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What are the most affordable moving companies?

July 3rd, 2013 - 2:19 PM

I’m on a budget, so I’m looking for the most affordable moving companies.

You’re not alone, my friend. Most people moving to a new state are on a budget too, so finding an affordable moving company is top priority. I think you’ll find when you start researching and comparing your options, the “affordability” factor will lie with do-it-yourself moving companies rather than full-service movers. So that’s where we’ll focus in on.

Affordable Moving Company Options

In the affordable moving companies world, you’ve typically got two options – do all the work yourself or do some of the work yourself. At first glance, it might seem like the option where doing it all yourself is the most affordable, but what if I told you that you could still pay a low price by just doing some of the work yourself? Sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. That option actually exists with U-Pack®, a “you pack, we drive” moving company. In fact, in most cases, U-Pack’s prices are similar to or cheaper than renting a truck. Let’s take a closer look at both options.

Is renting a truck affordable?

Basically, yes. However, there are a few extra costs with truck rental you should be aware of, like fuel and sales tax. Gas prices are high right now, and rental trucks don’t exactly get great MPG (typically 5-10 mpg). So, more than likely, you’ll be spending a pretty penny to fill up that truck. This fuel estimator calculator can help you see the potential cost of gas for your move in a rental truck. If you want to try it out, just enter in where you’re moving from and where you’re going and click “calculate.”

Is U-Pack an affordable moving option?

Definitely. With U-Pack, fuel is included in your quote, so the only thing you’ll be pumping gas into is your personal vehicle if you choose to drive to your new home. U-Pack also includes taxes, standard liability coverage, and an experienced driver in your quote. All that for a price typically comparable to truck rental? Talk about affordability! Although, the real “affordability factor” can be found with how U-Pack determines the cost of your move.

The U-Pack Space Factor

With U-Pack, you only pay for the space you use, instead of paying for an entire moving truck. You can choose between the moving trailer or moving container. Whichever one you choose, you pay for what you use and that’s it. If you need some help figuring out how much space you’ll use, this space estimator tool can help. U-Pack customers really like being able to control the price of their move by how much space they use.

Can I really move affordably?

Yes, you really can! Affordable moving companies do exist; it’s just your personal preference that will decide which type to go with. With comparable prices, I’d go for the one where I don’t have to drive.

Here is a helpful comparison of truck rental moving companies to help you decide if you’re still leaning toward truck rental. It compares Budget®, U-Haul®, and Penske® all in one place. However, I really do think you’ll like the affordable moving benefits “you pack, we drive” moving companies like U-Pack can offer you instead.

If you have questions about moving or about U-Pack, drop us a comment below. We’re happy to help you out.

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