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Affordable Out Of State Movers: Your Ultimate Guide 

Dear Out Of State Mover,


Many of you are looking for a better, cheaper way to safely move furniture out of state. When planning a move, it's important to be clear about your budget to avoid lengthy discussions about state moving costs.


When contacting a moving company for a quote for an out-of-state move, understand that movers' costs vary. Some long distance moving companies are cheap and affordable, while others are expensive. 


With a wide range of moving costs, some people might find it hard to find the best state to state moving company. Many out of state movers are also looking for the cheapest way to move their furniture to a new state. 


American National Movers is here to help you find a moving company that provides balanced out of state moving service—an affordable, reputable, and trustworthy new-state mover

Professional out of state movers unloading moving truck.

Out Of State Moving Expenses

By understanding all the factors contributing to your costs, you can find the best movers for your needs and budget:

  • Fuel: Because of the cost of gas, moves exceeding 400 miles have an average out of state moving cost of $2,700.

  • Labor: Larger out of state moves requiring more than two movers and packers have an availability cost of $3,000.

  • Materials: Costs for packing linen, antiques, fine art, and fragile items have an average surcharge of $1,000.00 for supplies and labor.

  • Distance: Out of state moving companies are more expensive when you're relocating cross-country. This is because of the travel time and distance of your long move.  

  • Reservation: Are you booking your move in advance or doing it at the last minute? The earlier you book your out of state move, the easier it is to save money. 

What To Ask Your Out Of State Movers 

Before choosing an out of state moving company, many people look at reviews. However, reviews may not always give the full picture. Instead, ask your moving company these questions to see if they are a good fit for your across-state relocation: 




Delivery Process 


  • Some long distance moving companies do not provide straight delivery for out of state moves. This can cause issues with damage, lost items, and a large 21-day delivery window. 

  • To maximize company profit, long distance moving companies share your load on a tractor-trailer, which can be problematic for high-value or time-sensitive loads. 

Ask Your Movers For Expedited Delivery Services

Are you okay with waiting 14 to 21 days for your furniture to be delivered? This is a common practice, especially for relocations exceeding 1500 miles. 


Reputable out of state moving companies like American National Movers can expedite your delivery and guarantee your delivery date. We have several trucks, nationwide movers, and warehouses, making our movers efficient and faster. 

Ask How Did Your Movers Calculate Your Quote

Empower yourself and ask questions to understand your long distance moving costs. Many people had a tough time moving out of state because they didn't know how their movers calculated their costs.


Here are common ways moving companies calculate costs for across state relocations: 


Cubic Feet: When movers estimate your costs by cubic feet, they estimate your furniture's size. Consider an in-home estimate for the best results. 


Weight: When your costs are estimated by weight, your movers are guessing the approximate weight of your household goods. After loading your inventory on a truck, the moving company will go to the weight station and provide you with a ticket for the weight of your items. 


Flat Rate: A flat rate is a final, binding price for long-distance travel. Consider a flat rate to move your furniture out of state to avoid surprises. 


Ask How Long The Moving Company Has Been In Business

You become the best through trial and error. You can't claim to be the better moving company for out of state moves if you haven't been in business for at least seven years. So, ask and verify the length of the moving company has been in business. 


Ask If your Movers Are On The BBB

Finding a trustworthy moving company is more important than the cost of your move. Many people realize this, so you should only work with out-of-state movers registered with the BBB. Long distance moving companies listed on the Better Business Bureau are far more likely to provide you with a better experience. 

Large Or Small Out Of State Move? 

-You can relocate a few pieces of furniture between states with American National Movers at an average cost of $2,700. Your state to state moving service includes packers, movers, loading, unloading, disassembly, reassembly, and insurance. 


-Larger out of state moves requiring a tractor-trailer or a full 26-foot truck have an average cost of $6,000. Your moving services will also include a full service move and insurance. 

What's A Reasonable Moving Quote for an Out-of-State Relocation?

Understanding what is considered too cheap or expensive is important when comparing costs for your new state move. Otherwise, salespeople might bait you into overpaying for your out of state moving service or even lowballing your quote. 

What Moving Quote is Considered Too Cheap

-Some out of state moving companies lure customers with unrealistically low prices. Don't fall for the bait-and-switch! Here's what to watch out for:

  • Small Studio or One-Bedroom Moves (Under 500 Miles): Be cautious if a mover quotes you less than $1,500 for this type of move. Legitimate companies have expenses that make such low prices unrealistic. 

  • Two-Bedroom Apartment Moves (500-1500 Miles):  Quotes below $2,500 are a red flag. These moves require more resources, and reputable out of state movers won't undervalue their services.

  • Larger Homes or Cross-Country Moves: If a mover quotes you less than $4,000 for a multi-bedroom home or a cross-country relocation, be very skeptical. These moves are complex and require substantial resources, so extremely low prices often indicate a scam.


What Moving Quote Is Considered Too Expensive 

  • Small Moves: Moving a few pieces of furniture between states should cost no more than $4,000. Otherwise, you're simply overpaying for the service. 

  • Mid-Sized Moves: Moves ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 pounds should cost around $4,000 to $7,000 to move out of state. Anything higher than that is considered a premium rate and is unnecessary. 

  • Long-Distance & Cross-Country Moves: Due to high mileage, a cross country move will average between $5,500 and $8,000. However, major van lines charge much more, which is again unnecessary.  

Cheapest Way To Move Out Of State

Here are some of the most popular ways you can relocate your furniture out of state cheaply: 


Shared Load Moving

  • Combine your shipment with another customer and share a truck for one of the cheapest ways to move out of state. 


  • If your budget is below $2,500, you can hire professional out-of-state movers or rent a truck and do it yourself. However, U-Haul does not provide insurance on household goods or cover gas.


American National Movers 

  • American National Movers is a legitimate, professional, cheaper out of state moving option. Our average costs to cross state lines range from $2,700 to $6,000. Your long distance moving costs will vary based on the size and mileage of your out of state move. ​


  • You can work with U-Pack. This company will ask you to pack all your furniture, and they will drive it between States for you.



PODS can haul your furniture out of state at a cheaper rate. Once you packed and loaded all your goods in your container, PODS will handle the driving.

Hiring A Moving Company to Haul Furniture To A New State Is Worth it. 

Overall, hiring a professional out of state moving company is better than any DIY options like PODS because of the convenience movers provide.


You can ship furniture across states for a low cost but don't compromise quality for quantity. People who hired cheap movers wrote reviews about getting scammed, so be realistic when negotiating with your movers.

Choose American National Movers For Your Out Of State Move 

American National Movers is great for moving furniture to a new state because we are competitive and professional. Choose us and have peace of mind with our willingness to negotiate and reliability.



Considering that our state to state moving costs are cheaper than the industry average, you can say you saved money by hiring movers. Yet, our services will not lack in quality; you can expect nothing short of a full-service move.


We guarantee a good customer service experience and treat any move with the same urgency. Get a quote from a representative at American National Movers today. 

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