If you have an apartment-size move (not a four-bedroom house!), if you're moving roughly 500 miles or less, and if you’re comfortable driving a truck, there's no more significant way to cut the cost of moving out of state than by taking on the packing, loading, and driving yourself.
- You can rent trucks from Penske, Ryder, and U-Haul.
- Ask family and friends to help you pack out on moving day.
- You may need help unloading at your destination. U-Haul offers a free service called Moving Help that lets you contract two moving helpers for two hours for about $200-300, and includes user ratings of the helpers.1
- Driving a truck requires using both side-view mirrors for safety, but the windshield-mounted rearview mirror will be fully obstructed (if there even is one). Leave the driving to the pros if you don't think you can make that adjustment.