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What is the cheapest way to move a one-bedroom apartment cross-country?

September 25th, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cheap options for moving a one-bedroom apartment across the country 

Moving a small apartment across town probably wouldn’t cost too much — just grab some friends and family and load everyone’s vehicle with boxes and furniture. But moving an apartment across the country is an entirely different matter since you’ll have to pay a moving company to transport your belongings. While truck rental may seem like the cheapest option, the base price doesn’t include fuel, liability coverage, highway tolls or taxes. Instead, an option like U-Pack® may be cheaper for a move of this size. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service with affordable rates and convenient options. 

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The cheapest way to move a small apartment 

U-Pack door-to-door move prices are comparable to truck rental (especially after adding in fuel and other costs), but we also offer a way to get an even cheaper move. We call it a terminal-to-terminal move, and it means you load and unload at a local service center. This options requires a little bit of extra work, but can help you save up to $300 since there are no delivery or pick-up costs. 

A U-Pack consultant can help determine where the nearest service center is and review your options — just call 800-413-4799.   

How to move with U-Pack

U-Pack has two types of equipment available: a moving container and a trailer. 

ReloCube® container

ReloCubes are great for moving a one-bedroom apartment. Each container measures 6’ x 7’ x8’, and a small apartment will usually only need one or two containers. With U-Pack, you can reserve as many containers as you want but only pay for the ones you use. 

Cubes are also an excellent option for apartment moves because they fit into a standard parking space, which can help make reserving parking easier.   

Moving trailer

A 28’ trailer may seem too big for an apartment move, but remember, you only pay for the space you use (down to a 5’ minimum). A typical one-bedroom apartment will fit into 6 or 7 linear feet, but you have the ability to use more if needed. 

When arranging for parking, the trailer will require at least 40 feet of space, which is at least 5 side-by-side parking spaces or 3 car lengths.  

Have questions? 

Let us know in the comments if you would like more information. We can discuss options, provide a free no-obligation moving quote and find cheap solutions for your move. 

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