How much money should you save before moving out of state?
Saving money for an out-of-state move
You save money before making big purchases like new furniture or vacation, so it makes sense to save up for a long-distance move as well. But since moving isn’t a common expense, how do you know how much to set back? You’ll need to add up the packing supplies, the costs for the moving company and things needed to get settled in. Take a look at what to expect and some ideas for saving before moving out.
How much does it cost to move to another state?
Because prices can vary widely, there really isn’t an average cost to base your savings on. Costs are based on individual factors like where you’re going to and from, the size of the home and the type of moving service. On top of the expense of getting your belongings to a new place, there are other things to save for, like transportation and housing costs.
The different ways to move and their costs
One of the biggest expenses will likely be the moving company. However, that can be very different depending on the type of service you choose. We’ve included some sample prices to help compare options. For the example, we used the recommended space/weight for a two-bedroom home going from Pittsburgh, PA to Kansas City, MO.
Full-service movers are typically on the more expensive end because they do everything — packing, loading, driving and unloading. A representative does an in-home estimate and bases the cost on the weight of your belongings. For the sample move, Bekins® estimates costs to be from $3,169 to $4,138 (loading, unloading, transportation) or $4,337 to $5,746 (full packing included).
Truck Rental is on the opposite end of the spectrum since it’s completely do-it-yourself. While the initial rate may be affordable, extra costs like liability coverage and fuel can impact the final price. For the sample, a 20’ U-Haul® truck was $1,048, plus $90 for Safemove®coverage and $332 for fuel — $1,470 total. Use this rental truck fuel calculator to see how much fuel would cost for your move out of state.
Self-moving is a hybrid solution where you do the packing and loading, but not the driving. U-Pack® gives you the best of both worlds. You don’t have to spend hours or days behind the wheel of a rental truck, but rates are often comparable (especially after factoring in the extras like fuel). The sample U-Pack move was $1,882 for 13 feet of space in a moving trailer (no additional charge for basic liability coverage, taxes or fuel).
While the price is a little higher than truck rental, you don’t have to worry about driving state-to-state in an unfamiliar truck. Compare rates for your move with a free moving quote.
Other moving expenses to consider
All of these things do not apply to every situation, but here are a few extras you may need to include when figuring how much to save before moving out:
- Transportation (fuel, tolls, hotel, food, towing a vehicle)
- Moving supplies (boxes, packing materials, etc.)
- Deposits and first month payment for housing and/or utilities
- Insurance (home, car, etc.)
- Grocery shopping to stock the kitchen
- Cleaning supplies
- Furniture and household items
- Toiletries and personal items (toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, etc.)
How to save money to move out of state
As soon as possible, create a budget for your move to get an idea of the total cost. Then make a savings plan. There are endless ways to set money back including cutting out unnecessary expenses or taking a second job. Consider pausing subscriptions or taking services like cell phones and television down to the bare minimum packages to put aside money without much of a sacrifice. Another great way to save is to have a moving sale. Not only can you make extra cash, but downsizing means less to move, which will cost less overall.
While we’re talking about cutting costs, don’t forget about these money-saving tips:
- If possible, choose an off-peak day. Weekdays, the beginning of the month, several days before or after a major holiday, or during the fall/winter will typically have cheaper rates.
- Gather friends and family to help load, so you don’t have to hire loading or unloading help (or pay for full-service movers).
- Ask about discounts. U-Pack offers $25 off moves with the coupon code BLOG25, and another $25 off for reserving online. Student and military discounts are also available — call 800-413-4799 to learn more.
- Don’t pay for services you don’t need. Some companies include 30-days of storage with the move, but if you’re traveling directly, it may not be necessary. Or if you’re looking to lower costs, consider cutting door-to-door delivery. For example, U-Pack has options where you can load, unload (or both) at a service center for substantial savings.
Find out how much to save before the move with a U-Pack quote
While sample prices are helpful to get a big picture, you can see how much your move would be with a free moving quote. Just tell us where you’re moving to/from, how much you’re moving and the move date — it’s that easy!
If you have questions about how much a move out of state costs, how to save for the move, or how to move with U-Pack, call us at 800-413-4799.
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