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The Cheapest Way to Move Out of State

September 19th, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Explore cheap out-of-state moving options

Using a do-it-yourself (DIY) company is typically the cheapest way to move to another state. By doing some of the work yourself (such as packing, loading, unloading and unpacking), you don’t have to pay someone else to do it. And when you’re moving 300+ miles, cutting costs for things like labor can really make a difference. Take a look at three common out-of-state moving services and see which is cheapest for a sample move. 

Want to learn more about the process of moving? Check out this resource on long-distance moves

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Compare cheap long distance movers

As you research DIY services that offer out-of-state moving, there are three options that generally offer affordable rates: 

  • Truck rental. While renting a truck is usually thought to be the most affordable option, it isn’t always. One of the biggest expenses for a long-distance move is fuel, which is a separate cost from the truck. Depending on how many miles you’re driving, fuel can really increase the price. 
  • Moving containers. Using containers for your move is convenient because it means you won’t have to drive the equipment from state to state. However, it’s important to inspect the quote and ensure it only includes the services you need. Some companies charge for one month of storage, even if you don’t use it. 
  • Self-moving companies. A self-moving company like U-Pack® is an ideal alternative to truck rental and traditional container companies. Not only do we do the driving, but all the “extra expenses” (like fuel, standard liability coverage and tolls) are already included in the quoted price. What you see, is what you pay — which can make a big impact on long-distance moves. 

Out of state move example

Comparing quotes is the best way to find out which company offers the cheapest way to move to another state. Take a look at the examples below to see who provides the lowest price.

For this comparison, we’re moving a two-bedroom home from Dallas, TX to Nashville, TN (a 664-mile move). Please note that moving rates can change daily and fluctuate based on locations, dates and the size of the move. Fuel costs were determined with a rental truck fuel calculator.

Truck rental — Budget® 

For this move, Budget offers unlimited miles and suggests using a 16’ truck, which has a base cost of $566.10. After adding basic protection ($183.92), taxes and additional fees ($86.58), and fuel ($267), you’re looking at paying $1,103.60.  

Container move — U-Haul® U-Box® 

For this example, U-Haul estimates 12 days of transit and recommends using three U-Box containers at $49.95 each, plus a shipping rate of $957. This adds up to a total of $1,106.85

Self-move service — U-Pack 

U-Pack offers two types of equipment: a 28’ moving trailer or a ReloCube® container. For this example, the cheapest option is two ReloCubes at $943. If you’d rather move in the trailer, we quote 13 linear feet of space at $983. Transit times average between 2-5 business days.   

Learn more about cheap moving options and get tips for creating the most affordable move in this Cheap Moving Guide

Get a U-Pack quote 

As you can see, U-Pack can be the cheapest way to move out of state whether you use ReloCubes or the moving trailer. And you don’t have to drive! See how much your long-distance move will cost with U-Pack by getting a free online quote or calling 800-413-4799

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