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Cheapest Way to Move Long Distance

August 11th, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Long distance moving costs

Would you be surprised that 11.2% of the U.S. population age 1 and over moved between 2015 and 2016? That’s a lot of new jobs, new homes and new opportunities. That’s also a lot of people trying to find the cheapest way to move. Because rates vary so much depending on which company you choose, comparing options becomes incredibly important. Take a look at the options for long distance moving, and find out how to make your move as cheap as possible. 

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Finding a cheap long distance moving company​

Getting the lowest price starts with research. When it comes to DIY moving (which is almost always the most economical way to move), there are three main options:

  • Truck rental
  • Moving containers
  • Self-moving companies

While you may automatically think of truck rental when contemplating “cheap moving,” it isn’t always the best option. Though truck rental is excellent for local moves, when you’re moving long distance, costs like fuel, liability coverage and tax can add up quickly. It’s also a situation where you have to do all the work — packing, loading, unloading and driving across the country. And that can be tough.

Moving containers are a good option for long distance moving — especially considering that you don’t have to drive. The catch is that you’ll want to make sure the option is affordable and includes only the services you need. With some companies, one month of storage is included in the price, regardless of whether you use it.

A self-moving service like U-Pack® is an ideal alternative. It’s the “in-between” moving service. You pack, load and unload, but U-Pack takes care of the driving. There’s no additional charge for the “extras” you pay for with truck rental (fuel, standard liability coverage or taxes). And you can choose to move in either a moving trailer or moving container — whichever suites your needs. Learn more about how U-Pack works.

How U-Pack helps keeps costs affordable

Because you do the loading and unloading, U-Pack eliminates the moving labor costs you would get with full-service moving. We help make it more affordable with the “pay for the space you use” approach to self-moving. You can pay based on the number of ReloCube containers you use, or based on the linear footage your shipment occupies inside the moving trailer (down to a 5 ft. minimum). If you choose the trailer option, the remaining space is filled with commercial freight moving in the same direction. Using proficient carriers like ABF Freight®, your belongings move quickly, with most arriving within just 2-5 business days. This efficient transportation system is designed to lower costs and can help you get the cheapest long distance move.

See how much your move will cost with a free moving quote. Just tell us where you’re moving to/from, the move date, and the size of the home.

Reducing long distance moving expenses

If your U-Pack long distance moving quote isn’t quite what your budget requires, there are a few other options:

  • Use less space. Because U-Pack rates are based on the space you use, using less space or fewer containers can help save money. How can you use less space? Start by loading well — packing “high and tight,” and taking advantage of every inch. You can also purge unwanted/unneeded items before move day. By selling or donating things you no longer need, you free up even more space.
  • Adjust your move date. In many cases, rates differ by day (based on demand and availability), so there’s a chance selecting a different move day could save money. Call a U-Pack moving consultant for help identifying the best date.
  • Change the delivery option. U-Pack is best known for door-to-door delivery, however as a money-saving option, you can also load and unload at a local service center. This removes city delivery costs and is always a money saver. Call a U-Pack moving consultant for help determining the closest service center and figuring out how much you can save by changing delivery options.

Learn more about long distance moving

The best way to start planning your move is with a quote. If you have questions about U-Pack or getting the cheapest rate, call 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below — we look forward to helping.