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The Cheapest Way to Move Out of State

October 5th, 2016 - 9:09 AM

How to move to another state affordably

Moving out of state is entirely different than moving within the same city. While it can still be an easy experience, the extra distance does require more planning, time and resources to get the job done. And because the process is a little more involved, it’s not surprising that moving out of state also requires a bigger budget. However, there are ways to keep costs low.

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Finding the cheapest moving solution

There are three types of service to choose from when moving out of state:

  • Full-service
  • Truck rental
  • Hybrid

Here’s how the different services break down:

Full-service companies are typically the most expensive option since they complete every aspect of the move (packing, loading, transportation and unloading). These companies often require an in-home estimate in order to give you a quote, and your price can change after the equipment is loaded and weighed. 

Renting a truck is usually considered one of the cheapest ways to move out of state, but does require you to do all the work. There are also some additional costs to consider (highway tolls, sales tax, fuel) that aren’t included in the initial truck rental quote. These costs can impact your budget in a big way, so make sure to plan for them. Use a rental truck fuel calculator to see how much fuel will cost for your move.

U-Pack® is considered a “hybrid” moving solution because you do the packing and loading while we handle the driving. It’s one of the most economical ways to move out of state, and our prices are comparable to truck rental. A U-Pack quote includes the moving equipment, transportation, fuel, taxes and tolls. And we’ve already mentioned the best part — you don’t have to drive! We deliver your belongings door to door so that you aren’t stuck driving a rental truck from state to state. With everything already included in one quote, it’s much easier to stay within budget.

Cost-saving tips for moving out of state

No matter which option you choose, there are some ways you can help cut costs. These tips should help you get the cheapest move:

Purge your belongings

Before packing any boxes, take inventory of your home. Are there things you can let go of? If so, you can save money by getting rid of them before you move. It’s a good idea to clean out your entire house (remember less-used spaces like the attic and garage) and then trash, sell or donate items you no longer want or need.

Most traditional moving companies charge based on weight. And with truck rental, you have to rent the entire truck, even if you don’t need all the space. Getting rid of items before you pack can reduce the weight you’re moving or make it possible to rent a smaller truck size.

When moving with U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use — which means if you move less, you pay less. You can choose from two types of moving equipment: moving trailers and moving containers. With the trailer option, you load your stuff and measure how many linear feet you’ve used. With the ReloCube® moving container option, you just pay for the number of Cubes™ you use.

Don’t pay for services you don’t need

When reserving your move, be sure you understand what’s included in the quote, what can be added for an additional cost, and what can be removed to help you save. By eliminating services you don’t need or want, you can easily reduce your moving expenses.  

More ways to save with U-Pack

U-Pack moving services are designed to help you move out of state affordably, but we also have additional cost-saving opportunities. Here are more ways to save when moving with U-Pack:

Load or unload at a service center

One of the best ways to conserve costs with U-Pack is to load or unload (or both!) at a local service center. With more than 230 terminals across all 50 states, plus Canada and Puerto Rico, you can choose a nearby location to load or unload your items for extra savings. Ask a moving consultant about a terminal move at 800-413-4799.

Choose the best move date

It’s possible to save hundreds if you plan your move early and pick the right date. Just like airfare and hotels, moving has peak dates. Costs are typically lower during off-peak season (October through March). To get the cheapest move possible, it’s best to avoid moving during the summer, at the end of the month and around holidays. A moving consultant will gladly help you choose the best date for your situation.

Reserve online

When you’re ready to book your move, visit our website. If you reserve your move online, you instantly save $25!

Moving out of state? Get a free quote!

Start your move by getting a free moving quote online or calling a U-Pack specialist at 800-413-4799. If you have questions about what makes U-Pack the cheapest way to move out of state, leave a comment below!


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