Choosing the cheapest long-distance mover
In order to know you’re getting the cheapest rate for your out-of-state move, you first have to know what’s considered “cheap.” The average long-distance move costs anywhere from $500-$2,500 depending on factors such as locations, date, delivery options, moving equipment and size of the home. And while most of those factors can’t be changed, there are ways to keep your move on the cheaper end of that price range. The first step is choosing an affordable moving company. Then, you can take additional steps to make sure you’re maximizing your budget.
Compare long-distance moving costs
When most people think of “cheap” out-of-state movers, they usually think of either truck rental or self-moving companies. This makes sense because they don’t include all the “extras” a more expensive full-service company provides (packing, loading assistance, etc.). Look at the example below to see how prices compare for some of these companies and determine the cheapest long-distance moving option.
For this example, we compared prices for moving a 2-bedroom home from Frisco, TX to Jackson, TN, using the equipment each company recommended for this move.
- U-Haul® quoted $1,108 for this long-distance move ($910 for the 20-foot truck and $198 in fuel, according to a rental truck fuel calculator).
- SMARTBOX® quoted $2,523.15 for 3 of their boxes.
- U-Pack® came in at only $790, which included 13 linear feet of space in a moving trailer delivered door-to-door.
Other ways to save on your long-distance move
Once you’ve found the cheapest base rate, you can look for ways to potentially lower your price even more. The most common method is to reduce the amount of equipment you use (having fewer containers or a smaller truck will be cheaper), and you can do this by paring down your belongings and packing efficiently. Some companies may even offer additional discounts you can take advantage of to reduce your rate. Learn how to save even more with U-Pack here.
Figure out your out-of-state moving costs
U-Pack is not only an easy way to move, but it’s also the cheapest in many situations. If you have any questions about U-Pack or how to save money when moving to another state, leave a comment below. Or check out our long-distance moving guide for additional details.
U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. SMARTBOX® is a registered trademark of SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third-party.
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