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How to Calculate Cross Country Moving Costs

The job of relocating your life cross country is a serious task that can be both expensive and stressful – especially if you have never done it before. Once you make the decision to move across the country, whether you are doing so because your job has moved or just for a change of scenery, one of the first tasks you need to complete is figuring out your budget for the move and how you are going to make it happen.

Of course, moving all the way across the country is going to be more expensive than just moving within the Miami area. Hiring a moving company to transport your items thousands of miles is a significant investment, but it is your only viable option other than renting a truck and making the drive yourself. Unless you have experience with that kind of long-distance driving and packing of a large moving truck, this is a job that is best left to the professionals.

The last thing you want to do is be surprised by the cost of the move once the day arrives. By calculating costs beforehand and getting a good idea of the kind of expense you are looking at, you can plan more effectively and be prepared to pay for the cross country moving service.

Just how far are you moving?
Not surprisingly, the cost of the move will be highly influenced by just how far across the country you are actually moving. For example, if you are moving into the Miami area, you can expect to pay significantly more for the move when coming from Los Angeles as opposed to Chicago. As a first step, determine the miles that will need to be covered to get all of your stuff from one place to the next. You can use online mapping tools to quickly and easily figure out the total distance of the move.

How much stuff do you have?
Typically, the cost of your move will be determined by the overall weight of the items that you have to move. While you might not have any idea how much all of your stuff weighs, there are online tools that help you estimate the weight based on the number of rooms full of items that you have to transport. If you are moving from a one bedroom apartment, or a whole three bedroom house, will have a lot to say about the end costs of the move. Use an online calculator to enter some numbers regarding how much stuff you have, and you can receive an estimated weight. This won’t be an exact number at all, but it will be a starting point for estimating the total cost of hiring a company to move your things across country.
Moving to the Miami area from another location across the country is an exciting opportunity. Get started on the moving process by estimating your moving costs before you start collecting specific quotes and get down to the business of hiring a company to manage the move.