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.

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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. 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 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!

  2. 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?

    • David Johnson01-17-15

      Hi Shirley,

      Thanks for coming to 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 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!

  3. 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?

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