Cheapest Way to Move a Small Amount of Furniture
Finding cheap furniture movers
Not everyone who is moving has an entire household’s worth of belongings. Many people have just a few pieces of furniture and a handful of personal belongings, which can make it difficult to use a traditional moving service that’s designed for bigger shipments. When it comes to finding cheap furniture movers for smaller shipments, there are a few options to consider. See how each service works and determine the cheapest option.
Ways to move small amounts of furniture
Rental trucks can be a good option for a smaller home, but may not be ideal for a very small move — even the smallest rental truck may be too big for just a few pieces of furniture. And while you could use only part of the truck, you’ll still have to pay for the entire rental (including fuel). Partially filling it may also cause items to shift in transit because of the extra room. For local or short distance moves, truck rental may be feasible, but for longer moves, the cost of fuel and the stress of driving may not be worth it.
“You pack, we drive” services
An affordable alternative to truck rental is a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack®. For long-distance moves especially, it’s an easier way to move. The equipment is brought to you for loading, and then it’s delivered to your new home. Take a look at the two U-Pack equipment options and how they work for a small move.
A trailer is a flexible option for moving small amounts of furniture. Even though the trailer is bigger than a rental truck (at 28’ x 8’ x 9’), you don’t have to use the entire trailer. Instead, we divide it up into linear feet, which are like 1’ long slices of the equipment. You can use as few as 5 linear feet (a 5’ x 8’ x 9’ space), or any amount up to the total trailer. Rates are based on the space you use, so no paying for unused space. Get a moving quote to check rates — for a small amount of furniture, choose the “studio apartment” option, as that’s one room of furniture and belongings.
A container is ideal for moving a small amount of furniture. Containers sit at ground level for easy loading, and have logistics tracking to tie down items for safe transport. U-Pack ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’, so one will hold the furniture and belongings from one room. If you need more space, you can use multiple containers. A U-Pack quote may include trailers or containers. If you get one type of equipment and want to check prices for the other, email email@example.com.
Why choose U-Pack for your move
Along with our flexible options, U-Pack stands out because of these four things:
- No driving. One of the biggest reasons customers choose U-Pack is that they don’t have to drive. We bring equipment to your home, you load, and then we drive the shipment to the new home. You unload and then we pick up the empty equipment. It’s much easier than driving hundreds of miles across the country.
- Quick transit. After loading, U-Pack picks up the equipment and transports it. Most moves arrive within 2-5 business days, so you aren’t stuck waiting weeks for delivery.
- Pricing structure. Rates are based on the space used, which is great for shipments of a few pieces of furniture. Prices include the moving equipment, transportation, fuel, taxes and liability coverage. The only extra costs would be if services like storage or expedited transit are added. Get a moving quote to check rates for your move.
- Adding moving crews. For help loading or unloading heavy furniture, you can add any size crew you need. For help with just a few pieces, add one or two movers for a couple hours. We can refer you to experienced loading and unloading help at reasonable rates.
Tips for shipping furniture
There are some additional things to consider when shipping furniture. These steps not only help keep items safe during transit, but can even help you get a cheaper rate.
Prepare for shipping
Read through our packing tips and how-to blog posts to properly prepare each type of furniture. Whether it’s a desk, bed, table or another piece, wrapping it with paper padding or moving blankets will keep it protected during transit. Proper packing can also save you money by allowing you to load items “high and tight,” saving space. And using less space means paying less with U-Pack.
Choose from delivery options
U-Pack has several delivery options, but the cheapest rates (especially for a small amount of furniture) are found with the terminal-to-terminal option. With this, you bring the items to a local service center to load, and then unload at a service center near the destination. Savings with this option are up to $500 on average.
Moving one piece of furniture?
U-Pack does have minimum space requirements — either one ReloCube container or five linear feet in a moving trailer, which may be too much if you’re only moving one piece of furniture. In some cases, it may be easiest to sell the item and buy it again at destination. If it’s sentimental or high-value, check with a parcel service to find out the cost to ship a single item.
Have questions about moving a small amount of furniture?
For more information, questions about U-Pack or help getting a moving quote, leave us a comment below or call us 800-413-4799. We’re happy to help!