Calculating Your Cross-Country Moving Costs
If I had to guess, I would say that "How much does it cost to move across country" is the question we get asked most often. And because every move is unique, and people are moving to and from different parts of the country, it's also the question that’s the most difficult to give a generic answer for.
But, it's still a great question (and one that definitely needs an answer!)
U-Pack offers a quick way to get a free moving quote online. Just enter the basic information about your move, and you can see the price instantly.
Factors Used To Determine the Cost of Your Cross Country Move
If you're wondering how your cross-country moving costs are calculated (and why it's necessary to provide this information to get a quote), here's what moving companies typically look at.
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.
Questions to Ask About Cross-Country Moving Costs
You know what moving companies need to know to help determine your moving cost, so now let's look at some questions you can ask to make sure you're getting the best value for your money. You'll find that asking these questions helps avoid surprise charges and gives you the help you need to determine your final moving budget. I'll ask the question, then tell you how U-Pack answers.
How do you charge?
U-Pack prices are based on how much space you use. The less you use, the less you pay!
Are there additional charges?
With U-Pack, you pay one flat rate. There are no additional charges for fuel, sales tax, standard liability coverage or the driver.
What is the transit time?
U-Pack transit times average 2-5 business days.
Will my belongings be transferred or co-mingled?
U-Pack doesn't co-mingle or transfer shipments. Once loaded, your items stay put until they're unloaded at your destination.
Is a deposit required?
Not with U-Pack! You can wait to pay after you're shipment is loaded and you know exactly how much space you need.
Need Help Calculating Your Cost to Move Across Country?
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