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What is the Cheapest Moving Option?

April 16th, 2012 - 9:48 AM

I wish there was a simple answer to that question. Though it leans toward being as complicated the age-old “What is the meaning of life?” question. But here’s what I can tell you (with confidence): the best place to start is by getting moving quotes. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Before you can figure out which service is most affordable, you’ll need to have prices to compare. Just make sure to start early; I recommend at least 30-60 days in advance. That gives you plenty of time to research, weigh the pros and cons of each mover and make sure you’re getting all of the services you need (while still staying within your budget).

When you start getting moving quotes, you’ll find there are several options available to choose from – some cheap, some not-so-cheap. Today I’ll spend some time walking you through several of these options. I hope to help make your decision a little easier. Leave a comment to let me know if you need more help!

Full service movers. If you can find reputable full-service movers, this is certainly a great way to move. The movers can do everything for you – packing, loading, unloading, etc., but it gets pricy really quickly. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that if you’re looking to move cheap, full-service moving options may not be the way to go; normally, customers searching for the cheapest moving options mark full-service off the list pretty quickly. If that’s you, forgettaboutit. Moving on, (ha! Get it?  Moving on...?) I digress. Let’s continue.

Truck Rental. If you’re looking for an inexpensive moving option, truck rental is likely the first service that came to mind. It’s what people think of when they think “cheap moving.” And at first glance, it does seem like a good alternative. You do it all yourself, and the rates seem pretty reasonable, right? But wait. Have you factored in gas prices? Have you considered how long it will take you to get there? Hotel stays? Meals along the way? Use U-Pack’s rental truck fuel calculator to see how much extra you’ll pay to fuel a rental truck for your cross-country move. Today’s national fuel averages are $3.90/gallon for Regular and $4.14/gallon for Diesel. That means that today it would cost around $1,550 to fuel a rental truck from New York to California. Not so appealing now, is it?

Portable Storage Containers. Ok, full-service movers and rental trucks are out. Now what? Maybe you’re looking at portable storage containers. A portable storage unit is a container that is dropped off at your home, you load it, then the mover moves it to your new home. U-Pack Moving offers these as a great money-saving moving option via the ReloCube®. You do the loading and unloading (which saves you some cash), and U-Pack does all of the driving. They’re easy to load and unload, and easily stored. You can reserve one, or as many as you need. And you only pay for the number of Cubes you use. They’re fantastic! And getting a free moving quote is easy – just call or click.

You pack, we drive. Another affordable moving option is U-Pack’s “You pack, we drive” moving trailer service. You pack up your belongings, we bring a moving trailer to your home. You load it your belongings into it (paying only for the space you use), and we drive it to your new home. Then you unload. There are no additional fuel charges or taxes, and no driving a hefty rental truck through unfamiliar areas. Just a simple, inexpensive moving solution.

Go U-Pack!

When you weigh all the moving options out there, U-Pack is a great deal! Here’s how it works:

  • ABF delivers a moving trailer or ReloCube® right to your door.
  • You load.
  • ABF delivers to your new home.
  • You unload.

Get a free moving quote today to see how much you can save with U-Pack – it takes just two seconds. Call 1- 800-413-4799 to speak with a moving specialists. They are awesome, knowledgeable and are available to answer all of your moving-related questions. Go U-Pack! We drive. You save.®