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The Cheapest Way to Move

August 12th, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Cheap ways to move your stuff

If you’ve looked online, you may have seen various companies claiming to be the best and cheapest way to move out of state.  However, when it comes down to it, there’s no “one size fits all” for moving. Costs depend on how much you’re moving, where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving and how much work you’re willing to do on your own. If you’re looking to keep costs as cheap as possible when you move your stuff, taking on some of the work yourself will have a big payoff.

the cheapest way to move

Doing some of the work to save money

Finding the cheapest way to move doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself. For easy DIY moving, U-Pack® is a great solution for moving on a budget, WITHOUT doing the driving.

You pack and load your items, then U-Pack handles the driving, delivering your belongings across the country to your new home. With more than 240 service centers, we can service most locations across the U.S. and Canada (including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico).

For an even cheaper price, opt for a U-Pack terminal move and load/unload your belongings at a service center near your home. It’s a little more work, but the savings can be worth it.

Where are the cheapest moving rates?

Similar to airfare, it’s cheaper to move into and/or out of some areas than others. While U-Pack offers discounted moving rates throughout the U.S., these locations are where you’ll see some of the most significant savings right now: 

Oakland, CA to Des Plaines, IL

Las Vegas, NV to Houston, TX

Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA

Fort Worth, TX to Portland, OR

Nashville, TN to San Diego, CA

Miami, FL to Chicago, IL

Des Plaines, IL to Portland, OR

Salt Lake City, UT to Durham, NC

Seattle, WA to Denver, CO

Austin, TX to Kent, WA

Portland, OR to Albuquerque, NM

To see just how affordable your U-Pack move will be, check prices for your move online or call a helpful moving consultant at 800-413-4799.

What others say about moving on the cheap

Online moving forums have many comments about moving affordably. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions:

Is truck rental the cheapest way to move my stuff?

It’s a fairly popular opinion that the cheapest way to move is truck rental. And it’s understandable that people would automatically assume it costs less since the work is left up to the customer. But, that’s not necessarily the case – especially if you’re moving long distance. In addition to the rental price, you’ll pay for fuel, taxes, tolls, damage coverage and travel costs. These extras can add up – just take a look at the cost of fuel alone with our rental truck fuel calculator.

Should you just sell all of your belongings?

Some people may consider selling everything and buying new stuff after they move. If you’re moving across the country, you don’t have much to move and it’s of little value, this may be a good option. But, if you have items that still hold value, or if you’re moving a larger home or apartment, the price tag for buying all new stuff would most likely be cost-prohibitive. It’s a good idea to price furniture and other supplies in your new city before you have a moving sale to get rid of it all.

What about parcel shipping?

For very small shipments, you could use a parcel service like the U.S. Postal Service to send it. If it's just a few small boxes, this might be the cheapest way to do it. But if you’re moving several boxes or shipping furniture across country, a DIY self-move is probably the cheapest way to move your items.

Things you can do to make your move cheaper

If you’re looking to cut costs even more, here are a few ideas:

Get rid of unwanted stuff

Because it costs more to move more, we recommend paring down anything you don’t plan to use at your new home. You may consider donating to a non-profit (don’t forget your tax receipt) or having a moving sale. With a service like U-Pack, reducing your move size by just 1-2 linear feet could mean hundreds of dollars in savings!

Be careful packing and loading

One of the most important things you can do to lower the overall cost of your move is pack and load well. It's a great way to save space (and saving space saves money), and it will also help your belongings travel safely to your new home. Use professional moving boxes, pack them properly, wrap everything securely, load high and tight, and secure everything inside the trailer or container with rope or straps as you load. These packing tips and loading tips are must-reads before moving day to maximize your space.

Choose the right date

Costs are typically lower during the off-peak season, so if you’re able to move then, you’ll see savings. Get a free moving quote to find out the cheapest move date in your time frame.

The cheapest and best way to move your stuff? U-Pack!

Affordable moving prices are important, but there's no need to sacrifice quality just to get a good deal. If your goal is to find a moving option that delivers excellent customer service at a low cost, go U-Pack. We would love to answer your questions or help plan your move! Leave a comment below, or call us at 800-413-4799.