How Much Does it Cost to Move Out of State?

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How Much Does it Cost to Move Out of State

What will it cost me to move to a new state? Sadly, the cost to move to another state is not predictable. While movers give customers estimates, the overall amount won’t be gotten until the end of the move.

This article will discuss the current costs for an interstate move, and the factors considered by full-service moving companies, step by step.

Find out what can influence the cost and the cost of each service as well as how to control the costs as much as possible.

The Average Cost of Hiring a Full-Service Interstate Mover

Moving to a new state costs around $5,600 on average. This is an assumption for a move of 1200 miles and the cost can increase or decrease based on the actual amount of miles you are moving and the number of items you own.

Any move above 100 miles (whether intrastate or interstate) often costs from $2,000 and $5,000 per load, with $.50 per pound.

Factors of the Interstate Moving Cost

Mileage (moving distance): You know that the addition or subtraction of miles on your move can greatly affect the cost to your overall budget. In reality, miles and fuel are the same expense. It doesn’t matter the transit method you choose to move from one state to another, the movers will charge for fuel, vehicle wear and tear, liability insurance, employee time, and more.

Weight (Number of Bedrooms): One other certain expense of moving your belongings is to move them. The more items you own, the more your interstate move will weigh and then the cost of your move. The average cost of most full-service moving companies or moving truck rental providers like U-Haul goes thus:

1-bedroom apartment will weigh below 2,000 pounds. Compare that with 20,000 pounds which is the weight estimate for items of a five-bedroom home.

Packing Supplies: Donating or even shedding items you don’t need will not just help reduce the weight of your interstate move, but it can present another happy effect – reducing the cost of packing materials and supplies you use. Certainly, you can just buy packing supplies from your full-service movers, but if your moving budget is slim, this option may not be the best for you. Most movers will ask to use their packing supplies, which will usually be new and thus cost more.

You also may need to buy some packing supplies, especially if you are relocating any valuable, fragile, or delicate items like pianos, artworks, and related items. But you can use a used moving box for your pillows, camping gear, linens, and gardening equipment.

Utilities: One of the less-popular costs of relocating anywhere, but especially to another state, is utility fees (water, gas, cable, internet, and so on). A lot of utility companies that work on a contractual term will charge a fee for early cancellation to opt-out of a contract early. However, if you can get the same provider at your destination location, this fee may not apply.

One of the reasons why you can find moving more strenuous is that you will usually obtain your overall bill for the old provider exactly when you are getting the deposit as well as the first bill for the new company. So when you call in to cancel service with the utility companies, make sure you ask about the final bill.

Selecting your new utility company can be tougher than you expected too. It may require you to shop around to get the new providers who have flexible contract durations and don’t charge installation fees or ask for deposits to begin your new service.

Additional Costs of Moving Out of State

Some hidden costs include:

  • Moving supplies: Aside from paying for the moving methods above, you also will need to pay to move and pack supplies. These supplies include foam pouches, packing paper, packing tape, cardboard boxes, labels, and so on.
  • Closing costs on a home: If you are purchasing a home in another state, there is a chance that you will pay closing costs on the house. These costs usually include appraisal fees, Realtor fees as well as title insurance, and so on.
  • Household furniture: Maybe you can’t fit your old bed in your new bedroom space or you just want to use something new. Regardless of the reason, you will possibly have to purchase a minimum of one or two pieces of furniture to furnish the new space.
  • Automobile shipping: Don’t have a plan to drive your autos to the new state? You will be paying to have them shipped by a professional to another state.


In general, moving is a costly task and requires much work. Still, when you tackle moving with sufficient time to plan and budget, the whole process becomes easier.
Before moving, look into the upfront and continuous costs that will be included in your budget. Perform research on these costs based on your destination location and come up with an accurate budget.
Always save extra costs for hidden costs and emergencies. You will quickly feel in place, happy, and comfortable in your new home when you plan your move carefully.

Arik J.

Arik J.

Arik has been writing about the moving industry for more than 12 years and knows exactly how to make moving easy.

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