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How to Save Money When Moving Coast To Coast

Updated on October 21, 2015

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Planning a Move Across the Country?

Moving is an exciting time! Congratulations on your decision to make the move of a lifetime. Maybe you have a new job, want to be closer to your family, or are relocating for a change in your life. Whatever the reasons, you can take some steps to make the cost of your move cheaper and easier. The less stress we intake in our lives the better, and simplifying and streamlining your moving process can help you use more of your mental process on important things, like starting your new life right! Read on for tips and tricks that I have personally found conducive to making the best out of the headache of moving.

Determining the Cost of Your Cross Country Move

The first question that most ask when starting this process is, "how much does a cross country move cost?" It is a question that can not be answered until you find a company and get moving quotes, but here are some ballpark figures to get you started.

This figure will be different for each person that is in need of cross country moving services, but here are some guidelines to get you started. The following are factors that will affect your moving quote price.

  • Number of rooms being moved (Kitchen, Bedrooms etc..)
  • Total Estimated Weight of the move
  • Distance traveled
  • Time-frame (Day of week, time of month, time of year)
  • Specialty services required (piano moving, auto transport, antiques etc...)

Without the need of specialty services like piano moving, pool table moving or very fragile or expensive items that require extra insurance, the going rate for moving across the country will range between 4000-10000$.

If you are in the need of cross country auto transport services you can expect to pay an extra 750-1500$, depending on the distance and what type of vehicle.

Now that you know the ballpark range of hiring coast to coast movers, now for ways to make it the cheapest possible.


Tip 1: Ditch the Clutter!

A long distance moving company charges based on a few factors, the main ones being space taken up in their trucks, and the weight of the objects you are moving. Weight is a bigger factor than space. Since more weight equals more gas for the moving truck, getting rid of everything that you don't need before you move is a great idea, and it can even be fun to start fresh with new furniture and belongings in your new location. By removing excess baggage from your move weight total, you might save enough money to buy even cooler furniture for your new diggs when you get there!

Easy Things To Sell That are Also Heavy!

Furniture (Couches, Chairs, Tables, bed frames etc..)

Pool Tables

Clothes (Haven't worn it this year? Sell it to a secondhand store or donate it!)

Dishes & Kitchen Utensils (You probably don't need all of your 23 bowls!)


Tip 2: Sell Your Stuff!

Sell everything you don't want or need and buy new stuff when you get to your new home.

Sell it on Craigslist, on Ebay, have a garage sale or to your friends on Facebook. If you have to give it away. One less box is worth the effort, I promise.

Most of us collect tons of things that we don't need at all, from the simple clothes that we don't wear to all the random nick-nacks that come into our lives from sources un-unbeknownst to us. No matter where they came from, here are some guidelines to get rid of your stuff.

If you know where you are moving and have space confinements, get rid of furniture you can't fit into your new abode. Everything must go is a good mantra to have in these situations.

If you have't looked at or used something in 3 months, chuck it or sell it. Make two piles, a sell pile and a give-away pile. The rest goes in the trash. Don't think, just act.


Tip 3: Timing is Key

As with all things, competition drives up price. The cheapest time of the year to move is going to be between October and April. July to August are going to be the peak months, so avoiding this time of the year can save you a pretty penny. If you must make the move in the summer as many people do due to work and family constraints, try to schedule your move at least 2 months in advance to lock in a rate that is more to your liking.

Also consider moving during the beginning of the week, on a Monday or Tuesday if you can when moving companies are less busy. This can lower your rate by as much as 5%.

Tip 4: Moving Boxes Are Not Created Equal

Think about trying to use the same size moving boxes for most of your things, and pack in a way that will use your space as effectively as possible. If you are buying moving boxes, think about dimensions that will stack most effectively together.

Uhaul has a great service for moving boxes that you can take advantage of. They have all types of box sizes and you can sell back the ones that you don't use.

Other options for boxes include buying them online in bulk, which can save you some money. But if you are not sure how many you need, it can be hard to order the right amount.

Try looking on Craigslist for people giving away boxes, businesses and other sources will sometimes save boxes after they relocate and sell them at a highly discounted rate or even give them away for free!

Get the right size boxes & be uniform to save space!

Packing Tips From the Experts

Tip 5: Dis-assemble Furniture To Save Space

Taking apart your furniture that you are planning on moving with can save tons of space. Think about taking off the tops of tables, the legs off of chairs, and taking apart bedframes for better storage options. I know this sounds like a time-sync, but it can save you a lot of space in the moving truck.

Multiple Quotes Right to Your Email or Phone!

Tip 6: Get Multiple Quotes & Make Movers Compete!

Last but not least, it is extremely important to make sure that you get quotes from at least 3 cross country moving companies when you are planning your move. It is important to know that the cheapest rate is not always the best option, but having a few choices is always a good decision.

I recommend the links below for finding a company for your move across the country. They provide free quotes from companies that are licensed and provide quality service, which can save you time and help you get a better price quicker. You can get up to 8 quotes and filling out the form takes about 2 minutes!

Tip 7 - Deduct Your Moving Expenses From Your Taxes

Did you know that many moving expenses can be tax deductible? Especially if you are moving for a new job. Anything from your moving boxes, to your hotel expenses while waiting for your new apartment or home to be ready to move-in, to your food while you travel.

Check out these links for more info to see what deductions you can qualify for:

http://www.irs.com/articles/tax-deduction-moving-expenses

Here is another good article about moving tax deductions:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/let-uncle-sam-help-pay-for-your-move.aspx

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Tip 8: Re-use & Save!

Use old newspapaers as packing material. This can save you a ton of money if you are planning on packing up your belongings yourself. Packing peanuts are great, but they come at a price as well as other packing materials, you can definitely use old newspapers for most of your packing needs to fill boxes, wrap up dishware, and for any other packing needs. You can also use some things you already have in your house that you might be throwing away, such as old linens or towells to wrap up some of your more fragile belongings.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      These are all very good tips on how to save money when moving. Moving can be very expensive so it helps to be able to save money by trying to follow these tips. This would be useful for those that are planning to move. Selling things that one doesn't need or want or use anymore is a good idea to reduce stuff for moving and also has the added bonus of making you money.

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      Grace 3 years ago

      Great article! I am planning on moving from Michigan to California in about a month or 2, so your hub really comes right on time. BIG Thumbs Up!

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      SolveMyMaze 3 years ago

      Great hub. It's a shame that delivery charges go through the roof during the summer, although I suppose that's due to there being such a high demand for the service!

      You make a great point about the cost of the move, right down to the food and hotel bills being tax deductible! That little snippet of information should really help a lot of families that are already spending a lot of money around the time of a move.

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      Lauren 3 years ago

      I really like your advice about ditching the clutter! I think I'm gonna do a garage sale or donate a lot of items I don't really need to charity.

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      Sally Chez 3 years ago

      You've given me much to think about . I think I'm going to put off moving until October when rates will likely be cheaper because like you said 'timing is key' and besides I'm really not in a rush.

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      Kathy 3 years ago

      That tip about getting the right size boxes to save room & money is so true. It's really simple & common sense thing but many people overlook it, including me lol...but not anymore after reading you article:)

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      Jimmy R. 3 years ago

      Yes, eBay and other sites are a great place to sell off a lot of stuff. Remember the saying "One man's junk is another man's treasure!"

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      Zeva 3 years ago

      Great info. The more organized you are in your moving plans the more money you can save. Also, making arrangements months in advance could really reduce you costs and stress!

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      Daniel 3 years ago

      The costs for a cross-country can really add up quick! Good thing you are providing great tips to help everyone cut costs.

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      Ronals Smith 3 years ago

      Moving can be some hard work and can get very expensive. Your tips helps me save time, money and headaches! Now that's just what I need:)

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      Henry 3 years ago

      Good article about moving and the vids and pics really compliment every point.

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      Liliane Barr 3 years ago

      I will be moving soon and your article has really help me find ways to cut costs. Thanks for sharing!...

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      Brenda 3 years ago

      I'm gonna follow your Tip 2 and try selling some stuff on ebay or craigslist. Planning a big move soon so that should get me some extra cash and rid clutter at the same time.

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      Dan L. 3 years ago

      I will forward this hub to my sister because she is planning on doing a long distance move to France and this is very helpful

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      Reece 3 years ago

      You know I never thought about deducting my moving expenses...I will surely remember this next time.

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      CyberDog 3 years ago

      Dude this is the best moving articlre I have ever read...seriously. You Rock!!!

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      Edie 3 years ago

      I always move my own stuff, but I think I will hire movers next time, now that I know what to look for.

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      Mel S 3 years ago

      I'm with CyberDog. This is a really great article. I was able to save a significant amount of money on our recent move after having moving companies in Dallas compete for the job (we ended up using this company http://angmoversdallas.com/services.html and they did a great job) instead of just hiring someone.

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      East Coast to West Coast Moving 3 years ago

      Great job with this hub. I was perplexed about how to find out how much it would cost me to move from the west coast to the east coast. I got some moving quotes from the site you specified, and reading about my rights and responsibilities helped me have a much better knowledge pool going into making my arrangements.

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      raquelle148 2 years ago

      Nice moving tips for those who plan to move.

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      Correy Smith 2 years ago

      Moving coast to coast has been an adventure for my family and I. Unfortunately for the kids that would be the first and last time that we would ever do it. Luckily, I didn't have to put a lot of things inside the family van. Thanks to the moving company that I hired they were able to follow us as were moving from Florida to Oregon. http://www.freedom-movers.com/

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