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How to Keep Your Moving Costs Low

November 20th, 2012 - 7:37 AM

If your number one goal in your upcoming cross country move is to keep moving costs low, you’ve found the hidden gem of information you need to do just that. Below, you’ll find some awesome ways to lower your moving costs, helping you stay on budget during your cross country move.

Timing is Everything. The moving industry revolves around peak and off-peak moving days and seasons. Fridays, weekends, holidays, the end of the month, and summer are the busier times of the week, month, and year to move. You’ll find cost savings by moving on a weekday, before or after a major holiday, the beginning of the month, and fall/winter seasons.

Do some of the work yourself. While the full-service convenience is nice, it doesn’t come cheap. Neither does truck rental after you add the cost of fuel to your truck price. I recommend doing the loading and unloading yourself (like truck rental), but letting U-Pack do the driving (like full-service). U-Pack rates compare to truck rental, so your moving costs remain low.

Get sturdy boxes. While it may be really easy to get boxes out of a dumpster, it may not be the best solution for moving cross country. You see, moving boxes are made for moving, used dumpster boxes are not. Buying moving boxes may seem like an extra cost at first, but replacing damaged valuables from defective used boxes at the end of your move might end up costing you even more money.

Write it off. If you’re moving for a job, you’ll be able to deduct some of your moving expenses from your taxes. You must pass two “tests.” The first is that your new job must be 50 farther than your old job was from your old home. I know that seems confusing. Let me clarify. I currently work 20 miles from my home. So in order to qualify, I have to take a new job that is at least 70 miles from my current home. The second “test” is for time. You must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months following your move. If self-employed, you must work at least 78 weeks in the 24 months after you move.


Sell it! What better way to keep your moving costs low than to move less stuff! At least with U-Pack, the less you move, the less you pay. Host a garage sale and put your profit toward the cost of your move. Or, donate your no longer wanted or needed belongings to help others.

Ask Questions. You wouldn’t let a stranger babysit your kids, would you? Of course not, you’d find a reliable sitter with a good reputation. Same goes for moving. Before you just let any moving company move your belongings, check their reputation. Read reviews on the Better Business Bureau, Epinions.com, and movingscam.com. Then, ask them the questions you should ask every mover.

Go U-Pack!
If you really want to keep your moving costs low, go U-Pack!

As I mentioned above, the less you move with U-Pack, the less you pay. If you choose the 28 ft. moving trailer, you only pay for the linear feet you use (5 ft. minimum). Use 18 ft., pay for 18 ft. If you choose the ReloCube® (U-Pack’s moving container), you only pay for the number of Cubes you use. Reserve three, and then fit all your stuff into two. Pay only for two. U-Pack customers love the flexibility!

Moving a small amount of stuff? Choose U-Pack’s terminal-to-terminal option, where you load at the ABF Service Center nearest your origin and unload at the service center nearest your destination. It eliminates the pick-up and delivery moving costs, saving you money.

U-Pack Moving Costs
If you’re wondering how much U-Pack costs, get a free moving quote and start comparing. Remember, U-Pack rates are comparable to truck rental, but you don’t have to drive! It’s a win-win!

Do you have questions about how to keep your moving costs low? Leave a comment below. To get an instant quote, click or call 800-413-4799. Go U-Pack! We drive. You save. ®

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