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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2013

How much does moving out of state (170 total miles) add to the cost of a local move?

I'm still trying to get a sense of whether the bulk of the cost is the transportation or the amount moved so I can figure out if it's cheaper to rent a truck, use a pods-like solution or hire a mover. I'll probably have 2-2.5 rooms worth of furniture and stuff.

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I would suggest your google this phrase and review the commentaries - moving alternatives For that short a move, it comes down to whether you are going to pack and unpack yourself - if so, then using pods or having a trailer delivered for loading, then contract hauled, would probably be cheapest if too much stuff for the largest truck you can drive without a commercial drivers license - about a 24-26 foot truck rated at about 26,000 pounds total (gross weight, not casrgo weight). Check truck rental sites for normal capacity and about how much in normal possessions will fit into one, and how big a truck you can drive without a CDL in all the states you will be driving in. I would guess you are probably near the limit, depending on how much weight you have. This assumes you are comfortable with driving a large truck like that - the greater width and limited visibility can get unnerving in city traffic to people not using outside mirrors for all their vision. You also have the issue of security - if you load yourself, it will be sitting outside at least 1 night, maybe 2, loaded - are you comfortable with that where you live and where you are going ? If you are going to use or need professional movers (or want the greater security to your goods that professional packing gives you), then a vast majority of your move cost will be the packing and unpacking, so the 170 mile trip cost very little as a percentage of the move cost, so saving a bit on the hauling cost is not worth the hassle, plus if you do that you lose the ability to hold the moving company liable (with appropriate insurance coverage bought for the move) for damaged goods. My gut feeling is the rental truck will be cheapest IF you can fit it all in one. Of course, for a 170 mile move I guess you could always use a smaller truck and make a couple of trips, if that would fit into you move-out and move-in schedule and available days off from work. Of course,that option means loading it by yourself (or with friends) to make it cheapest.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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