The Cheapest Way to Move Out of State
Explore the cheapest long-distance moving solutions
Using a do-it-yourself (DIY) company is typically the cheapest way to move to another state. By doing some of the work yourself (such as packing, loading, unloading and unpacking), you don’t have to pay someone else to do it. And when you’re moving 300+ miles, cutting costs for things like labor can really make a difference. Take a look at three common out-of-state moving services and see which is cheapest for a sample move.
Compare cheap out-of-state moving options
As you research DIY services that offer out-of-state moving, there are three options that generally offer affordable rates:
1. Truck rental
While renting a truck is usually thought to be the most affordable option, it isn’t always. One of the biggest expenses for a long-distance move is fuel, which is a separate cost from the truck. Depending on how many miles you’re driving, fuel can really increase the price.
2. Moving containers
Using containers for your move is convenient because it means you won’t have to drive the equipment from state to state. However, it’s important to inspect the quote and ensure it only includes the services you need. Some companies charge for one month of storage, even if you don’t use it.
3. Self-moving companies
A self-moving company like U-Pack® is an ideal alternative to truck rental and traditional container companies. Not only do we do the driving, but all the “extra expenses” (like fuel, standard liability coverage and tolls) are already included in the quoted price. What you see, is what you pay — which can make a big impact on long-distance moves.
Want to learn more about the process of moving? Check out this resource on long-distance moves.
Out of state move cost comparisons
Comparing quotes is the best way to find out which company offers the cheapest way to move to another state. Take a look at the examples below to see who provides the lowest price.
For this comparison, we’re moving a two-bedroom home from Dallas, TX to Nashville, TN (a 664-mile move). Please note that moving rates can change daily and fluctuate based on locations, dates and the size of the move. Fuel costs were determined with a rental truck fuel calculator.
For this move, Budget® offers unlimited miles and suggests using a 16’ truck, which has a base cost of $566.10. After adding basic protection ($183.92), taxes and additional fees ($86.58), and fuel ($267), you’re looking at paying $1,103.60.
For this example, U-Haul® estimates 12 days of transit and recommends using three U-Box® containers at $49.95 each, plus a shipping rate of $957. This adds up to a total of $1,106.85.
U-Pack offers two types of equipment: a 28’ moving trailer or a ReloCube® container. For this example, the cheapest option is two ReloCubes at $943. If you’d rather move in the trailer, we quote 13 linear feet of space at $983. Transit times average between 2-5 business days.
Learn more about cheap moving options and get tips for creating the most affordable move in this Cheap Moving Guide.
Get a U-Pack quote
As you can see, U-Pack can be the cheapest way to move out of state whether you use ReloCubes or the moving trailer. And you don’t have to drive! See how much your long-distance move will cost with U-Pack by getting a free online quote or calling 800-413-4799.
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