Cost to move to another state

September 30, 2022
Ina Gjika

Moving to another state is exciting and the anticipation of novelty can give you something to look forward to. To make the whole experience as smooth as possible though, moving requires planning and budgeting. In this guide we will share some key points about the cost to move to another state and tips to minimize the expense as much as possible.

Average cost of moving to another state will vary

The exact costs will vary based on various factors such as distance, size of the house and furniture you are moving, type of furniture, and time of the year. In general, with moving, the bigger the household you are relocating and the longer the distance, the more expensive it is to move.

The moving cost will vary based on several factors, just the way it is with the cost to ship a car. For example, moving during weekends costs more than during weekdays. Also, full-service companies will charge you more if you move large delicate items such as a piano, compared to a regular piece of furniture of the same weight.

If you sign up for services such as disassembling and reassembling furniture, and obtain packaging materials from the company, then your costs will go up. Another major cost factor to consider when you move is the relocation of your vehicles.

How much does it cost to ship a car?

Having a car in most of the city and states is essential. It will save you a lot of time and money, especially in those states where the public transit system is not fully developed. For example, Texas is one of those states where you must have a car.  Review our shipping a car from Michigan to Texas guide for some tips.

Various factors control the cost to ship a car. Such are distance, locations, type of vehicle, type of service, as well as supply and demand.

Distance and pick-up/delivery locations

Shipping a car incurs variable and fixed costs for the auto shipping company. As a rule of thumb, the longer the distance, the more you’ll have to pay for car shipping. However, this does not mean that shorter distances will always be cheaper. Fixed costs such as labor or truck availability play a part as well.

Type of car

The vehicle make and model determine the size and weight of the car, which in turn plays a major role in price formation. For example, shipping an SUV costs more because it is a bigger vehicle and it will take more space on the trailer.

Type of service and carrier

The type of service also directly affects the price to ship a car. Open carriers are always less expensive to book than enclosed. Expedited services are also more pricey. This is because your car will have priority over other cars in the delivery schedule of the carrier.

Supply and demand

This is a major price factor in the car shipping industry as it is directly related to truck availability. In busy seasons such as before holidays or during the summer moving season, there is a high demand which may drive prices up.

How to reduce the costs of moving to another state?

Consider a Do-It-Yourself move. Ask your friends and family for help with packaging and loading/unloading of furniture.

Choose to move during weekdays. It is usually cheaper and slower for moving companies.

Keep an eye on discounts from moving companies on certain dates. Talk to a few companies.

Plan in advance and be flexible about the car shipping time and pick-up/delivery locations.

When possible, go for open-carrier and regular standard auto shipping services.

Corsia Logistics vehicle relocation experts will be happy to help you arrange the delivery of your car anywhere in the US. We can also recommend some moving companies we work with on daily basis from across the country.