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Money Saving Moving Option

April 26th, 2019 - 10:58 AM

How to save money on long-distance moves

Being cost-aware and finding ways to lower rates are critical factors when moving on a budget. One way to do that is to handle some of the work on your own, rather than paying a company to do it all.

U-Pack® is a “do-it-yourself” service designed with budgets in mind. The savings start with you doing the packing, loading and unloading (we do the driving), but they don’t end there. U-Pack offers other ways to save even more! Take a look at the six money-saving options below to learn how to save up to hundreds of dollars when moving.

Man and woman putting money in a piggy bank with moving boxes in the background

6 Ways to save money on a U-Pack move

Stay on (or under!) budget with these six tips:

Consider a service center-to-service center move

Cut delivery costs and save up to $300 by loading and unloading your items at a nearby service center. U-Pack has access to more than 240 service centers across the U.S., so we’re never very far from your location.

Complete a hybrid move

If you can’t easily reach a service center on both ends of the move, consider our hybrid option. With this "service center-to-door" or "door-to-service center" option, we'll deliver to you on one end, and you'll go to the service center on the other. It’s a great way to cut delivery costs in half and stick to the budget!

Reserve during off-peak times

If your dates are flexible, schedule the move during off-peak season and days. The busiest times are typically summer, the beginning of the month, and the beginning and end of each week. As the demand for equipment increases, so does the price. Relocating in off-season is a great way to get cheaper rates. If possible, move midweek (Tuesday or Wednesday) during fall, winter and spring (generally October to April).

Take less stuff

U-Pack charges by how much space you use in our trailer or how many ReloCube® containers you fill. So it makes sense to downsize and get rid of unnecessary items by selling, donating or tossing them. The fewer things to pack and load, the less amount of space you’ll use and pay for.

Pack and load efficiently

The way you pack household goods plays a significant role in determining the cost. Get the most out of your available space with simple tricks:

  • Put as many things into one box as possible without overloading it (we recommend no more than 40 lbs. per box for safe lifting).
  • Consider unique ways to pack that will help save space and decrease the amount of moving supplies you’ll need to purchase (even more savings!). For example, consider packing clothes, towels and linens into suitcases and dresser drawers.
  • Load “high and tight” (i.e., from floor to ceiling) inside the trailer or container. This method is beneficial for two reasons: it helps items take up the least amount of space, leaving no large gaps or wasted room. And it holds the boxes and furniture close, which helps keep them from shifting during transit.

Use U-Pack coupons

Coupons are another great way to maximize savings, and U-Pack offers a variety! Get $25 off by reserving the move online, and then use code BLOG25 for an extra $25 off. We also have discounts for military members, students, seniors and more. Contact a U-Pack consultant at 800-413-4799 for more details.

Stay on budget with U-Pack!

Using these money-saving options is a great way to spend less and keep more in your wallet. For more information about moving on a budget, take a look at this cheapest way to move guide.

Have questions? Call us or leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!