If you’re thinking about moving cross-country or long distance, one of the first things you want to know is: How much is this going to cost? We get it. Before you start spending precious time getting quotes and giving out your email address or phone number, you just want some basic idea of how much to budget for moving your stuff! Is that too much to ask? Not at all, and that’s exactly what this guide to moving costs is all about.
This guide will arm you with knowledge of what to expect with the three major modes of moving: traditional full-service movers, rental trucks, and moving and storage containers like PODS. We’ll do that by giving you estimated cost examples for making the 2,800-mile trek cross-country between coasts, relocating the 1,000 miles or so between the Northeast and Florida, or moving 100 to 500 miles to a nearby city or state. We’ll also cover the factors that affect long-distance and cross-country moving costs, plus pros and cons of the different options.
Before we start, we’ve just got one major caveat: These ballpark moving estimates can’t substitute for getting your own direct quotes for your specific move. Sorry, you can’t skip that step. But this can save you time in the planning stage and give you valuable guidelines so you can avoid being taken for a ride. Now let’s get to it.
CROSS-COUNTRY MOVING COST EXAMPLE: NYC TO LOS ANGELES
The average cost of moving cross country is an estimated $2,668 for rental trucks, and around $6,000 for a portable moving container or full-service movers for a moderately furnished 2- to 3-bedroom household to relocate from NYC to L.A. (or the reverse), according to the MoveBuddha Cost Calculator and PODS. (These costs represent the average between the low and high range for each option. The average cost of PODS moving across country also varies.) Here’s a table for easy reference, for NYC to L.A. and other popular cross-country moves between the East and West Coasts. You’ll see the average cost to move across county is unique to each geographic area.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MOVE CROSS-COUNTRY?
Moving costs from East Coast to West Coast:
(includes transport and 1-month storage)
(includes transport and loading/unloading)
(plus fuel costs)
|NYC to L.A.||2,800||$5,679-$6,659||$3,975-$7,982||$2,182-$3,155|
|NYC to San Francisco||2,900||$5,807-$6,817||$4,373-$8,780||$2,308-$3,337|
|Miami to L.A.||2,730||$3,179-$3,839||$3,975-$7,982||$2,182-$3,155|
|Miami to San Francisco||3,110||$3,899-$4,579||$4,373-$8,780||$2,308-$3,337|
WHAT ABOUT MOVING COSTS FROM NY TO FLORIDA — OR FLORIDA TO NY?
Considering the difference in weather, it’s no surprise that a lot of people make the move from the Northeast to Florida. Yet many others move in the opposite direction, whether it’s for a job, to be close to family, or the allure of NYC itself. Since there are more people moving south, it typically costs a bit less to move from the south to the north — usually a few hundred dollars difference — because of the lower demand. Keep this in mind if you’re trying to negotiate a better deal.
Estimates for moving a moderately furnished 2- to 3-bedroom household 1,000 to 1,300-miles from NYC to Florida (or the reverse) average about $4,365 for full-service movers, $1,406 with a rental truck, and $2,575 with a PODS moving and storage container, according to the MoveBuddha Cost Calculator and PODS. Here’s a table for easy reference, for moving from NYC to Florida’s three top metro areas: Orlando, Miami, and Tampa Bay.
Moving costs from NYC to Florida:
(includes transport and 1-month storage)
(includes transport and loading/unloading)
(plus fuel costs)
|NYC to Orlando||1,080||$4,156-$4,878||$2,567-$6,163||$923-$1,424|
|NYC to Miami||1,280||$4,379-$5,249||$3,013-$6,843||$1,107-$1,706|
|NYC to Tampa||1,130||$4,355-$5,220||$2,567-$6,163||$1,107-$1,706|
WHAT ABOUT MOVING COSTS FOR 100 TO 500 MILES?
What if you’re just moving 100 to 500 miles, to another city in your state, or a city in a nearby state? While a much shorter distance than cross-country, 100 to 500 miles is considered a long-distance move, and still a lot harder to do yourself than a local move. Small moves cross country also require some careful budgeting in terms of time and money.Factoring in the time — and energy — it takes to load, drive, and then unload your stuff, you’ll need to give yourself at least two days to make the move. Here are some popular moving route examples:
(includes transport and 1-month storage)
(includes transport and loading/unloading)
(plus fuel costs)
|Richmond to DC||110||$909-$1,109||$1,556-$4,505||$142-$217|
|Austin to Dallas||200||$1,620-$1,980||$1,556-$4,505||$328-$505|
|L.A. to Phoenix||380||$3,199-$3,909||$1,556-$4,505||$328-$505|
|Tampa to Atlanta||460||$2,165-$2,765||$2,083-$5,375||$630-$972|
WHAT FACTORS AFFECT LONG-DISTANCE AND CROSS-COUNTRY MOVING COSTS?
Moving distance and household size are the two major factors that impact your moving costs, but there are other variables when you’re budgeting your move. You’ll want to consider all the factors — plus how they affect both your costs and plans — when choosing between traditional movers, rental trucks, or portable containers:
- Moving distance: How many miles are you moving between your current home and your new address? Using PODS to move cross country could be an option that balances budget and your schedule. PODS pricing cross county tends to be competitively priced for the value you receive.
- Household size: How much stuff are you moving? Traditional movers estimate your cost based on the weight of your belongings, which can vary from the estimate to the final bill. Portable containers and rental truck pricing is based on the container or truck size. Smaller households may be less expensive, so there is a lesser cost to move a one bedroom apartment cross country.
- Driving: The longer the distance, the more stressful it is to drive a huge rental truck — and park it multiple times. You can skip the truck driving chore by hiring traditional movers or a portable container service. When you factor in fuel costs to fill up a big rental truck, a portable container can be very close in price, and even more affordable if you need storage or would have to pay to transport your own vehicle.
- Labor: Professional movers include loading and unloading all your furniture, boxes, and other stuff, but they’ll charge extra for packing and unpacking. With rental trucks and portable containers, you have the option to hire hourly moving help. This means you only pay for the services you really need.
- Scheduling: If you need to change moving dates, traditional movers may charge hefty rescheduling fees — as high as $500 or more. Truck rentals are easier to change, but they also charge late fees. This is where you might need a cross country move checklist. If you need flexibility, ask about this upfront, or use a portable container service like PODS, which makes scheduling changes much easier, with no extra charge when you give notice up to 24 hours before delivery or pick-up. The built-in storage of portable containers also provides an easy buffer for postponed closings and other unexpected delays.
- Storage: Will you need storage as part of your move? Besides the need for scheduling flexibility, many people moving cross-country or long distance prefer to land in a temporary home while they take time getting to know a new area. That’s when portable containers come in handy, especially when the first month of storage is included, as with companies like PODS. If you’re using traditional movers and you think you may need storage, be sure to ask about the costs and conditions. If you’re renting a truck, you’ll have to pay for self-storage, and probably for another truck rental, not to mention deal with a lot of extra loading and unloading.
- Season and timing: Think about your timing of cross country move quotes. Moving rates for all options are highest during the busy season, which is generally May through September. One of the cheapest ways to move cross country is to move on a weekday. That way, you may get a slightly better rate from a traditional mover or rental truck company.
- Moving supplies: The cost of quality boxes, packing materials, moving blankets, and other supplies can add up, ranging from about $100 to $125 for a studio or 1 bedroom to $175 or more for a 2- to 3-bedroom home. Traditional movers will typically include moving blankets and shrink wrap to protect your furniture as part of their quote, but you’ll need to purchase boxes and other supplies if you do your own packing.
- Fuel: There are generally no added fuel charges with traditional movers or portable containers. However, this can be a major expense with a rental truck, especially if you’re driving 2,800 miles across the country. And don’t forget about the fuel surcharge penalty if you don’t turn it in with a full tank.
- Moving insurance: Check if your homeowners or renters policy includes protection for your belongings during a move. If not, getting protection against damage or accidents along the way is highly recommended for long distance moves, and these costs should be factored in. See our guide to moving insurance.
- Hotel and food costs: Besides getting your stuff moved, you and your family will need to make the trip, too. Here are some tips to help save on moving costs, including your costs on the road.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MOVE CROSS COUNTRY?
One more factor coming into play for people looking to move is how the coronavirus pandemic affected moving companies and related prices. Over the past two years, the cost of moving a household on short moves as well as longer ones has increased, something else homeowners and renters need to take into consideration when planning a move. Many of these changes came about because of business costs increasing due to pandemic pressures, which began in early 2020 and still continue in many U.S. regions. States that are hardest hit by these increases include New York, Washington, and California, experts say.
There are a variety of supply-and-demand issues causing moving costs to increase, including rising inflation, the cost of gasoline, and the shortage of truck drivers at some of the major moving companies. These labor shortages within the moving industry actually started before the pandemic began, moving companies reported, and the shortages have lasted longer than many in the industry expected. Another industry issue is the new Electronic Logging Device rule for all truckers, established by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which restricts how many hours a truck driver can work.
Further cost crunches came from the rising cost of vehicles, both new and used. Car and truck prices dramatically increased from 2020 through 2022, largely because of supply issues and the scarcity of computer chips. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that its used car index (which tracks used car prices) rose 42% between December 2019 and October 2022. Forbes also reported in a September 2022 interview with analysts at Cox Automotive that the average new-vehicle transaction price was $48,301, up 11% from a year ago — that’s an increase of more than $10,000 from August 2019, the article stated.
“Everything from [the cost of] packing supplies to trucks increased. Therefore, moving costs increased,” Josh Morales, CEO of International Van Lines, told Forbes Advisor Home. “We’re currently seeing record numbers, and this is a national issue, not local.”
Now that we’ve covered the cost factors, here’s a look at how each moving method works, including pros and cons.
TRADITIONAL MOVING COMPANIES
If money is no object and you have no worries about scheduling or storage needs, full-service movers are the most hands-free approach to moving — especially if you pay them to do all the packing and unpacking. Just don’t expect it to be hassle-free. Most require a personal or virtual walk through your home before giving you an estimate.
On moving day, you need to be organized and well prepared when the movers arrive like a small army to collect your belongings. Be sure to work with a reputable mover and watch out for scams, where they bid extra low and then change the price once they have your stuff. Check their licensing, insurance, and references — as well as base rates and extra fees for stairs, extra heavy furniture pieces, and other potential upcharges.
Pros and Cons of Full-Service Movers:
|No heavy lifting||Expensive|
|No driving a huge truck||Schedules can be rigid, with extra fees for changes|
|Less hassle if you choose a good company||Higher risk of damage and loss|
|Extra services available||Potential for added fees|
PODS MOVING AND STORAGE CONTAINERS
You can usually save a good chunk of change by using portable containers instead of full-service movers. On cross-country moves the cost is in the ballpark of rental trucks — except you don’t have to drive a truck! Container moves involve a little more work on your part than hiring movers, but they can offer a lot more flexibility and control, in addition to convenient storage. Most moderately furnished 2- to 3-bedroom households will fit in one 16-foot PODS container. Curious about the cost of moving with PODS cross-country? Getting a PODS estimate for a long-distance move is fast and easy to do. Use these online tools to decide the size and quantity of containers you need.
Here’s how PODS works when you’re moving cross-country or long-distance:
- Your container is delivered to you.
- You can take your time loading (you rent your containers by the month).
- You have the option to hire hourly moving professionals to help with the heavy lifting and packing.
- PODS picks it up and takes it to a secure storage center or your new place.
- When you’re done unloading, PODS picks up your container.
One thing to consider when you’re moving with PODS: you’ll want to have a driveway, parking lot, or street parking space for your container. If you’re moving to or from a tight urban setting, like New York City or Los Angeles, then you’ll want to double-check that there’s sufficient space. If your location doesn’t allow space for a container, PODS City Service, designed for urban areas, offers a solution in many areas of these cities.
Pros and Cons of Portable Containers:
|Less expensive than full-service movers||Usually costs slightly more than rental trucks for long-distance moves|
|No driving a huge truck||Parking spot required|
|Flexibility to set your own pace||Tight deadlines can be a motivator|
|Option to hire hourly moving help with loading and unloading||You take care of your own loading and unloading|
|Built-in storage options|
Renting a truck and doing all the packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking is the total DIY approach, which can be especially hard when you’re moving long-distance or cross-country. You must pick up the truck and deliver it to the drop-off center when you arrive.
Plus, you’ll be paying for any damage to the truck. This is especially pertinent when it comes to cross-country moves — we can promise you some of those old highways have seen better days. And if you’ve never driven a truck that large, you might be better off letting a professional take on the roads, and doubly so if you’re moving to a place with tight, narrow streets.
Pros and Cons of Rental Trucks:
|Can be the cheapest option for short moves||Costs run much higher for longer-distance and cross-country moves|
|Easy online pricing and reservations||Most stressful option|
|You set the schedule||Driving and parking a huge truck|
|Wide availability||No storage available|
Whatever moving option you choose, we hope this guide has helped you find the services with the best value for your needs. Long-distance moves are a major undertaking. Here are three of our most popular moving resources to help you make yours a success:
- 10 Tips For Moving Cross-Country From Someone Who Did It
- Foolproof Packing And Moving Tips From Someone Who’s Moved 20+ Times
- Our Ultimate Moving Checklist
Liz Taylor is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to the PODS blog.
In general, depending on the moving company and the method of transportation that you elect to use, the average cost to move across the country currently hovers around $2,000 – $8,000. But a coast-to-coast move may come in at even higher cost, to the tune of $2,200 – $15,000.Is moving cross-country expensive? ›
Moving can be a stressful experience, but moving across the country is an even more challenging and extensive process. The cost for a cross-country move with the best moving companies can range anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000.How do you calculate relocation costs? ›
Ordinarily, to estimate the relocation costs, you take the estimated time to complete the move and multiply it by the moving company's hourly rate. Then, add the charge for other things like packing material, travel time, and tips if you work with movers.How much does it cost on average to move to another country? ›
Depending on how you categorize expenses, the average cost to move to another country can be $1000 - $10,000+. On the low-end, an international move is as cheap as a one-way flight ticket. On the high-end are corporate international relocation packages, where your company pays all the costs to move you abroad.What is the cheapest time of the year to move long distance? ›
The best months to move are November and December. This is when moving companies are the slowest, as kids are in school and most people don't want to move during the holidays. Avoid the summer months, as those are the most expensive times to move.How much money should I have before moving cross country? ›
In general, depending on the moving company and the method of transportation that you elect to use, the average cost to move across the country currently hovers around $2,000 – $8,000. But a coast-to-coast move may come in at even higher cost, to the tune of $2,200 – $15,000.How much do you tip the driver for a cross country move? ›
How Much to Tip Movers. A good rule of thumb is 15 to 20 percent of the total moving bill for both a typical long-haul or a local move.What is a good relocation fee? ›
How much are you given in a relocation package? The full costs and figures can vary depending on the individual and their package however, as an example, payments are typically between $2,000 and $100,000.What is a typical relocation package? ›
A typical relocation package usually covers the costs of moving and storing furnishings, household goods, assistance with selling an existing home, costs incurred with house-hunting, temporary housing, and all travel costs by the employee and family to the new location.What is a typical lump sum for a relocation package? ›
If the company was going to cover the entire relocation, they'd offer anywhere from $10,000 - $14,999. So if your company is going to offer you a lump sum, you should expect to see somewhere within that range.
Choose sea freight over air freight
When you're looking for the cheapest way to move belongings overseas, container ships should be your first port of call. According to the World Bank, ocean freight is usually between 12-16 times cheaper than air freight.
- Find Out The Visa Requirements. ...
- Get Your Documents Ready. ...
- Make a Timeline of Your Move. ...
- Prepare Your Pets. ...
- Check Tax Obligations. ...
- Prepare Insurance & Check the Health Care System. ...
- Find Housing. ...
- Sort Your Previous Living Situation.
But in general, yes, you can move to another country without a job. Each country has its own specific visa rules and entry requirements that can be pretty strict when it comes to working. Despite this, you absolutely can move to another country without a job. People do it every day.What items are not worth moving long-distance? ›
- Clothing – It is easy to overdo it when it comes to packing clothes. ...
- Bulky Items – DVDs and books take up a lot of space when packing, as do large electronic items like unused laptops/desktop computers, or DVD players.
Demand for movers is especially high during the months of June, July, and August. During these months, moving companies will charge higher rates and be less open to offering deals. If you are looking for the cheapest time to move, try your best to avoid peak moving season.What month of long-distance is the hardest? ›
The first few months of a long-distance relationship may be an optimistic time, but the study pinpointed the four-month mark as being the hardest part of the relationship. But according to the data, if your long-distance relationship can survive the eight-month milestone, it gets a lot easier.Is $5,000 enough to move out? ›
It's enough money to get you started, but it'll go quickly. You'll have deposits for electricity and rent, then first and last month's rent for starters. So, plan on maybe $500 deposit on where you plan to live, then the cost of rent times two… maybe $1600+ for the first and last months rent.Is 6000 enough to move out? ›
You should generally save between $6,000 and $12,000 before moving out. You'll need this money to find a place to live inside, purchase furniture, cover moving expenses, and pay other bills. You'll also want to have enough money saved up for an emergency fund before moving out.How do I plan a cross-country drive for a move? ›
- Plan Out Your Main Stops Ahead of Time. ...
- Double-Check Your Roadside Assistance Options. ...
- Stock Up on Snacks and Water. ...
- Create Custom Playlists Ahead of Time. ...
- Download an Audiobook or Podcast Series. ...
- Maximize Your Rest Stops. ...
- Go Out to a Nice Dinner. ...
- Bring Your Own Pillow.
A general guideline is to tip $10 minimum per mover for a half-day (four hours) of service, or $20 for a full-day (eight hours) of service. Of course, most homeowners adjust this tip based on the quality of service, relocation distance, and difficulty of the move.
A general rule of thumb is to tip $4 to $5 per hour per mover or to tip between 5 and 10% of the total move cost. For example, if you are planning to spend $1,000 on your move, you might tip between $50 and $100 and divide it evenly between the team helping with your move.What states have 2 men and a truck? ›
Two Men and a Truck is based in Lansing, Michigan. It has more than 380 other locations across the United States, with locations in every state except Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.What is fair to ask for in relocation package? ›
Typical relocation packages usually include temporary lodging expenses, the cost of moving, job assistance for your spouse, traveling costs, and assistance in selling your home.Is 5000 a good relocation package? ›
While $5,000 upfront might seem like a generous amount, when you consider everything that goes into the cost of relocating, it may fall short and leave your employees frustrated and paying out of pocket.Can I negotiate my relocation package? ›
When it comes to relocation, negotiating a better deal is good for all parties. It'll keep you and your family happy if there's less for you to do, and it'll give your employer a new team member who's ready to work sooner than later.How do I ask for more money for a relocation package? ›
- Research typical relocation packages. The first step is to find out what kinds of relocation assistance are typical for someone in your particular situation. ...
- Assess your own needs. Ask yourself what you might need from a relocation package. ...
- Emphasize mutual benefits.
The IRS considers relocation benefits taxable income. Through 2025, the IRS requires employers to include moving expense reimbursements in your reported wages. This includes direct payments to movers or airlines and payments made to relocation services for your benefit.Do I have to pay back relocation expenses? ›
The most common relocation repayment requires repayment in full if termination of employment is within 12 months after relocation or a prorated amount for up to 2 years. If a move is in process when employment ends, unused benefits typically cease immediately.What is a one time payment for relocation? ›
A lump-sum payment or relocation fee offers an employee a single payment that covers all of the relocation expenses. Once they receive the payment, the employee uses that money to cover transportation, packing, moving and any additional expenses associated with relocation expenses.What is a hybrid move? ›
With a hybrid move, you might use a portable moving container to move to a new home. You'll pack your own boxes and load/unload the container yourself, but the moving container company will handle the transportation for you. You could also pack your belongings on a freight trailer.
- South Africa.
- Costa Rica.
- Secure your financial health. Finances are important. ...
- Make sure your passport is up to date. ...
- Learn the local language. ...
- Study the local culture. ...
- Find a job. ...
- Apply for a visa and research the citizenship process. ...
- Research the process for moving abroad with pets. ...
- Plan for necessities.
|The Top 10 Countries for Moving Abroad||Number of countries that want to move here the most|
- Understand visa requirements. ...
- Find out if you're eligible to work. ...
- Create a budget. ...
- Search for housing. ...
- Discover transportation options. ...
- Apply for healthcare or insurance. ...
- Keep up to date with COVID-19 travel regulations. ...
- Don't forget about the little things.
Loneliness, shyness, and communication
We may feel super comfortable traveling or with the native language of the country that we are in, but when we're not from somewhere, it is easy to develop self-conscious thoughts and feelings that impact our expat self-esteem.
Moving abroad is stressful, but it's also a fun, thrilling, adrenalin-filled leap into the unknown – and it's important to remember that while you're calling embassies, moving money around, and saying goodbye to friends and family.How much time do you need to move to another country? ›
Moving abroad to a new destination typically takes about three to six months, so planning will help minimize surprises and allow you to enjoy the transition. We have organized an outline of things to do as the moving date gets closer to facilitate the process.What is moving to another country called? ›
emigrate / immigrate / migrate
Emigrate means to leave one's country to live in another. Immigrate is to come into another country to live permanently.
Needing plants, pets, and other tricky items moved
Unless your pet can move some boxes, keep them out of the movers' way. In the moving world, potted plants are the equivalent of contraband—movers will not take them in their trucks because they could spill dirt or spread bugs.
One of the heaviest items you may need have moved on your upcoming moving day is the bulky, heavy, huge washing machine and dryer. Some people even include it in the sale of their home because they are such a challenge to move, while others are ready and willing to get these favorite machines moved to their new home.
- Clothes that don't fit.
- Shoes you wore once and then hid in a hamper.
- Outdated electronics like old phones or VHS players.
- Posters you bought in college.
- Expired food.
- Expired medications.
- Expired makeup.
- Stray cords.
The short answer to this question is that it's cheaper to move on a weekday — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Simply put, most moving companies offer better rates during the week because they aren't as busy then.What is the best day to hire movers? ›
It turns out that the best days to move are between Monday and Thursday, despite Tuesdays being the least popular moving day. There is far less demand for movers making it a cinch to schedule your moving day, and taking the day the off work to get it done will pay off in big ways.What is the least popular moving day? ›
Worst Days of the Week to Move
During the weekend: Friday-Sunday, tend to be the worst days for moving. Since most people are off on the weekends, mover's book up fast.
Long distance relationships are not temporary.
The longest clocked in at 44 years (!) but there were five relationships reported over 30 years and at least a dozen more that lasted over a decade. Keep this in mind next time you think a week away from your significant other is too much.
Finally, we've uncovered the answer to our original question: do long distance relationships work? It turns out that 40 percent of long-distance relationships eventually come to an end. Plus, long-distance relationships that fail when changes aren't planned for are at 28 percent.What is the cheapest way to get across the country? ›
Take the bus – If driving is entirely out of the question, you can find bus tickets for as little as $1 USD from Megabus. Greyhound and Flixbus also have cheap rides all around the US. Rides under five hours are usually around $20 USD if you book early, and overnight rides usually cost $50-100.Is it cheaper to drive cross country? ›
For the shortest trip, driving is slightly more economical than flying. But for the longer cross-country trip, flying is far cheaper. And keep in mind that this only considers solo drivers. Families or friends traveling in one vehicle can save money by driving, even on longer routes.Why is long-distance moving so expensive? ›
“There has been an unprecedented number of people leaving the state and hardly anyone moving into California. This has created a major logistical problem for moving companies that rely on a balance of inbound and outbound moves to keep their trucks full,” Carrigan explained.What do I need to know before moving cross country? ›
- Weigh the Cost of Shipping Your Car. ...
- Do Your Career Homework. ...
- Get Your Finances in Check. ...
- Part Ways with Things You Don't Need. ...
- Pack Your Clothes Strategically. ...
- Tap Into Your Network. ...
- Save Your Moving Receipts. ...
- DON'T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS.
At minimum, you'll need a week for a cross-country road trip. Two weeks is better though. Two weeks allows you to drive for shorter distances and to take more time to enjoy the places you stop at. Three weeks is perfection!What is the most efficient way to travel cross-country? ›
Taking a ferry is a great way to travel cross-country. Not only does it save time, but it also provides an amazing view of the passing landscape. Depending on what ferry you choose, some are more expensive than others. Generally, the less time it takes to cross a body of water, the higher the cost will be to use one.What is the cheapest mode of transportation? ›
Q. Waterways is the cheapest mode of transport because the fuel efficiency is very low in such transport.What is the best time of year to do a cross country road trip? ›
The off-peak seasons of spring and fall tend to be the best times to drive, providing mild temperatures and perfect weather for both sight-seeing and cruising. However, to avoid pitfalls, check the weather daily during your cross-country road trip.How long does it realistically take to drive cross country? ›
It takes about 45 hours, or six 8-hour days, to drive coast-to-coast. You will need to decide if you want to take one of four coast-to-coast interstates or traverse the country as the old-timers did on U.S. highways. If you have about three months to travel, you can even see all 48 continental states.Should I ship my car or drive across country? ›
Like we said earlier, the cost to ship a car is almost always higher than the cost of driving that car the same distance. Even when you factor in additional costs like hotels, gas, and food, driving is still cheaper. There's more to moving than getting your belongings from A to B.What is considered a long distance move? ›
A general rule of thumb for most moving companies is that if a move is over 400 miles, it is considered long-distance. A long-distance move can also be called long-haul moving or interstate moving if you are moving out of one state and into another.How do you move cross country for the first time? ›
- Give Yourself Time. The critical thing to do in preparation for your move is to start early. ...
- Stay Organized. ...
- Start Cleaning. ...
- Get Rid of Everything You Can. ...
- Pack It Well. ...
- Decide on Your Moving Method. ...
- Get Moving.
Put Heavy Items in Small Boxes
Save books for small boxes and bedding, clothing, or other light items for larger moving bins. Regardless of box size, one of the best tips for a long-distance move is to tightly pack your belongings in their boxes to prevent shifting and damage while on the road.
- Update Personal Records. Moving to another state or country includes a few more steps than moving to another house in the same city. ...
- Sell Large Furniture and Unused Items. ...
- Organize What You Will Sell Into Categories. ...
- Donate Items You Don't Need Anymore. ...
- Pack Within Your Means.