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How much does it cost to move to Hawaii?

April 16th, 2014 - 9:26 AM

Ready to live the Hawaii life?

Balmy weather, cool breezes, and of course the breathtaking views is what the Hawaii life is all about. To say we’re jealous of your upcoming move would be an understatement. One question you might have as you plan your move is how much it’s going to cost to move to Hawaii. It’s no secret that the cost of living in the Aloha State is high, but what about just to move there? While it’s true that prices are normally higher than a “typical” move within the contiguous U.S. (because shipping across the ocean is involved), there are ways to move to Hawaii that won’t necessarily break the bank.

How much does it cost to move to Hawaii

Is the cost to move to Hawaii in my budget?

U-Pack is one of those affordable ways to move to Hawaii. If you haven’t heard of U-Pack before, it’s basically a “you pack, we drive” (or in your case, “ship”) moving company. Compared to full-service movers, U-Pack prices are typically cheaper. You do the packing, loading, and unloading, and U-Pack takes care of the transportation. Because you’re pitching in on some of the work, you can save significantly. When moving to an off-shore location like Hawaii (where most things are expensive), it’s nice to have a way to save.

What can I expect in terms of cost?

If you’d like to see what a Hawaii move with U-Pack will cost, you can get a free moving quote online. While you won’t get the quote instantly (a moving specialist is required to review all off-shore moves for price accuracy), you’ll receive your quote by email within 24 hours of submitting your request. Or, you can call a moving specialist at 800-413-4799 for an instant quote.

What type of equipment is available for a move to Hawaii?

Once you get your moving quote, you’ll see two different container options:

  • A 40 ft. Ocean Container – best for larger moves. The weight limit is 44,000 lbs. and it has a cubic capacity of approximately 2,390 cubic feet.
  • A 6’ x 7’ x 8’ ReloCube(s) – best for smaller moves or moves that require storage. The weight limit is 2,500 lbs. and it has a cubic capacity of approximately 306 cubic feet. Reserve as many ReloCube containers as you need, but only pay for the ones you use.

The cost to move to Hawaii with U-Pack is based per container, not by weight.

How do I get my belongings once they arrive in Hawaii?

If you choose the 40’ Ocean Container, U-Pack can arrange delivery to your door in almost all locations on the Hawaiian Islands. If you choose the ReloCube option, door delivery is only available on Oahu and the Big Island. If you have questions about whether door delivery is available in your area, call a helpful Hawaii specialist at 800-413-4799.

If the ReloCube seems like the best solution for your move, and you want to save even more on your move, you can also do a terminal unload on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, or Kauai. With this option, you’ll unload your belongings at the local service terminal instead of at your door (many customers will pick up their belongings with a local rental truck). For more information on how to save with a terminal unload, give us a call at 800-413-4799.

What about storage and moving help?

Storage is available with the ReloCube option (though not with the ocean container). You can store your belongings at the service center closest to your origin, at the Los Angeles service center (if you’re moving to Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island), or at the Honolulu service center in Oahu.

How long will it take my belongings to get from the Mainland to Hawaii?

This will depend primarily on where you’re shipping from. U-Pack ships to Hawaii twice per week out of the port in Los Angeles, CA. So you’ll want to factor in the time it takes to move your belongings from you home to the port. Once your shipment arrives at the port, it takes about one week to arrive in Hawaii (depending on which island you’re moving to). Your U-Pack quote will provide an estimated transit time from your origin to your Hawaiian destination.

Calculate your cost to move to Hawaii

If you’re still wondering what it costs to move to Hawaii, start out with a quote from U-Pack. You can request a free quote online and will get an emailed price within 24 hours, or you can get an instant quote by calling 800-413-4799 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST.

If you have questions, leave a comment below, use our Ask the Experts option, or give us a ring. We’re ready to help you make the affordable, easy, and fast move to your Hawaii destination.

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