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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.

amtrak

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.

Cheers!

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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?
    Thanks

    • 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 CheapMovingTips.com 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

    David,

    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 (http://www.amtrak.com/express-shipping) 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 CheapMovingTips.com 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?

    Thanks!

    • 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,

    Hi!

    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.

    Sincerely,

    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 CheapMovingTips.com 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: http://www.moveacrosscountry.net.

      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 CheapMovingTips.com 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 CheapMovingTips.com 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.

    thanks,Purush

    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 HireAHelper.com and EliteMovingLabor.com 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 BBB.org, AMSA, and MoverReviews.com 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

    • David Johnson08-23-14

      Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for coming here to CheapMovingTips.com before your out of state move. For your particular situation, I would recommend renting an actual truck from a car rental supplier such as Budget, Avis, Rent-a-Car, etc and packing up your boxes in the back and driving yourself or if you can taking a friend. That way you can ensure the safety of your boxes, it will be easy to get your stuff where you need to be, and then you can go drop it off and be threw with the vehicle. It will be a much easier drive since you wont need an actual moving truck, because driving one for the first time in a city like NYC is crazy in itself haha. I hope this helps!

  33. Faythe H.06-17-14

    Hi,
    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?

    • David Johnson08-23-14

      Hi Faythe,

      Thanks for stopping by, however I don’t know how much help I can be as my specialty and backround is in the actual “moving” process. I know that the cheapest option to simply get a ticket from A to B is usually greyhound but if you are planning on taking a dog then I would recommend trying to find someone who will be willing to drive you and your dog and your possessions out there for a pre-arranged fee plus gas. Do you have any friends, family, or at least someone you can depend on enough for that? I wish you the best, have a safe move!

      Sincerely,
      David

  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!?

    • David Johnson08-23-14

      Hi I sent you an e-mail, I hope you’re able to make that move down south..good luck!

  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.

    • David Johnson08-23-14

      HI David,

      Thanks for coming here before your long move. I assume you are looking or the most affordable way to move so its easy. Fill out a free quote form here to find prices from 6 companies competing for your business. Then go to Budget and fill out a free quote form. See how much they are going to charge you for an extended rental based on mileage from New Orleans to Seattle. You will be the one responsible for the gas and that alone is very expensive. If you have friends to help you with everything though, that will still be the cheapest option overall. I hope your move goes well, enjoy the northwest!

      – David

  36. Anonymous09-04-14

    Hi,
    I am a single mother needing to move in a rush due to domestic violence reason. We are currently in washington and need to move states to keep us safe. Is there ever any companies that would do pro-bono moves??? I’m sure that it could be used to their advantage that they helped a mother and child. If not I must leave everything behind which will break my heart. We only have a compact car. We must move I just cannot afford a moving company and am scared to drive a big truck… I don’t know what to do. We have done very sentimental items and I’ve already relocated once but am being advised to move to another state. I could use any help, guidance, or resources. If there is a company that would do pro bono move I’m willing to write an article they can use on their page or write a column.. Of course I would not be able to show a picture to the world or explain details or names. I am a high risk fatality domestic violence survivor with a young child and only want to keep her safe. I’m open to any ideas… I cannot lift over 5-10lbs due to spine issues and I don’t want to lose my belongings. It’s not my fault that I was abused for years and have been forced to move. I have to protect my child and it is possible we may lose all our belongings due to this matter. I can get subsidized housing I just have no way to move our belongings. Don’t know what to do. Please give me guidance if there is any thing I can do. I hate asking for help and know I sound desperate, I kinda am desperate I don’t want to lose everything….

    • David Johnson09-18-14

      Wow I am sorry to hear about your tight circumstances at the moment. I have been checking around and haven’t been able to find any actual moving companies that can offer what you are looking for. However I did find an online charity website specifically aimed at helping victims of domestic violence safely relocate without worry and with protection. I did not have time to look into it in-depth but I think you should contact them first. The website/charity is called SafeHorizon.org.

      There are also websites online that offer crowd funding and public fundraising for anything and everything…and there are quite a few people out there who like to help and give back. Like I said I am not promising this will work but you can give it a try and explain your situation on your startup campaign as you did here with positivity, hope, and faith that things will work out. Here is a link to a Forbes article listing the top 10 crowd funding websites online – click here.

      If none of those are going to work for you, then you can always try posting an ad or 2 on craigslist explaining your situation and reaching out for some local help whether its money, a driver for the truck, or whatever else you may need. You will be surprised how many good people there are out there who will help. Maybe go reach out to some local church congregations before posting an online ad though because you will be able to meet them face to face and get a better idea of their character and demeanor. Also ask them if there are any private charity organizations that they can recommend you to for some extra financial and planning support.

      The last option I can think of that could help would be getting a title loan, small personal loan, or reaching out to any family/friends that could possibly help you out. I’m sorry I really wish I had more to offer you in your time of need but I hope this helps and you are able to safely move your daughter and your possessions to your new destination without any issues. I will keep you in my prayers, good luck and God Bless!

      -David

  37. Michele09-05-14

    Hey David,
    I really liked your tips on moving out of state. I just had a couple of questions that you might be able to help me out with.
    My fiance and I are hoping to move to Denver, CO in the spring of next year, giving us 6-ish months to prepare.
    How much money do you think is a decent amount when it comes to moving costs/finding an apartment/living expenses. We’re thinking $6k, but i’m worried that won’t be enough.
    Also, we will be moving everything (which is barely enough to fill a small bedroom) in his ’99 ford ranger. Because the weather of colorado is constantly changing, do you think spring is a decent time to move out there via road?
    Thanks so much and thanks again for the tips!

    Sincerely,
    Michele

    • David Johnson09-18-14

      HI MIchele!

      Thanks for the great feedback on the site, I am glad that these out of state moving tips have helped you out!

      For your question, that is something that I can’t accurately really speculate on. First off I am not sure where you are moving from so that will be a big wild card in the cost factor. Since you two are planning on moving to Denver, CO with your own truck though, that will save you a lot of money over renting a truck or hiring movers. You will just need to plan it out and factor how much gas you will need (add 1.5x the amount that the truck runs on normally since you will have a heavy load). If you will be making a multiple-day trip out of it, your cheapest bet is to check motel prices in different towns along your route and see what kind of deals you can find. This can actually save you quite a bit of money over just stopping at the first couple places you see and buying a room.

      Again, as I don’t know where you are coming from it is hard to say how the drive will be in the spring. If possible try to make it later in the spring to allow the winter snow and ice to melt off the roads. Other than that, just check the weather forecast for the areas you will be moving through a week ahead of the move so that you can prepare for anything major.

      However, all that being said, $6,000 sounds like a very healthy figure for the type of move and situation you are approaching. I hope this helps. Have a safe move to Colorado and make sure to check the weather before you leave! Good luck. :-)
      -David

  38. Instate moving09-15-14

    Hi David,
    Your tips are really helpful.
    Can you please kindly let me know what is the cheapest way for an instate move.
    I am moving two and half hours away.
    Is it cheaper to hire movers or rent a truck and hoer driver and unloaders?
    Thanks and God Bless,
    Stigi

    • David Johnson09-17-14

      Hi Stigi, thanks for the kind words, I am glad my tips were able to help you. As far as your question goes, the simple answer is: rent a truck (use this link for 20% off your Budget Truck rental & reservations).

      The long answer is that there are a lot of unforseen costs in moving, and in a lot of cases, time is money. I recommend getting your free moving quotes here first if you haven’t done that yet to see exactly how much it will cost for the cheapest out of state moving company. Then you can use that price as your basis to determine how much you will actually save by renting a truck, driver, and loading labor separately. Budget Truck will be your cheapest rental company though for sure.

      Remember that you will be responsible for paying for gas and hiring packers/driver as well, and unless your hire a licensed, insured mover to drive then your household possessions will be at the mercy of whoever you choose to go with. Make sure that everything is packed up correctly and secure because you can hit a lot of bumps, stops, etc on a 2 and a half hour drive!

      I hope this helps, good luck and God bless!

  39. Miranda11-05-14

    How about securing housing in the new state? Is it possible to do this without visiting first and if so, what resources are available in the new state to assist? We will be moving from KY to NY and I’m having trouble finding a place for us to live without breaking the bank and selling most of belongings. Thanks.

    • David Johnson12-08-14

      Hi Miranda,

      Thanks for coming here for your out of state moving advice! A few great resources for finding available homes for rent and to buy are: 1) Rent.com 2. HotPads.com 3. Zillow.com Also make sure to check listings in local real estate listings. Many websites nowadays have video walk-throughs and other great features to get a good look at the home before ever stepping foot inside. I hope this helps. I wish you the best of luck with your move to New York!

      Happy Holidays!

  40. Mario11-28-14

    I’m moving from Miami, Fl to WA and im on a very tight budget any advice

    • David Johnson12-08-14

      Hi Mario!

      In addition to all the out of state and cross country moving tips for saving money that I’ve mentioned in this article, another great resource for a move of your distance is here: . I hope this helps and your move across the country to Washington goes as smooth as possible! Take care.

    • David Johnson01-17-15

      HI Mario,

      Thanks for stopping by Cheap Moving Tips before your upcoming move across the country! You are definitely preparing for a long distance move to say the least! My advice would be to take the time to read this post before commenting. I’m not trying to sound rude but this page is full of my advice for moving out of state, across the country, and even coast to coast. If you have a more specific question, please feel free to respond with it! Take care!

      • June Rodriguez08-15-15

        Trying to figure out what company to use for my move from New York to Florida, I never did this before so I’m new at searching moving companies.. How do I know who is out for my money vs who is a good company? If you was to recommend a company for a move of approx. 1,000 miles who would you use? Btw it’s a 1 bedroom apartment about 400cf..

        • David Johnson08-28-15

          Hi June!

          Thanks for checking out this page for tips before your move to Florida. I am actually working on a full article for this website on exactly how to choose the right moving company and avoiding the bad seeds. First of all, if you fill out my Free Moving Quotes Form, you will get free quotes from up to 6 different licensed, bonded, and insured US moving companies that can service your move from NY to FL. By doing that you can weed out potentially unlicensed, illegal companies and can compare and contrast competitive quotes to find the cheapest deals. From there, once you narrow down your options to a few companies that you like, I recommend reading online reviews and checking the reports against each company with the BBB.org – Better Business Bureau Official Website website. For more information you should watch the video here. I hope this is what you needed and you find the cheap, reliable mover you are looking for. Cheers!

  41. Lyzzi12-09-14

    You covered packing and transporting very well. However, I’m still a bit confused about some things.
    My boyfriend and I are planning in moving out of state for school. The colleges we’re going to do not have any kind of dorms. We’ve found some third party student housing apartments but wait lists build up quick. My issue is how do I find an apartment that understands we have income from our student loans?
    And secondly, how does one find employment in a new city?
    If finding housing and a job are contingent on each other, doesn’t mean that moving to a new city would put me at risk for homelessness?

    • David Johnson01-17-15

      Hi Lyzzi,

      I’m glad you came here for your out of state moving tips! As far as your questions are concerned, I’ll admit this is a little beyond my expertise as I’ve never had to deal with your exact situation. What I can say and recommend is calling your school you plan to attend and ask them about any employment opportunities for students as well as a list of housing they can recommend which meets your needs. Schools make a lot of students year in and year out from all over the world with different situations and they will usually do their best to help accommodate you. Also websites like Craigslist.org are amazing for finding cheap housing with flexible rent agreements. I have successfully found a home to rent-share in less than 12 hours from looking thanks to CL. There are many employment opportunities there as well to start browsing and submitting applications. While you may not have a job on the day you arrive, you can have a line of interviews scheduled and ready to attend. Search around online as well for any forums or posts by people who’ve been through this before and most of all have faith in yourself and your abilities to make your dreams into reality. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easily, so its your job to plan ahead to the best of your abilities, and trust in your will to get where you want to be. There may be a few bumps along the way but that’s life. I hope this helps you and I wish you the best on your adventure!

  42. Shirley12-19-14

    Hi David,
    I just filled out the short to request quotes. Move size was determined by number of bedrooms. I’m not planning to move any furniture. Just a desktop computer, 55″ flat screen tv, and a 36″ flat screen tv. Probably 20 boxes or so of clothes, kitchen items and decorative accessories. I selected one bedroom, but am now thinking that quote won’t be accurate.
    Is there a way to get a quote another way?
    Shirley

    • David Johnson01-17-15

      Hi Shirley,

      Thanks for coming to CheapMovingTips.com before your move! As for your question, I’d say that one bedroom should be about accurate but if aren’t moving any significant furniture other than the 2 tvs then you should look into Uship.com or another one of the services I mentioned. I hope all goes well with your move and you figure it out. If you have questions with the quote you will always be able to contact the company directly and get a re-adjusted quote after clarifying all of the information personally. Hope this helps!

  43. Stephen Y.02-10-15

    Hi David,
    Thank you for all the up-to-date moving advices.
    My family plans to move from Georgia to Seattle in summer. Beside hiring a mover to get our stuffs to Seattle, my family will drive across the country as we have 2 old dogs and a cat to come with us.
    I think it will only take the mover 40~45 hours to get to destination, we will need 5-6 days to finish the 2,650 miles driving trip.
    My question: Can we ask the mover to make delivery on specific time say 5~6 days after loading up the van?

    • David Johnson04-09-15

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for choosing to read through this out of state moving guide before your upcoming move to Seattle! Yes you should be able to negotiate the drop off time with any moving company you choose to go with to coordinate with your schedule. You will just need to talk to the moving company you hire about the dates and come to an agreement on the time of day that they will come to your house and unpack everything. Good luck on your cross-country move and don’t forget your umbrella!

    • Stephen Y.04-10-15

      Hi David,
      Thank you for the response. As a moving expert, could you shed some advice on the followings:

      1. As we are very flexible on timing our cross-country move from Georgia to Seattle, is there any special time window between Mid Sept to end Oct that will save us some moving cost?

      2. Like buying air ticket, should I get bids from movers as earliest as possible like 4 months in advance? Or should I stay put till the last 4 weeks for last-minute promote?

      Again, thank you for all your valuable advices,

      Stephen Yu

      • David Johnson05-18-15

        No problem Stephen! Sorry for the delayed response. I’ve been swamped with work and going through the long distance moving preparations myself as I am about to move to Denver, CO from Phoenix, AZ on Friday! As for your questions:

        1. I’ve actually written a post about this on another moving blog I contribute to that you can find here. For the quick answer though anytime from late September to early November minus holidays should be the cheapest time to move!

        2. Yes definitely get quotes ahead of time because many moving companies will be full and booked up if you get quotes last minute and you will be left with less options and higher prices.

        I hope this helps, thanks again for coming here for all your moving advice…good luck!

        – David

  44. Colleen Mahoney03-20-15

    Hi! Thanks for the great post! I have an unusual move to plan and would like your advice. I live in Gainesville Florida. My son is presently in college in Columbus Ohio. This summer (late July/early August) he will be moving to DC for graduate school. We have furniture here that will need to be moved (2 dressers, a couch, bookcase, desk, desk chair and possibly some other small pieces of furniture). And we need to get his bed and odds and ends that won’t fit in his car from Ohio. He will be moving into a high rise apartment complex that has set hours for move ins (for freight elevator and loading dock). My husband was talking about renting a trailer to tow from his large pick up truck, loading it with the furniture here, driving to Ohio, loading the rest and then driving to DC. I am wondering if that is the most practical/efficient means. We also need to drive my son’s car back to FL since he will not be keeping it in DC; if we do what my husband is suggesting we will have two vehicles to drive back to FL. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • David Johnson04-09-15

      Hi Colleen!

      Thanks for stopping by Cheap Moving Tips before helping your son move to DC! As for your question, it comes down to what matters the most between saving a little extra money or having the convenience of driving one vehicle back from DC to FL. Driving your truck with a rented trailer (pending no unforseen problems/accidents/extra expenses) will most likely be your absolute cheapest way to accomplish what you need to get done. That being said, I would recommend getting a quote for a Budget Truck Rental (see link above in the page for discount code) from Gainesville that will fit everything you’ll need to go to DC and then drop it off in DC once you are finished. That way you can both ride back in one vehicle and you wont have to worry about driving a huge truck or trailer home. At least get an estimate from them so you can see and estimate how much money you’ll actually be saving over renting a truck if you do choose to drive your own vehicle. I hope this helps and you and your family have a safe moving experience. Take care!

  45. Josie C.03-26-15

    Hi David,

    I’m moving from CT to GA in July and I’m looking for a very affordable rate to ship my stuff down. I looked up rental and they are running me $600 and up and that does not include tolls, motel and gas. It’s only me. I’m shipping a 42 inch tv, room size stereo, medium size bookcase, clothes, shoes, clear plastic containers that squeeze under my bed, lamp, two bed in a bag and a few boxes. I’m barely filling up a room. I wonder if you know any affordable companies or places who will offer me a great place. I want to save any money I can. Please help!

    Thanks again.

    -Josie

    • David Johnson04-09-15

      Hi Josie,

      Thanks for choosing to come here for answers about the cheapest way to to ship your belongings out of state. I mentioned in the article above that there are cheap shipping companies, the cheapest usually being Amtrak or Greyhound, however they won’t be able to ship your larger items like the TV and dresser. If you don’t mind parting ways with those items, by suggestion would be to sell all the large bulky items and buy new ones in Georgia. It will save you a lot of money over shipping them, because to be honest, any place will be expensive to ship those items. If you want to get creative you can look into rideshares on craiglist or regular truck rentals and load up the back end. Those are my suggestions if you are looking to make that move cheaper than $600. I wish you the best and hope everything works out for you on your upcoming move to Georgia!

  46. Dave04-25-15

    Hi David,
    We are moving from MD to CA. Likely we’ll be using a Moving company. My question is I will be driving with my 2 toodlers and wife to CA that will take at least 4-5 days. Can the moving company get all the stuff we needed earlier like 1-2 days before we drive to CA then deliver it on the day that we will arrive at our place in CA?

    Thanks!
    Dave

    • David Johnson05-18-15

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for stopping by CheapMovingTips.com for your out-of-state moving advice and tips! To answer your question, you will need to talk to each moving company individually to see how they schedule and run things. My recommendation is to get your free quotes and then call your favorite options up to speak to someone directly about your custom logistics situation. Almost every moving company will be able to fit your schedule and delivery instructions as long as you don’t wait until last minute. Moving companies are on very strict schedules so as long as they plan ahead you should be alright!

      Good luck on your cross country move to California!

  47. Myeshia F.04-30-15

    My Husband and I are moving from Arkansas to Las Vegas. We need to get all of our belongings (including furniture) and one vehicle with us to Vegas. We’ve looked into Budget, Enterprise, and U haul and we’ve only seen that we will be spending about $1,400 just to get there. Can you give us any other advice on a cheaper route ?

    • David Johnson05-18-15

      Hi Myeshia,

      Thanks for coming here for out of state moving tips before your move! Unfortunately as far as do-it-yourself moving truck rental companies go, Budget is the cheapest. Moving out of state is expensive and time-consuming no matter how you break it down. Gas prices are going back up and you’ve got a lot of states between Arkansas and Las Vegas. If your vehicle has the towing capacity maybe you could look into buying a trailer to fill up and tow your belongings to Vegas and then re-sell the trailer in NV. Other than that you may want to consider selling your furniture and traveling light and purchasing new stuff when you get there. I know you can find some crazy deals on just about anything in LV if you’re patient enough. I hope you find something that works for your budget!

  48. meredith05-12-15

    I am moving from sacramento,ca to washington state. I have a full 5 bd home. Uhaul and others quote 1500+ for their trucks. And cheaper ways??

    • David Johnson05-18-15

      Hi Meredith,

      I’m glad you chose to come here for your cheap out of state moving tips. If you check down below to my response to Myeshia who had a very similar question, you’ll see a few tips that might work for you but the unfortunate reality is that the cost to move out of state is pretty high. If you aren’t willing to do something drastic like sell off your heavy furniture then I don’t know of a cheaper solution for you other than what’s already been said in other comments. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out a way to get it done…good luck!

  49. Steffani M05-15-15

    Hello David,

    My boyfriend and I are taking a BIG leap and moving from our home in California in with his grandmother in Michigan! We are very excited and very grateful to her for letting us stay with her until we can get on our own. However, I have some concerns about how to make the move.

    We have to bring both of our cars because they were both recently purchased and were good investments. So, we figured we would load our cars with our valuables and send our large furniture in a storage container.
    Do you think this is the best option? They seem to be around $2,000 or more, which seems pricey to someone who hasn’t done this before.

    Also, we have two cats. I am wondering what the best options are for moving with them. I have read the blog posts about moving with pets, but they don’t seem to be cat focused. I have carriers for them and will have them riding in those, but am worried about how to secure them so they don’t slide around and how to make sure they can relieve themselves if needed. Would you have any information on this? I don’t know if pulling over every few hours and putting them in a litter box will work for them the way I am hoping it will. I think the new scenery will just be too much!

    Thank you for all of your great advice and reminders. This information truly is helpful!

    -Steffani M.

  50. lisah06-01-15

    I am moving from Indiana to Las Vegas. We (5of us) have a small 3brmd house and 2 dogs. Have you ever heard of Upack? It’s a little pricy, but having the convenience of packing a trailer(which they drop off at your door) and not having to worry about driving it across country is worth it. I am just wondering how a service like that is. Are there other services like that? is it worth the extra? Should we just rent a truck?

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Lisah!

      Thanks for reading through my state to state moving tips before your move to Las Vegas! Moving companies like Upack are really convenient if you are trying to avoid the cross-country drive yourself, which can be difficult for a family of five no doubt. Be sure to get your free moving quote here to give yourself some more options (at no cost to you) and see what works best for your needs and price range. Good luck and safe travels with your move to Nevada!

  51. tashell06-11-15

    I was trying to figure out where would be the best place to move alone out of town coming from Jacksonville Florida and cheapest

  52. Jordan06-15-15

    Great to see that there’s lots of options for people moving out of state! It can be really stressful moving, especially if it’s to a whole new place. Thanks for sharing all of these resources!

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Thanks for the great comment Jordan, I’m glad you found my site helpful! There are definitely a lot of out of state moving options and it can get pretty overwhelming to try to balance a million things at once getting to a new home in a new state. It makes it worth the work to know I can be of some help for people moving out there.

      Take care! :-)

  53. bellaboo06-29-15

    Hi I need to move things from Chicago to Colorado it’s my things and baby’s things not taking drawers or taking the my bed mostly clothes lamps my baby things radio jewelry and gurl things

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Bella,

      Thanks for stopping by for help before your out of state move to Colorado. If you aren’t planning on taking any furniture or bulky items then Amtrak or Greyhound will most likely be your cheapest options. If you have a car or vehicle then you should pack it up and drive it yourself. I hope that helps and your trip to Colorado is a success!

  54. Deianira07-22-15

    I’m trying to figure out what would be the cheapest way for 2 people (myself and my fiance) to move from Riverside, CA to Austin, TX. We are planning to move by January 2016. We can’t afford to spend money on new furniture. We are both college students that want to finish school over there. We have a few things to bring with us

    1 queen size bed
    1 5 drawer dresser
    2 cars (one is leased)
    1 bookshelf
    plus all of our clothes and personal items
    and we have a dog

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Deianira,

      Thanks for choosing CheapMovingTips.com for advice before your long move from California to Texas. To me it sounds like you will need a small 12′ Budget truck to move your belongings. Use this coupon to get 20% off your entire rental cost. To move everything in one trip, you will have to haul one vehicle with the available attachment and drive the other vehicle along with the moving truck. This will be the cheapest and most efficient way for you to move. I hope your move to Austin, TX goes smooth, cheap, and safe!

  55. mary07-23-15

    We just moved and I don’t understand some of the things that just happened. We wanted some items moved to an apartment and some items placed into storage (We are planning to move long distance in about a year). For the local move to the apartment, we were given an estimate charging us for 3 people by the hour.
    For whatever reason, after they moved everything out of our house and onto the truck–we were told that they had to go back to their main office to weigh the truck. They said they would meet us back at the apartment in approximately 1 1/2 hours. The movers said they needed to weigh the truck BEFORE they delivered any items to the apartment, because the truck would have to be weighed again AFTER the apartment delivery to determine the weight of the items going into storage. I totally don’t understand. Why couldn’t they just weigh the items that were going into storage, instead of wasting 1 1/2 hours of moving time in the middle of the day to weigh everything on the truck. Do you know why they did this?

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Mary, this is a very good question. This doesn’t sound like honest business practice to me and could have possibly been just to add up additional costs. In some cases, mostly when moving out of state, a weighing process may take place. Please look into this with the company you went through. I recommend checking out their reputation with the Better Business Bureau and see if there are prior reports of shady tactics. For more information, go to protectyourmove.gov. That is a government website set up to protect consumers and help them understand their rights when dealing with movers. I’m sorry to hear you had a negative experience and I hope this info helps. Take care!

  56. Amber07-29-15

    I’ll be moving out of state and the costs are really much higher than I expected! It’s good that there are such posts, I think the tips will really help me with that.

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Thanks for awesome feedback Amber, I am glad that you found these tips helpful before your upcoming move! Your absolutely right, moving costs can add up quickly but if you plan ahead and think it through then you should be able to move for cheaper than you think. I hope my tips make for a smooth move and should save you some time and money. Good luck with your move!

  57. Katelynn08-22-15

    My fiance and I are planning to move from Jamestown New York to Asheville north Carolina. The only thing is, we don’t know how much to save! We have a year and a half time frame while going to school for nursing. We plan on driving or own way down with our one puppy. We are at a loss. We are a new young engaged couple and want a new beginning! Anything is helpful!

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Katelynn,

      Thanks for coming here for advice before your long move to North Carolina! If you are already planning ahead a year and a half in advance, then I am very confident you will be able to easily budget and plan for your move. Since you will be driving, I recommend filling out a Budget Truck rental request to see how much it will cost to rent a truck to drive from Jamestown to Asheville. Use this link to get a 20% off coupon which will save you a lot of money on a move of that distance. You don’t have to make a purchase now, but you can simply follow all of the steps to get a precise estimate on rental truck and moving costs. Once you know your rental truck costs you will need to factor in gas costs (hard to predict a year and a half in advance), motel/lodging costs, food, etc. If you have any family or friends along the way it can save you a lot of money to stay overnight with them instead of motels. If you won’t already have a place secured then make sure to budget in extra costs for lodging once you get to your new city and begin to search for new residence. I hope this helps you cut down costs on your out of state move…good luck! :-)

  58. Richard08-26-15

    I’m planning to move from Florida to Denver which I will take a plane to get there. I currently can’t drive at the momement so all that I’m bringing with me is a least 2 dozens pair of shoes, my clothes, and other small personal stuff. my main concern is how I’m going to move my 47″ tv, soundbar & a computer tower. What would you recommend for me my to move my belongings?

    • David Johnson08-28-15

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for stopping by the site before your out of state move to Denver! I would say ship the computer tower through one of the major shipping companies (USPS, UPS, Fedex) and selling the tv and soundbar before you move. Those two items will be quick and easy to replace in a large metro area like Denver. Check on Craigslist.org or Facebook groups in Denver like “buy, sell, or trade anything” or “online yard sale” and you should be able to find something similiar to what you left behind. I hope this helps and no matter what you choose I wish you a safe trip to Denver!

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