Coast to Coast movers
There are several options available for getting your belongings from the east coast to the west coast, and each one has unique costs and components. You can drive yourself in a rental truck, hire a full-service mover, use portable moving and storage units or use a hybrid moving service. Each of these offers many benefits, but how much do they cost?
Since prices change depending on several factors (where you’re moving to/from, how much you’re moving, etc.), the easiest way to compare each service is to use an example. Let’s pretend you’re moving a two-bedroom apartment from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Seattle, Washington, and your personal vehicle is a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Take a look below to determine how much this coast to coast move will cost.
Note: The listed equipment sizes were recommended by each service for this move.
- A 15-foot U-Haul truck will cost $2, 225. This price includes up to nine days of use and 3, 280 miles.
- If you need a tow dolly for your car, it’s an additional $241.
- Gas in the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze would be about $215, according to the gas calculator on fueleconomy.gov.
If you drive your vehicle separately, you’ll spend at least $3, 313 ($2, 225 for the rental, $873 for gas in the U-Haul and $215 for gas in your car). If you rent a tow dolly, the price is $3, 339 ($2, 225 rental truck, $873 gas and $241 tow dolly). Keep in mind that fuel economy in a rental truck can change depending on driving style, and pulling a tow dolly may decrease it even more. You’ll also need to budget for taxes, damage protection and other related fees since they aren’t included in the rental truck price.
Two U-Box containers
U-Haul also offers the U-Box — a plywood moving/storage container with a loading capacity of 257 cubic feet. Moving a two-bedroom apartment coast to coast would take:
- Two U-Box containers at a cost of $2, 936.
- 13 days for transit.
- $100 more for home delivery.
PODS® is another moving and storage container option available for this move. According to the company, a 16-foot metal container would be needed. Here’s how it breaks down:
- $4, 537.21 (includes thirty days of use)
- 10 days transit time
U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” moving service with two convenient equipment options. You can choose to use space in our moving trailer, or reserve the number of ReloCube containers you think you’ll need. Our price is based on the space you use, and we’ll deliver your items door-to-door. Learn more about how a U-Pack move works, and compare our prices for this example move:
13-feet in a trailer
- $3, 245
- 7-9 business days transit time
Two ReloCube containers
- $3, 458
Note: A full-service company was not included in the examples because quotes from them require an in-home estimate. See how U-Pack compares to full-service.
Choosing the right coast to coast movers
As you can see, this example move can be made for as little as $3, 000 or as much as $4, 500. While it may be tempting to pick the lowest price, you may find it’s actually cheaper to use another option when you consider the service. For example, there are three different options for container moves: PODS® container, U-Box and ReloCube. Both the PODS® container and ReloCube are made of metal, while the U-Box is made of plywood. Each company also offers different options for storage and transit. Knowing exactly what’s included in your initial quote can help you make the best decision.
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Ways to save on a coast to coast move
Coast to coast moving costs can really add up! Make sure you’re getting the best rate by using these tips:
- Plan in advance. Similar to hotels and airlines, moving companies experience high-demand at certain times of the year. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, ask your moving consultant about the best day to move. Avoiding “peak dates” can help you save.
- Downsize. One of the easiest ways to cut costs is to get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a couch or other furniture you’d rather not see in your new home? Don’t pay to move them — donate the items or have a yard sale before you leave. And if you’re moving from the east coast to California, you can probably get rid of a lot of winter clothing.
- Look for discounts on moving supplies. Packing items in sturdy cardboard boxes will help keep them safe during transit and make it easier to load everything in the moving equipment. Check out the packing supplies available in the U-Pack box store — we keep prices low, and all orders come with free shipping.
How much does it cost to ship my car?
Worried about getting a car to your new home? Shipping it coast to coast is a great option! This will allow you to fly, take a train or keep your entire family in one car if you have multiple vehicles. Read more about moving a car, and then call Mr. Car Shipper at 877-528-9627 for an auto shipping quote.
If you have any questions about moving coast to coast, let us know! Our helpful moving consultants can be reached via phone at 800-413-4799, or you can leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away.