Moving Costs to a New House On the Other Side of the Country

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Ahhh the dream of starting somewhere new.

The idea of getting up and moving across the country has probably popped in the minds of every person in America at one point in their life. The grass is always greener is a concept and way of thought that all of us fall into at some point. And it’s usually probably true if you live in, say Detroit, and want to move to California.

Of course there is no exact answer to this question. Every situation is unique. However there are ball park answers. Moving quotes and building estimates are always at your disposal – even though building costs are usually a well kept secret.

Moving into a custom home

Depending on the location of your new house, your cost could vary greatly, but as long as your not planning to build a house on the set of Beverly Hills 90210 you should be able to build from anywhere between $80.00 – $100.00 per square foot.

Here is the breakdown of the various costs of building a house:

% of Cost 25 25 25 12.5 12.5
Fee Type Labor Material Land Cost Builder Profit Builder Overhead

Juggling these costs is something a builder must be very good at. And you and your contractor can work and negotiate together to figure out how to weight all of these different costs so that it best suits you. When in talks with your contractor, you should try to keep a spreadsheet of all of the different costs so you can stay organized. Remember that you are in charge, and that your final say is what goes.

Once you get all of your numbers down pat, and you’ve worked it out with your contractor, it’s time to start thinking about the actual move. Building your house is only the first step; making the move is what you have to do next. Like building a house, fees are subject to your specifications and requirements.

Moving into an existing home

Moving across the state can be relatively cheap, but moving across the country is another story. Of course if you live alone and you can make it across the country with all of your belongings in one trip in your car, then the expense would just be the gas, and however many hotels you stay at. This is not realistic for a lot of people however and most people, especially people moving across the country, will have to hire a company that provides moving services.

There are a lot of different moving companies and they all have different fees. It can get pretty expensive if you don’t pay attention to all of them. You want to make sure that you only select moving services that you need. Your preselected services will determine the final outcome of the price.

Factors That Contribute to Moving Costs

Although each situation is specific, here are some factors that will determine your cost:

  • City Moving From
  • City Moving To
  • Services Needed (Packing, Loading, Unloading)
  • Storage
  • Size of Residence
  • Estimated Linear Feet

This obviously shows that prices can dramatically change for moving across the country depending on all these factors. For example: Moving from Detroit to San Diego with the need of packing, loading, and loading, in a 3 bedroom house, with an estimated linear feet of 33, can cost you close too $11,000! These number can change dramatically however with just the tweak of a few options.

You want to do a lot of talking with your contractors that you hired and/or with many different moving companies. Usually if you can find better prices from a-not-so-established company, you can mention these prices to the bigger companies. Most of the time they will be willing to knock down some of the costs. Remember, when moving across the country, negotiation and planning is key!

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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