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How much does it cost for long-distance movers?

Long-distance movers transport your belongings across the country for you. No more renting a trailer and road-tripping from state to state with your entire house hitched to your bumper. Long-distance movers make the move happen so you can fly to your new home, suitcase in hand, and wait for your furniture to arrive. Nationally, the average price range for long-distance movers is $1,490-$2,230. The distance you are moving and the number of cubic feet the movers have to transport will both affect cost. Another factor in long-distance moving costs is whether you choose to pay for an exclusive move or a consolidated move.

In an exclusive move, which is more expensive, your belongings are the only cargo on the moving truck. The movers travel directly to your new house and deliver your belongings on a scheduled day. A consolidated move is more affordable because the movers transport your belongings along with those of other people, saving them time and gas — which means you save money. The downside is that your belongings typically arrive with a two-week delivery window rather than on a prescheduled day. Read reviews to make sure you can trust the company with your possessions to ensure a peaceful moving process.

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



How much does it cost to move out of state?

Moving out of state costs an average of $5,630, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. However, this is just an estimate — how much you’ll pay to move out of state will likely depend on the weight of your belongings, if you need storage, the distance of the move and more.

To avoid any surprising or hidden fees, get free estimates from movers near you.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The cheapest way to move long distance is to plan ahead. This allows you to capitalize on several money-saving strategies. For example, you may consider renting a portable moving container. These are often cheaper than moving trucks, though moving truck rentals are a great option for moderately sized homes. 

Planning ahead also gives you time to start looking around for free moving boxes and supplies. You might also be able to snag discounts from moving companies if you book far out in advance and ask movers for a deal. Try not to move during the peak season (spring or summer), as prices tend to be highest during that time.

Contact the best long-distance movers in your area to get free estimates and figure out a way to save money.  

How do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

What should I pack first when moving?

First on your packing checklist are non-essential items you don’t need to access for the next couple of weeks or so. This can include things like holiday decorations, extra towels and collectibles.

Then, move on to artwork, entertainment items and special kitchenware you hardly ever use. 

As moving day draws near, pack children’s games, jewelry, artwork and all linens except for an essential set for each household member.

Next up is kitchen equipment, items in your medicine cabinet, bathroom supplies, laundry supplies and electronics.

One to two days before your move, pack furniture, rugs and tools.

On moving day (or a few days before), pack your clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other necessities like snacks and food.

How much do you tip long-distance movers?

Movers are generally tipped 10% to 20% or around $50 to $200 per mover. However, it may make less sense to tip a percentage of the total cost of the move because there might be more travel, gas and other fees compared to local moves.

But if you’ve got cash to spend and are very satisfied with the job, you can always tip more. Of course, tipping is not mandatory — especially if you’re not satisfied with the move.

How many movers should I hire for my long-distance move?

To figure out how many movers you need, take the size of your home, the number of items you need to move and the weight of those items to estimate how many movers you might need.

For example, a studio or one-bedroom apartment might take two movers to load and unload your belongings efficiently. A two- or three-bedroom home might require three or more movers. And a three- or four-bedroom house might require four movers.

Ask moving companies in your area how many movers — and how many hours — it may take to complete your long-distance move. 

Do movers offer remote or virtual services?

Movers generally need to be present to do their job. But if you come across a mover’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, you can contact them to see what those services include. 

Reviews for Alexandria long distance movers
Fayette C.
Roman was very responsive and accommodating. I would recommend this company to others seeking long or short distance movers.
Moving With USMoving With US
Marissa M.
We had a great experience with AT movers. They were very friendly, worked really hard, and provided a great rate. I would definitely recommend them for local and long distance moves.
AT MoversAT Movers
Lenwood B.
Absolutely fantastic company. Great guys. They don’t nickel and dime you. Did a last minute move for me… hungry for the work. Packaging included too for long distance move about 1000 miles away for $3000.
RADA Express Movers, LLCRADA Express Movers, LLC
Jacqueline A.
Best movers ever!! Highly recommended for long distance moving. I moved from VA to NC and they did all the job to load and pack my furnitures, bed frame, desk, etc. For a REASONABLE PRICE!!! Im a very happy customer and would definitely get them if i need. 😊😊😊👏👏👏 Evans and Davis are the best!
EZ MoversEZ Movers
James K.
We had way more items that needed to be moved than what we originally communicated to Ernesto and his crew. They still went above and beyond to move all our stuff and made sure everything was packed well and protected. Without then, we would have been in a bind. If you’re looking for reliable movers, look no further. Our long distance move was seamless. So thankful!
Ernest moving ( ez movers)Ernest moving ( ez movers)
Mark D.
Relocating over such a long distance is a fairly difficult procedure. However, the moving team from Baku Moving made it look simple. I am glad that all my properties were intact after the relocation. We are grateful for their support. I am looking forward to working with them soon enough and I will continue recommending them to my friends.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Naquan S.
I couldnt thank Mohan and his team enough for all their hard work, attention to detail, professionalism and expeditious ways to help with my move from Alexandria, Va to Tampa, Fl. I spoke with other companies and they were giving me dates ranges for pickup and delivery which can be complicated with a long distance move. Mohan and his team was able to complete the move in one day! Please do yourself a favor a go with a thorough company such as this one
Dart Moving ServicesDart Moving Services
Jessica G.
I had a big move from North Virginia to Brookyln, NYC and Artem Movers made this tough process easy and manageable. I can't believe how seamless it was honestly. It was a hard move to do by myself and they were honestly worth every dollar. Sebastian and Wyatt were super helpful and kind, helping me finish up when I wasn't completely done with packing and helping me move some of the items I wanted to throw away. They also constantly communicated with me about where to put things and were very considerate in placing things were they belonged. I would definitely recommend them for any long distance East Coast moving.
AT MoversAT Movers
Thumbtack Customer
This was our first long distance move and we were so happy we found Dulles Logistics and Rentals through thumbtack, they are amazing. We were done earlier than we expected becuse of them. They made sure with every piece of furniture they packed and every box they moved was labled and properly packed. Max Khana the head of the company gave me quote and was clear in explaining and how they will work and how the movers will take care of stuff things were done properly and with full customer satisfaction. The movers called us one hour before to give us heads up and they were there on time. Day before the move we called Max to ask him if they can provide us the wardrobe boxes and next morning 5 boxes brand new were delivered 4 hours before the movers came with the truck. We are so happy the way they worked kept showing us things before packing did the packing of furniture the way we wanted it. They were on time as told by them and next day the truck arrived on time at the new place. Extremly satisfied with them will always recomend to all friends and family and those reading the review in DC/VA for moving.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
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