Small Moves: Long Distance Moving Options

Small Long Distance Moves

When you need to move across the country or at least across state lines, your move will be categorized as a long-distance move. Small moves going a long distance are common as many people sell larger items before moving across the country.

It can be very expensive to move a large house of things across the country. If you need to move a large four-bedroom home, it can cost between $3,300 and $13,700, depending on the distance. When you eliminate a large amount of things to make your long-distance move a small move, it becomes much cheaper.

Many people will hold moving sales before moving across state lines to make the moving costs lower. If you can get your four-bedroom home down to the size of a two-bedroom home, the cost goes down to between $2,700 and $8,100, depending on the distance. This is much lower and can go even lower if your move becomes smaller.

Regardless of the moving costs, it’s important to know your options when you need to handle a small move across a long distance. Let’s look at some of the best options for long-distance small moves.

Full-Service Moving Companies

The most expensive option on the list, but also the most convenient, a full-service moving company near you will handle everything for you. This type of company offers services, such as:

  • Furniture disassembly and assembly
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Loading and unloading
  • Moving heavy items, such as pianos
  • And More!

If you have a small move across a long distance, hiring a full-service moving company will give you a convenient option. You won’t need to dedicate as much time to packing, loading, unloading, or unpacking. your movers will handle it all, which is great if you don’t have the time to handle packing up your home and unpacking when you arrive.

This long-distance moving option offers a great solution for those needing to move in a hurry or without much time to handle packing and unpacking. You can hire a crew and pay them to do the work for you.

Trailer or Moving Cube/Pod

Another option for your small move across a long distance is renting a trailer or moving cube/pod. This type of moving company drops off a trailer or moving cube for you to load up. For a smaller move, you might only need one moving cube or two cubes. The more cubes you need, the higher the cost will be.

If your rent a trailer, you might pay for the entire trailer or you might pay for a portion of the trailer. The cost of this type of small long-distance move depends on the space you need and the actual distance. The more space you need and the further your things have to go, the higher the cost will be.

You will be responsible for packing your things, loading the trailer or cubes, unloading, and unpacking. You can pay for a moving crew to do this for you, but it will likely be separate from the company providing the cubes or trailer.

This option is often cheaper than higher a full-service moving company and you don’t have to worry about driving a moving truck. It’s a good option for those looking to handle a small long-distance move on a budget.

When you need to move a long distance, even a small move can be expensive. It’s important to choose the right option to move your things across the country, even when it’s a smaller move.

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.

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