Cheap Ways To Move Out Of State

Cheap Ways To Move Out Of State

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.

preparing to move out of state

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

out of state moving companies

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.

Click Here To Get 6 Free Out Of State Moving Quotes Now!

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.

Decide On Your Means Of Transport

What’s the best 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:

moving truck rental

Rental Truck or Trailer – This is the usually the cheapest method of moving with furniture, however it is also the most exhausting and accident-prone way of moving out of state.  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!

shipping out of state

Shipping Your Stuff - Shipping your stuff is an affordable option 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 total then this is hands-down the cheapest way to move out of state.  Make sure that this option is available wherever you are planning to go.

air cargo

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.

Cheap Out Of State Moving Companies

interstate moving company

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.

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 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 & Specials

You should definitely look out for quotes, but one thing you have to keep in mind is that companies do “specials” frequently. This comes in many ways, from simple discounts to added benefits.  They often come when the company is in its low season, which is late fall to late spring.  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 cheapest moving rates possible.  This is one of the most important points on the list because special promotions have the ability to change the game altogether.

out of state moversMake Interstate Movers Compete For Your Business

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”

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.

The Rule of Thumb – Plan For Your Move Out Of State

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 the 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.

moving out of state

Make lists!

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 / Streetview 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.

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!

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 and to your moving efforts and have a nice future.


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I am a (former) professional mover and industry expert. I blog about the tips and tricks for moving your household and possessions safely and cheaply from A to B. I stay up to date on the moving industry odds and ends. Follow me and bookmark this site to make sure you don’t spend more than you have to on your next move!

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  1. Mohammed06-07-13

    Hi guys I would like to ask did you do removal from Perth to Sydney I have some hold house?
    And what about the price?

    • David Johnson06-13-13

      Sorry this article is only about moving out of state within the United States. Thanks for stopping by though, cheers!

  2. Calcia08-22-13

    what is the best way to move a family of 5 plus 2 dogs? i see this is going to be a challenge. Don’t know where to start. We are moving from Las vegas, NV to Puyallup, WA. Please help.

    • David Johnson08-24-13

      Hi Calcia,
      Well moving is always a big task and it sounds like you’ve really got a “full house”. I’d say the first thing to do is decide the logistics of everything. Figure out what your moving budget is and then plan accordingly. If you are going to hire movers, then I recommend getting free quotes here at to find the best prices from licensed, reliable movers. If you don’t have the money to hire movers, however, then you’re going to be in for a lot more work. I recommend renting a truck from Budget because they are almost always the cheapest rental agency. Figure out how big of a truck you’ll need first though! Then read my Squidoo lens “Cheap Ways To Move Across The Country” for more information about saving money on your move. I hope that helps and that you’re moving experience goes smooth. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

  3. Ben Robinson09-10-13

    You can avoid a lot of stress and strain by planning ahead. This article gives a lot of great tips. From organizing to only taking what you need. Many moving companies, such as, All My Sons, will help you through the entire process of moving so that you can enjoy peace of mind and a swift moving experience.

    • David Johnson09-10-13

      Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you found this information helpful.

  4. Sarah Smothers09-29-13


    I’m moving from Washington State to Illinois and not taking any furniture. I will have about 15 boxes I’m guessing. My sister is driving back with me, but my car isn’t big enough to put in 15 boxes. What would you recommend?

    • David Johnson09-29-13

      Hi Sarah,

      In your case I would recommend shipping whatever you can’t fit with either Amtrack Express ( or the USPS for the cheapest rates on state to state shipping. Try to take the heavier items with you in the car to keep the weight (and price) as low as possible. Amtrak allows 3 50lb boxes I believe per person. I hope this helps.

      Good luck with your move!

  5. Athena Kelly10-03-13

    This article has brought a few things to my attention that I hadn’t thought of before and has helped, but I was just curious because my boyfriend and I are waiting until I’m finished with college before we move and we live in New York and want to move to South Carolina, but what amount of money do you think we should have saved up? We want an apartment for about $600 a month, (we have seen that that’s an average price for the size apartment we want). Any rough estimate would be appreciated. Thanks

  6. Holly10-04-13

    I am in a similar situation as Sarah S., moving out of state but taking very little. Will take a couch, loveseat, media stand, and queen bed with frame, and about 30-40 boxes ranging in size. What do you recommend for that? I got quotes from two men and a truck, it’s nearly $2500 which seems high.

    • David Johnson10-20-13

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for visiting the site! In your case, since you are traveling so light, I would recommend renting a budget truck and moving yourself if that is possible. If you can get a family member or friend to help, that would be ideal.

      If moving yourself is out of the question, then I recommend getting free quotes here at and choosing a company to move you.

      If that is too expensive, then you should consider selling off your furniture and buying them new at your destination. That way you will be able to travel light in a car, Amtrak, or Greyhound.

      I hope this helps you and I wish you the best on your move out of state!

  7. All My Sons Knoxville10-11-13

    Great article! The first to do is find the best moving rate and move from there. You’re right that we should only take what we need and just plan way in advance. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Becca A.10-20-13

    Hey David, myself, husband and younger brother-in-law are planning to move next May 2014 from Georgia back to Florida where I’m from. How soon should I start packing. I have 7 months roughly, would packing now be too soon?


    • David Johnson10-21-13

      Thanks for stopping by Becca!

      As for your question, I recommend starting preparations 3 months in advance of the move. However it never hurts to start earlier, especially if there are things you are sure you will not be needing between now and the move. Now is also a good time to start thinking about things you don’t need to keep and start setting them aside. Before you know it that pile may be large enough to hold a garage sale! Make some extra money selling off unnecessary items locally or online and donate anything else you don’t want. It never hurts to start organizing and making a list of things to do before the move. Just remember, the more preparation and organization you put into moving, the less chaos and stress you will have to deal with during crunch time! I hope this helps and good luck with your moving preparations! :)

  9. Mark11-11-13

    Tip number 1 is key! Don’t be a dummy and move all your junk with you. I only did this once before I learned it. My favorite way of getting rid of all my junk is to take it to the local swap meet. They charge about $25 bucks but I pretty much sell everything in one shot, it’s beautiful.

    • David Johnson11-14-13

      Thanks for the great idea Mark! There are a lot of swap meets here in AZ and I honestly never thought of using one for a moving sale. $25 seems like a cheap price for getting rid of everything in one day! I appreciate you taking the time to add your helpful input for people seeking advice on cheaply moving out of state here. Cheers!

  10. Maria A.11-12-13

    Your article has been very useful and it gives great options!
    I am moving with my 3 years old son from Northwest Indiana to Sanford, Florida around the middle if this December. I am considering your suggestion about selling the big furniture and try to travel light. My concern is about my car. I don’t have anybody to help me drive down there so I will have to do it by myself with my little boy. Any suggestions about how to get the car over there?

    Thank you for taking the time to help!
    Maria A.

    • David Johnson11-14-13

      Thank you for stopping by Maria! I’m glad you have found these out of state moving tips helpful in planning for your move.

      As for your question, my recommendation would be renting your own moving truck from Budget, Penske, or Uhaul, and adding a “car-tow” option to your package. This way you will be able to simply hook up your car to the back with two wheels on the road, and you can move it yourself without having to drive it. IF you aren’t comfortable towing your car behind a moving truck, then I recommend either selling it off and buying a new one in Sanford or shipping it with a car transport service (which can be pretty expensive). I hope this helps.

      Good luck on your move to Florida!

  11. Jessica11-25-13

    Thank you David for your tips.
    I am planning a move from Houston, TX to Kansas City, MO. What do you think is the most cost efficient if the only “big furniture” I have is a queen size bed&frame and a 40in. TV? Should I just buy these things in Kansas City instead of spending it on moving truck services? Thanks.

    • David Johnson11-29-13

      Hi Jessica!

      Thanks for stopping by before your move! As for your question, I would say unless that bed frame is irreplaceable or that bed is the best you’ve ever had, then you would be better off selling them before your move. That will save you renting your own moving truck or the cost of shipping them. Just buy them new with the money you make/saved on moving expenses.

      Good luck on your move to Kansas City!

  12. E. J. Park12-02-13

    Dear Mr. David Johnson,


    I will move from Indianapolis to Columbus. This is first time to move out of state, so I do not I have to sell all my furniture or I can bring several things. I absolutely want to bring my upright piano, except that, I need your advice because of my short budget.
    This is the furniture list I want to bring and these are not expensive.

    Queen size bed 1
    Double size bed 2
    Ikea drawer 2
    Dinning Table 1, Chairs 4
    Staples Bookshelf 2
    Lego table 1

    Please help me whether I need to sell these here, or I can bring these.

    Thank you very much and have a good holiday season.


    E.J. Park

    • David Johnson12-02-13

      Thanks for stopping by before your move EJ!

      Since you aren’t moving too far away (more than 1 days drive), I would recommend renting a cheap moving truck. Moving yourself out of state to Columbus with a medium-sized (15-17′) moving truck from on of the companies listed above will likely be your cheapest option. Since you are keeping your piano, you are going to need some kind of truck to get it to Ohio. If there are any beds or furniture that are hardly used or needed, then you should definitely downsize though! I hope this is what you were looking for and I wish you a safe (and cheap) move out of state!

      Happy holidays :)

  13. Heather Hamilton12-03-13

    Do you have any tips for a couple moving across country with no job or apartment at our destination?

    I have a great resume and have considered temp agencies and feel I ca find a job fairly quickly. But the housing situation has me on edge… do you have any suggestions?

    • David Johnson12-04-13

      Hello Heather,

      Thanks for stopping by for your state-to-state moving help!

      As far as your question goes, my answer is more of a spiritual one than a technical one. I would say that if a big move across the country is calling to you, then do as much mental and monetary preparations and calculations as you can… and then take that leap of faith.

      The universe helps those who help themselves, so by making that commitment to move and put yourself in a new situation, I feel like faith and confidence in who you are and where you are going will help you get that new job and help things naturally just fall into place. Try to keep an open mind because things will not always go as you expect them, but that doesn’t mean its for the worse. Simply embrace the random and hope for the best, knowing you are exactly where you need to be. Don’t lose sight of your goals and most importantly stay positive! That is just my belief from personal experiences with life and the law of attraction. I hope this helps.

      For more quality tips about cheap ways to move across the country, I recommend this website:

      I wish you the best of luck and safe travels on your move across the country…just remember to HAVE FAITH!!!

      Happy Holidays :)

  14. Jenny12-09-13

    Dear David,

    Thanks for a great post! I’m a recent college grad moving from LA to Chicago for my first job. The company’s giving me about $1500 for my move, so I wanted to ask you if I could afford to use a moving company with that price.

    Initially, I was thinking about just shipping clothes and other miscellaneous items (3-4 boxes max) and buying furniture in Chicago, but now I’m reconsidering whether I should buy furniture (full-sized bed mattress, a small dresser potentially, and small dining table) here, and then use the moving company.

    Thanks in advance for your response! And Happy Holidays :)

    • David Johnson12-09-13

      Thanks for the great comments and holiday wishes Jenny :)

      Congrats on your new job in Chicago! I’m sorry you’ll be moving there from sunny LA in the winter though haha…buy some warm clothes!

      As for your question, the best way to tell is to go here to get free moving quotes from up to 6 state-to-state moving companies. Select “studio” for the size since that is the smallest option. Compare the free moving quotes to find the cheapest rates available from competing out of state movers. If all of the quotes are higher than $1500, then you’ll probably want to go with plan A. Either way I wish you the best on your move and the start of your new career!

      Happy Holidays!

  15. Sherry12-18-13

    David, I am looking to make a move from Denver to southeast Texas, approximately 1,000 miles, within the next few months. Since I am 61 years old and will be making this move by myself, with my large parrot, I don’t want to drive a moving truck myself. I am on a fixed income, so I need the least expensive way possible. Is PODS a better option than a moving truck/company?
    Thank you

    • David Johnson12-19-13

      Hi Sherry,

      Thank you for stopping by here for tips before your move to Texas. As far as your question goes, PODS can be a cheaper option depending on their service areas and availability. However sometimes an out of state moving company will be a cheaper option. All of these companies have to stay competitive in pricing or else they would be run out of business. I recommend getting free quotes here at from up to 6 out of state moving companies that can service your move, and then compare those prices to a quote from PODS directly.
      Good luck with your move!

  16. Rita12-19-13

    Wow, some very great tips. Our problem is we are unsure of the dates we will be moving our household items from NW Alabama to Phoenix AZ. We have done a lot of throwing away and packing already and planned to take the bare minimum, pretty much what you suggested. U-haul seems the cheapest and pods nor upack come to rural Alabama. Such a quandry, we did get a quote from mover nation. Suggestions?

    • David Johnson12-19-13

      Hi Rita,

      Thanks for the great feedback! I’m glad these tips have been helpful for your upcoming move. As far as your question goes, I would recommend getting a quote from Budget truck rentals if you haven’t done so yet. You can Google “Budget truck coupons” and find a code for 15% off which almost always makes their price lower than U-haul. If you are interested in finding an out of state moving company though, use our free quote form here to compare prices from as many as 6 qualified companies that can service your location. I hope this helps. I currently live in Phoenix, AZ and the weather is great right now.
      Good luck with your move and safe travels!

  17. Kami01-07-14

    Hi, David

    Thanks for your tips and it’s useful for me to spend less money on moving. I’m planning to move to NYC from LA, I do have around 20 boxes, but my problem is should ship my furniture too? like mattress and the bed frame. I’m going to move my stuffs by the vehicle moving company. Is that a good idea? Thanks a lot!

    • David Johnson01-11-14

      Hi Kami thanks for coming to for help. It all depends on how much your possessions are worth to you and the cost to move them. Large furniture takes up a lot of space and requires more money to move. You should go here to read more about what items you should move. If your large furnishings aren’t sentimental to you, then it would be a lot easier to sell them in LA and move lightly and buy new in NYC. Of course, everything is up to you and what you’re prepared to spend to get there. Good luck in the big apple!

  18. Purush01-08-14

    Dear David,

    I am moving from Minneapolis,MN to Phoenix,AZ. I have very less stuff which all will be approx 800-1000 pounds. Below is the approximate list of items and their approx weight. can you please suggest what quote can be a best quote that i can consider for the moving.


    Item approx weight
    TV 70
    TV Stand 57
    Sofa 90
    Mattress 100
    Mattress Spring Box 60
    Dining Table 40
    computer table 10
    2 side tables 5
    1 work chair 20
    4 normal chairs 10
    4 Large Boxes 200
    vaccum cleaner 20

    • David Johnson01-11-14

      Hi Purush,

      To get the best quote, simply click here for our free quote form.. You will be contacted by up to 6 different moving companies in your area or nationwide that are able to service your out of state move and they will provide you with a free quote. Simply wait until you receive all 6 to find the cheapest rates. Make sure to do some homework on each company by checking reviews and any publicity about them. All of the state to state moving companies you will receive quotes from are full licensed and insured. Good luck and happy moving!

  19. All My Sons Birmingham01-12-14

    Great tips! When moving out of state you should only take what you need. It takes the stress away. It’s also very helpful to get help from long distance movers so it makes the transition a lot smoother.

  20. Erin01-13-14

    Thanks for the great article! I’m wondering if you have any tips when it comes to comparing apples to oranges with the different moving companies.

    For example, we’ve been given a quote of $2,200 to rent a 16′ trailer through PODS, $4,500 from a full service mover by how much feet of trailer we take up, and $2,200 from Mover Nation (we pack, they move. By weight only, “unlimited” space.. which I find hard to believe).

    And don’t even get me started on all the equations out there (i.e. 13′ of trailer space = X with a standard U-Haul)… gets a little confusing. :( any tips?

    • David Johnson01-23-14

      Hi Erin,

      Unfortunately every out of state moving company structures their prices differently. I can tell you that the cheapest way to move out of the ones you mentioned would be to rent your own truck and do it yourself. Budget is almost always the cheapest of the different moving truck rental companies. Do some research around online about the difference between full service movers, “u-pack” movers, and PODS services to get a better understanding of what you will get for the quoted price. As always do your homework on each company before signing anything. Good luck with your move!

  21. sharee02-07-14

    Thank you for the article. It helped me alot. I’m moving from LA, CA to dallas. I was wondering where is a good place to find free boxes? My last move was behind grocery stores but they stopped doing that. Any adcice. I have 5 months ;)

    • David Johnson02-08-14

      Thanks for the awesome comment Sharee, I’m glad you were able to find my website before your move! As far as free moving boxes go, this is a article to read over: Tip: Get Free Boxes For Moving. It has all the information I know about how and where to get free boxes before your state to state move. Good luck on your move to Dallas, take care!

      • sharee03-12-14

        Thank you!

        • David Johnson03-15-14

          You’re welcome Sharee! Thanks for coming here for your out of state moving tips. :)

  22. Chloe Forrester03-01-14

    Hi, my mom, dad, sister, brother and I may be moving this summer from east va to central Indiana with our several animals. We will most likely have several pieces of furniture and numerous boxes along with 2 cars. What is your suggestion?

    • David Johnson03-02-14

      Hi Chloe!

      Thanks for stopping by Cheap Moving Tips before you and your family move out of state. As for your question my answer is simple: if you have the money then hire movers. First get free quotes from 6 different out of state movers to find out the price range you are dealing with. If you can afford hiring movers then proceed to choose the best state-to-state moving company for you. Make sure to do your homework and check online reviews of each company before making a choice.

      If you aren’t in the position to hire out of state movers then my recommendation is to read over all of the tips on this site. Reserve a truck rental well ahead of time and start planning, preparing, and packing for your move.

      I hope this helps you and your family out…thanks again for stopping by!

  23. Deanna D03-18-14

    What is the easiest and cheapest way to rent a car and drive it from Southern CA to Central IL with a pet?

    • David Johnson04-01-14

      Personally I am a fan of Budget rentals, so I would check with them. They offer car, truck, and moving truck rentals and have tons of locations around the country, in almost every state. Thanks for the question Deanna, good luck on your upcoming move!

  24. ashley04-01-14

    Your advice is great and I like how in depth you are. Definitely be sure to watch out with moving trucks. If the company doesn’t have the logo on the truck, take it as a red flag. Always make sure you’re hiring a reputable company.

    • David Johnson04-01-14

      Hi Ashley!

      Thanks for the great feedback and taking the time to read through my advice. You are absolutely right too with the tips you left because unfortunately the moving industry has a dark side too, and there are companies who prey on people who don’t do their research!

  25. Sharon04-15-14

    Hey David! Thanks for the post. We’re lightly and yet carefully considering a move to Allentown, PA from Mesa, AZ. If we do it, we will have a barely two year old in tow… any thoughts on getting across the country with our belongings and baby?

    • David Johnson04-17-14

      Hi Sharon!

      I live in Mesa, AZ as well and I have a 1 year old daughter but fortunately enough I haven’t had to move with her haha. As far as your question goes though, I actually plan to add a “moving with infants/toddlers” tips page but I haven’t found the time to write it up yet. Honestly the same moving tips and advice apply that I’ve already covered throughout this website, with a few minor changes to make sure you accomodate your baby correctly. I found this site here to be pretty helpful for moving while caring for an infant. By the next time you need to move, I will definitely have that post finished up. I hope this helps you though, from one parent to another…good luck! :)

  26. Shanyia04-18-14

    Hi David,
    I’m so glad I came across you site! I’m hoping I can get your advice on an upcoming move. My husband is graduating from a California medical school in May and will begin residency in Atlanta, GA this summer. We need to move our condo and we have some large furniture items like, queen bed w/ headboard, dressers/nightstands, couches, dining table, etc. in our 1 bdrm condo. We’re not getting any relocation assistance from the residency program for this move and unfortunately I’ve been laid off, so we have very little money for this move (especially since my husband is on financial aid). I received several quotes from moving companies which vary from flat rate quotes (which we prefer) and quotes based on weight and they range in price from $2500-7100! I wanted to know you option on receiving flat rate quotes vs. weight based quotes for cross country moves. Also, what should we be aware of in terms of any “hidden” costs with moving from moving companies. Additionally, what’s the cheapest way we can do this move ourselves? We also will be taking our 2 cars with us to Atlanta and have no family/friends who can help us with this move. My husband would like to do a Uhaul, but I think this move might be too taxing on us, since we have no help and will have to do everything ourselves. We looked at the Pods based moving companies, but our condo and HOA won’t allow us to have any Pods on the premises, so that’s out. Thanks so much and looking forward to your reply.

    • David Johnson04-25-14

      Hi Shanyia!
      Thank you for coming here to get your out of state moving tips! As for your question, first let me start by saying wow, you really came prepared with your information! I and I appreciate that! I can already tell you are going to make this move just fine no matter what you choose, I have faith in you! :)

      For your particular situation I would say there are a couple of scenarios that would work for you. Have you thought of hiring a packing company or day labor company to fill up a Budget truck or Uhaul? Websites like and offer local help for hire to lift, pack, and load your trucks…all you would have to do is drive. You can get a tow package on any moving truck rental as well for your vehicle if you guys are comfortable doing that.

      As for your questions on hidden moving fees, flat-rate movers vs. pay-for-weight companies I would like to quote a fellow industry professional Carolyn Durkee:

      Cutting down costs starts before the first box is packed. When you call around to reserve a moving company, be sure you’re asking the right questions. Many movers will quoteyou less and add on additional costs such as double drive time, fuel charges, worker’s comp fees, etc. Be sure to ask moving companies how they charge and if these fees are included. Also in order to get the most accurate estimate possible, ask your mover to come to your house and do and in-home estimate prior to the move.

      That’s the best advice I can give you because I don’t know first-hand how each company operates or how they do business. Ask the right questions and read online reviews around the web on websites like, AMSA, and in addition to well-known websites like Yelp, Google, etc.

      Currently Budget Truck is running an incredible April 2014 special and you can get 20% off your total bill if you book before April 31st. It’s definitely worth a look.

      I hope I’ve helped you with your decision, and I wish you and you husband the best on your move to Atlanta! Take care!

  27. drosado88@hotmail.com05-08-14

    hiii David I’m moving on next month and am desperate because everything its so expensive I have 3 kids and I planed to move from Pennsylvania to North Carolina because a very best opportunity of job there I have a 3 bedroom house ur information its very helpful but I still don’t find something for my budget…

  28. Ryan A05-20-14

    Moving is the easy part for me, how is everyone finding a rental home? I’m having no luck since I am self employed and have no work history in the state I want to move to.

  29. Katie06-10-14

    To add to the packing with junk mail tip…I always pack my fragile items in tshirts/clothes. That way you’re not moving any trash, it really is just what you need.

  30. Maria06-12-14

    Hi. This is the best article I’ve found on the topic. Thank you. My boyfriend is already in Portland OR in an apartment. He plans on buying a house in about a year. I’m still in L.A. I have a dog. The plan is for me to put the 4 large pieces furniture and books and the majority of my things in storage here in L.A. There’s a chance a neighbor might let me use her garage for a fee less than Public Storage. I’d hire some guys to help move the heavy stuff to her garage next door. Otherwise stuff will need to go into Public Storage. I’d have to hire a local moving company to Public Storage. I’d like to bring about 10 medium boxes with kitchen stuff, clothes, jewelry, sentimental items, photography. Do I ship them or tow them in what I hope would be a small trailer (4×8?) behind my 2013 Toyota Corolla? Is that safe? I’ve only had my adult dog for a month and we’re still working on desensitizing her with the car. I can’t imagine she’d ever be ok in a truck so that we could tow my car. I’m on a fixed income and welcome any tips and modifications of the plan I’ve shared with you here. Thank you in advance!

  31. Maria06-12-14

    Oops. Forgot to add, the stuff that I plan to leave here in L.A. would get moved once my boyfriend buys the house. I’m assuming I could make arrangements from Portland with a moving company (using the quotes link on your site) to pick up from my neighbor’s garage or Public Storage. What do you recommend. Thanks again.

  32. Victoria06-12-14

    I’m moving from columbus ohio to brooklyn new york. I’m taking about 10-11 medium to small boxes. Basically just clothes art supplies and office supplies. No furniture. What is the best and cheapest way to transport my things? And who would you recommend?

    Regards, Victoria

  33. Faythe H.06-17-14

    I’m looking to move from Tennessee to North Carolina.
    I’m 18 and i’m not to sure what im doing. I’m not taking any furniture at all. I’ll buy that when I get there.
    But exactly how much money should I have in mind before i make this move? And im always traveling with a dog?

  34. Hi I need help!!!!!! Please email me thanks08-20-14

    I want to move to Florida with my husband and toddler we are currently in ny
    We don’t have much furniture but a big bed and room size tv. But the problem is we don’t have a place to stay out there we need to view apartments and our car needs fixing but we can’t road trip but we need to drive to view the apartments to. How can I do this safe and cheap!?

  35. David W08-21-14

    Hi david

    I’m 25 y/o male moving from New Orleans to Seattle. I will be taking a sectional couch, a dining room table, queen size bed, a dresser, and a chest. Also about 13 boxes. I’m not exactly sure if i should rent a truck with a few friends or just hire someone. It is a pretty long distance. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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