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The Cheapest Way to Move Furniture Across Country

May 25th, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Moving furniture across the country

Moving furniture cross country can be stressful. Whether you have a lot of furniture to ship or just a few pieces, U-Pack® can help! Our services are designed to help you move furniture and household belongings across the country while staying on budget. We’re an affordable and convenient alternative to truck rentals, container shipping services and traditional full-service moving companies. We can handle shipments of one room’s worth of furniture up to an entire house (or more)! Let’s compare furniture shipping companies and see why many customers decide that U-Pack is the best way to ship furniture long distance. 

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How to ship furniture with U-Pack

Here’s how a U-Pack move works: we bring the moving equipment to your door, you load your belongings inside and then we deliver it to your new home. Customers appreciate the simple convenience —and many find that U-Pack prices are often cheaper than rental trucks when compared to the cost of the truck plus fuel.

Cheapest shipping option

If you’re looking to save even more, U-Pack offers an option called a terminal-to-terminal move. This involves loading furniture and other household items at a local service center near you. U-Pack moves your furniture across the country and you unload at the service center closest to your new home. We also offer hybrid moves where you load at the terminal and unload at home, or load at home and unload at the terminal. Either way, these options can help save hundreds on your move!

What makes U-Pack a cheap furniture moving solution?

Equipment options. We offer two types of equipment, the trailer or ReloCube®. When you get a quote, we’ll automatically give the cheapest equipment option available for your particular shipment (based on the date, shipment size and location). However, we put you in control — if more than one equipment type is available, you’re able to compare options and choose what you prefer.

Pay only for the space you use. Your moving quote is based on the linear footage your furniture shipment takes up in the trailer, with a 5 ft. minimum. Learn more about how “paying by the linear foot” works. U-Pack rates are based on linear feet rather than weight because it’s easier to estimate how much space your furniture will take up rather than trying to estimate its weight. Quotes include a per-foot adjustment rate that you can add or subtract if you need more or less space on moving day. This makes it easier to control your moving costs by packing and loading efficiently. To get an idea of how much space you’ll need, use our space estimator tool to calculate a linear footage estimate.

If you move in our ReloCubes, you’ll only be charged for the number of Cubes used. Reserve how many you think you’ll need, but only pay for the ones used!

DIY loading and unloading. By doing the packing, loading and unloading yourself, you’re able to save quite a bit of the cost compared to a full-service move. And if you need a hand, ask friends and family for assistance or call a U-Pack consultant to schedule loading or unloading help for one or both ends of your move. It’s a great way to get a full-service experience for significantly less money!

No extra costs. Don’t forget to include the extra costs associated with truck rentals (fuel, sales tax, road tolls and liability coverage) when comparing to U-Pack rates. There are no hidden charges or fees when shipping furniture with U-Pack – it’s all included in one low rate. Want to know how much it is to ship furniture across country? Get a free moving quote!

Transit time. With many full-service movers, transit times can average 2-4 weeks (especially during peak moving season). If you use a truck rental, you’ll have to drive slower than you would in your personal vehicle (U-Haul recommends a maximum speed of 65 mph). U-Pack does it better! Our transit times average 2-5 business days and you’re free to travel at your own speed. Consider the savings: you’ll spend less on “extra” expenses like hotels and eating out.

If you’re on a tight schedule and need your furniture on a specific day, you can add U-Pack Guaranteed and get your shipment delivered on the exact day you need it—with 100% money-back guarantee. Just ask about it when you call. 

Other ways to get the cheapest cost for shipping furniture

Only move what’s needed. Paying based on space puts you in control of the price. Get rid of pieces you no longer need or want by donating or selling them. Fitting everything into less space means you pay less!

Load and/or unload at the service center. You already know a terminal-to-terminal move is the cheapest way to move furniture cross country. Check with a U-Pack moving consultant to determine the best option for your situation.

Pack and load efficiently. Efficient packing and loading saves space, which equals money saved. Use professional moving boxes and paper padding, designed for moving and wrapping furniture thoroughly, for the greatest protection. The U-Pack box store provides FREE shipping on all orders to help you save even more money! And when loading, maximize the space by loading high and tight and securing your shipment. To pack and load properly, check out these best practices along with our how-to videos:

Reserve online. It’s the easiest way to save! Reserve your U-Pack move online and automatically save $25.

How to ship furniture

We’ve talked about how to move furniture for less — but how do you actually ship it? Follow these tips to move your belongings safely:

  • Do some prep before shipping furniture. Start by gathering packing supplies. Disassemble furniture by removing mirrors from dressers, feet from chairs and couches and shelves from desks. Wrap items using protective supplies like furniture pads, stretch wrap and moving blankets. It’s important to pay extra attention to corners, weak areas and the polish/finishing while packing.
  • Load furniture properly. Take care when moving furniture into the trailer or Cube so you don’t damage the pieces or doorways. For heavier items, consider using forearm forklifts or a moving dolly. Load heavier items on bottom and lighter items on top, making sure to pack high and tight.
  • Secure the furniture shipment. The most important step is securing your furniture inside the trailer or Cube. Use rope or ratchet straps to tie the furniture down using the logistics tracking inside the equipment. Doing this will help prevent your furniture from moving around during transit.

Get a furniture shipping quote from U-Pack

Since 1997, U-Pack has moved more than 850,000 shipments across the country quickly and safely, with reliable transit times. See why U-Pack is the best way to ship furniture by getting an instant quote online or calling a friendly moving specialist at 800-413-4799.

If you have any questions about moving furniture with U-Pack, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!