The Cheapest Way to Move
What’s the best way to move for less?
Everyone has different opinions on what makes a moving service a good option. For some, convenience is the ultimate goal and they’re willing to pay extra to get it. For others, price is the main consideration. But between those two extremes lie people who want to balance ease with affordability. If that sounds like you, U-Pack® might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s a “you pack, we drive” option that makes moving long distance simple and cost-effective.
Learn more about this cheap moving option
Finding the cheapest way to move doesn’t mean doing it all yourself. U-Pack is a great alternative — you pack and load, and we handle the driving. With more than 240 service centers, we can deliver to most locations across the U.S. and Canada (including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico). Get a moving quote to see how much it costs.
For an even better price, opt to load/unload your belongings at a nearby service center. It’s a little more work, but the savings can be worth it.
Answers to common questions
Now that you’ve learned about U-Pack service, take a look at some other ideas for moving cheaply.
Using truck rental
It makes sense to think that doing more work would mean cheaper prices. But that’s not necessarily the case, especially for a long distance move. In addition to the truck rental rate, there are extra costs for fuel, taxes, tolls, damage coverage and travel costs. How much could fuel impact your move? Check the rental truck fuel calculator to find out.
Selling everything and buying new stuff
Thinking about starting over with brand new items? For a cross-country move out of a very small home or with items of little value, this might be a good option. However, for things that hold value or for a larger home, buying new stuff (even if it’s used) would most likely be cost-prohibitive. Before getting rid of everything, check prices of furniture and other belongings in your new city and compare to the moving quote.
Shipping boxes through the mail
A parcel service like the U.S. Postal Service might be best for shipments of only a few small boxes. But for a shipment of several boxes or even a few large ones, it may not be ideal. U-Pack has minimum space that’s great for one room’s worth of furniture and boxes. Read more about our cheap moving Cubes.
Make the move even cheaper
Even with an affordable service like U-Pack, there are a few ways to save more:
Pare down belongings
It costs more to move more, so we recommend paring down any unwanted or unnecessary items. Consider donating to a non-profit or having a garage sale. Reducing the size of your shipment by just 1-2 linear feet could mean hundreds of dollars in savings.
Follow packing and loading tips
Packing and loading well helps you save money (by using less space), and helps belongings travel safely to your new home. Here’s what we recommend:
Pick the best move date
A moving consultant can help determine the best day to schedule a move. For example, mid-week and mid-month are considered “off-peak” and often have lower rates. Give us a call at 800-413-4799 to find out what days would be cheapest for moving your stuff.
What areas have the cheapest moving rates?
Just like airlines offer better prices for certain flights, some areas have lower rates to move into or out of. While you can’t control where you’re going or coming from, here are some locations where prices are lowest at the moment. If one of these matches your situation, they have the most significant savings right now:
- Houston, TX to Chicago, IL
- Portland, OR to Indianapolis, IN
- New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego, CA to Washington, D.C.
- Phoenix, AZ to Biloxi, MS
- Brooklyn, NY to Venice, CA
- Kansas City, KS to San Diego, CA
- Oakland, CA to Atlanta, GA
- Fort Worth, TX to Nashville, TN
- Columbus, OH to Sacramento, CA
Get a quote
Price is important, but so is quality. If your goal is an affordable moving option that also delivers great service, check out U-Pack. Get a free moving quote to learn more. If you need help getting a quote or have questions about your move, give us a call or leave a comment below.