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The Cheapest Way to Move

January 15th, 2015 - 4:02 PM

What is the cheapest way to move my stuff?

(Updated 1/15/15)

That’s a great question (and a common one). If you tried Googling it, you probably saw several responses from movers claiming they’re the cheapest. In reality, it all depends on how much you’re moving, where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving, and how much of the work you’re willing to do on your own.

Research will tell you that full-service movers are the most expensive, and in contrast, services where you do some (or all) of the work on your own, are the cheapest. So, if cheap is your goal, DIY is where you want to start.

U-Pack is one of the least expensive moving options, no matter where you're moving.

But you don’t have to do it all yourself. For easy DIY moving, U-Pack® is a great solution – one that many people call the cheapest way to move WITHOUT doing the driving.

You pack, load, and unload, and U-Pack moves your belongings across the country to your new home. With over 240 service centers across the US and Canada, no matter where you’re moving to and from, U-Pack likely has door-to-door service for you.

If you really want to make your move cheap, instead of door-to-door delivery, you can opt for a U-Pack terminal-to-terminal move and load/unload your belongings at the local service center nearest to your home. It’s a little more work, but the average savings is around $300.

Discount Moving Rates

Similar to airfare, when you’re moving you’ll find that it’s cheaper to move into and/or out of some areas than others. U-Pack offers discounted moving rates all throughout the U.S., and these are areas where you’ll see some of the most significant savings right now: 

You can quickly check prices for your move online or by calling a helpful moving consultant at 800-413-4799.

What Others Say About Cheap Moving

If your quest to discover cheap ways to move takes you to online moving forums, you’ll find comments about moving affordably with a number of options including “you pack, we drive” services, truck rental, parcel and even selling everything and starting over.

Is Truck Rental Cheaper?

Some opinion is that the all-around cheapest way to move is truck rental. And it’s understandable that people would automatically assume that it costs less since the work is left up to the customer. But, that’s not necessarily the case – especially if you’re moving long distance. Don’t forget you’ll pay additional for fuel, taxes, tolls, damage coverage and travel costs. The extras can add up.

Should you sell your belongings?

Some people also recommend selling everything and just buying new stuff after you move. If you’re moving across the country, you don’t have much to move, and it’s of little value, this may be a good option. But, if you have things that hold value, or you’re moving a larger home or apartment, the price tag for buying all new stuff would be cost-prohibitive. If this is something you’re considering, it’s a good idea to price furniture, etc., in your new city before you have a moving sale to get rid of it all.

Should you just ship it parcel?

If you have a very small shipment, some people suggest using a parcel service like the U.S. Postal Service to ship it. If it’s just a few small boxes, this is probably the cheapest way to do it, but won’t work if you’re moving boxes and furniture. A DIY self-move is the cheapest way to move it.

Things you can do to make your move cheaper

Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

Because it costs more to move more, we recommend leaving behind anything you don’t plan to use at your new home. You may consider donating to a non-profit (don’t forget your tax receipt) or having a moving sale. With a service like U-Pack, reducing your move size by just 1-2 linear feet could mean hundreds of dollars in savings!

Do Your Own Packing and Loading

We’ve already talked about it, but it’s worth mentioning again. Sometimes moving labor is necessary, but if you’re able to do it on your own (with FREE help from friends and family), there’s a noticeable savings. This is where “you pack, we drive” services like U-Pack shine. It’s the happy-medium between truck rental and full-service moving.

One of the most important things you can do to lower the overall cost of your move, is pack and load well. Yes, it’s a great way to save space (and you know that saving space saves money), but it also helps ensure your belongings travel safely to your new home. So, use boxes that were designed for moving, pack them properly, wrap everything securely, load high and tight, and secure everything inside the trailer or container as you load. These packing tips and loading tips are a must-read before moving day!

Plan Ahead

Just like most things in life, planning ahead can mean savings. If you’re able to move during the off-peak season (these are typically times when school is in session), you’ll see savings. Where you can also save is by booking early to secure the best dates. We recommend booking at least eight weeks in advance, but rest easy – U-Pack is known for being able to book last-minute moves, too. Get a free moving quote to find out the cheapest move date in your time frame.

The Cheapest and Best Way to Move Your Stuff

Affordable moving prices are important, but there’s no need to sacrifice quality just to get a good deal. If your goal is to find a moving option that delivers great customer service at a low cost, go U-Pack. We would love to answer your questions or help plan your move! Leave a comment below, or call us at 800-413-4799.