Is it cheaper to sell all my stuff or move it cross-country?

I'm moving cross country, but I'm trying to figure out which would be cheaper:

1. Sell my belongings and start my life over in the new location, or
2. Rent a U Haul and take my belongings with me.

The U-Haul, including gas and lodging, would cost about $2500.
I don't know how valuable my things are, but I do have a computer worth $800 and a fairly new tv worth $600...

Which option do you think is best and why?



Asked by Anonymous at 11:11 PM on Mar. 23, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • During one of our moves we found it was cheaper (once my DH had companies bidding against each other) for a moving company to do it than for us to do it ourselves. Just make sure you get full replacement cost insurance, don't insure by weight, and use a larger reputable company. The only down side was the stuff stayed in storage for a bit to be added to another couple of loads, so it arrived a few days after us. (We slept on the floor). Other times it was cheaper to move ourselves. Traveling light has another advantage, if you move into a smaller space it'll work better for you.

    Answer by oddfox at 3:59 PM on Mar. 25, 2009

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  • I guess it depends on how attached you are to your things and if you mind starting over. I would perhaps look into shipping the computer and tv and sell other things, such as furniture.

    Answer by JamieLK at 11:13 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

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  • Well it depends on how much and how expensive the rest of your furniture, clothes, appliances are. A computer isn't too hard to just take with you or even ship. Can you sell your stuff and get decent prices on it? You could always take pics of your stuff and put it on Craigslist. Name your price and see if someone will buy it.
    Do you LOVE the things you bought or would it be more fun to just start over with new style? Will you be able to afford all new things? For you, your kids? There are so many factors.

    Answer by MamaChamp at 11:16 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

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  • depends, how important is your stuff to you? for me, i moved from washington to missouri, with EVERYTHING I owned.. and then, three months later, packed up and moved back..... i couldnt leave my things.. granted i had a whole houseload

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 11:17 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

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  • sell what you want and can and take the rest

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:35 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

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  • mm depents if you have an suv then maybe u can take the things that you want.. and things that dont mean nothing sell..

    Answer by miss_nevin at 2:33 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

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  • I had friends who sold everything and traveled light. I had other friends who sold some of their stuff, had the rest moved to their new place across country, and sold most of that there- in other words, they should have sold the stuff originally and not paid to have it moved. So my recommendation is to sell all that you can bear to part with.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:32 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

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  • We moved all of our belongings. When we were settled it was nice to have all the familiar things we had before. We did not spend 2500 we moved 1700 miles and spend only 1200. We have a lot of stuff two since we were in a large house.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:13 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

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  • U Haul is expensive. Go to and see if you can't get a better deal, THEN figure out if you should get rid of your stuff.

    Answer by motherofanaries at 11:25 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

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  • We have moved all of our stuff across the country and back again. First of all, I would call Penske and Budget and get quotes from them on renting a truck. After they quote you, tell them that you got a cheaper quote from U-Haul and they will match it or beat it. It will cost you more than $2500 to replace all the stuff that you sell. I would not go the selling it route unless you have money to burn. Consider are moving and driving yourself to wherever anyways, so you are already going to be paying for gas and lodging. So you will be paying a little more for gas for the truck. Put a dolly on the back for your car and away you go. Good luck!

    Answer by slw123 at 12:55 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

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