Moving out of state on a tight budget can seem overwhelming…impossible even! I know how it goes…believe me. Lucky for you I happen to have a lot of experience moving people state-to-state and I continually update this post to help people just like you everyday! You are not alone and this will not be the end of the world (unless the aliens are landing)! This post will show you the cheap ways to move out of state along with the information you need to make your decision. Learn the pros and cons associated with each moving method and rest easy knowing you are making the right choice for your budget.
Your First Step Is To Downsize As Much As Possible!
Before you decide how you are going to move, you need to decide what you are going to move. It should come as no surprise that the more stuff you need to move, the higher the cost is going to be to get it done. Remember that almost all of your moving costs, no matter the method, will be determined based on the size and distance of your move. Since you don’t have control over the distance, you will need to take as much control over the size as possible in order to make your move cheaper.
If you are not attached to your bulky furniture, large electronics, etc and can manage to fit your move into a few boxes, you can open up out of state moving options that will cost less than $100! (See Bus/Train section below for more information about moving with no furniture)
Next Step Is To Get Free Out Of State Moving Quotes
Now I know you might be thinking something like “I can’t afford to hire movers that’s why I’m here!” but just hear me out for a second. By taking 30 seconds to fill out our quick form, you can find the cheapest rates available from interstate movers. The system will scan our extensive network of nationwide, regional, state and local movers to match you with up to 6 of the most qualified companies for the job.
Sometimes one of these companies will be running a special or discount that simply blows the rest out of the water and leaves you with a deal that is too good to pass up. On rare occasions users have reported finding out of state movers for as low as $500!
While deals that good don’t happen all the time, they do happen! At the very least, by getting your free quotes, you will know the price you have to beat when choosing other ways to move. Don’t let a golden opportunity potentially pass you by because you didn’t take 30 seconds of your time to check for deals….for free!
Choosing The Cheapest Out-Of-State Moving Option
What’s the best and cheapest way to move out of state?
Well the answer to that question all depends on perspective. Every method of out of state transport has its pros and cons. After you have your free moving quotes, you will have a bottom-line price to beat by other methods. For example, if the cheapest moving quote you received was $999, then you will use that figure to compare to the moving methods listed below (along with associated costs) to figure out what will be cheaper. Next I will break down these alternative moving options for you.
Cheap Ways To Move Out Of State:
Rental Truck or Trailer
This is the usually the cheapest way to move furniture out of state. That being said, it is also the most exhausting and accident-prone way of moving your valuable furniture and bulky possessions.. If you have a lot of furniture and belongings to move and you don’t have the money to hire state to state movers, then this is probably going to be your cheapest option. My personal recommendation and favorite of the 3 is Budget due to their cheap truck rental rates, discount specials, nationwide locations, and quality. All 3 moving truck rental companies are highly trusted though!
Portable Moving Containers / “You Pack, They Drive”
This is an amazing way to move nowadays. If you are willing to do the heavy lifting, packing, and loading but don’t want to drive everything out of state yourself, then this is the cheapest way to do it! Basically a company will drop off a portable moving container to your address and you will load it up. They will come pick it up and drop it off at your new home on the date you specify. If you have an extra small load you can share a container with someone else for even more savings. I recommend U-Pack out of the companies below due to their amazing USA state coverage, cheap prices (often comparable to rental trucks), and well-established roots in the business.
Box & Furniture Shipping Services
Shipping your stuff is also an affordable way to move if you are traveling light. I don’t know specifics on pricing for these services, so you will need to check with each company to see how much its going to cost. U-ship is a great company to find person-to-person and person-to-transport company connections. You can name a price you’d like someone to move your stuff for, and if someone or some company can do it, you can setup a move. 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 (Cheapest Way To Move!)
If you don’t have any furniture or large electronics to transport out of state, then this is the cheapest option. If you can manage to stay under 150lbs of total possessions then this is hands-down the cheapest way to move out-of-state. Make sure that this service is available wherever you are planning to go. Check also with each company below to see their current baggage weight limits as they tend to change every year.
Air Cargo Services
Several airlines offer cargo shipping services. In addition, courier companies offer flight cargo service with DHL, Emery and UPS being the most popular. To determine the total cost and shipping options, visit each company’s website for online quotes, rules and regulations. Make sure you have calculated the dimensions of furniture and possessions as well as the total weight. This really isn’t one of the cheap ways to move out of state for most people. I felt that I should mention it because options are limited for people moving to Hawaii and Alaska.
More Tips To Lower Your Moving Costs!
Tip 1: Don’t Waste Money On Moving Supplies You Can Get For Free
Instead of throwing away your hard-earned money on overpriced moving boxes and packing supplies, you can get everything you need for free. If you plan ahead far enough 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. See my post about getting free boxes for moving.
Also remember that you can re-purpose things you already have to help you pack and pad your stuff. Don’t spend unnecessary money on moving pads when you can use comforters, clothes, blankets, etc.
Tip 2: Avoid Moving During Peak Season For Lower Costs & Better Deals
Great discounts and deals from moving companies usually run from late fall to late spring.
One of the many reasons for getting free moving quotes is because some moving companies run killer deals and amazing specials throughout the year.
What Is The Cheapest Time Of Year To Move?
When school is in, the cost of moving is generally cheaper than when school is out for the summer and winter breaks.
Generally, moving companies are slammed with business all summer long. This means that you will almost always get cheaper rates during the fall, winter, and spring months. To bring in more customers during these seasons, movers run more promotions, discounts, and specials that can lead to huge savings for you! By comparing free quotes from multiple companies in one place, you can often catch a killer deal from one company that drastically undercuts the rest. This can easily save you hundreds on a longer move.
Tip 3: Make Movers & Rental Companies Compete For Your Business
Lower prices come from more competition, so put this concept to use!
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, and often will beat the price of company B.
This concept can also be great if the company you would like to hire is priced slightly higher than a competitor that you have a quote from. You can contact the company you would like to hire and ask them if they can price-match, or possibly beat, the price you have been quoted from their competitor. Most companies will do this!
Tip 4: Cut Down On Over-night Costs During Your Move
The place to “crash” while moving is very important, since you will spend money on this one too. Unless you know someone with a place you could use along your way or you plan on traveling to your new home in one day/night, then you will most likely be needing a place to sleep. Plan your trip ahead of time and find the motels or hotels you want to stay at before you leave.
As a general rule of thumb, motels are cheaper in medium-sized towns.
Try to find deals ahead of time online to make your stays even cheaper and book your rooms in advance. Read reviews online to find out about the room quality and conditions so you don’t arrive to an unwanted surprise. If you are really on a tight budget and want to keep it as cheap as possible, look for couch surfing buddies online to crash with along the way.
Cheaper Alternatives To Staying In Motels
- AirBNB – Find apartments, condos, and homes to stay in directly from their owners
- Couchsurfing.com – Find people offering a couch to crash on for the night all across the USA
- Friends and family along the way who would love to catch up with you and give you a bed.
Tip 5: Don’t Forget To Plan Out Your Move!
The best piece of advice I can give you when it comes to cutting down on unnecessary moving costs, is to plan ahead!
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.
Major Things To Plan Ahead For Include:
- how you want to move your furniture out of state
- if you need to pack, then make a packing schedule and stay organized
- how to lift, move and load everything
- how you will be getting to your new home
- where you are going to stay until you are ready to move in
- food during the move (eating out adds up, so think ahead)
- utilities in your new home
- weather forecasts during your travel, especially during long distance winter moves
- special accommodations for kids, pets, or disabilities along the way
- moving deals, discounts, and specials
Tip 6: Get A Job In Another State Before You Move
If a new job isn’t the reason for your upcoming move, then you will surely need one to pay the bills (and the movers) when you get there. By taking the time to set up job interviews and seek out potential employers in your new area, you can remove almost ALL of the stress associated with feelings like “How on earth am I going to pay for this move!?“.
Make sure to read through all the tips on this page to help you find and secure a new job in another state before you move there.
That’s About It…
If you take your time and follow the advice on this page, you will dramatically lower your out-of-state moving costs. There are cheap ways to move out of state, and I hope this post helps you to see that now. If you have any questions or comments to add, please chime in below!
Remember to get your free out-of-state moving quotes here to potentially save hundreds on your move!
(Last Updated January 6, 2017)