Movers East Coast to California

Movers East Coast to California

Movers East Coast to California


Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast is never a simple process. The shortest distance between the two points is 2,092 miles. It would take you a week to make it there if traveling at 60 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the longest route is 3,527 miles, also known as Route 50.

Coincidentally, Route 50 runs from West Quoddy Head in the state of Maine to Point Arena in California. Point Arena is about 172 miles from Sacramento.

How to Prepare for the Move

Since moving to California from whichever point on the East Coast is likely to take at least a whole week and up to $14,000 (moving from New York to California costs up to $13,900), you’ll need to prepare well. Consider the following;

  • Start early

Start planning at least eight weeks away by creating a checklist of everything you need to accomplish before the move and every activity you need to complete to make the move successful. This is also the time to prepare the budget. As we’ve seen, depending on where you live, you may need up to $14,000 for the move. Remember to begin packing early.

  • Stay on schedule

One of the most critical factors when moving is time. Everything must happen according to your schedule, otherwise the move may be delayed. To this end, consider to-do stickers and setting reminders on your phone.

  • Getting multiple quotes

Although moving from the east coast to California can cost $10,000+, you can also find a cheaper long-distance mover if you look closely. However, here too, the earlier the better. It’s easier to find a cheap mover when you have the time to compare rates.

  • Hire a reputable moving company

Moving from the east coast to the west coast means you need an interstate mover. See if you have a friend or family who can recommend one. If you’re unlucky, check Google. Scroll through a few review websites to identify the top-rated movers. Then check forums and the BBB to find out what customers say about the companies you’ve identified.

  • Update your details as appropriate

When you move, important life details such as your address also change. It’s important to update the address so your friends, family, and shipment companies can reach you with ease. Additionally, when moving from one state to another, you need to update your driver’s license and registration.

  • Additional consideration

If you’re a business owner, thus moving your business too, then you need to find a specialized commercial mover. Also, if you’ll be moving with your car, you may need to arrange for car shipping separately.

Avoid Moving Scams

Unfortunately, the moving industry has recently seen a rise in moving scams that often leave innocent families with massive losses. Keep an eye out for the following red flags;

  • A poorly licensed company: A moving company is either licensed or not. There’s no in-between. If they can’t provide proof of licensing, assume they aren’t licensed.
  • Deposits and unexplained fees: The best moving companies don’t ask for a deposit. Also, the company will disclose all fees upfront. Unexplained costs are a red flag.
  • You can’t track the shipment: You should be able to track the shipment every step of the journey. Otherwise, you’re exposing yourself to too much risk.
  • No references and poor reviews: If the mover isn’t willing to disclose a few references. Look elsewhere. The same applies if nearly every past customer seems dissatisfied.

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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