Renting a moving truck, packing it yourself, and driving it to your new home is the cheapest way to move across the country. Unfortunately, it’s also the most difficult and least safe.
Luckily, there are other ways to move cross country, each with unique advantages and disadvantages:
- Hiring a full-service moving company to take care of everything. This is the most convenient moving option, but it’s far and away the most expensive too.
- Packing your stuff into a moving container for a professional to deliver. This option requires you to do most of the work, but you don’t need to deliver your stuff yourself. This method can also be fairly cheap.
- Adding moving labor to a truck rental or container move. This costs a little extra, but it means you get professional packing/loading help.
Budget is a valid concern, but moving everything in a truck is a huge hassle. Buying as much convenience as you can afford will save your sanity—and your back—in the end. You can also mix the moving methods to get a blend of affordability and convenience.
Keep reading as we break down the costs and benefits of each moving method to find one that works for you and your budget.