How Much Does it Cost to Move Long Distance?

When you are moving to another part of the country instead of across town, there are many logistics to consider. You know you are beginning a new life in another state, or start a new job, a new home, you will want to locate a new favorite coffee spot, or maybe get your kids into a new school system. 

As you start to obtain moving quotes from movers, you may discover that prices are so much different. Fortunately, this is one of the moving troubles we can help with. 

Remember that there are a lot of factors that can affect your final moving quote. The best to discover the cost of moving is to obtain a moving quote from us. 

Below is a complete breakdown of the cost of moving to a long-distance home. 

The Average Cost of Moving Long-Distance

Generally, the cost of moving long distances falls between $0.50, and $0.70 per pound of each household moved a thousand (1,000) miles from the first location. For instance, the approximate weight of household items in a 1-bedroom home is generally about 2,000 pounds, which takes the moving cost to about $1,000 – $1,400. 

In comparison, a standard 3-bedroom home’s worth of belongings weighs approximately 9,000 pounds implies that the cost of moving is about $4,500 to $6,000. Costs may increase or decrease based on the distance traveled, if not up to or over 1,000 miles. 

Moving companies often charge per mile rate, and other possible costs could include fuel charges, toll, and so on. The American Moving & Storage Association in 2018 reports that the average cost of moving from one state to another at about 1,200 miles is charged at approximately $4,300.

Additional Costs

Moving services are not the only expense worth considering. There are other costs associated with long-distance moving that are not added to the quote. Such as:

  • Shuttle fee – You may not be able to use the 18-wheeler moving truck to get from and to your locations if you are moving in or out of a much populated urban area. A shuttle bus will, in this case, be used to move your household items to your doorstep. This service is determined by the truck’s size, but it should cost an average between $250 and $500.
  • Storage in Transit (SIT): This is needed when your home is still under working, and so you couldn’t move in yet, or whether you require temporary storage in the moving process. Volume is used to calculate storage cost:


Home SizeAverage Rate for 1 Month Storage
Studio (231cf)$150
One Bedroom, Small (390cf)$253
One  Bedroom, Large (524cf)$341
Two Bedroom (892cf)$580
Three Bedroom (1215cf)$790
Four Bedroom (1815cf)$1,179


Most moving companies charge a monthly rental fee while others charge on a two-week basis.

  • Insurance: Your movers possibly have a few moving insurance options added to the basic coverage. You may pay $50 for $10,000 in Full value protection coverage with a deductible of $500. You can also opt for third-party insurance if you need more coverage. 
  • Gas/Mileage: After receiving a quote, check if gas and/or mileage are added or will be later charged at the end of the move. A lot of companies don’t always charge for gas on a move under 50 miles. Long-distance movers will, however, add it somewhere in the moving quote or after the move as the total fee. 

Know of the Unexpected Costs of Interstate Moving Fraud

Every year, more than three million people in the USA relocate to another state, and around 650,000 of those people choose to hire a professional mover. It is important to hire a trustworthy moving company when getting ready for a long-distance move to avoid being scammed by your move. Consumers can be easily scammed when moving in different ways, and they are all costly. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that in 2017, over 4,100 consumers filed claims on moving fraud, with an average of the claim about $8,000. About 50% of those consumers are reportedly overcharged for services. About 40% of the customers experienced either loss or damage to their belongings while moving.

However, only 9% of consumers had their load held hostage, in a situation where the movers refused to release their items until they are paying a certain amount, which is much greater than the agreed fee. 

To prevent being forced to pay an unexpected amount on your move due to a moving scam, watch out for the following bad activities:

  • Providing moving cost estimate through the phone without a proper visit to your home. 
  • Not preparing a written moving estimate. 
  • Asking you to sign on a blank contract.
  • Requesting only cash payment before the move.
  • Providing only a cell phone number as their contact information. 


Now that the entire information you need is in your hand, you can begin to focus on the new start waiting for you across the country. Enjoy your move. 

Remember that, you always get what you pay for when you hire a professional moving company for your long distance. Hiring a professional, reliable mover like First National Van Lines saves you time, saves you from possible injury to your body, helps you relieve stress, saves you from moving scams, and ensures your household belongings are safe.