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What is the Average Cost of a Move?

April 20th, 2013 - 2:22 PM
What does the average move cost?

Since I work for U-Pack, I get asked lots of questions from people who are moving long distance. One of the most asked questions is “What is the average cost of a move?” That's a great question, and it's easy to understand why people ask it, but I’ve got to be honest with you – it’s one of the most difficult (if not impossible) to answer. You see, every moving situation is completely unique, so the cost of one person's move will be entirely different from the cost of another person's move – making it very difficult to offer an "average." The price depends on where you're moving from and to, how much you're moving, and when you're moving.

But don’t worry; it's not difficult to figure out how much your specific move will cost. You can get an easy, online moving quote, and see the price instantly. All you have to do is enter the basic information about your move, and click "get quote." There's no obligation; it will just give you a good idea of what to expect. .  

An example of the cost of moving with U-Pack

Like I mentioned before, every move is different – so trying to figure out the average cost is difficult. But if you’re trying to decide what type of service to use, you may find the information below very helpful. It compares a rental truck move with a U-Pack move, and it’s a great example of how you can move affordably without having to drive the truck yourself.  

Note: Prices with all options below can fluctuate based on when, where, and how much you are moving.

For a 1,064 mile move from Dallas to Phoenix, you can expect to pay around $1,145 for a 17 ft. U-Haul truck (includes damage protection, sales tax, fees, and the rate to rent the truck). Using this rental truck fuel calculator, tack on another $515 for gas to fill up the truck, bringing the total to rent the truck (and drive it yourself) to $1,660.

Now let’s compare that rate to U-Pack. The same move from Dallas to Phoenix with a U-Pack trailer using 12 ft. of trailer space (equivalent to a 17 ft. rental truck) would cost around $1,624.

And that includes fuel, liability coverage, taxes, and an experienced driver. With U-Pack, you can still pay a similar rate (an in this case a cheaper rate) to renting a truck and not have to drive. I call that a major win for long-distance moving!

What’s even better is that you only pay for the space you use. So, if you load really well (thanks to U-Pack’s loading tips) and fit all your things into 10 ft. of trailer space instead of the 12 ft. you were originally quoted for, then 10 ft. is all you pay for. With U-Pack, you can easily control the price of your move. Plus, you don’t have to drive a single mile. Nice.

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