This is how to move cheaply across country! We moved 1,000 miles away this year but wanted to stay within our budget and found a great way to do that by packing and loading our belongings. If you’re looking for a cheap way to move UPack is a great solution, here’s the review of our experience!
We decided to move to another state this year. The thought was somewhat simple, but the execution of how it would all get done was much more complex. The first thing that came to our minds was how to move cheaply across country and keep our stress to a minimum. I think we did a great job at doing just that this time! Special thanks goes out to UPack for sponsoring our move so we could share our experience with all of you.
We have moved a lot, well 5 times in the 14 years we’ve been together which seems like quite a bit to me since I lived in the same house most of my life growing up.
We’ve moved within Southern California but had been looking at other states to move to for the past few years. We wanted a smaller city, less congestion, accessibility to outdoor activities, and a lower cost of living….we found that in Idaho!
Once we found a house there it was time to focus on how we were going to move everything in a 4,000 square foot house from California to Idaho, and not completely lose our minds. LOL
In the past we did almost everything ourselves in order to save money, but this move was going to be BIG and we knew driving a moving truck ourselves (like before) wasn’t an option. I first printed out our moving checklist to keep myself on track, then I researched moving companies where you pack your belongings into their trucks or boxes, and they deliver them to your new location for you, and found UPack!
This is how it works and a short video showing a glimpse of our UPack move:
- You call UPack and let them know your moving date + the size of your home
- You book the moving containers and/or size of trailer you need
- They deliver the containers or truck to your “old” home
- You (or movers you hire) load your belongings up, you have 2-3 days to fill it
- You call UPack when you’re done and they pick them up
- 5-7 business days later your belongings arrive at your new home
- You have 2-3 days to unload
- You call UPack and they take the containers or truck away
- You’re done!
We had quite a bit of stuff (there are 5 of us) so we needed 2 trucks. My husband has a bad back now so we hired movers to load the trucks for us but another way to move cheaply across country would be to load it yourself.
It only took us 1 day to load it, so when we were done I just hit the link they sent me via text message and let them know they could pick the trucks up the following day, done!!
This is why UPack is different from the others, and how to move cheaply across country
- You can choose to have a semi delivered (the back end, they drive the front part off when delivered) or containers
- You only pay for the portion of the semi you occupy = THIS is a cheap way to move your furniture across country since you only pay for what you use (commercial freight may be placed in the space that is left but loaded and unloaded at secure service centers and separated by wooden pieces as you see here).
- For a bit more you can have containers delivered = nobody else’s things will be in with yours, you pay for the # of containers you need.
Like I said, I’m frugal with everything and therefore loved the options UPack offered and for us we used 1 whole trailer when we moved half of our household earlier this year, then had 2 more trailers delivered to finish packing up the rest of our house and ended up using 1 and a little more than 1/2 of the other trailer.
We hired movers since my husband was no longer able to move ourselves because of his back and since we had everything packed up in the house we had it all tucked away in less than a day..they were great!
That part is up to you. If you are able to load the furniture and boxes yourself in the UPack trailers or containers you can save the most money possible while moving, but even if you have to hire movers you will save a ton using them as well. I shopped around a lot and I loved how you only paid per foot of the trailer you used. You never know how much stuff you have (you usually underestimate how much space you’ll need) and it is comforting to know that if you need 1/2 the trailer you won’t get charged for the entire thing especially when you’re on a budget!
Once they pick the trailer(s) up you’re on your own and free with not having to worry about driving such a long distance (or short distance) with your belongings. They do that for you!
When they arrive to your new home you are notified and you have a few days to have it delivered to you in order to unload it all. This gives you the opportunity to have movers arrive to help you, and make sure you’ve arrived to your new home already. It worked out really well for us because we scheduled help on both ends and were able to estimate the day UPack would arrive because their 5-7 business day estimate was pretty accurate. They were also able to work with us a bit when our house didn’t close when we initially thought and needed a few extra days to have our trailer delivered.
If you are wondering how to move cheaply across country or even locally UPack is a great way to do it and gives you a lot of options to customize what you need.