Typically we just do “Flashbacks” on Fridays. But since we’ll be away for a few days over the holidays, I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and bring back some other reader favorites. The “How much does it cost to move across country” post is hands-down the most read post on the blog. And it makes sense because cost is such a big deal to people moving in this economy. After you finish reading, be sure to check out the comments section for even more valuable moving advice. Happy Holidays!!
How much does it cost to move across the country?
It’s the question we get asked most often. And since everyone has different stuff to move and is likely moving to/from different parts of the country, it’s the question that’s the most difficult to answer generically. But, U-Pack can provide a quick, free moving quote with your specific move details so that you'll know the price to figure into your moving budget.
Here are some factors used to determine the cost of your cross country move:
What moving service you use
Full service movers typically cost more than self-moving services. So if saving money is your ultimate goal, you’re better off with a self-move. Even if you add moving help separately to provide help loading the large items, it’s still normally MUCH cheaper. And, if you choose a service like U-Pack, you can pay self-move prices without having to drive the moving truck. I call that a win, win.
Where you’re moving from and to
Location, location, location. If your move is 3,000 miles, common sense tells you that it’s going to cost more than an 800 mile move. But, did you know that if you’re moving out of a location with an excess of equipment or into an area that needs more equipment, companies like U-Pack may be able to offer discounted rates? You can find that out by getting an instant moving quote.
How much you’re moving
Again, common sense tells us that if you’re moving a 4-bedroom home the price will be higher than you would expect to move a studio-size apartment. The less you move, the less you pay. And you know what that means... it’s time to pare down. You’ll find that leaving behind the stuff you don’t use or need is a huge money-saver in the long-run. Whether you donate it, have a garage sale, or throw it away, your cost to move cross country is definitely impacted by how much you’re moving—especially with U-Pack since you only pay for the space you use.
When you’re moving
Similar to hotels and airlines, moving services also offer peak and off-peak days. The best days to move with U-Pack are typically Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the beginning of the month (excluding holidays). Ask your U-Pack representative what the lowest price day is for your move.
So, you can see that the cost to move cross country is dependent on just a few factors. If you would like to see the price for your move, getting an online moving quote is easy—there’s no risk or obligation. No one has to come to your residence for an in-home estimate, so you don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales tactics. It’s a simple process—just enter some basic information about your move and you can see the price instantly. Have questions? We’ll be happy to help. Just leave a comment below.