These are tough times we live in. Many times one has to move out of state in pursuit of a job opportunity, a better life or that hard to find stability factor. There’s a catch though – there are many ways to do this, but some are cheaper than others. Sometimes you have to respect a tight budget.
This is just what we will approach in this article: cheap ways to move out of state. Without further ado, let’s get to the tips.
Take Only What You Need
Well, as you know or will find out, cargo space means money. You should really be picky and take only what you need so you’ll save on transport and storage costs. You’ll pay for everything you take, and don’t just think about the fees but of the money spent on gas too, so you’ll have to manage your stock. The best way to do this is to plan earlier and make little action plans on a piece of paper that you will try to apply when the time comes.
Make an inventory of everything you need, making sure you keep the items you need and discard the items you don’t – having a written list will also help you to avoid forgetting about stuff.
For more about downsizing for a move, read this article: Decide What Items You Absolutely Have To Move
Get Free Out Of State Moving Quotes
Don’t just look at the fees and prices a certain company presents you, you should always describe your case and ask for a quote. Sometimes you will get some pleasant surprises – and you are always best off knowing beforehand what you will need to pay in order to successfully move out of state. Making moving companies compete for your business is the best way to get the cheapest deal. Our short form takes 20 seconds to fill out, and you can have custom prices from 6 out of state moving companies within an hour…for FREE.
Don’t be afraid to bother and talk to people, get your hands dirty and plan everything with enough time to think things over. Make sure to do your research on each company you receive a quote from to help you decide. The best place to check a movers reputation and reviews online is at the BBB.
Don’t Waste Money On Moving Supplies You Can Get For Free
Instead of throwing away unnecessary money on overpriced moving boxes and packing supplies, get everything you need for free. If you plan far enough ahead for your out of state move, then you can easily gather all of the moving boxes, packing paper, and padding materials you will need to pack up your stuff free of cost.
Choosing The Cheapest Out-Of-State Moving Option
What’s the best and cheapest way to move out of state?
Well the answer to that question all depends on perspective. Every method of out of state transport has its pros and cons. It really all depends on your personal budget and how much furniture and possessions you plan on moving. Let’s break down your out of state moving options:
Rental Truck or Trailer – This is the usually the cheapest way to move furniture out of state. That being said, it is also the most exhausting and accident-prone way of moving your valuable furniture and bulky possessions.. If you have a lot of furniture and belongings to move and you don’t have the money to hire state to state movers, then this is probably going to be your cheapest option. My personal recommendation and favorite of the 3 is Budget due to their cheap truck rental rates, discount specials, nationwide locations, and quality. All 3 moving truck rental companies are highly trusted though!
Portable Moving Containers / “You Pack, They Drive” – This is an amazing way to move nowadays. If you are willing to do the heavy lifting, packing, and loading but don’t want to drive everything out of state yourself, then this is the cheapest way to do it! Basically a company will drop off a portable moving container to your address and you will load it up. They will come pick it up and drop it off at your new home on the date you specify. If you have an extra small load you can share a container with someone else for even more savings. I recommend U-Pack out of the companies below due to their amazing USA state coverage, cheap prices (often comparable to rental trucks), and well-established roots in the business.
Shipping Your Stuff – Shipping your stuff is also an affordable way to move if you are traveling light. I don’t know specifics on pricing for these services, so you will need to check with each company to see how much its going to cost. If you are planning on moving heavy furniture and a lot of other stuff, then this will be more expensive and more of a headache than hiring movers.
Train or Bus – If you don’t have any furniture or large electronics to transport out of state, then this is the cheapest option. If you can manage to stay under 150lbs of total possessions then this is hands-down the cheapest way to move out of state. Make sure that this service is available wherever you are planning to go. Check also with each company below to see their current baggage weight limits as they tend to change every year.
Air Transport – Several airlines offer cargo shipping services. In addition, courier companies offer flight cargo service with DHL, Emery and UPS being the most popular. To determine the total cost and shipping options, visit each company’s website for online quotes, rules and regulations. Make sure you have calculated the dimensions of furniture and possessions as well as the total weight. This is the most expensive way of moving to another state, however I felt I should mention it because options are limited for people moving to Hawaii and Alaska.
Finding Cheap Out Of State Moving Companies
As far as smooth out of state moving experiences go, this one takes the cake. If you have furniture and a lot of belongings to move out of state and don’t want to deal with the hassle of moving yourself, this is your best option.
How To Find The Cheapest Out Of State Movers
I recommend using the free moving quotes request form here, to compare prices side-by-side from up to 6 leading moving companies. Our database and network finds the top 6 movers that are qualified to handle your move. You will receive a free custom price quote from each company based on the information you provide about your move such as your origin and destination, and the estimated size of your move. It is 100% free and you can see exactly what it will cost to hire movers to take care of everything for you!
Cashing In A Favor VS. Hiring A Moving Company?
We all know the drill, there’s a friend of ours that has that big truck and that can help you move, so you cash in a favor and / or just ask for help. Well, it turns out that sometimes it’s cheaper to hire a company and just lay back as they do all the hard work for us. In fact, some studies say that people who hire professionals to move out of state end up saving more money than people asking for favors or doing things their own way. Gas money, storage, motel rooms to sleep in between the trips and other expenses might be the justification, but either way this just makes you notice just how important it is to get your free quotes so you can think your decisions over. Of course if you have friends and family available to help you move, that’s always a big help!
Look For Moving Deals & Know The Best Time To Move
Great discounts and deals from moving companies usually run from late fall to late spring.
One of the many reasons for getting free moving quotes is because some moving companies run killer deals and amazing specials throughout the year that can amount to huge savings over normal prices. The major factors contributing to these discount specials and lower rates is the amount of business they have.
Cheapest Time Of Year To Move With Movers
Generally, moving companies are slammed with business all summer long, but they tend to have a lot of openings and downtime during the fall, winter, and spring months that you can capitalize on. By receiving multiple free quotes, you can easily view and compare the cost estimates from the 6 most relevant and competitive moving companies for the job and potentially catch a killer deal from one of them that drastically undercuts the rest. This comes in many ways, from simple discounts to incredible promotions as well as added benefits or service upgrades.
Don’t Move While School Is Out
This is one of the most important points on the list because special promotions have the ability to change the game altogether. A basic guide to the best and worst times to move goes with the K-12 school schedule: When school is in, the cost of moving is generally cheaper than when school is out for the summer and winter breaks.
The summer months are the busiest months and “peak” times for moving companies. If you can, avoid moving during the summer months if you want the most affordable rates on movers.
Another thing you should have in mind about company’s prices is the “make them fight” factor – this is simply the competition effect.
Contact company A and say something along the lines “I’ve worked with your company before and I like your service, however company B offered me this price, can you provide me with your best quote please?”. This is a powerful argument and company A will surely think about it.
For more information about why making movers compete for your business is important, read this article: Get Free Quotes From Multiple Moving Companies
A Place To “Crash” During The Move
The place to “crash” while moving is very important, since you will spend money on this one too. Unless you know someone with a place you could use along your way or you plan on traveling to your new home in one day/night, then you will most likely be needing a place to sleep. Plan your trip ahead of time and find the motels or hotels you want to stay at before you leave.
As a general rule of thumb, motels are cheaper in medium-sized towns.
Try to find deals ahead of time online to make your stays even cheaper and book your rooms in advance. Read reviews online to find out about the room quality and conditions so you don’t arrive to an unwanted surprise. If you are really on a tight budget and want to keep it as cheap as possible, look for couch surfing buddies online to crash with along the way.
Cheaper Alternatives To Staying In Motels
- AirBNB – Find apartments, condos, and homes to stay in directly from their owners
- Couchsurfing.com – Find people offering a couch to crash on for the night all across the USA
- Friends and family along the way who would love to catch up with you and give you a bed.
Don’t Forget To Plan Out Your Move!
The best piece of advice I can give you when it comes to moving out of state cheaply is to have everything planned way before you actually make the trip.
This will save you a lot of money, believe me, and it will save you from being all stressed out when moving time comes. Thoroughly and properly planning for an out of state move will undoubtedly save you a lot of money on your move, no matter which method of transportation you end up choosing.
Plan how your stuff will be moved or transported, get your free moving quotes, check for specials, make companies fight, get a place to crash from your friends or rent from a trusted source, get a storage unit along the way if you think you need it and have everything planned out.
Make Check Lists & A Moving Schedule!
Make lots of lists, keep an inventory of everything you are taking, make an inventory of everything you aren’t taking, check the paths you will use via Google Maps and… Well, you get the idea – organization is really the key here, and you should be disciplined and organized to make sure you save all that you can.
Here is a great online check-list with recommended time frames for planning out your interstate move.
Moving Out Of State With A Child / Children
If you are moving out of state with children, then this post is a must-read for every parent. It covers how to break the news of an out of state move to your kids and ways to keep them entertained and excited throughout the moving process. Surely these tips will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel and save you a few grey hairs…if not a hefty wad of cash too on your move!
Get A Job In Another State Before You Move
If a new job isn’t the reason for your upcoming move, then you will surely need one to pay the bills (and the movers) when you get there. By taking the time to set up job interviews and seek out potential employers in your new area, you can remove almost ALL of the stress associated with feelings like “How on earth am I going to pay for this move!?“.
Make sure to read through all the tips on this page to help you find and secure a new job in another state before you move there.
That’s About It…
I hope that this article has helped you are able to use some of this advice to your advantage. Moving out of state isn’t that hard, but it’s far from a cakewalk. If you take the proper time to plan and prepare for your out of state move, then you should be able to make it to your new destination safe and sound within your means. Though it may be stressful at times, the stress can be minimized if you follow these guidelines.
Best of luck to you on your upcoming move out-of-state!
(Last Updated November 28, 2016)