Are you looking to move across the country on a budget?
Of course you are…
Why else would you come to an article entitled “How to Move Across the Country on a Budget”.
But my question is: What is your version of “on a budget?”
Some of you are thinking that “on a budget” means cheap.
And some are thinking I have a certain amount of money and I have to move “on a budget” and not exceed this amount.
So to move across the country on a budget comes down to your definition or thoughts of what “on a budget” means.
So let’s assume that you definition is moving on a budget is moving as cheaply as you can.
Okay. Good. Let’s start with that.
To do this my suggestion is that you give away, or sell everything that you can replace with little to no problems.
This would be things like couches, chairs, tables, TVs, and so on.
These things can be sold on websites like Craigslist, or Letgo easily.
When I was younger I often just packed what I could hod in my car and moved.
I did this on three separate occasions.
I still have the idea that if I can’t put it in my car then I could just leave it.
Only the things that I cherish can still fit in my car. Everything else I would have no problem just leaving behind.
Of I would give them away or selling them.
But that’s me.
The point I am making is the cheapest away to move across country on a budget is by not having stuff to move.
I remember one time I was moving back to Michigan from California. I had everything that I wanted in my car. But when the car got about 30 miles from Vegas the engine blew up.
Needless to say I had to junk my car. So how do I get back home?
I was fortunate, I had about a few hundred on me.
So after I had my car towed to a junk yard, I got a hotel room and the next day I took what I had in my car and I went to FEDEX.
They shipped everything to my Dad’s address for me.
It only cost me a few hundred dollars to ship this.
There are a few websites that you can post what you have to move and carriers will bid (like Ebay) on your shipment.
UShip.com is the big guy in this arena.
Find a carrier that is willing to ship your stuff across the country for a couple a hundred dollars.
The good thing about UShip.com us that you don’t have to choose the cheapest mover. You can choose the mover with the best rating.
Moving in a Budget:
Assuming your definition “on a budget” is moving within a budget.
You have a certain amount of money and you just can’t exceed that amount. How do you move across country with a budget?
Like above, you have to find places where you can cut costs.
For example, let’s say you are going to so DIY move.
Instead of renting a huge 26ft moving truck you could get a 17ft moving rental truck for much cheaper.
Again, look at selling, giving or donating furniture that you can buy at your new home.
Also, know that you do have a budget call up a few moving companies and get at least 3 different estimates.
Your move may not fit in that budget, but it could give you a great idea of what you need to do to move within your budget.
Three Steps To Moving Cross Country On A Budget:
If you haven’t guess from above, there are three steps you need to do to move on a budget across the country.
- Plan your move. Just don’t be spontaneous. The more you plan the more you are able to move on a budget.
- Determine exactly what your budget is, and based on that, figure out the best ways to do your move.
- Cut cost by selling, giving away or donating your stuff.
So there you go.
I hope that this helps you in your move.
In conclusion, these principles not work for moving cross country they will also help anyone moving. No matter if they move locally or long distance.
Above all, if you would like more great moving advice, feel free to give U-Save Moving and Storage a call. Call us at 800-818-0447.