State to State Moving - How You'll Pay for Your Move

If your spouse has a garage-full of junk that you’ve been longing to get rid of, long-distance moving is the perfect excuse.

If you're moving over 50 miles, the cost will most likely dictated by how heavy your stuff is, and the number of miles the shipment will be traveling to your new home. This is often called a long distance move, or a state-to-state move because these often go between states. (A local move, by contrast, is based on the amount of time it takes the moving company to move you.)

The state to state moving company will estimate the weight of your shipment during the in-home estimate, and then weigh the truck before hitting the road to gauge the actual weight of the moving shipment.

Because you’re paying for the move, you have every right to take part in these weigh-ins. If you plan on doing this, let your moving company know so they can arrange it with the driver. If the moving company refuses, you should reconsider using that moving company.

Want to Save Money?
Cutting the costs for a long-distance move is simple: move less stuff, or don't move the really heavy stuff. If you have heavier items that you have not used for, say, a year, it may be better to dispose of them before moving, so take a good look at your stuff while packing: Now is the time to do this, not after you move.

One other factor affecting your move: geography. If you're starting and/or ending in an expensive city, you'll pay more than if you're moving in a market that has lower labor costs. Ask your moving company how this affects the costs.