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What is the cheapest way to ship furniture?

January 9th, 2013 - 8:43 AM

Shipping furniture can be a tricky task. You have big pieces, small pieces, and some in-between. So, what will it cost to ship it all? Well, you can learn some factors that will help you find the cheapest way to ship your furniture below. Let’s take a look.

The Weight vs. Space Factor
Most full-service moving companies charge based on weight, and that’s very difficult for a person not accustomed to shipping to estimate. Unless you have a scale large enough to weigh your refrigerator, you’ll never really know if your estimate is accurate. That means you could be overpaying for your move. Consider using a shipping service that lets you pay for the amount of space your furniture takes up instead! U-Pack® shipping prices are based on the space furniture occupies in the moving trailer (down to a 5 ft. minimum) or the number of ReloCubes you use. It’s much easier (and more accurate for pricing) to measure how tall and wide your fridge is than to determine its weight.

The Driving Factor
Because you’re looking for the cheapest way to ship furniture, it’s safe to say that full-service won’t fit the budget. A self-move, however, may. In most cases, a self-move means doing the driving yourself, too. With U-Pack, you don’t have to drive a single mile because U-Pack does the driving for you. You just do the loading and unloading. It’s a win-win!

The Comparable Factor
I know what you’re thinking… because you split the work with U-Pack (you pack, we drive), that means you’ll have pay a rate that falls somewhere in between the low rate of truck rental and high rate of full-service, right? Nope! U-Pack actually offers rates for shipping your furniture aht compare to truck rental rates, and they’re almost always less than full-service. See for yourself! Get a free moving quote from U-Pack and start comparing now.

The Packing/Loading/Unloading Factor
If you go with full-service, you’ll get all the moving help you want (for a pretty penny, of course). But if you choose U-Pack, you can save big on your move by doing the packing, loading, and unloading yourself. Moving furniture, especially the big pieces, can be a lot of work. If you need a hand, U-Pack can help you schedule moving help for one of both ends of your move. And guess what? Adding moving help to your U-Pack move is typically less than what you would pay with full-service. Awesome!

The Extra Cost Factor
Why pay the extra costs associated with truck rental (fuel, sales tax, road tolls, and damage protection) when they are already included in your U-Pack quote? You’ll never find any “extra costs” when you ship furniture with U-Pack, it’s all included in one low rate. Want to know what your rate would be? Get a free moving quote!

The Time Factor
You’ve heard it said that “time is money,” right? Well, that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the shipping industry. Full-service can take 4-6 weeks to deliver your shipment, so you’ll spend more money making do until your belongings arrive. Truck rental gives you a set number of days to move. If you make your move in fewer days than given, they won’t discount your move. If you go over your allotted days, it’ll cost you. Ugh. U-Pack knows that your time is valuable. That’s why U-Pack averages transit times of 2 to 5 business days. If you’re on a tight schedule and need your stuff on a specific day, you can add U-Pack Guaranteed and get your shipment delivered on the exact day you need it – with a 100% money-back guarantee. Just ask about it when you call.

The Cost Factor – Go U-Pack!
So what’s there left to do? Get a free moving quote from U-Pack! Or call, 800-413-4799 to talk to one of U-Pack’s moving experts. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better, more reliable and affordable furniture shipping option than U-Pack. We drive. You save. ®

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