When we moved from Hawaii to Florida, we did not have to spend a lot because the government paid for the shipment of our furniture and other household and personal items. The movers also did all wrapping and packing of our things. All I did was to separate the things we wanted to be included in the express shipment.
Moving can be very expensive, especially when it is a long-distance move and you have a lot of things to bring with you. It is for this reason that most people just leave their things behind or opt to sell them rather than spend for the transport and storage. You also run the risk of having your things broken or lost in transit. In our case, some of our stuff were broken like our indoor fountain (waterfall), grill, some champagne glasses and lamps. The movers were also not able to properly re-assemble one of our beds and the base broke. We were given seventy days from the date of delivery within which to report the broken/destroyed items and we will be reimbursed for the amount of the loss.
When looking for a moving company, one must take into consideration the fees and customer service. It is best to go for reputable movers which offer high quality customer service and price guarantee. If you intend to go on a long distance move from the West to the East Coast, like for example, from California to New York, it is worth looking into moving companies Los Angeles area.