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Long Distance Movers - Affordable Cross Country Move

Long-Movers Not too long ago, my husband and I were in a situation where we had to move quickly but cheaply. This wasn't just a move down the street or across town, we were moving across the country. Having both just been laid off, money was tight. However, due to a lot of planning, research, sweat and tears we were able to move well within our budget and were able to locate cheap boxes, cheap moving trucks and cheap labor.

Our first step was to research long distance movers. There are many different companies that provide rental trucks for moving and they vary greatly in price and services. We came across three different options that we then compared and contrasted to determine which would be the best value and the most practical for us. These included:

  1. Do It Yourself Rental Trucks
  2. Full Service Professional Movers
  3. You Pack We Drive Companies

Do It Yourself Rental Trucks
When most people think about moving truck rental companies this is the category that comes to mind. These companies rent you a truck that can vary in size from a little pick-up truck to a 28' moving truck. With this option you are responsible for packing, loading and transporting your belongings. This is definitely the cheapest option for a short move across town, but for longer distances this might not be the best option. You pay for gas with these rental trucks and some companies charge for mileage, making this much more expensive for longer moves.

Full Service Professional Movers
This option is definitely the easiest way to move. Full service companies will pack all of your belongings, load them onto their truck, drive them to your destination and then finally unload them off of their truck. However, this kind of convenience comes with a much larger price tag. This is by far the most expensive way to move. But, without having to do everything yourself, it will save you a lot of time, and time is money. Another advatntage to full service moving companies is that they are professional packers and guarantee the safe arrival of your belongings.

You Pack We Drive Companies
The final option we investigated is you pack we drive companies. With this type of company you rent a certain amount of space on a large freight truck. They deliver the truck to your house and you have usually up to three days to load the truck with your belongings. They then pick up the truck and professional truck drivers drive it to your destination where you will then have up to three more days to unload the truck. With these companies all fuel and transportation charges are included in your quote so you know exactly what you will be paying up front.

Given these three options, my husband and I ended up choosing the you pack we drive company. We packed all of our belongings and then had the truck delivered to our house. We loaded it up in one day and then had the truck picked up the next day. We were then free to drive at our own leisure in our own car to our final destination and didn't have the stress of driving a large moving truck across the country. After crunching the numbers, the you pack we drive company ended up costing just slightly less than the do it yourself rental truck companies, but it was a much better value for us because we were relieved of some of the stress of moving across the country.

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