4 Best Interstate Movers Of 2021

We researched over 500 interstate moving companies, cross-referencing verified customer reviews, license data, insurance data, and federal complaint records to find you the best, most trusted, and reputable long distance moving companies in the industry.

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Proud American Van Lines

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • 1-month free storage on interstate moves
  • Guaranteed express delivery
  • Quick ballpark estimates available
  • Very responsive customer service
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Safeway Moving Systems

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • Very competitive pricing
  • 1 month of free storage for all interstate moves
  • Handle small and large cross country moves
  • A portion of every move is donated to charity
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Compass Van Lines

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • "Meet or beat" price matching policy
  • Free storage and re-delivery up to 60 days
  • Virtual "in-home" estimates offered for accurate pricing
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HireAHelper LLC

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • First call quoting, get a quote in just a couple of minutes
  • Rates are typically 20-40% lower than the industry averages
  • $1,000 money-back service guarantee
  • Fast and accurate delivery times
  • Free damage coverage with additional coverage options
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Proud American Van Lines

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Proud American Van Lines, (USDOT# 2824496), is a truly customer-focused moving company. Their high touch customer service, fast delivery times and employee training are the primary reasons the company has made our top long distance mover list. These are the types of companies we love to find.
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Services

  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage

The Good

  • Guaranteed express delivery
  • Binding estimates on all interstate moves
  • 1-month free storage on interstate moves
  • Quick ballpark estimates available
  • Very responsive customer service

The Bad

  • Deposits required on interstate moves
  • Website lacks some information
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4.56 overall rating
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Customer Reviews

Jay R.  —  May 2020
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
San Atonio, TXDallas, TX
4 bedrooms 292 mi. $7,000

Overall, very happy with Proud. We’ve moved with big van lines before so Always seemed like a risk. But their sales rep I spoke to on the phone was very helpful and explained everything. Move went as expected.

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Janet R  —  September 2020
      4.67 / 5.00
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Mesa, AZSanford, ME
2 bedrooms 847 mi. $5,400
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Dana D.  —  May 2020
      4.33 / 5.00
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West Palm Beach, FLBoulder, CO
3 bedrooms 2,019 mi. $9,500

We did an over the phone estimate and went room by room listing out everything we had. The price ended up being the same as other companies but Proud American was faster about getting back to us and answering questions. We packed our boxes they did all the loading and unloading and shipped 2 cars as well. Everything went great, highly recommend.

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Rick W.  —  May 2020
      4.00 / 5.00
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Atlanta, GAWest Palm Beach, FL
4 bedrooms 598 mi. $6,900

We decided to move some items last minute so the pricing was off from the original estimate. Otherwise everything went well including our vehicle being shipped.

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When it comes to the companies on this list, Proud American Van Lines is constantly updating us with new initiatives and programs they’re rolling out to make customer’s moves even better. The company is always trying to find ways to improve quality while still keeping costs affordable.

One example, late deliveries are a common complaint in the moving industry. But Proud American created an entire scheduling and logistics program around making sure items are delivered fast. This is a major perk for customers concerned about how quickly their items will arrive.

The company offers Binding Estimates based on the inventory of your move. Both phone and video estimates are available. Proud American also has a very competitive price matching policy if you find a better quote from a competitor.

Like many of the companies on this list, the company does typically require a deposit for long-distance moves. Their website could also use a little more information about how they operate.

Bottom line, Proud American is definitely a company to check out.

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Safeway Moving Systems

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Safeway Moving Systems LLC, (USDOT# 3166589), is a veteran-owned moving company with the mission to offer military precision relocation. Safeway offers very competitive pricing because they have access to a huge network of truck capacity across the country. Their multi-stage quality assurance process also ensures moves go smoothly from pickup to delivery. This focus on quality and affordable pricing is a huge reason why Safeway made our list.

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Services

  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage

The Good

  • Very competitive pricing
  • 1 month of free storage for all interstate moves
  • Handle small and large cross country moves
  • A portion of every move is donated to charity
  • Verification process to guarantee pricing and quality of service
  • High level of customer service and support
  • Veteran owned company

The Bad

  • Require a deposit at booking
  • No local moving services offered
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4.31 overall rating
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Anthony M.  —  08/01/2020
      5.00 / 5.00
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Washington, DCPhiladelphia, PA
2 bedrooms 140 mi. $3,450

Fantastic experience. I was able to get through on the phone to a live person when I initially called then given an account manager I could call directly which was helpful. We got our inventory done over the phone in less than 10 minutes and boom we were scheduled for a pick up window. The movers themselves were incredibly courteous and understanding. I don’t like to sit around and watch so I helped where I could but when they knew something was heavy they insisted on moving it and my back has them to thank for not being sore next day. Everything came out of the truck safe and sound and they were very innovative in getting the large furniture up stairs and through small doorways. I was genuinely impressed by their swiftness and efficiency. The foreman was very easy to talk to when there were specific instructions I needed to give. Really a great, personalized experience that I will recommend.

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Elizabeth P.  —  07/15/2020
      4.67 / 5.00
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Indianapolis, INVirginia Beach, VA
3 bedrooms 743 mi. $6,900

We had our previous company fall through, and we found ourselves in need of a truck in 3 days, to move 730 miles! They were able to walk me through the process and get our inventory detailed. We set everything up on Friday afternoon around 3pm. Saturday we were in constant communication with Safeway. The movers were supposed to arrive Wednesday, but the weather wasn’t ideal, so Thursday morning the movers were able to pack up the entire truck in 4.5 hours. They departed at 1pm and they were professional/well mannered. The next day, the crew of 3 delivering our belongings called with a delivery time of 12:30/1:00pm. They arrived at 12:30 and began unpacking. The only hold up was Safeway approving the payment amount because the movers were so fast! We got them paid, and they departed at 5:30pm with everything put together in the correct rooms. The company was in constant communication and was able to answer any questions we might have. We will be buying a house next year, and this is the moving company we will use, and recommend to others.

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Kate L.  —  01/03/2020
      4.00 / 5.00
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Chicago, ILHouston, TX
3 bedrooms 1,082 mi. $7,500

About 3 months ago my husband and I decided to move due to better opportunity. We had no time between trying to find a place, interviews, finding a great school for the kids so we came to the conclusion we were going to use a moving company. I reached out to a friend of mine who moved about a year back because I remembered her mentioning how great her moving company was. As soon as she told me the name I looked them right up and called, pricing was reasonable and so was delivery time. Only complaint I have is the three day pick up window but other than that everything went a lot better than I anticipated. Crew showed up on time, greeted me and my husband and did a walk through of the home with me. Very professional guys!! Clean cut with great attitude. On delivery our things arrived in the same condition they left in and they put everything where we asked. I appreciate their hard working crew!! Thank you

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Sean M.  —  12/15/2019
      3.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Ann Arbor, MINew Haven, CT
2 bedrooms 691 mi. $4,100

Moved from Ann Arbor, MI to New Haven, CT . Company was helpful, called several times to check inventory and ensure pick up and delivery went well. Was not happy with movers they picked. Insisted they arrive early to pack up our things and then arrived later than they said they would without providing explanation. Also charged more than original price quoted.

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Safeway Moving Systems LLC was founded by US Army Veteran Rad Freeman. Taking many of the key principles from his time in the military, Rad brings discipline, reliability, leadership, attention to detail, and a strong moral compass to an industry with a less than perfect reputation.

Something we like about Safeway is they’ve built a network of over 100 moving trucks across the country which allows them to find really competitive shipping rates. Safeway provides long-distance moving services to all 48 states but does not service Alaska or Hawaii.

If you’ve done any research on the moving industry you’ll know moves rarely go perfect. There is always some kind of issue; some worse than others. And problems typically stem from some kind of miscommunication. What’s unique about Safeway is they’ve built a system of followup and quality assurance throughout the moving process. This greatly reduces the frequency of problems. The company’s focus on quality is a big reason why they made our best interstate moving companies list.

We also really like that Safeway offers up to 1 month of free storage services for all interstate moves. Many companies charge hundreds of dollars per month for storage, so this a huge perk if you book with them.

Their quoting and booking process is fast and easily done over the phone. Or Safeway also offers video or in-home surveys if needed.

Like many other movers on this list, Safeway does charge a deposit to book a move with them. They also can take longer on delivery for certain cross country moves. Please be sure to ask your rep about expected delivery times.

Regardless, Safeway is certainly a company worth getting a free quote from.

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Compass Van Lines

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Compass Van Lines (USDOT# 3516181) is one of the highest rated interstate moving companies we've ever worked with. MovingCompanyReviews customers are always wowed by the company's high level of customer service and attention to detail. The company is truly customer-focused.
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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage

The Good

  • "Meet or beat" price matching policy
  • Free storage and re-delivery up to 60 days
  • Virtual "in-home" estimates offered for accurate pricing
  • Appliance disconnection and reconnection

The Bad

  • Require a deposit at booking
  • Not a good option for small moves
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HireAHelper LLC

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HireAHelper (USDOT# 3214531) started in 2007 and has quickly become an industry leader in both local and long-distance moving nationwide. Their innovative moving marketplace is the future of long-distance moving and we couldn't be more excited about it. They offer an affordable and consistent moving experience that far exceeds industry benchmarks. Don't be surprised if you soon see them at the top of this list in the near future.
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Services

  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage

The Good

  • First call quoting, get a quote in just a couple of minutes
  • Rates are typically 20-40% lower than the industry averages
  • $1,000 money-back service guarantee
  • Fast and accurate delivery times
  • Free damage coverage with additional coverage options
  • No hassle claims processing
  • Free cancellation with 48 hour notice
  • Movers aren't paid until after the job is done

The Bad

  • Not a good option for pianos, pool tables, or hot tubs
  • Not a good option for moves under 250 miles
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Customer Reviews

Mary M.  —  05/20/2020
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Chandler, AZIthaca, NY
4 bedrooms 1,299 mi. $6,950
The helpers at each end were very good - the Ithaca ones were amazing!
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Roger J.  —  03/20/2020
      5.00 / 5.00
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Lawrenceville, GABuckeye, AZ
3 bedrooms 1,914 mi. $5,350

I've moved a lot and I was really happy with this move. I was in a rush and able to get the moved booked quickly without spending hours on the phone. The quote was also less than 2 other companies. The mover crews on both ends were awesome. I was very satisfied.

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Mary A.  —  08/14/2020
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Berkeley, CAGallup, NM
1 bedroom 941 mi. $3,100

The movers were 2 hours late but other than that everything went well.

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Beth C.  —  09/20/2019
      4.67 / 5.00
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Cary, NCFort Collins, CO
5 bedrooms 1,721 mi. $11
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moveBuddha Review

HireAHelper is one of the largest companies in the moving industry. 10,000+ moves run through their platform every month! When it comes to local moves, we’ve already been recommending HireAHelper for years. So when they launched their long distance moving option we were excited about the potential. After a quiet launch in 2019, HireAHelper’s long distance moving program has developed into one of our absolute favorite options for interstate moves for a number of reasons.

First, you realize right away that HireAHelper is not your typical moving company. The company’s reps feel more like moving concierges than salespeople. This is because HireAHelper isn’t just simply selling full-service moves. The company has cut deals with nearly every major name in the moving industry. This means they can recommend everything from a rental truck all the way up to a professional move. Their reps take the time to understand a customer’s needs and fit them with the best solution for their move.

And because HireAHelper has access to an enormous amount of different moving options, they’re also able to find customer’s huge savings. A secret of the moving industry is most companies rely on customers not doing a lot of price shopping. But with a quick call to HireAHelper, you can get prices on a number of different moving options and mix and match services to get the best deal.

Another thing we love is the company puts its money where its mouth is with a $1,000 money-back service guarantee, free 48-hour cancellation policy, and free damage coverage. Not to mention, the movers aren’t paid until after the job is done. No other companies in the moving industry offer these kinds of guarantees.

The only time HireAHelper isn’t a good option is if your move includes large, bulky items like pianos, pool tables, or hot tubs. The company will still try to accommodate these items, but you’re probably better off going with a specialty moving company if you require these services.

HireAHelper is definitely worth a call. If nothing else, chatting with their reps will give you confidence in whatever moving decision you end up making.

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What is the average cost of long distance move?

Depending on the size and distance of the move, interstate moving costs can range anywhere from $900 for studio apartment going less than 100 miles to $3,500 to move a studio apartment cross country.

Larger, 4-5 bedroom homes on average can cost $2,000 to $5,000 going less than 100 miles and $8,500 - $15,000 going cross country.

The type of moving company, time of year, and any specialty items or service requests can also affect pricing. To get a ballpark estimate of moving costs check out our moving cost calculator.

How early should I book a mover?

Generally, we recommend booking a moving company 2 months before your expected move date. If you’re moving during the busy summer months (May-August) you may want to consider booking as early as possible. If you wait too long many companies will book up and your options will be limited. Check out our article on the best time to move for more info.

What services do professional moving companies provide?

A full-service moving company's basic package usually includes:
  • Loading and unloading of all items
  • Breakdown and reassembly of basic furniture
  • Moving blankets, pads, straps
  • All moving equipment (dolly, rollers)
  • Fuel, tolls, taxes
  • Parking permits
  • Basic valuation coverage (not insurance)

The following services typically cost extra:

  • Packing supplies like boxes, paper wrap, etc.
  • Full pack service of boxes & loose items
  • Short or long term storage (sometimes free)
  • Additional insurance coverage
  • Breakdown & reassembly of complicated furniture (IKEA)
  • Packing of fragile or bulky items
  • Full unpacking of boxes and loose items

How do I choose an interstate mover?

When moving long distance it’s important you choose a moving company with a strong reputation and solid track record of performing interstate moves. Moves across state lines require special licensing and expertise. Things to look for:
  • Active Department of Transportation (DOT) license and insurance
  • Positive FMCSA complaint history
  • Check online review sites
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Is the owner or employees listed on LinkedIn?
  • Are they active on social media?
  • Can you google their address? Are there trucks or a warehouse?

How can I move interstate cheaply?

Relocating long distance is expensive but there are some ways you can reduce your overall cost. A few ideas:
  • Consider “Do-it-yourself moving options
  • Move during off-peak times
  • Find free moving boxes and supplies
  • Downsize as much as possible

Check out our article on cheap ways to move out of state for more ideas and tips.

Do interstate movers have a minimum size requirement?

Most moving companies have a minimum size requirement of 1,000 pounds which is equivalent to roughly 40 medium-sized moving boxes or a small studio worth of household goods.

During the peak summer moving season (May-August), some moving companies increase their minimum size to 2,000 or even 3,500lbs. This is about the average weight of a one-bedroom apartment.

Do moving companies offer storage?

Most professional movers offer long and short term storage options. Many companies will offer 30 days of free storage (aka “Storage-in-transit”). Keep in mind the moving company will most likely store your goods in their warehouse so you will not have access to the items while stored.

If you’re relocating over 1,000 miles or cross country, you’ll want to consult your mover about delivery timeframes to make sure storage services are necessary. It’s not uncommon for deliveries to take over 2 weeks.

Can you hire movers just to load a rental truck?

Some moving companies offer labor only services, it just depends on the company. The best way to find labor-only moving services is on a website like HireAHelper.

Do moving companies charge extra fees?

The moving industry is notorious for low ball estimates and extra fees. If you hire a bad moving company they will often play games with their estimates and end up charging you more when the actual bill arrives.

Good moving companies will try to estimate the cost of your move as accurately as possible. Be sure to work closely with your mover and take the time to provide them with all the necessary details about your move.

Our article on legitimate ways a mover can increase your final cost is a good way to make sure you’re fully prepared.

Weighing the costs

How much does a moving company cost?

For moves within 50 miles companies typically charge $50 to $200 per hour depending on how many movers are needed.

For interstate moves, pricing is based on the distance and size of the move. Costs can vary greatly depending on the requirements of the move.

Be sure to check out our moving cost calculator to get a more accurate idea on what your move may cost.

Sample Pricing Table
1 Bedroom 2-3 Bedroom 4-5 Bedroom
<50 miles $300 – $700 $500 – $1,100 $1,000 – $2,900
250 miles $700 – $1,900 $1,600 – $2,900 $2,100 – $3,950
1,000 miles $1,100 – $2,700 $1,900 – $4,500 $4,100 – $7,800
2,500 miles $1,500 – $3,500 $2,900 – $6,500 $7,900 – $13,700

How can I save money when I'm moving?

We went deep undercover with industry insiders and got them to spill the beans on how you can save money when you use a professional mover.

Get multiple quotes

Long distance moving is a game of logistics. Different schedules, availability and more allow some moving companies to offer better prices than others.

Getting several quotes increases the odds you find a mover in a position to offer a discounted rate. Just make sure you find reputable movers!

Book early

Ideally, you should book your mover 30-60 days in advance. Moving companies will increase prices for moves booked last minute or worst case they may not have any availability at all.

Flexible pickup & delivery

Moving is a tough business and movers often face unexpected delays like weather or traffic issues. Customers with flexible move dates enable moving companies to build some cushion into their schedule. Often times resulting in a better price for you.

Sell, donate, trash items

Roughly 70% of your total cost is determined by how much you’re moving. Downsizing can help you save money, but be aware most movers have minimum size requirements so don’t get rid of too much.

Move mid-month

Rental leases typically turnover at the end of the month causing spikes in demand on those last few days. Avoiding the rush by moving in the middle of the month can often result in better pricing.

Move mid-week

Weekends are always a more popular time to move. If you move mid-week availability and pricing will typically be better.

Prep your move properly

Avoid getting charged for expensive packing materials on moving day by properly preparing your move. Mattresses should have covers, glass table tops need to be protected, all loose items need to go in boxes.

Work with your move coordinator directly to understand who is responsible for packing certain items. If you’re packing yourself, make sure you understand the mover’s packing standards or they will have to repack items at your expense.

What types of additional fees do movers charge?

A good moving company will always try to include all charges in their initial estimate. But details can change so it’s important to know any possible extra charges that may arise during the move.

Long carry

Most movers will charge an additional fee if the distance to your front door from the truck is over 75ft. If you live in an apartment building, the distance is measured from the front door of your actual apartment, not the building.

Stair carry

If there are more than 1 or 2 flights of stairs leading up to your residence, movers will typically charge a fee per additional flight of stairs.

Elevator

Some movers will charge an elevator fee if your residence is located on a floor that requires a lengthy elevator ride or if your building has a narrow elevator requiring a lot of trips.

Extra stops

Need to stop by a local storage unit or your in-law’s house? Movers will typically charge a fee for additional stops beyond the primary residence.

Handling fees

Movers will typically charge a fee for items such as heavy safes, riding lawnmowers, pianos, hot tubs, large tool chests, etc. These items typically require additional equipment and labor to ensure safe transport.

Connecting appliances

Some companies may charge an additional fee to disconnect and reconnect appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers.

Storage-in-Transit (SIT)

For long distance moves, most movers offer 30 days of free storage. For storage longer than 30 days, typically a monthly fee applies. If you require 6 months or more of storage you may want to consider delivery to a local storage unit or using a portable storage container for your move.

Additional valuation coverage

While every long distance moving company includes $.60 per pound of valuation coverage in their base price, it’s highly recommended you consider increasing this amount.

Expedited delivery

For an additional cost, movers agree to expedite your delivery and have your items delivered on or before a specific date.

Shuttle services

Most long distance moves will be done with a 53’ tractor-trailer (like you see on the interstate). If a full-size tractor-trailer can’t get to your residence, a smaller, shuttle truck may be necessary. Shuttles are frequently required in urban areas and can increase move costs significantly.

Guaranteed delivery

The movers will guarantee a specific date when your items are delivered. Depending on the distance and locations guaranteed delivery can be very expensive.

Full-packing

Most movers will offer the option to pack all your loose items into boxes for you. Having professionals pack everything will also extend your valuation coverage to all boxed items. So if a box isn’t packed properly the movers will be on the hook for it, not you.

Specialty packing & crating

Fragile items such as mirrors, glass table tops, grandfather clocks, flat screen TVs, chandeliers, etc., require specialty packing or crating to prevent damage. Work with your mover directly to understand who is responsible for packing delicate items. If you’re packing fragile items yourself, make sure you meet the movers packing standards or they will have to repack items at your expense.

What you get

What’s included with a professional mover?

Every moving company generally offers the same set of services for a basic full-service move.

Keep in mind, there are different types of moving estimates that can be hard to compare.

When getting quotes, ask every company to verify the exact services they’re offering.

What seems like a cheaper quote may actually just be because certain packing services weren’t included or the quote was done in cubic feet instead of weight.

If you’re working with a moving broker get the name of the actual moving company who will be performing the move.

Included
  • All loading and unloading
  • Breakdown & reassembly of basic furniture
  • Moving blankets, pads, straps
  • All necessary moving equipment (dolly, rollers)
  • Fuel, tolls, taxes
  • Parking permits
  • Very limited valuation coverage ($.60/lb)
Not included
  • Packing supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap, etc.
  • Packing of boxes & loose items (additional cost)
  • Storage (additional cost)
  • Additional insurance (available for purchase)
  • Breakdown & reassembly of complicated furniture (IKEA)
  • Packing of fragile items (additional cost)

How does a professional mover work?

A professional mover is the most convenient way to move but that doesn’t mean that you are off the hook entirely. Here’s how it works.

90 days out

The in-home estimate

In order to give you an accurate quote, the movers need to know exactly what you are moving.

To do this, each mover will send an agent to your residence to complete a survey of your move.

One week out

One week before the big move

If the mover isn’t the one packing and unpacking all of your belongings you need to make sure that it is already done before the mover arrives.

If it’s not, you may end up paying more.

The big day

Moving day

The big day is here, all of your belongings are boxed up and you’re ready to get started.

When the movers show up the first thing they’ll do is disassemble all of the basic furniture that needs it.

Then, they’ll make sure everything is wrapped in pads and blankets before they load it on the truck.

Up to 30 days later

The waiting is the hardest part

You’ve made the trip to your new home and now all you have to do is wait for the movers to show up.

Make sure you know ahead of time when you can expect your movers to arrive.

Welcome home

Delivery

When the movers arrive at your new residence, they’ll do everything they did before but in reverse.

They’ll unload the truck, and reassemble the furniture that needs it. If you paid for unpacking, they’ll do that too.

Other large national moving companies

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