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When searching for cross country movers in Iowa, there are many factors to consider. Are their rates fair? What is their internet reputation? How does pricing work? With long distance moves, these questions are even more important. Your items are traveling a long way, increasing the price tag and risk of damage to your goods. Out of state movers also require more licensing than in-town movers. You can sift around the internet trying to find the right expert for your job, or you can breathe easy knowing that Move Honcho has already done the initial work for you.
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Cross country moving refers to relocating your items over a long distance. While the general concept is the same, a long distance move will differ from an in-state (or intrastate) move in several ways. Moving to another state requires additional planning, preparation, and certifications from your moving professionals. It is especially important to ensure that your items are packed and loaded properly to ensure damage-free transit. Billing will also work differently with long distance moves.
Cross country moving is a big step in your life, so we want to make sure we provide you with as much information on your options, how to properly prepare, and how to make the process as pain-free as possible Check out our FAQ to learn everything you need to know, and decide if hiring the pros is right for you.
What are my options for moving cross country?
You have several options when moving cross country, here they are, in order from least expensive to most expensive.
Is it worth it to hire movers?
It depends. Here are some things to consider:
If I hire movers, how do I select the right company?
Ask around and see if you can get referrals from friends. Check online ratings. Give them a call and get their rates and get a feel for them. Also keep in mind that if they give you a flat rate or quote you much cheaper than other companies to be wary of them. Or you can fill out our form and receive multiple quotes from pre-vetted companies.
How will I be billed?
While short distance moves will bill by the hour, typically moves over a long distance will bill by total weight of your items and the distance being traveled. The average rate is 50 cents per pound and 70 cents per mile. Good moving companies will do a thorough walkthrough of your house prior to providing you with an official rate estimate.
What can I expect to pay?
While pricing can vary significantly, here are some rate estimates based on distance and size of your long distance move:
1,000 – 2,500 miles: $900 – $2,500
2,500+ miles: $1,400 – $3,800
1,000 – 2,500 miles : $1,900 – $5,500
2,500+ miles: $3,500 – $7,600
1,000 – 2,500 miles : $4,000 – $7,500
2,500+ miles: $7,600+
How long does it take movers to move across country?
You can expect your movers to take 2 – 5 days to complete your cross country move. Typically, loading will take a half or full day, then transit will take 1 or 2 full days, then unloading will take a full day to a half day.
How do I prepare for my move?
There are several steps you can take to ensure that you are prepared for your movers to arrive. Have everything packed in full with all boxes taped and labeled. We suggest starting to pack at least 10 days in advance. Have a sitter lined up for your pets and kids to keep them out of your movers’ way. Clear pathways and prop open doorways. This will make the move go much faster and reduce the cost of your final bill.
Do I need to tip my movers?
While tips are not expected, they are a nice gesture if you are happy with your service. This is especially true with long distance moves. Since your movers are spending more time with you and on the road, we highly suggest tipping if you are happy with their service.
How and when do I tip them?
We suggest tipping long distance movers $20-$40 per full day of work. If your moving company loaded you for a day, transported your items for 2 days, and unloaded for a full day, then $40 – $80 per mover would be a good amount. It is best to tip each mover personally with cash.
What if my movers damaged my items?
Before signing the Bill of Lading (the paperwork at the end of your move), inspect all items for damage. If there is damage, notate it on this document. Then be sure to call your moving company’s office to file a claim for the damage.
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