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Compare Long Distance Moving Pricing & Save Money Guide

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Tired of endless quotes from overpriced or unreliable long distance movers? This comprehensive guide will help you understand pricing and find a moving company that delivers both quality and affordability.

At American National Movers, we understand the frustration of finding a mover that balances cost with packing quality. As a nationwide moving company, we specialize in long distance relocations at a reasonable price. Yet, we still struggle to meet some of the consumer demands of a cheaper price. Remember, to provide you with a reliable movers experience, there are minimum costs to ensure customer satisfaction.

We hate to see consumers dissatisfied with the cost of their long-distance movers. But please try to understand the costs involved in moving long distances. Furthermore, each long distance moving company has its own rates and prices. Being overly zealous about saving money could do more harm than good. To better understand the costs involved, here's a look at the average prices for long distance movers from some popular national moving companies.

Average Cost Of National Long Distance Movers

Understanding the Costs Behind the Numbers Mentioned Above

  • United Van Lines: Despite their higher long distance moving prices, many people choose United Van Lines because of their reputation and reliability. Their pricing reflects their nationwide experience and moving resources. United Van Lines is a good choice for those willing to pay a premium for peace of mind.

  • Moving APT: Moving APT positions itself as a budget-friendly option, but it's important to proceed with caution. It is a brokerage company that connects customers with other moving companies. Overall, Moving APT is a legitimate option, but lacks customer service.

  • Belkin Van Lines: Belkin is a reputable national mover with moderate to high pricing—it all depends on their availability. Compared to other quotes provided by major brands, Belkins is worth considering.

  • Atlas Van Lines: Atlas is another legitimate, trustworthy option, but people have reported moving costs exceeding $12,000 for long distance moves.


The long distance moving prices listed above are estimates and may vary based on several factors, including distance, size of move, additional services, and time of year. Please get detailed quotes from multiple long distance movers to compare prices and services before hiring one.

Average Cost Of Long Distance Movers Based On Bedrooms & Mileage

Larger Moves Are More Expensive Due To Labor

Let's be reasonable. The more items you have to pack and move the more expensive the haul will be. If you attempt to cut corners on large 3 to 4-bedroom moves, it will result in fewer men and likely a poor moving experience.

The Longer The Distances The Higher The Moving Costs

As displayed on the chart above, long distance moves are more expensive than short hauls because of the extensive travel times. Relocating furniture from state to state is not easy, and professional movers expect to get compensated fairly for the task.

Additional Factors That Influence Long Distance Moving Costs

Moving companies all charge different long-distance rates, which is why you would receive a wide range of costs ranging from $4,000 to $14,000. However, here are the primary factors that contribute to the prices:

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The Cost Of Professional Movers

  • Skilled mover's labor typically costs $300.00 per helper and $1,000 or more for the driver.

  • Any moving company quoting a cost of $2,000 for a long distance move does not have skilled labor.

  • It's important to be reasonable with your moving budget expectations. Otherwise, you are likely to have a dad relocation experience.

Notes: People want to save money and get the best price on their long distance move, but it's a good idea to ensure your movers are legitimate and reliable before hiring one. Often, that comes at a higher cost because it will be harder to meet your long distance moving expectations if the price isn't reasonable.

Fuel is Not Cheap

Fuel costs for relocations exceeding 800 miles range between $800.00 and $1500.00. Another reason some might consider hiring movers for an out of state move is expensive.

  • Due to the cost of fuel, if your budget is under $3,000 and your move exceeds 800 miles, you will have difficulty hiring movers and renting a U-Haul.

  • Some Long distance moving companies offer lower rates, but the good ones cost between $4,000 and $7,000. Any mover offering anything less than the above-mentioned cost is likely a disreputable company.  

  • Even if you go the DIY route, expect to invest a reasonable amount of money. U-Haul's average truck rental cost for a long-distance move is $3,800 to $5,000.

Moving Costs are Also Based On Demand

There is a reason why major brands charge more for their moves. They have a higher volume of moving inquiries, which increases costs. Alternatively, consider contacting a small moving company, but tread lightly. Small movers are more likely to engage in deceptive business practices.

  • The better long distance movers have a higher demand for their moving services. People want to work with trustworthy movers, but these companies might have limited availability.

  • Trusted relocation brands provide peace of mind, which is invaluable and justifies their higher costs.

  • Spring and Summer months are the peak of moving, and long distance movers are typically 30% more expensive at this time.

Do You Need Your Long Distance Movers and Packers?

As part of your basic long distance moving service, our movers pack, load, and unload your furniture. But, for premium packing services of fine art, fragile items, and antiques, expect additional costs to be added.

  • Packing dishes and linen adds an average of $1,000.00. However, if you have a small number of items to be packed, the costs are negotiable.

  • Packing fine art and antiques requires expertise and costs from $800 to $3,000. The size and weight of the item will determine the cost.


  • Larger homes require full-service packing services, which average an added cost of $1,500 to $3,000. It's worth paying for long distance movers and packers, but not everyone can afford them.

Need A Reasonable Rate? Contact American National Movers

The average cost of long distance moving companies is likely higher than you expected. You're not alone. Many people feel the same way and ask:

"why is long distance moving so expensive?" American National Movers is here to help—we're among the cheapest yet still reliable long distance movers nearby.

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