5 Big Secrets To Cut Costs When Moving Out Of State

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Moving out of state is no easy feat. That’s why Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing talks about how to move long distance and the best way to cut costs on packing:

Downsize as much as you can. The more appliances and furniture you move, the more expensive your move will be -- especially if it’s across state lines. If you’re not attached to large electronics and bulky furniture, donate or sell everything to a first-time home buyer or college kid. You can even give it to your older kids to upcycle or post it online to Amazon, eBay, Craigslist or Freecycle.

Decide how you want to move out of state. What’s the best and most affordable way to move out of state? The answer to this question depends on your perspective. Each method of travel has its pros and cons, including the balance between which is the best method and which is the least expensive. Consider the following:

  • Rental Truck/Trailer. This is usually the least costly way to move furniture (after highway tolls, sales tax, and fuel), but it’s also more exhausting and risky, especially if you haven't driven a truck or pulled a trailer for awhile. 

    However, it does give you a nationwide network of options and the peace of mind knowing that your items are with you the whole time. Try U-Haul, Penske, and Budget.

  • Portable Moving Containers. You pack, they drive. If you’re willing to do the heavy lifting and packing (or enlisting the help of your older kids), these companies are willing to drive to your new home and drop everything off. Try U-Pack and PODS for total nationwide coverage, reasonable prices, and establishment in the industry.

  • Shipping Services. If you’re traveling light, this is the best solution. Prices vary by company, so be sure to shop around for the best deal. Consider uShip, which finds person-to-person or person-to-company connections and a name-your-price option. You can also try traditional shipping methods like Fedex or UPS.

  • Train/Bus. If you’re not bringing bulky furniture or large electronics, this is the least expensive option. Most people manage to stay under the average 150-pound weight limit for cargo, but check Amtrak, the MARC train, and Greyhound for their specific travel requirements.

  • Airplane. This might be your only choice if you have limited moving options, such as driving cross country or over an ocean. Each airline has specific cost and shipping options, so check with DHL, UPS, Delta Cargo, United Cargo, and American Airlines Cargo.

Get out-of-state quotes for moving companies. If you’ve chosen to travel using a portable moving container or shipping services, you need to get quotes. By filling out a simple form online, you can find the least expensive way to move out-of-state with the security and reliability of a moving company.

Tip: Between late fall and late spring, moving companies drop their prices because it’s not peak season. Look during this time for special discounts and reduced rates.

Find moving supplies for free. Don’t waste your hard-earned money on brand-new boxes and packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Use thick comforters, towels, clothes, and blankets instead of styrofoam, and scoop boxes off the curb on recycling day.

Plan ahead on the overnight visit. Most people spend money on a hotel stay the night before you move into your new home, unless you have family or friends in town. Find deals ahead of time, read reviews about the hotel’s condition, and consider how close it is to your new home before booking.

Tip: If you’d like to cut down on costs, search on AirBNB or Couchsurfing for an actual home to stay in overnight.