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The Cheapest Way to Move Out of the Bay Area

March 28th, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Leaving the San Francisco Bay Area?

According to a report by real-estate brokerage firm Redfin, more people are moving out of the San Francisco area than anywhere else in the United States. This is linked to factors such as tax rates and housing costs, but the sheer amount of people leaving is actually making it more expensive for others to move. When demand is high, moving rates often increase.

If you’re making plans to leave San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont or another Bay Area city, you might want to do a little shopping around. By getting multiple quotes, you’re more likely to find the best price. Compare rates to find out which option is cheapest.

Moving out of the Bay Area is cheap with U-Pack


Compare rates: U-Haul® and U-Pack®

Truck rental is often thought of as the cheapest solution for a move, but because there’s a set number of trucks at each location, high demand can make it more expensive. Inflated rates combined with extra costs like fuel and liability coverage may make another option a better choice.

An alternative to truck rental is U-Pack. It’s a long-distance moving service where you do the packing and loading, but we handle transportation. This means you’ll get some cost saving benefits without having to deal with Bay Area traffic. Rates include equipment, transportation, fuel, taxes and liability coverage.

To see how the two companies compare in price for a move out of the Bay area, we got quotes for three different moves and included rates for two home sizes: a one-bedroom apartment and 3-bedroom home.

U-Pack equipment is sized a little differently than rental trucks, so as you compare, things aren’t exactly apples to apples. Check out this chart to compare the size of rental trucks to U-Pack equipment.

Compare moving truck sizes to U-Pack equipment

For these examples, we’ve chosen the smallest and largest options to show a range of moves. We’ve also estimated fuel costs for each move using the rental truck fuel calculator.

Ready to compare rates for your move? Click to get a free moving quote from U-Pack. Just tell us a few details and get a quote online.

Moving out of San Jose, CA to Seattle, WA

This move covers 840 miles.

U-Haul rates:

  • 10’ truck: $1,654, plus $304 for fuel. $1,958 total
  • 26’ truck: $3,482, plus $304 for fuel. $3,786 total

U-Pack rates:

  • One ReloCube container: $1,438
  • 21 linear feet in a moving trailer: $2,687

Moving out of San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO

This move covers 1,254 miles.

U-Haul rates:

  • 10’ truck: $1,670, plus $441 for fuel. $2,111 total
  • 26’ truck: $3,515, plus $441 for fuel. $3,956 total

U-Pack rates:

  • 5 linear feet in a moving trailer: $1,538
  • 21 linear feet in a moving trailer: $2,216

Moving out of Palo Alto, CA to Austin, TX

This move covers 1,733 miles.

U-Haul rates:

  • 10’ truck: $2,016, plus $622 for fuel. $2,638 total
  • 26’ truck: $3,515, plus $622 for fuel. $4,137 total

U-Pack rates:

  • One ReloCube: $1,895
  • 21 linear feet in a moving trailer: $3,048

Get a moving quote

To check rates for your move, get a quote online or call U-Pack at 800-413-4799. For questions about U-Pack or moving from the Bay Area, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help.

Learn more about U-Pack and U-Haul:

U-Pack vs. U-Haul

7 Things You Should Know About U-Haul Before Renting a Truck

The Cheapest Way to Move

 

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