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Feb 29, 01:11
Question by MomofTwo (Mom)


Moving from Virginia to California - is renting truck the cheapest option?

Hi, we're going to be moving from Richmond, Virginia to San Jose, CA and are looking for the most cost efficient way to do so. We're thinking of attaching our car to a UHAUL...and pretty much just have a bedroom set, small apt size dining table, kitchen stuff and clothes. Do you think a 10' Uhaul will hold it all, and any idea on how much this is going to cost us for the rental and gas? Thanks for your help!

Feb 29, 19:40
Answer by julie (Julie Owens)

"Mom",

Usually moving yourself is in fact the cheapest option. There are however situations when it is actually cheaper to hire movers - see this question: California to Kansas - hire a mover or rent a truck?

When Alex answered this question he run a quick investigation regarding how expensive it will be to rent a truck or to hire full service movers for a move from California to Kansas, and it showed that moving by themselves in that particular scenario could be in fact more expensive then using movers.

With cons and pros of hiring movers vs. renting a truck I would suggest you to run such preliminary investigation yourself. First, get quotes from several long distance movers. Then get online quotes from Uhaul (although I would recommend you to be careful with them), Budget, and Penske. Then compare the full service moving quote with the truck rental quotes, keeping in mind that when driving your car you will spend less on gas then when driving a truck with your car behind.




Good luck with your move,

Julie Owens @ MovingAnswers.org


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