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The Cheapest Way to Move Furniture Across Country

April 20th, 2015 - 8:42 AM

What’s the cheapest way to move furniture?

If you’re moving it across the country, it’s a U-Pack terminal-to-terminal move. This involves loading your belongings into a trailer or ReloCube® at a service center near your location. U-Pack will ship it across the country, and when it arrives at the service center closest to your new home, you’ll take a trip there to unload it.

It’s a very cheap way to move across the country, but for some, it may not be convenient – or even possible.

An alternative cheap moving option is a door-to-door U-Pack move.

Door-to-door moving

With this option, an experienced driver delivers a trailer or Cube to your door, you load it, and U-Pack picks it up and delivers to your new location. You can probably guess that the convenience makes it the most popular option.

 The cheapeast way to move furniture across country is to do it yourself.

U-Pack is often one of the cheapest ways to move furniture across the country.

What makes U-Pack a cheap furniture moving solution?

You might call it a hybrid between a truck rental and a full-service moving company; it’s the best of both worlds. You save by doing the loading and unloading on your own (with the help of friends and family), but you don’t have to drive. Also, there are no additional fees for things like fuel, mileage, taxes or the driver. It’s one low price that’s based on the amount of space your furniture takes up in the trailer (or the number of Cubes you use). You don’t have to worry about the weight of the shipment, and you don’t have to pay for space you don’t use.

Learn more about paying based on linear footage.

How much does it cost to move furniture across the country with U-Pack?

Prices vary based on how much you’re moving, where you’re moving from and to, and when you’re moving. An online moving quote will show your price instantly. If you need some help figuring how much space or how many Cubes you’ll need, the Room-by-Room Space Estimator is a very helpful too.

Read more about the cost to move across country.

Ways to lower the cost of moving your furniture

Do the work yourself
As we’ve mentioned, doing your own packing and loading saves money. When it comes to full-service moving, much of the price comes from labor, so removing that cost lowers it significantly.

Only move what you need
Paying based on how much space your furniture takes up in the trailer puts you in control of the price. If there are things you don’t plan to use when you get to your new home, leave them behind. If you can fit into less space, there’s potential to save hundreds (make sure to check out the per-foot adjustment rate on your quote).

Load and/or unload at the service center
You already know that terminal-to-terminal is the cheapest way to move furniture across the country. What that means for most moves is a savings of at least $300. Check with your U-Pack moving consultant to see how much you can save. If you’re only able to go to the terminal on one end, that’s an option, too!

Get familiar with the best ways to pack and load
Efficient packing and loading saves space, and we know that’s a money saver. But it also reduces the chances of damage – lowering your overall cost when it’s all said and done. Using boxes that were designed for moving and wrapping your furniture thoroughly with paper padding is a great place to start. Check out how-to videos, and get familiar with best practices to help ensure your belongings are packed and loaded properly.

Why choose U-Pack for your move across country?

Since 1997, U-Pack has moved more than 700,000 shipments across the country. Using experienced drivers, those shipments arrive quickly and safely. It tops the list of affordable cross country shipping companies.

A benefit of using U-Pack that you may not be aware of is that yours is the only household goods move on the trailer. Any space you don’t use is used to move commercial goods (like electronics, clothing, etc.) that are moving in the same direction. And we pass the savings right to you.

Another benefit customers love is the ability to track your move online or by phone.

These benefits, combined with helpful customer service, low prices and flexible moving options help U-Pack stand out among the competitors.

To determine the cheapest way to move your furniture across the country, get an instant quote online, or call a friendly moving specialist at 800-413-4799.

If you have any questions about moving furniture with U-Pack, leave a comment below. We're happy to help!