What Will My Moving Price Be? And Other Moving Cost Questions

Moving cost FAQs

Some of the biggest questions about moving are focused on price: how much will it cost? Who offers the cheapest rate? Why am I getting different prices? Are there ways to save money? These questions are important when you’re planning a move, and the answers can make a big impact on the service you choose. Get the info you need with the FAQs below:

understanding moving costs


How much does moving cost?

The short answer is it depends. It would be nearly impossible to find someone who is using the same company to move the same number of belongings, on the same day, from and to the same place you’re moving. This means every move is truly one-of-a-kind. And because moving costs depend on those specific details, your cost will be unique to your situation.

You can easily figure out your total cost by creating a moving budget. Get the details on everything you should include so you know how much to save

Why do rates change with different companies?

Each company has a different way to calculate rates and the pricing structure will depend on what type of company you’re using. For example, truck rental companies don’t need to charge you up-front for fuel since you’ll pay as you go, but others need to include it in your quote. The company’s locations, equipment types and seasonal demand will also play a role in how much they charge. Learn more about moving company costs.

Which one is cheapest?

While the cheapest option can change depending on your move details, self-moving services are typically the least expensive. And U-Pack is often the cheapest solution! Take a look at this guide to cheap moving to see more.  

I moved last year and paid less. Why did the price go up?

Move prices can fluctuate for several reasons: changes in transportation costs, moving a different number of items, moving to or from locations that are more difficult to get to, etc. A U-Pack moving consultant will be happy to go over your details if you’re concerned about your quote.

Why does the day I’m moving matter?

Just like hotels and airlines, moving companies experience higher demand on certain days and through some seasons. Knowing when you plan to move can help ensure equipment is available during those peak times. If you have a flexible move date, we can talk to you about options for moving when prices may be lower. Or you may consider one of these money saving options.

Can I deduct the cost from my taxes?

Potentially! Before 2018, taxpayers who moved for work could deduct their expenses. But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect on December 31, 2017, eliminated the moving expenses deduction for most individuals. See if your move still qualifies for tax deductions here.

What will my price be with U-Pack?

It’s easy to figure out your U-Pack moving price. Just give us a few details (origin, destination, move date and home size) and we’ll provide an instant no-obligation quote. Use this easy online quote form or give us a call at 800-413-4799.

Learn how we calculate rates here or check out our billing and payment page for answers to other pricing-related questions. 

We’re here to help! 

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? A U-Pack moving consultant can help you determine rates and answer all your questions about moving costs. Call us at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below.