5 Best Interstate Movers Of 2020

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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American Van Lines

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • Over 20 years in business
  • Excellent customer service score
  • Best pricing we've seen
  • Can handle last minute moves
  • USDOT #614506
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Ekomovers

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • Over 12 years in business
  • Single, dedicated truck per move
  • Direct and fast shipping
  • Competitive, flat rate pricing
  • Plant a tree for every move
  • USDOT# 2460035
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JK Moving Services

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • Guaranteed pick up and delivery dates
  • Low deposit requirement of $250 for interstate moves
  • Easy and fast AI-powered in-home estimate tool
  • Only 2 DOT complaints in the past 3 years over 40k moves
  • Extremely responsive customer service
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Braha Moving Systems

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • High touch service
  • Very competitive pricing
  • 1 month free storage
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Air Van northAmerican Van Lines

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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • Over 85 years in business
  • More than 900 trucks in the fleet
  • 1,500 local agents covering all 50 states
  • Top major moving company in the U.S.
  • Highest rated nationwide moving company among moveBuddha customers
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American Van Lines

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American Van Lines (USDOT# 614506) started in 1995 with only two trucks and a single location. The company has grown to become a nationwide mover with over 70 trucks servicing all 48 states. Despite their rapid growth, American still feels like a family owned business.

This year, Newsweek Magazine commissioned an independent survey and found American Van Lines ranks as one of America’s Best Customer Service 2019 in the Moving Services category. Wow!

Their focus on customer service and affordable pricing put them at the top of our list!

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

The Good

  • Excellent customer service scores
  • Best pricing we've seen
  • Can handle last minute moves
  • Various options to get a quote (video, app, phone)
  • Private storage options available
  • Can handle antiques, pianos, fine art, etc.
  • Member of top industry organizations

The Bad

  • May require a deposit at booking

Customer Reviews

Michelle S.  —  11/20/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Washington, DCSouth Texas
1 bedroom 1,600 mi. $2,900

I googled American Van Lines and they had good reviews on Yelp and the Better Business Bureau. They were also responsive and gave me a reasonable price quote. Some of the other van line companies insisted on sending somebody to my house to do the measurements and the estimates in person which I didn't have time for but American Van Lines was able to do it when we needed to. The rep who assisted me with my purchase was helpful, responsive and she always called me back. She never left me hanging, which was rare. It was a great experience especially compared to the horrible experience with the other moving companies.

I was on the top floor of an old 1920's building in Washington, DC and they needed to move my one bedroom full of stuff. It was over 3,000 pounds of furniture and belongings, so they needed to move that out and down. Since I was in the city, they couldn't bring their semi-truck in, so they needed to go to U-Haul and get a shuttle vehicle to move all that stuff in. They were able to do all of that and then, they drove that 1,600 miles to South Texas. The crew was quick, pleasant, professional and good communicators. We liked them. The rep who assisted me with my move knew what I was talking about. She didn’t get any of the information mixed up which could happen when you are coordinating a bunch of different moves for a bunch of different people. She was able to keep everything straight so, it was easy. I never feared when I called her that she didn't know who I was.

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Harvey A.  —  8/30/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Lemoore, CAPompano Beach, FL
2 bedrooms 2,824 mi. $3,000

I researched moving companies and I got American Van Lines on one of the searches I did online. They're about five miles from where I live and their rates were good, so I went with them. The moving coordinator had very good customer service and I was kept informed with everything. I moved from Reno to Lemoore, California first and I dropped off a bunch of stuff there. Then about a month later or six weeks later, I was moving stuff from Lemoore to Pompano Beach. On both times, the gentleman who loaded the trucks was very nice and there were no damage. The move to Lemoore was right on time. The other one, I expected to get my things about a week or a little sooner than what was written on the contract which is about three weeks but it took almost all that time to get here. But other than that, everything was fine.

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Amy E.  —  7/21/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Brick, NJCoconut Creek, FL
3 bedrooms 1,252 mi. $6,900

I was moving from New Jersey to Florida. I knew somebody who used American Van Lines and this company came referred to them. Marcus, the moving coordinator, was wonderful. Whenever I left a message, he was able to call me back promptly. Like him, the consultant answered all my questions. Everything was explained thoroughly, as well, including the price. This was my first time doing a big move like this on my own, so as nerve-racking as it was, they were wonderful. And since I wasn't in my place, they knew I had a time to keep my stuff in storage for the month. We had that arranged and it worked out perfectly.

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Padraic S.  —  8/14/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Boca Raton, FLBedford, NH
2 bedrooms 1,492 mi. $3,800

Everything about our experience with American Van Lines was really good. We moved from Boca Raton, Florida to Bedford, New Hampshire, which was approximately 1,500 miles, and it took a couple of weeks. It was some time in the middle of August and we got our stuff towards the end of August. The leader of the crew that picked us up was the same guy who delivered our furniture, and he was really good. In some instances, he went above and beyond what would have been expected and we appreciated all of his help.

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As number one on our list, it goes without saying we really like American Van Lines (AVL). Unlike other large van lines, AVL has kept their operation lean. This allows them to offer high quality services at very affordable prices.

We can’t focus enough on American’s customer service. Every moving company is going to have some bad reviews. Mistakes happen, especially in the moving industry. But rarely do you see the owner of a large van line stepping in to make sure customers leave happy. Their focus on customer satisfaction is rare in the moving industry.

Other than great service and pricing, AVL is also able to accommodate last minute long distance moves. By using AI technology, they’re able to give customers accurate and binding estimates in minutes. Their focus on efficiency allows them to service last minute moves other companies can’t.

The only drawback we could find is sometimes AVL requires a deposit to book. We haven’t seen complaints about this policy so it’s safe to say AVL handles deposits fairly.

American Van Lines is an impressive company. The moving industry is changing. Costs are rising and a lot of moving companies struggle to offer competitive rates while maintaining service. AVL seems to have this formula figured out.

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Ekomovers

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Ekomovers (USDOT# 2460035) is one of our highest rated cross country moving companies because of their dedicated truck system and focus on customer service. They provide some of the fastest and most accurate shipping times for cross country moves in the industry.

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Services

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

The Good

  • Single, dedicated truck per move
  • Fast, direct shipping to your destination
  • Coast-to-coast long distance moving services
  • Flat rate, competitive pricing
  • Accept all major credit cards
  • 10+ years in business
  • Plant a tree for every move and utilize recycled boxes

The Bad

  • Larger moves may require 2 trucks
  • Require a 20% deposit to book

Customer Reviews

Larry B.  —  Summer 2019
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Pocatello, IDDunes City, OR
9,000 lbs. 752 mi. $8,300

Excellent company. Packed the truck with great care - zero damage.

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Josh B.  —  Summer 2019
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Pittsburgh, PASouth Jordan, UT
2 bedrooms 1,849 mi. $5,500

They haven't responded to our request to pay for a few broken items, but other than that it was a great experience.

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Vrishin S.  —  Summer 2019
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Boynton Beach, FLLos Angeles, CA
1 bedroom 2,699 mi. $3,800
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Arnie M.  —  Spring 2019
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Arlington, VALouisville, CO
2 bedrooms 1,676 mi. $5,790

They were excellent to work with. Driver and helper were extremely careful and conscientious, worked quickly and fulfilled everything that they said they would. I would use them again and recommend them in a heartbeat.

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Claire R.  —  Summer 2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Newport Beach, CASeattle, WA
1 bedroom 1,182 mi. $4,380

We were very pleased with EkoMovers overall. Only one item was damaged. EkoMovers called about making the move earlier than we had scheduled, but they accommodated our need to move on the original date. We would definitely recommend them.

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Brian C.  —  Summer 2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Carroll, IAPacifica, CA
2 bedrooms 1,788 mi. $6,455

I was very pleased with Eko Movers and am grateful to MoveBuddha for connecting me with such a great moving company.

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David P.  —  Summer 2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Columbia, SCBoston, MA
1 bedroom 919 mi. $4,532

We were very happy with EkoMovers. They were significantly cheaper than similar full-service movers, and we could not have been more pleased with their professionalism and service. They were consistently on time (early actually) and worked nonstop loading and unloading.

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Teresa S.  —  Summer 2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Oklahoma City, OKSeattle, WA
Studio apartment 2,004 mi. $4,800

EkoMovers got our business because they responded immediately by phone and email versus a few days later, & a week later for other companies. EkoMovers email was complete and included quote, moving checklist, insurances, moving rights & responsibilities. Especially appreciated that we had a dedicated truck. Sarah in the office, and Junior, the mover, were very pleasant to deal with. Our goods arrived in perfect condition as promised.

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Todd S.  —  Summer 2018
      4.67 / 5.00
Seattle, WAOmaha, NE
3 bedrooms 1,715 mi. $9,800

Did bad job packing, ran out of boxes and tape and didn't go get any more. Didn't bring anyone else on moving day who was strong enough to load a truck, I had to call the company to get them to find another person to load the heavy items. One person just sat on her phone smoking all day.

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Elizabeth B.  —  Spring 2018
      4.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Park Ridge, ILClearwater, FL
4 bedrooms 1,206 mi. $8,500
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moveBuddha Review

While Ekomovers isn’t a household name in the moving industry, their unique system of 26 foot trucks coupled with a focus on customer service has earned them the second spot in our interstate mover rankings.

Unlike traditional van line moving companies, Ekomovers uses a network of 26 foot trucks to service state-to-state moves. This means you get a dedicated truck with faster delivery times than most other long distance movers. Your goods are also never transferred from truck to truck, a feature we love about Eko.

The only drawback is for larger moves you may need 2 trucks which will increase your price a good bit. But speaking of pricing. Since you reserve the entire truck, Eko offers flat rate estimates and their pricing is very competitive with major moving companies.

We don’t like the fact they require a 20% deposit to book the move. We also aren’t thrilled the full valuation insurance is offered through a third party. However, we haven’t seen a lot of complaints referencing these issues so customers don’t seem to be finding them a problem.

Overall, we found Ekomovers to be a reputable and affordable option if you’re moving out of state.

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JK Moving Services

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JK Moving Services, (USDOT# 1065394), is a premium moving company and the preferred mover for U.S. Presidents and many Fortune 500 companies. JK has a reputation for a level of quality and professionalism that many moving companies lack. As with any elite service, JK Moving's pricing can often come in above the competition. But the added cost is worth the extra assurance your move will be handled professionally.
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Services

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

The Good

  • Guaranteed pick up and delivery dates
  • Low deposit requirement of $250 for interstate moves
  • Phone app that let's you message your movers, track your move and pay
  • Easy and fast AI-powered in-home estimate tool
  • Extremely responsive customer service

The Bad

  • Premium service and guarantee come with higher pricing
  • Not a good option for tight budget movers

Customer Reviews

Bill G.  —  4/17/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Afton, VANaugatuck, CT
2 bedrooms 447 mi. $6,700

Move process went great. Loading and unloading were smooth. They showed up on time and wrapped my belongings carefully. The price stayed the same. Guys worked hard. Everything went well would recommend to a friend.

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Patrick M.  —  2/15/2019
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Pompano Beach, FLBoston, MA
1 bedroom 1,471 mi. $4,200

Overall quality movers and a good experience. Some miscommunications but they were all resolved quickly. Price was a little higher than others but they gave me the best feeling. Happy I chose them.

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Michael F.  —  9/28/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Oakland Gardens, NYHermitage, PA
1 bedroom 397 mi. $3,400

JK impressed me on the initial call to get a quote and this professionalism and honesty continued throughout the move. The driver and crew put down plastic to protect the carpet and padded certain tight corners to protect against damage to the house. They did break a glass table top but the claim was processed quickly. I will use them again.

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Jason J.  —  3/19/2019
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Berkeley, CAMadison, WI
3 bedrooms 2,077 mi. $9,300

Berkeley, CA to Madison, WI. small 3 bedroom, we pack boxes they pack furniture and pack and unpack truck. On time and good service. Movers were honest and efficient.

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JK Moving Services is known in the corporate world as a goto mover for Fortune 500 companies. So if some of the largest companies in the world prefer JK, you know they must be doing something right. And with over 40 years in business, the company has an incredible track record of delivering high-quality moving experiences nationwide.

To prove our point, JK completed roughly 40,000 moves over the past 3 years. And out of all those moves, they only received 2 complaints with the Department of Transportation. That’s incredible. Most moving companies operating at that volume receive hundreds of complaints per year.

Another thing we really like about JK is they make getting an accurate quote easy. With their AI powered in-home estimate tool, you simply scan the rooms you’re moving. Then artificial intelligence builds an inventory list of all your items. Very cool!

So instead of waiting on an in-home estimator or spending an hour on the phone walking around your house, getting a binding quote only takes 10-20 minutes. And the best part, you can do it whenever most convenient for you.

Most moving companies will make loose promises around pick-up and delivery times. But not JK. The company offers guaranteed pick-up and delivery dates and they’re willing to bet money on them arriving on time. Definitely a huge bonus for anyone concerned with the timing of their move.

But high-quality services and guarantees come with a drawback; cost. JK is typically more expensive than other, more budget-focused moving companies. JK is not a good option for anyone on a tight budget or looking for a deal.

JK Moving Services is definitely a company to consider for anyone who wants that extra level of assurance that their move will be handled properly.

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Braha Moving Systems

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Braha Moving Systems (DOT# 2357509) is one of the highest rated long haul moving companies we've ever worked with. moveBuddha customers are always wowed by Braha's high level of customer service and attention to detail. Due to their smaller size, Braha is frequently booked up which is the only reason they come in at 5th on our list.

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

The Good

  • High touch service
  • Very competitive pricing
  • 1 month free storage offered
  • All major credit cards accepted

The Bad

  • Limited availability on long distance moves
  • Full value insurance is offered through a 3rd party

Customer Reviews

Emily Z.  —  8/17/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
New York, NYAnn Arbor, MI
1 bedroom 623 mi. $2,500

The final price was exactly as they had stated, which was great- but there was some miscommunication around whether they accepted credit cards. Still, they did a good job and everything made it safely!

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Marisa V.  —  7/1/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
New Hyde Park, NYFort Lauderdale, FL
4 bedrooms 1,296 mi. $9,600

Moving Buddha was a great help in assisting me with our move from New York to Florida. They made me feel comfortable and were knowledgeable about the moving market, including auto transport. They helped me in the selection of the most cost effective and responsible moving company. I decided to go with BRAHA. These guys were great and there packing was very diligent and organized. I would refer them again.

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Marhsall R.  —  6/28/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Charleston, SCChicago, IL
2 bedrooms 915 mi. $4,100
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Kelsie W.  —  6/25/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Minneapolis, MNCreve Coeur, MO
2 bedrooms 548 mi. $4,549

Braha Moving Company was one of the best and most affordable options. Our movers were efficient, on time, and respectful. They took time handling our items with care. Would definitely recommend them.

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Kevin C.  —  5/28/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Savannah, GABoston, MA
2 bedrooms 1,018 mi. $4,000

Everything went perfectly! I absolutely will use Moving Buddha and Braha Moving Systems again!

Normally I don't trust that online startups can deliver exactly on everything they promise, but this company truly goes above and beyond.

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Thomas O.  —  4/27/2018
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
Chicago, ILVernon Center, NY
3 bedrooms 727 mi. $6,400

We moved our 2 bedroom home and an extensive woodworking shop from Chicago to Upstate NY. Braha managed it all with minimal bumps, bruises, or breakage, and they did it for a price that was well below the competition. Our closing on the new property was also delayed by over two weeks and they were very flexible, keeping our belongings in storage for free during that time. Most of the employees speak English as a second language, but this didn't present itself as a major barrier in most cases, although sometimes all parties to the conversation had to explain ourselves a few times to get the point across.

Our experience was not without its hitches, but I've made a number of major moves in my lifetime and I've learned to keep my expectations realistic. For instance, they charged an exorbitant amount ($700) to the final cost when I asked them to take two rain barrels (50 gallons each). They added almost nothing to the overall weight and didn't take up that much more room. Nevertheless, we'd saved so much on their original price, I decided not to complain.

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Alexander C.  —  4/15/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
New York, NYSan Francisco, CA
Studio apartment 2,914 mi. $3,800

They were incredibly responsive over email and phone and delivered the materials in the ideal time frame. I packed all the boxes but nothing arrived broken or damaged. Really happy you steered me towards them -- thank you!

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Braha Moving Systems is a relative newcomer into the long distance moving game, but the company was founded by industry veterans with ambitions to build a world class long distance moving company.

Despite their small size and brief history, customers absolutely love Braha. In fact, we probably wouldn’t have even considered Braha for this list had it not been for the incredible number of overwhelmingly positive reviews we’ve received about Braha over the past 2 years.

The company offers affordable rates when compared to other, larger van line quotes. Something we can all appreciate considering how expensive moving is. And if you’re in NYC, they also offer a month of free storage.

One drawback to Braha, due to their size they do have limited national coverage and availability for long distance moves. We recommend you submit your information to them well in advance. We also didn’t like that Braha offers their full value protection coverage through a third-party insurance company. This tends to make submitting a claim more difficult, although we haven’t seen any complaints regarding claims issues from Braha customers.

If Braha Moving Systems continues to offer such incredible service as they grow we could see them at the top of our list of interstate movers in a few years time. Absolutely get a quote from them.

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Air Van northAmerican Van Lines

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Air Van northAmerican, (USDOT# 70851), is an excellent choice for long distance moves. With over 85 years in business and a network of 1,500 local agents covering all 50 states, Air Van northAmerican is one of the largest moving companies in the US. They are also the highest rated nationwide moving company among moveBuddha customers.
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  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage

The Good

  • Highest rated by moveBuddha users
  • Handle both local & long distance moves
  • Offer "Binding not-to-exceed" estimates
  • 1,500+ locations covering all 50 states
  • Online shipment tracking
  • 85+ years in business

The Bad

  • Need to book well in advance

Customer Reviews

Jon S.  —  Winter 2019
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Washington DCSeattle, WA
1 bedroom 2,748 mi. $7,000

North American was well worth the cost for a transactional move. Overall very pleased.

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Nadia K.  —  Summer 2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Greenville, SCLos Angeles, CA
4 bedrooms 2,334 mi. $4,378

Overall I had a good experience - the company was responsive and helpful, and I felt comfortable that they would deliver everything in good condition. They were quick to deliver my stuff, and gave me clear feedback on how I could minimize costs.

My contact there was also particularly helpful on the move in day when there was only one person moving in 90% of the stuff and I got worried about how he would handle the large furniture.

I have to say, it was a bit odd just to have one guy doing the majority of the work at the end, but he moved relatively quickly and someone did come help with the large items. In any case, I was able to call my contact and express my concerns, which were immediately addressed.

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Sharon L.  —  Summer 2018
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Fairfax, VAEast Lansing, MI
3 bedrooms 591 mi. $8,515

The final price was below the estimate and the crews on both ends were very good.

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Jinyu S.  —  Spring 2018
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Plano, TXRedlands, CA
2 bedrooms 1,388 mi. $3,700

The insurance comes out with addition tax or fees, but not much though. Some minor damages and the claims take a few weeks and still waiting. Amazing driver took some extra leg work instead of charging me the shuttle fee, big savings there.

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Barry S.  —  Spring 2018
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
Anacortes, WAColumbia, MD
2 bedrooms 2,834 mi. $5,500

They were a day later than expected, but no big deal. Bad weather that they had to contend with. The whole team did a good job. I honestly am not sure that it all got here because a month later I haven't opened all the boxes yet. They properly adjusted the cost down when we shipped less than estimated.

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The results are in and moveBuddha customers love Air Van northAmerican Van Lines. We consistently see Air Van northAmerican earning top marks across the board, especially in the areas of customer service and honest pricing.

One thing we really like about AirVan northAmerican is the company offers “Binding Not-To-Exceed” estimates. These estimates give you the piece of mind that you won’t be charged more than the estimate but also allow your price to be reduced later on if your move ends up being smaller they adjust the price. That’s an honest estimate!

The company also has a huge array of services they offer including storage, fragile item crating, piano/hot tub moving, full packing/unpacking, and more. With 85 years of experience, there’s nothing AirVan northAmerican hasn’t moved at this point.

Something we found frustrating about North American is they book up quickly, especially during the summer. If you don’t call well in advance (2 months or so) don’t be surprised if they don’t have any availability.

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.

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