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Cheapest Way to Move Furniture to Another State

May 18th, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Affordable ways to move furniture state to state

There are probably several pieces of furniture in your home that have sentimental meaning. Items like the bed you bought after you were married, the crib your baby sleeps in every night and the dining room table passed down from a relative are all valuable, so it’s important to take them with you when you move. While there are several ways to make this happen, not all of the solutions come at an affordable price. Learn how to safely move furniture to another state while staying in budget.

cheapest way to move furniture to another state

Finding the cheapest way to move furniture

No matter how much money you want to spend, there are a few things to think about before choosing a furniture moving company:

  • Your budget

  • How much work you’re willing/able to do

  • The amount of furniture you’re moving

Understanding how these three pieces of the puzzle fit together will help you find the perfect moving service. Take a closer look at how they can impact the option you choose:

The budget

A moving budget has many facets. Not only are you paying to get items from point A to point B, but there are other costs like deposits (housing, utilities, etc.), travel (food, hotels, etc.), and other moving expenses (packing supplies, storage, etc.) to consider. Before making decisions, figure out the total amount you’re able to spend. Most of those costs are fixed, but choosing the right moving service can really help you save.

The amount of work

Full-service companies are generally the most expensive option because they do the packing, loading, transportation and unloading. But while it’s easy to think that doing more work means getting the cheapest price, that’s not always the case. For example, truck rental involves the most work, but the prices may be more than expected after you factor in fuel costs.

U-Pack® is a nice balance of effort and affordability. You do the packing and loading, but U-Pack handles the transportation. Prices include the things that would be extra with truck rental (liability coverage, fuel, taxes), so U-Pack is comparable in price while requiring less work. Want to compare rates? Get a free moving quote.

How much furniture you’re moving

The amount of furniture you move plays a role in the overall cost no matter which service is used. Full-service moving companies use the weight of the belongings to calculate prices (which can be difficult to budget for since you can’t weigh everything). And rental trucks are priced based on total space — the fewer pieces of furniture, the smaller (and cheaper) the truck. Getting the right size is important so you don’t pay for empty space.

U-Pack also uses space to calculate costs, but our setup allows for flexibility. Prices are based on the space used — U-Pack measures space in linear feet, which are like one-foot long slices of the moving trailer. The trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’, and one linear foot is 1’ x 8’ x 9’. You can use as little as five linear feet or up to the entire trailer. We also have ReloCube containers, which are great for smaller moves or moves with limited parking. Cubes are flexible as well; reserve as many as you think you’ll need, but only pay for the ones used.

This pricing structure ultimately puts you in control of the cost since you determine how to load and how much space to use. Your moving quote will provide an estimate of space along with a “per foot adjustment rate,” so you’ll know how the price will change (you save if you use less space than quoted).

Because of the flexibility, U-Pack is often the cheapest way to move furniture. You can pack and load well, use less space and save money.

U-Pack 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.

Getting the cheapest prices for a move to another state

When it comes to sticking to a budget, there are a few tricks to cut costs:

  • Choosing the best move date — Just like airfare or hotels, moving has peak and off-peak times. Lower demand means lower prices. When moving furniture state to state, the beginning and end of the month are busier, as are summer months. A U-Pack quote automatically gives you the cheapest date during your timeframe, or you can talk with a moving consultant to figure out the cheapest date.

  • Picking the services you need — If you don’t need door-to-door delivery, you can load or unload at a service center to save. Or if you need storage, it’s available for an additional cost. U-Pack Guaranteed is also a great service to consider if you need to know the exact date your furniture will arrive. When you reserve the move (either online or over the phone), you can choose the options that fit your needs best.

How to move furniture to another state

There’s a little prep work to do for furniture before moving day to make sure it’s going to stay safe and secure during transit. Whether it’s a mattress, a dining room table, a couch or another item, make sure to follow our packing tips. We also have created step-by-step instructions for many items:

Need help moving furniture?

Whether the items are too big for you to handle or you just want some assistance, U-Pack can refer you to experienced loading or unloading help. Choose from a one or two-person crew for a couple of hours, or select multiple people for several hours to get assistance with everything.

Need to move a small amount of furniture?

U-Pack has minimum space requirements — either five linear feet or one ReloCube. Both are the perfect solution for one room’s worth of belongings. Read more about moving a small amount of furniture.

Compare rates for furniture transport

U-Pack is a great option for affordable, reliable, safe and timely moves. Get a free moving quote online or call 800-413-4799 to speak with a moving consultant.