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How to Move Across the Country

Cross Country Moving Made Easy

A cross country move can cause a lot of emotions: anxiety, excitement and sadness to name a few. Along with leaving a home behind and preparing for the adventure ahead, you’ll be taking care of other tasks like arranging details with movers, deciding what to take along, and figuring out how to pay for this big life change.

To help make the process easier, U-Pack® offers a variety of resources. From advice on finding the right moving company to tips for staying on track, we’ve got the information you need to handle this move like a pro.

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Choosing a Reliable Cross Country Moving Company

If you’re looking for a dependable cross country moving service, go U-Pack. We offer a nationwide moving solution that’s designed to make relocating simple — whether you’re moving just one room or an entire home. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, a reputation for quality customer care, and easy and affordable service options, U-Pack is the ideal solution for your cross country move.   

Here’s how it works:

  • An empty trailer or ReloCube® container is delivered to your home
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive across the country to your new location
  • You unload

You save money by loading and unloading, and we take care of the driving. And when you consider all the costs associated with both full-service movers and truck rental, U-Pack is often the cheapest option. Get a quote to check rates.

Learn more about finding the cheapest way to move cross country.

Planning for Cross Country Moving Costs

In addition to the number of belongings you’re moving and other individual factors, rates depend on the type of cross country moving company you choose. Full-service movers can cost around $5,000 or more, but it’s entirely possible to move for less.

U-Pack costs are based on the linear footage used in the moving trailer or the number of ReloCubes you use. And, there’s no down payment or deposit — just pay securely by credit card when your items are in transit.

Read more about how much it costs to move across country.

Tips for Completing a Move

There are a lot of details to consider when planning a move this big. Make the experience as stress-free as possible by following these tips:

  • Get rid of unwanted items. Consider donating or selling items you don’t need. There’s no reason to spend time or money moving things that won’t have a place in the new home.
  • Pack and load well. Follow proper packing and loading tips to help keep your items safe during transit. Use high-quality moving supplies and secure items with straps so they stay in place.
  • Know the moving plan. Review the moving documents and check that you have all of the required paperwork. Call your moving consultant with any questions.
  • Inform the right agencies. Let government agencies and service providers like credit card companies, internet services and banks know about the new address. This will make things easier to set up in your new city.  
  • Prepare for travel. Make sure your family will have everything they need while traveling cross country by setting aside important items. Include things like medication, electronic charge cords and favorite toys to keep on hand during the trip. And don’t forget to have your vehicle checked before hitting the road.

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Cross Country Moving FAQs

How long does it take to move cross country?

Full-service movers can take one to two weeks to move you across country, and truck rental depends on how far you drive each day. U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days. Your quote includes an estimated transit time, or you can add Guaranteed service to know the exact day of arrival.

How can I save more on my cross country move?

While most moves are delivered door-to-door, U-Pack also offers a cost-saving delivery option that’s perfect for small shipments. Simply load and unload belongings at the service center closest to your location instead of at your home.

Ready to move? Get a free moving quote online.