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State to State Move: How it works

September 28th, 2012 - 2:30 PM

Let’s celebrate the beginning of Fall with another Flashback Friday. Today, we’re looking back on a post by Christina about how you exactly go about moving from one state to another. Happy Friday!

How a state to state move works
It’s not every day that you move to another state. Did you know that most Americans move about 11 times in their lifetime? If this is your first time moving to a new state, you’re not alone; I’m here to help you learn the ins and outs of how a state to state move works!

A state to state move is called an interstate move, and most interstate moves are long-distance moves (over 300 miles). If you’re moving long distance to a new state, this blog post is for you.

Compare movers.
As you know, there are plenty of moving options out there, but not all are fit for moving long distance to a new state. The first thing you should do is start comparing state to state movers by getting moving quotes. You can get a free moving quote from U-Pack to get started!

Choose a mover.
Here’s how each state to state moving option really works:

Truck rental: You go get the rental truck, load your belongings, and drive them yourself a long distance to your new home in your new state. Then you unload and return the rental truck. You also pay out of pocket for fuel along the way. Low truck rental gas mileage, extra meals and hotel stays prolong the length and increase the price of your move.

Full-service: A stranger comes into your home to estimate the weight of your belongings. Then, you do nothing. They pack, load, drive, and unload your belongings for you, but not without paying a pretty penny. Your belongings might be co-mingled or transferred along the way. You’ll wait 2 to 4 weeks to get your items.

U-Pack®: ABF, U-Pack’s award-winning transportation provider delivers a moving trailer or ReloCube(s) ® to your home. You load it. ABF drives your belongings to your new home in your new state. You unload your belongings. You don’t pay extra for fuel because it’s included in your moving quote. Your belongings are never transferred or co-mingled, and you can expect your belongings to arrive in an estimated 2 to 5 business days.

And there you have it. It’s likely that you’ll find U-Pack will stick to your budget and exceed your quality expectations of a moving service. Now, don’t forget…

The little things that make a big (and less-stressful) difference when moving to a new state:

  • Think ahead. Think about what needs to happen once you’ve arrived in your new state. You’ll need to change your driver’s license, register your vehicle and register to vote, assess your property, and update your home and auto insurance policies.
  • Check it off. U-Pack’s moving checklist shows things to do starting at 8 weeks before your move and continues until after you’ve moved in. Once you start reading it, it’s going to be hard to move without it.
  • Stay organized. Grab an empty binder and stay organized. Put your moving quotes, moving checklist, and other important documents into the binder to keep with you during the move.
  • Purge before you pack. There’s no better time to get rid of things you no longer want than right before you move! Host a garage sale or donate the items you no longer need.

Go U-Pack!
U-Pack is the affordable state to state mover. With rates comparable to truck rental (but WE do the driving) and loading and unloading help available to make it more like full-service, you can’t go wrong with U-Pack!


Remember, with U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use, and there’s never a down-payment or deposit. 78% of U-Pack customers chose U-Pack because of price. Get a free moving quote now to see how much your state to state move with U-Pack will cost. We drive. You save. ®