Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State
Moving Furniture State to State
So, you’re moving to a different state and are looking for furniture moving companies. You want to move it all affordably, and you want to know your items will be safe. There are several ways to transport furniture, and the options range from expensive to cheap — how do you know which is best? There are a few things to consider when you’re searching for the best option for moving your stuff. Let’s go over some factors that will help you get the lowest price.
Furniture moving rates – weight vs. space
Many moving companies use the weight of your furniture to calculate the cost. Unless you've moved before and are moving the same size home again, it can be difficult to budget and plan for this type of move. Since a bathroom scale can’t exactly weigh a dining room table, it’s hard to get a reasonable estimate. In most cases, a representative from the furniture moving company will do an in-home estimate where they walk through your home to get a good idea of weight and cost.
An easier way to estimate your moving costs is with a service that calculates your price based on linear feet (not cubic feet). This is a convenient option that puts you in control of your move. You can easily measure a couch and see that it’s 6 feet long and a dining table to see that it’s 36 in. wide, 72 in. long and 30 in. high. This is how U-Pack moving prices are calculated — pay only for the space you use. Learn more about how to calculate linear footage.
More often than not, when you’re moving out of state and comparing full-service furniture moving with “you pack, we drive” services, you’ll find that services like U-Pack are the cheapest. You can pack and load your furniture well, use less space and save money.
It works like this:
U-Pack brings a moving trailer or moving container to your home. You load your furniture (and whatever else you’re moving). Then, the equipment is picked up and moved to your new home in another state. You unload, then U-Pack picks up the empty equipment. It’s easy and affordable.
DIY packing and loading/unloading
With full-service furniture movers, you can expect to pay for everything — packing, loading and unloading. The cost can add up quickly, and it has the potential to break almost any moving budget. You may be surprised how much you can save by doing some of the work yourself.
With a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack, you can save significantly by doing your own packing and loading. Need help lifting heavy furniture? Consider asking friends and family to pitch in, or we can refer you to loading or unloading help for the big stuff. It can be like a full-service move, but without all the costs.
If your moving dates are flexible, select off-peak days — this is when you’re most likely to get the cheapest prices. Similar to airfare, when demand is lower, prices are often lower. When you’re moving furniture state to state, the beginning and end of the month are normally busier than mid-month, and summer months (when kids are out of school) are typically the priciest times to move. A U-Pack moving quote automatically gives you the lowest date during your time frame. You can also talk with a helpful moving consultant to figure out the best date.
Fees, safety and time
When you’re comparing moving options, there are a few questions to ask: Are there additional fees? How safe is my furniture during transit? How long will it take to get my items from point A to point B?
Some furniture transport services may charge extra for long distance moving (by charging for additional mileage), or there may be fuel costs to tack on your cost. And if your belongings take way too long to arrive and you can’t move in without your stuff, it may cost you in hotel stays.
When it comes to U-Pack, there’s no extra charge for fuel or mileage. We do the driving for you, so you don’t have to maneuver a big moving truck on unfamiliar highways or pay for fuel. We move you quickly too; the average transit time is 2-5 business days (compare that to 7-21 day transit times many full-service companies offer). And if you need it, U-Pack can even guarantee the EXACT day your belongings will arrive at your destination by adding U-Pack Guaranteed — a perfect option if you’re on a tight schedule.
What makes U-Pack cheaper than other furniture movers?
U-Pack has revolutionized moving to allow you to save money without driving a rental truck. When you’re moving to another state, U-Pack provides flexible options to get your stuff there fast. Along with standard door-to-door service, you can save even more money with a terminal-to-terminal move, where you load and/or unload your belongings at the closest service center. Ask a moving consultant about this cheaper option!
What if I need to move a small amount of furniture or one piece of furniture?
If you’re only moving a few pieces of furniture, don’t worry! U-Pack has minimum space requirements of either five linear feet in a moving trailer or one ReloCube. Both are the perfect solution to moving just one room of furniture. There’s no need to pay for more space than you need — just pack it up, secure it, and travel to your new state in the comfort of your own vehicle. Learn more about U-Pack small move solutions.
Get a free moving quote!
If you’re searching for the cheapest way to move furniture to another state, get a free moving quote from U-Pack. It’s a great option for affordable, reliable, safe and timely moves.
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