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Moving from New York to New Hampshire

Moving New York To New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a lot to offer for New Yorkers who are tired of city living. 

It’s full of quaint little towns and has miles and miles of wilderness to explore. It’s a great place to live and it’s ranked as the 4th best state overall

The Granite State is one of the original thirteen states and has steadily grown since, with a current growth rate of 0.16%. You’ll also find plenty of history. In fact, the state’s motto, “Live Free or Die”, reflects its role in the American Revolutionary War.

No matter the reason you choose this gorgeous state, this guide will help you navigate the ins and outs of relocating from New York to New Hampshire.

Let’s dive in!

NY to New Hampshire: Average Moving Costs

Long-distance moves can feel overwhelming if you’re trying to do it all yourself due to the number of factors involved.
The cheapest method is to handle most of the move yourself, which requires renting a moving truck. Rental trucks vary in price based on the size and length of distance you need to travel. It’s about 230 miles from NYC to Nashua, but 350 miles from Syracuse to Manchester, which will affect the cost of your rental. You can expect to pay between $500 to $2,000 for the truck, and that doesn’t cover the fuel or any other moving services.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can hire a full-service, FMCSA-registered moving company to take care of the entire process for you. When you hire these professional movers, you won’t have to worry about packing, loading, or making an interstate drive. They’ll handle all the heavy lifting to create a smooth and simple moving experience.
Full-service moves will run you between $2,500 to $8,000. This difference in price will depend on whether you’re moving a one-bedroom apartment or a fully furnished multi-bedroom house, and the distance you’ll have to cover.
You can also find an option in the middle of the road, such as hiring help for parts of the move but tackling other parts yourself. In the end, you’ll have to figure out what works best within your budget.

Lowering Costs

You can still hire help where you need it the most while keeping your relocation costs low. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can save money on your move.

Price Matching

While it may not be advertised, you can save a lot of money if you find a moving company that offers price matching.
Gather free moving quotes from multiple companies in your area to find the best deal you can. Keep in mind that each quote will need to follow the same basic guidelines, and these quotes won’t be as easy as checking the website or calling the company.
To take advantage of price matching, you’ll need to provide professional movers with a more accurate quote. These types of quotes usually involve a home visit, so the moving company can take inventory of your goods.
Many companies, including Your Hometown Mover, offer Live Video Estimates, where a live operator will walk you through this inventory process, making it even easier to get a valid quote.
Taking the extra time to get multiple accurate quotes for price matching will ensure that you get the best price for your move.

Moving Labor & Packaging Services

If you can handle driving a rental truck, you can save some money and still take advantage of some moving services.
There are a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics involved in a long-distance move. Providing a truck and hiring movers and a driver are just some of the reasons that full-service moves cost so much. That’s why renting and driving the moving truck yourself will drastically reduce your relocation costs.
If you don’t think you can handle the physical labor involved with moving yourself, you can utilize labor services. Most moving companies will offer hourly or daily movers that you can hire to load your belongings on the truck. New Yorkers moving out of Manhattan or Brooklyn may find this essential, since carrying boxes and furniture downstairs and through narrow hallways can be especially tricky.
If you choose to go this route, you’ll need to find a New Hampshire moving company to help you unload once you make it to your destination.
Your Hometown Mover also offers packing services, which are another great option if you want to make sure your goods are packed tidily and securely for the trip. Hiring these types of services will allow you to keep your costs low, while still getting the help you need.

Financing Options

If a full-service move is out of your budget, you can look into financing options that will help you cover the upfront cost.
With these “move now, pay later” options, you’ll be able to make payments over a set period of time, with a small amount of interest, to pay back your relocation costs.
Financing options are hard to find, but they can help make a full-service move affordable.

Transit Times

Long-distance moves may take longer than you’d think. Most professional movers will estimate 7 to 14 business days for delivery.
Even if you’re only relocating a couple of hundred miles away, there are behind-the-scenes logistics that add lead time to your move.
Professional moving companies pool their resources for interstate moves by taking your goods to a warehouse for consolidation. Here, they’ll combine your shipment with others going to the same area.
While this is more effective and profitable for moving companies, it lengthens the time you’ll need to wait between pickup and delivery.

What About Expedited Delivery?

Don’t have time to wait a week or more for your belongings? Ask your provider if they offer expedited delivery options.
With expedited delivery, you can get your goods as fast as 1 to 3 business days, depending on a variety of factors.
Moving companies make this possible by driving your shipment straight from New York to New Hampshire, skipping the stop at the consolidation warehouse.
Of course, you’ll pay a premium for this service. On the plus side, you won’t have to worry about your items being lost or mixed up with other shipments during the consolidation process.
On the other hand, in some cases, it might not save you more than a day or two for your delivery, so it’s important to ask your provider for delivery estimates for each service to determine if it’s worth the cost.
When you need to move fast, expedited delivery options are your best option.

Coordinating Delivery

Interstate moves have a lot of moving parts (no pun intended), which means you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure your delivery day is as smooth as possible.

Shipment Tracking

When you’re moving long distances, it’s harder to keep track of your belongings, which can cause some frustration and anxiety.
Local moves are much easier since your goods won’t be out of your sight for long. You can even follow the moving truck to your new home if you want. You won’t have that luxury when you’re moving across state lines.
If you don’t know where your goods are or when to expect them to arrive, it’s impossible to plan ahead for their delivery. Your Hometown Mover has got you covered. We provide live GPS tracking with automated text messages that keep you up to date on the location of your belongings at all times.
Check with your moving provider to see if they offer something like this, so you can prepare for delivery.

Urban Considerations

Manchester and Nashua are the two largest cities in New Hampshire, and it’s likely you’ll need to make some arrangements for moving day if you’re planning to relocate to one of them.
Moving to a large city often means relocating to an apartment, condo, or other gated community. These types of residences usually have limited parking and other obstacles that could make your delivery challenging.
Ask the manager or community representative about securing additional parking spaces and reserving an elevator to ensure you have easy access to your new home.
You may also need to get a guest code for the gate or provide the moving company’s information and arrival time to allow them entrance upon arrival.
Coordinating and preparing for these types of issues in advance will ensure your delivery goes off without a hitch.

Rural Considerations

New Hampshire is full of quaint little cities and small towns, like Concord, which will require a different set of planning.
Many of these rural areas may not provide enough access for the moving truck to make it to your front door. If possible, provide your moving company with the best route to take if dirt and gravel roads could be a problem.
The biggest obstacle may be a little closer to home. Make sure that your driveway offers enough clearance for the moving truck. This may mean cutting back bushes and tree limbs that are encroaching on the area. Moving companies won’t risk damage to their trucks, so they may require a shuttle service if the driveway isn’t clear.
Shuttling your goods from the truck to your new home comes with an added cost, and the longer the driveway, the larger the hassle and the price tag.
Check out the area ahead of time and clear away any obstacles to ensure you don’t run into any of these issues on delivery day.

Weather Considerations

The weather is another factor that you’ll want to consider when it comes time to move.
Every season has its own weather problems, so it’s best to keep an eye on the weather forecast a week or so in advance. You may want to delay your delivery if severe weather is predicted for your move-in day.
Moving in the rain is doable, but it can be pretty miserable. You’ll risk water damage to your belongings, and slips and falls are also common, which could lead to broken or damaged goods. Snow is even worse. It comes with all the same dangers as rain, except the cold and ice make it even more miserable.
You may find it even more helpful to hire professional movers to help if you can’t avoid moving during this type of weather.


Moving insurance is often overlooked, but it’s more important than you’d think, especially when you’re moving long distances.
Every moving company will do what they can to protect your goods and provide a hassle-free moving experience, but accidents can happen.
To figure out which insurance option will protect your shipment the best, you need to understand how moving insurance works and how your goods are valued by moving companies.

Basic Liability Insurance

Basic liability insurance is often included with standard moving packages, but it may not be enough.
This type of insurance value’s your belongings based on their weight. For example, if your basic liability rate was $.60 per pound and a precious piece of jewelry was damaged or lost during transit, you’d only receive a fraction of its value.
Artwork, jewelry, and other high-value, but low-weight items won’t be valued correctly unless you choose premium insurance.

Premium Move Coverage

Instead of valuing your goods based on their weight, premium insurance coverage is based on the item’s actual (perceived) value.
If any of your goods are lost or damaged during transit, you’ll be able to make a full-value claim for these items. Premium insurance usually comes with a deductible amount that you’ll have to pay, but it’s still a better deal for high-value items than basic coverage.
To secure this type of insurance, you’ll need to provide your moving company with an estimated value of all your goods, and they’ll determine your rate based on the total value of your shipment.
Premium insurance provides peace of mind during long-distance moves, but you can also take advantage of Your Hometown Mover’s custom crating and packing solutions to make sure your precious items are properly protected for the trip.

Moving Vehicles & Boats

New Hampshire is a small state, but it doesn’t have a lot of public transportation, which means you’ll likely need a car to get around.
If you already own a vehicle, you’ve got a couple of options to get it from New York to New Hampshire. These are:

  • Drive it yourself.
  • Tow it behind your rental truck.
  • Hire an auto-transporter or rigger.

If you have multiple vehicles or a boat, the first two no longer become an option. Most moving companies don’t have the specialized equipment required to handle this, but many will contract out to an auto-transporter or rigger for you.
Since a third party will be handling your car or vehicles, it won’t follow the same delivery schedule as the rest of your goods. Expect your car to be excluded, delayed, or cost more, especially if you’ve chosen expedited delivery.
While Your Hometown Mover also outsources this work, we’ll get everything set up for you, making the process simple and easy.

Relocation Resources

New Hampshire is a beautiful state with plenty to do for outdoor adventurers. Mountains, lakes, and valleys offer plenty of hiking, skiing, and relaxing. There’s something for everyone with a few big cities and lots of small towns.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular places to live in the state.


Cost of Living: 37.5% cheaper than NYC / 25.2% more expensive than Syracuse
Walkability Score: 51
Transportation: Bus, Car
Known for: Amoskeag Mills
Manchester is a great place to live, with easy access to popular vacation spots, like Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, the White Mountains, and more. Within the city, you’ll also find plenty to keep you entertained.
One of the top attractions in Manchester is the Currier Museum of Art, which is a historical museum full of European and American art with works by Picasso and Monet, to name a few. If you prefer performing arts, you can take in a Broadway show at the Palace Theatre.
There’s also plenty of nature to explore in the city. Livingston Park offers a fun playground for the kids, a one-mile trail for biking and hiking, and Dorrs Pond, where you can feed the ducks. You can also enjoy the New England weather at Lake Massabesic. Whether you want to relax on the banks, fish, or go kayaking, you’ll love spending the afternoon here.
During the winter, take a trip to McIntyre Ski Area for some skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. If you still want to spend some time outdoors, but don’t want to be physically active, you can take in a New Hampshire Fisher Cats AA baseball game at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
You might also enjoy taking a tour of the Zimmerman House. The house itself was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is a work of art. Plus, the Zimmermans filled it with paintings, sculptures, and pottery. The Saint Joseph Cathedral is another beautiful building you won’t want to miss. It’s located downtown and offers views of beautiful stained glass windows and marble finishes.
The Millyard Museum offers historians a fascinating look at the history of the Amoskeag Millyard, starting almost 11,000 years ago with the Native Americans who lived and fished in the area. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, the SEE Science Center has interactive exhibits that they’ll love.
New Hampshire enjoys all four seasons, and Manchester’s weather is typical of the New England area. Summers are beautiful, with highs in the low 80s. Winters are cold and freezing. Snowfall and temperatures in the winter resemble what you’d find in upstate New York. It always pays to be prepared for natural disasters, and this area is at risk of floods, severe storms, winter storms, hurricanes, and more.



Cost of Living: 33.8% cheaper than NYC / 32.7% more expensive than Syracuse
Walkability Score: 39
Transportation: Bus, Car
Known for: Shopping, First Presidential Campaign Stop
Nashua is another popular place to live and is the second-largest city in New Hampshire. Money Magazine has twice named it the number one “Best Place To Live In America,” and it’s made it in the top 100 several times in recent years.
The Pheasant Lane Mall has over 140 different stores and restaurants, making it one of the most popular malls in the state. It’s also on the border of Massachusetts, and many will cross over to shop here since NH doesn’t have any sales tax.
If you’re looking for more unique shops and boutiques, take a trip to Downtown Nashua. You’ll find something for everyone, with small shops, boutiques, restaurants, a vibrant arts scene, live entertainment, and a historic Main Street.
For more live performances, you can take in a show by the Peacock Players at the Court Street Theatre. If sports are more your thing, visit the Holman Stadium, which is home to the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Prefer to get involved yourself? At the Conway Arena, you can take some ice skating or hockey lessons.
Outdoor lovers will want to visit Mine Falls Park, which covers 325 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields. It’s the perfect place to go fishing, hiking, biking, boating, or cross-country skiing.
Another option is Greeley Park, which covers 125 acres of land and is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a bit of a meeting center for the city and it hosts many of the community’s events, such as Halloween “Fright Night” and the Fairy Tale Festival.
Historians might like to check out the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial. It’s located in Rotary Common Park and is a memorial dedicated to the 11 million people killed in labor camps during the Holocaust. The Nashua Historical Society is another option, and it offers a look at the history of the city.
The weather in Nashua isn’t much different from Manchester. It has warm summers and cold and snowy winters. You won’t find a huge difference from places like Syracuse, but it’s much colder than what you’d find in New York City. Natural hazards are also about the same as Manchester, so be prepared for flooding, severe storms, hurricanes, and the like.



Cost of Living: 43.2% cheaper than NYC / 13.9% more expensive than Syracuse
Walkability Score: 35
Transportation: Bus, Car
Known for: Concord Coaches, State Capital
Concord is the capital of New Hampshire, despite the fact that it has a smaller population of under 50,000 residents. It’s home to many historic and interesting places to see.
This city was home to the 14th President, Franklin Pierce. You can visit The Pierce Manse, where you can take a tour of his former home and see what his day-to-day life looked like back then. You can also visit his resting place, at the Franklin Pierce Gravesite.
The New Hampshire State House is another historical site and it is the oldest state house where the original chambers are still used by the legislature today. It’s a gorgeous building that was built in 1819 and it hosts the largest legislative body in the country.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is another museum you’ll want to visit. It showcases space science with interactive exhibits and displays. The center is dedicated to Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space, and Alan Shepard, who was one of the first men on the moon.
You may also want to check out the New Hampshire Historical Society, which was built in 1911. This museum has thousands of objects and explores the history of New Hampshire.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can see a movie at the Red River Theatre. This cinema doesn’t show regular movies, but rather it showcases art house productions and local films.
When it’s time to spend some time outdoors, you can trek over to the Winant Park Trails for some hiking and exploring. The Carter Hill Orchard is another great option. Here you can pick your own apples from a wide variety that grows in the orchard.
When you’re ready to relax and enjoy a cold brew, the Concord Craft Brewing Co. is the place to go. It’s located in the downtown area and also serves delicious bar food if you’re hungry.
Concord’s weather is actually a little different than the other cities we’ve covered. It tends to stay warmer year-round, with summer temperatures in the high 80s. The good news is that winters aren’t as cold either, and it rarely gets below freezing. However, the risks of natural hazards are about the same.



What is the average cost to move to NH from NY?

Pricing can vary based on the distance and size of the truck or the amount of belongings you need to move. You can rent a moving truck for about $500 to $2,000, but you’ll have to do all the work yourself, and that doesn’t even count the cost of fuel.
A full-service move will likely run you between $2,500 and $8,000. Again, moving a four-bedroom home will run you on the higher end, while a studio or one-bedroom will be on the lower end of that range.

How long will my move take?

While driving to New Hampshire from New York won’t take more than a day or two, an interstate move will take a lot longer. Professional movers will usually quote you 7 to 14 business days from pickup to delivery.
You can also ask your provider about expedited delivery, which can speed things up and usually has an estimated delivery of 1 to 3 business days.

How is living in NH different from NY?

In a lot of ways, the two states aren’t that much different. They both have big cities and more rural areas. The weather is pretty similar, as they aren’t all that far away from each other.
If you’re relocating out of the Upstate, you can actually expect the cost of living to rise a little bit over what you’re used to, but it’ll drop drastically if you’re moving out of the Big Apple or surrounding cities.
New Hampshire does feel a lot more laid back than New York, and there’s plenty of outdoors to explore. It’s a popular winter destination for skiing and snow activities, offering opportunities to get active.

How do you get around in New Hampshire?

While New Hampshire is a small state, the bigger cities are still large enough that you’ll either need a car to get around, or you’ll have to take the city bus. Some of the more rural areas and smaller towns are walkable or bikeable.

Is New Hampshire a good place to live?

New Hampshire consistently ranks high as an overall great place to live. It has no sales tax, which is a nice perk, the cost of living is fairly low, and there’s easy access to a lot of great destinations, such as Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains, and even NYC.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love all the opportunities to hike, kayak, ski, and explore the different terrain in the state. This little state has a lot to love and would make a wonderful home.

Moving to New Hampshire from NY

Moving to New Hampshire from New York may feel a little overwhelming, but you can hire help to plan and execute the move.
That’s where Your Hometown Mover comes in. We’ll help you create a long-distance moving solution that’ll smooth out your relocation process, so everything goes according to plan.
We offer guaranteed pricing and expedited delivery option. Get your free quote today! Our team will handle the heavy lifting, so you can quickly and easily settle into your new home.

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