How to Find Cheap Shipping Rates
|Category: Moving Costs|
Whether you’re shipping a large home or a small apartment, you’ll find that looking for cheap shipping rates can be a tough task. Because there are so many shipping options out there, it can be difficult to narrow down the cheapest shipping rate. Don’t worry; this blog post can help. Let’s take a look at how to find affordable shipping rates for your upcoming long distance move.
Steps to take to find cheap shipping rates
Set a moving budget. Before you start looking at shipping rates, I suggest setting a budget and sticking to it. The easiest way to set a moving budget is to decide how much work you want to put into your move. Typically, the more work you put into the move yourself, the less you should pay. U-Pack, a “you pack, we drive” household goods shipping service has rates comparable to truck rental, so you can still pay a low rate and not have to transport any of your belongings yourself. All you do is the loading and unloading. What a great idea! Get a free moving quote here and start comparing to traditional shipping services now.
Write down the facts. Almost all shipping services determine the cost of shipping your belongings long distance based on three things: how much you’re moving, when you’re moving, and where you’re moving from and to. Jotting down this info will help you to easily find cheap shipping rates.
Get shipping rate estimates. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to get quotes to find the best and cheapest shipping rate. I suggest keeping all the quotes in one place and discarding the ones that don’t fit into your budget. Start with a moving quote from U-Pack here, then compare to traditional ways to ship your household belongings. A U-Pack quote includes an experienced driver, sales tax, fuel, and standard liability coverage.
Do your research. Before you think you’ve found the cheapest shipping rate, go online and look at customer review sites like epinions.com, movingscam.com, or the Better Business Bureau to make sure the shipping service you’re considering is top notch. You can quickly learn from previous customers if the rate is too good to be true or if the service is spot on. Finding a reputable shipping service like U-Pack will help ensure a successful move.
Ask questions. After you check the customer review sites, call your top options and ask them questions pertaining to extra costs, how their services work, and what’s included in your quote. Click over and check out this post on “What questions to ask moving companies?” U-Pack’s answers are included, too. The more questions you ask, the more you’ll know about what you’re getting for your money.
Plan ahead. Just like the airline industry, the moving industry revolves around peak and off-peak moving times. Use U-Pack’s moving calendar to see the most cost-effective date for you to ship your belongings. You’ll find that shipping on a weekday or during the fall/winter will yield cheaper shipping rates than over a weekend or during the summer.
Start finding affordable shipping rates
It’s likely you’ll find that U-Pack has cheap shipping rates that will keep your moving budget in check. You do the loading/unloading and U-Pack does the transportation. It’s an affordable win-win! Click to get a free moving quote from U-Pack and start comparing shipping rates. Or, call a helpful U-Pack moving specialist at 800-413-4799.
If you have questions, leave me a comment below! I’m glad to help.