester
San Francisco to Rochester
San Jose to Rochester
San Diego to Rochester
Thousand Oaks to Rochester
Chula Vista to Rochester
San Marcos to Rochester
Santa Clarita to Rochester
Long Beach to Rochester

California to Babylon

Los Angeles to Babylon 
Anaheim to Babylon 
Fresno  to Babylon
Stockton to Babylon 
Irvine to Babylon
Bakersfield to Babylon 
Fremont to Babylon 
Oakland to Babylon 
Richmond to Babylon 
Sunnyvale to Babylon
Modesto to Babylon
Sacramento to Babylon
 Santa Clara to Babylon 
Huntington Beach to Babylon
Santa Ana to Babylon
San Francisco to Babylon
San Jose to Babylon
San Diego to Babylon
Thousand Oaks to Babylon
Chula Vista to Babylon
San Marcos to Babylon
Santa Clarita to Babylon
Long Beach to Babylon

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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