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Cheapest way to move cross country

July 17th, 2015 - 9:58 AM

You can move cross-country affordably!

You know the saying "you can't have your cake and eat it, too"? That's what many think when it comes to moving. If it's easy, it must cost a fortune, or if it's a good deal, then there must be a catch. But U-Pack isn't your typical moving company. It’s easy, but it’s affordable, and there’s definitely not a catch. In fact, in many cases it’s the cheapest way to move across the country.

But it’s more than just cheap

When you first began planning your move across the U.S., was one of your first questions, “What’s the cheapest way to move across the country?” If so, you’re in good company. If you started your research with forums like movingscam.com, or consumer review sites like epinions.com, and yelp.com, you probably recognize the name U-Pack. Consumers call it a low-cost way to move—especially compared to full service moving companies. But that’s not it—U-Pack is also safe and dependable, which runs a tight race with cheap in some people’s opinion!   

How can U-Pack move you so economically?

Have you seen an ABF Freight Trailer like this traveling on the highway or in your city?

Move cross country cheap in a moving trailer.

This is the type of equipment your household belongings will travel across country in if you choose a U-Pack trailer move. It comes to your home empty and ready to load. If you don't use the entire trailer, you don't pay for the entire trailer. You just pay for what you use (with a 5 ft. minimum). Customers love the flexibility and the ability to control the price based on what you load (and what you leave behind). And there are no additional charges for things like fuel, taxes or basic liability coverage.

And this is the ReloCube.

relocubes are cheap ways to move

It’s a great option for people with small moves or where parking is an issue. You can have one, or as many as you think you need, delivered to your driveway, parking lot, etc. And when you’re finished loading we’ll pick it up and move it across the country to your new home. Regardless of how many Cubes you reserve, you only pay for those you use.

As you can see in the image below, there are nearly 300 service centers located throughout the U.S. And this is great for efficient travel, fast transit times, and lower prices. Professional drivers travel from terminal to terminal until they get to the terminal servicing your destination city, then a city driver delivers it to your home. U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days!

Service center locations across the U.S.

As the U-Pack name suggests, you do the packing, loading and unloading, and ABF Freight does the driving. So, if you're a "do-it-yourselfer" and can handle taking on some of the work to get a lower price, a "you pack, we drive" service is a great solution for moving cross country cheap. If you’re not able to do it all yourself, and need a little help with the loading or unloading, we’re happy to refer you to Moving Staffers for the help you need—and you still get an reasonable price.

Cross Country Moving Tips

Besides setting up your move with U-Pack, there are a few things that will help make your cross country move a little easier.

  • Get rid of unwanted stuff. If you’re moving cross country, it’s a good idea to leave behind the things you don’t need or want. That’s especially important when you move with a service like U-Pack, where you pay only for the space you use. Cutting back on even a handful of boxes can save you money. As you pack, consider cleaning out your closets, drawers and cabinets, and set aside anything you no longer want to donate, sell or trash.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. We recommend planning your move as far as 8 weeks ahead of time so you have time to prepare. Our moving checklist walks you through each and every step of the way. While it’s possible to plan a move is less time, reserving as early as possible will give you a head start.
  • Order moving supplies. The best way to keep your belongings safe and secure while it moves across the country is to use quality moving supplies. The U-Pack Box Store offers high-quality moving boxes and supplies at affordable prices with fast, free shipping.
  • Keep track of your important paperwork. As you’re planning your cross country move, set aside a move file to keep important documents like your Bill of Lading, receipts, travel plans, birth certificate and passport.
  • Make plans for kids and pets. With moving day approaching, don’t forget to make plans for your children and animals. Arrange for a babysitter for young kids so they stay out of the chaos of moving day. Keep their favorite items (blanket, toys) set aside so you have them with you. You don’t want a meltdown because their Bunny is packed on the moving trailer. For pets, make a spare room their safe haven to keep them secure. Many animals escape during the open-door coming and going during moving day, so keeping them behind a closed door with food, water, a bed, and a toy is best.

Start Planning Your Cross Country Move

Do you have questions about how you can save money and move across the country cheap with U-Pack? Give us a call at 800-413-4799, get an online moving quote, or leave a comment below. We look forward to helping!