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How Much Does Cross Country Moving Cost?

how much does cross country moving cost?Several years ago, I moved halfway across the country to California from Texas. I miss the barbecue. I do not miss the weather.

I was planning a career switch, and I’d saved up for months to make this move happen. I had a “career switch” fund that would hold me over until I found a job, but the cost of the move itself took up a huge part of this budget. It wasn’t cheap. A few years ago, I wrote about some creative ways to save money on a cross country move, but many readers had questions: How much does a truck cost? What about gas? How much does cross country moving cost in general?

In this post, I wanted to break down the many expenses involved so you can prepare your budget. Of course, a lot of the cost involved with moving depends on how much stuff you’re towing with you, so for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to assume you’re moving a 1-bedroom apartment.

Transportation and Storage (≈ $1,000 – $2,000)

How much you’ll spend on actually moving your junk across the country depends on a handful of factors: when you plan to move, how far you have to go, and how much stuff you have to begin with.

As I told you in this post, a 1-bedroom apartment move with a U-haul would have cost upwards of $1,000 in September.  In general, most of the quotes I got from truck companies were around $1,000, too. They charge you an initial fee to rent the truck, and then a small cost per mile, which adds up. Initially, I budgeted for about $1,000 to move, but then I called Penske and they quoted me $450 — at the time, they didn’t charge me per mile. Not everyone will have the same luck.  read more…

How Much Does Cross Country Moving Cost?

Several years ago, I moved halfway across the country to California from Texas. I miss the barbecue. I do not miss the weather. I was planning a career switch, and I’d saved up for months to make this move happen. I had a “career switch” fund that...

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