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What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

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Moving a Small Apartment Shouldn’t Mean Paying Big

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to move your one-bedroom apartment cross-country, try U-Pack. Our cheapest moving option is the “Terminal-to-Terminal” move, where you do your loading/unloading at the nearest service center. We also offer affordable “Door-to-Door” moving prices. What’s even better is that we take care of the driving for you.

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Terminal-to-Terminal or Door-to-Door?

If you’re looking to save big, the Terminal-to Terminal option is a good solution. Just bring your things to the nearest service center for loading. Some people bring it there in their personal vehicle and some rent a truck for the day. Once it’s loaded, U-Pack takes care of moving it cross country. When your shipment arrives at the destination service center, you'll schedule a time to pick them up. It's an option that requires a little more work, but the cost savings can really add up; on average, it costs $300 less to do a terminal-to-terminal move than a door-to-door move.

If convenience is more important that price, you may want to look at doing a Door-to-Door move. We’ll deliver the equipment to your home for loading and unloading, then when we'll pick it up when you call to let us know you're finished loading. In many cases U-Pack door-to-door prices are similar to renting a truck and driving it yourself. U-Pack also lets you to do a combination of the two types of moves: Door-to-Terminal or Terminal-to-Door if you need more flexibility.

Click here to get an online moving quote, or give us a call at 800-413-4799. With U-Pack, there’s no additional charge for things like fuel, taxes, tolls, standard liability coverage, or the driver!

U-Pack Small Move Equipment Options

Most U-Pack moves offer two equipment options – a moving trailer or a ReloCube.

The ReloCube is especially designed for small moves. It measures 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH), which is normally just the right amount of space to hold the contents of a studio-size apartment. It holds up to 2,500 lbs. and can fit into a single parking space – ideal for crowded apartment parking lots. If you’re moving a fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment, you’ll probably need at least two. What’s great about U-Pack is that you can reserve as many Cubes as you think you need, but only pay for the ones you actually use. Hello, convenience!

If you need a little more flexibility, the moving trailer is a great option. At first glance, it may not look like the ideal fit – you’re not moving much, and this is a 28 ft. trailer. But with U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum). That makes the trailer perfect for small moves.

A typical small one-bedroom apartment fits into around 6-7 linear feet. But let’s say you go ahead and reserve 9 feet, just in case. When moving day gets here, you pack high and tight, and end up fitting everything into just 6 feet. Great! You only pay for 6 feet! And what if you use more space than you reserve? That’s ok, too! There’s plenty of room inside the trailer. Just add the per-foot adjustment rate that’s included in your quote to see your price.

When moving a one-bedroom apartment, you may have a little more or a little less to move depending on the size of your apartment. Our Room-by-Room Space Estimator can help you determine how many Cubes you might need or how much space you might use in the trailer. Whether you choose the trailer or Cube, U-Pack puts the power to control the price in your hands – a benefit U-Pack customers love.

How does U-Pack compare to truck rental for small moves?

It may have crossed your mind that renting a truck and driving it yourself could be another option for moving your apartment across country. If so, there are a few things to consider before following that path:

  • Fuel, taxes, tolls, and liability coverage typically aren’t included in a truck rental quote. They're included with U-Pack!
  • You might be wondering what size truck you need to move your apartment. With truck rental, you pay for the entire truck regardless of how much space you use. With U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use.
  • If driving a rental truck means you don't have a driver for your personal vehicle, you may have to tow. U-Pack allows you to drive cross country in your own vehicle.
  • You'll need to pick up the truck at the beginning of your move and drop it off at the end. With a door-to-door U-Pack move, we deliver, do the driving, and pick up, all for one low price.

Ways to lower the cost of your apartment move even more

If you’re moving on a tight budget, lowering the cost of your move is number one on the priority list. Here are a few more ways you can save more on your move:

  • Before you pack a single item into a moving box, go through your things and throw out, donate, or sell anything you no longer want/need. Remember, the less space in the trailer or number of Cubes you use, the less you pay!
  • Once you know what’s going with you, brush up on your packing skills with these helpful packing tips. Again, the less you move, the less you pay.
  • Move on an off-peak day, like a weekday or at the beginning of the month, to see significant cost savings. Click here to view our Moving Calendar to see which days offer the cheapest rate.
  • Since you’re in control of the price, load high and tight to make the most of the space inside the trailer or Cube. Our loading tips can help you do just that.

Other things to consider when moving a one-bedroom apartment

There’s more to moving your apartment than the move itself. Here are some things to consider before you start the move:

The Best Solution for Moving a One-Bedroom Apartment Cross Country?

You guessed it. U-Pack is a great solution for small apartment moves. You do the loading and unloading, and we’ll do the driving. Typically, it takes 2-5 business days to move across the country, which is helpful when all you want to do is settle into your new place and start exploring your new city.

Get a quote from U-Pack online, then use coupon code BLOG25 when you reserve your move to save an additional $25! If you have questions about how to move your apartment across the country, let us know – we’re happy to help!