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Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

March 18th, 2015 - 8:56 AM

How We Keep Long Distance Moving Costs Low

When you check out U-Pack reviews online, you’ll often read comments from people asking why U-Pack prices are so much lower than traditional long distance movers (like full-service). If you’ve already gotten an online moving quote, you may have wondered that yourself.  The basic answer is this: It’s because of how U-Pack works. By using proficient carriers like ABF Freight, with a well-organized, efficient transportation system, and by sharing space with commercial goods moving in the same direction, you save money moving long distance.

But that’s just part of what makes U-Pack affordable. The rest has to do with flexibility and money saving options. Let’s take a closer look at how U-Pack works, answer some of your questions, and talk about ways you can lower the cost of your long distance move.

Cheapest way to move long distance

How U-Pack Works, and How That Saves You Money

Here’s what you can expect from a typical long distance U-Pack move:

  • An empty trailer or ReloCube is delivered to your home
  • You have up to three business days to load
  • We drive to your new home
  • You have up to three business days to unload
  • We pick up the empty equipment

We keep long-distance moving rates affordable by including fuel, transportation costs and basic liability coverage in your price. And, you only pay for the space you use. All things that set us apart from services like truck rental – where aside from driving a large moving truck across the country, you also pay extra for things like fuel, sales tax and damage coverage. With U-Pack, it’s all included.

Now, let’s answer some customer questions:

How much does it cost to move long distance?

Prices differ based on where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving and how much you’re moving – but getting an instant quote online is very easy. Just enter the basics about your move and we’ll show you the price instantly (in a few instances, where manual review is required, we may email it to you).

What happens if I don’t fill up the entire trailer? Is my stuff mixed with other people’s stuff?

Not with U-Pack. We only allow one household goods move per trailer. If you move in a ReloCube, it’s all yours. Just put a lock on it and keep the key. If you move in a trailer, you’ll load your belongings, tie everything down, then install a secure divider wall at the end of your shipment. The wall stays up until you remove it at the destination. The remaining trailer space is used to move commercial goods moving in the same direction – that’s what helps keep your long-distance moving costs so low!

Read more about the Secure Divider Wall
Read more about how to calculate linear footage in a trailer

I’m moving a large home, what if I need the whole trailer, or more than one trailer?

No problem! You can use as much of the trailer as you need. And, if you need a 2nd trailer, once the first one is loaded, we can pick it up and drop off the 2nd one. Just ask your helpful moving consultant to provide a quote for a full trailer and space on a 2nd.

Read more about trailer size

I have a very small move, and there’s no way I could fill up an entire trailer. Can you still move it long distance?

Absolutely! U-Pack was designed for small moves. The minimum space in a trailer is 5 linear feet, which is just right for one room of furniture and boxes. If you need more space, just add your per foot rate for every additional linear foot you need. We also offer the ReloCube, which is a great option for small moves.

Read more about small moves

When do I have to pay? Do you require a deposit or down payment?

You don’t have to pay anything until after you finish loading and know exactly how much space you’ve used. We need a credit card for reservation, but no holds or charges are placed on the card until after you finish loading.

I’m moving long distance – how long will it take you to get there?

Because of efficient transportation carriers, U-Pack offers fast transit times that average 2-5 business days. Check your U-Pack Quote for the estimated transit time for your move.  

I need to move my stuff quickly and have unloaders waiting at the destination, can you help?

We offer a service called U-Pack Guaranteed that allows you to select the exact day of delivery. Your U-Pack Moving Consultant will be happy to discuss planning your delivery, along with the cost.  

I don’t know my destination address yet, can I still reserve my move?

Yes! And you’re not alone – this is a common occurrence with long-distance moves. Just call as soon as you know your address, and we’ll be happy to add it. It’s helpful if we know your destination city and zip code ahead of time to calculate an accurate price. Keep in mind that if there’s a change in your destination city or zip code, it could result in a change in the price for your long distance move.

More ways to save money moving

Any way you look at it, a long distance move is costly. But, if you’re moving on a tight budget, there are some things you can do to lower the price. Here are some more things you can do to get a cheap long distance move.  

Purge before you move

Since your price is based on the space you use in the trailer, it makes sense to only move the things you’ll actually use. Before moving day comes around, separate out the stuff you can sell, donate, give away or trash. Read more about throwing it out before moving out

Use similarly-sized moving boxes

It’s easier to stack similarly-sized boxes high and tight, which is a big money saver when you pay by the space you use. Read more about moving boxes vs. plastic totes

Consider your move date

Moving during off-peak times can be a money saver when it comes to lowering your long-distance moving cost. The best times to move are normally October-March, mid-week and mid-month. Your U-Pack Moving Consultant will be happy to help you figure out the lowest priced day for your move. Read more about the best time to move

Do a terminal-to-terminal move

This type of move is ideal for small moves because it involves loading and unloading your belongings at the local service center. On average, it saves U-Pack customers $300.

The Best Way to Move Long Distance

With fast transit times, no driving required, and no paying out of pocket for fuel, U-Pack is certainly the best way to move long distance affordably and efficiently.

Have questions about your specific long-distance moving cost? Want to know how to get the cheapest rates? Ask away! Leave a comment, get an online quote, or call a helpful U-Pack moving specialist at 800-413-4799.