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What is the cheapest way to ship across country?

November 1st, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Cheap shipping options for your next move

Shipping small items cross country is a fairly straight-forward process. You load items in a box, take it to a carrier, and pay a flat rate or one based on weight. But if you’re shipping large items, or everything from your house, finding a cheap shipping solution becomes even more important. How do you get your belongings cross country safely while still staying in budget?

There are plenty of ways to ship your household goods across the country, but there’s only one option that pairs affordable rates with exceptional service — and that’s U-Pack®.  

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Shipping across country with U-Pack

U-Pack was designed to help you ship your household goods across the country for a reasonable price.  You load and unload your belongings, and U-Pack drives. The final price is based on how much space you use, not weight (like it is with traditional shipping companies). Most customers find that this makes a big impact on their final shipping costs.

Why space vs. weight matters when shipping household goods

When price is based on weight, a moving company representative does an in-home estimate where they walk through your home and estimate how much your belongings weigh. If you choose to move with them, they’ll take the loaded shipment to a weigh station to get the actual weight. If there's a discrepancy in the actual weight and the quoted weight, your price could go up.  

When price is based on linear feet, an in-home estimate isn’t necessary. You can enter all of the items you’re moving into the U-Pack space estimator tool to calculate the linear footage (or the number of ReloCubes) you need. Your reservation will be made based on this estimate, but you only pay for the space you use on moving day. That means, if you use less, you pay less … simple as that.

Watch this video for more about calculating linear footage.

Calculating cross-country shipping costs

Because U-Pack prices are based on linear footage instead of weight, finding your cross-country shipping cost is easy. Your quote includes a per-foot adjustment rate that you can add or subtract if you need more or less space (down to a 5 ft. minimum). For example, if you reserved 17 feet in the moving trailer and only use 15, you’ll only pay for 15 feet.

U-Pack customers love the flexibility and appreciate knowing exactly what they’ll pay before their shipment leaves their home.

How does U-Pack service compare to other cross country shippers?

A low price doesn’t always mean you’ll get reliable service. U-Pack goes above and beyond to help you ship safe, fast and secure. We offer:

  • Safety and security. Once you load your items into the trailer and secure them in place, that’s where they stay until you unload. Other companies may transfer your shipment during transit.
  • Separated shipments. U-Pack allows only one household goods shipment per trailer, so your belongings are never moved with another family’s items.
  • Fast transit times. U-Pack averages cross country shipment times of just 2-5 business days, much faster than the 4-6 weeks it could take traditional shippers.
  • Convenient storage solutions. If you need to store your shipment, you don’t have to unload at a storage unit. Just store directly in the trailer or ReloCube at your local service center.

Get a quote

Want to see why many of our customers think U-Pack is one of the cheapest ways to ship across country? Request a free quote online or call 800-413-4799 to see how much your shipment will cost.

If you have questions about shipping furniture cross country with U-Pack, leave a comment below and we’ll answer it right away.

Additional resources

How a U-Pack move works

U-Pack do not ship list

What is the cheapest way to ship furniture?

I’m moving a motorcycle – Can U-Pack help?