5 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 long distance moving companies in the industry.

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American Van Lines

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Licensed Insured
  • 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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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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Licensed Insured
  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • 1 month of free storage for all interstate moves
  • Veteran owned
  • 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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Licensed Insured
  • Professional Drivers
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Moving Supplies
  • Moving Insurance
  • Storage
  • "Meet or beat" price matching policy
  • Free storage and re-delivery up to 30 days
  • Virtual "in-home" estimates offered for accurate pricing
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Air Van northAmerican Van Lines

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Licensed Insured
  • 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 agent van line 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
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4.85 overall rating
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Customer Reviews

Lee R.  —  5/20/2020
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Midland, TXJuniper, FL
1 bedroom 1,562 mi. $3,300

Benjamin and Brendan did a fantastic job. Customer service (Elana) also very good.

A little hiccup on the pricing as the inventory I submitted wasn't accurate. The binding estimate nearly doubled but they changed to arrangement to weight-based which raised the price about $600 but was not unreasonable. I guess lesson-learned is to really understand the inventory needs to be accurate. Would highly recommend.

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Michelle S.  —  11/20/2019
      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.  —  8/30/2019
      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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moveBuddha Review

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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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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4.5 overall rating
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Customer Reviews

Bill H.  —  May 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Ocean Township, NJPort St. Lucie, FL
3 bedrooms 1,148 mi. $7,500

Well handled and executed move from Jersey to Florida. One truck, my stuff, 2 days...perfect.

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Janet R  —  May 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
El Paso, TXCranston, RI
2 bedrooms 2,366 mi. $6,700
They were great. Nothing to complain about.
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Dana D.  —  February 2021
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
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.  —  December 2020
      4.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
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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Proud American Van Lines is always trying to find ways to improve quality while still keeping costs affordable. The company is constantly sending us updates with new initiatives and programs they’re rolling out to make customer’s moves even better. This is one of the main reasons Proud made our list this year. Companies that constantly work to improve their service tend to outperform their competitors.

An example of this is when it comes to delivery time frames. 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 which we aren’t thrilled by. Their website could also use a little more information about how they operate and which services they offer.

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 accurate 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

  • 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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4.5 overall rating
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Chris W.  —  June 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Des Moines, IAConroe, TX
4 bedrooms 894 mi. $15,000

I have moved a lot in my life as former military. This was a big move. We got a lot of quotes, Safeway gave us a price in the middle but their rep Andrew was the most detail oriented and gave me confidence in the price. A few minor issues parking the truck at pickup. Otherwise, move went very smooth.

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Melissa C.  —  May 2021
      4.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Lakeside, TXGrand Junction, CO
Studio Apartment 932 mi. $3,500

Getting quotes from long distance movers was a real pain, would love to see the process be improved. Overall, Safeway did what we hired them to do. No frills, but they got it done.

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Anthony M.  —  March 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
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.  —  January 2021
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
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.  —  August 2020
      4.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
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.  —  April 2020
      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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moveBuddha Review

Safeway Moving Systems LLC (not to be confused with Safeway Moving and Storage) 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 follow-up 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) specializes in cross country, coast to coast moves. The company leverages a national network of high-quality moving companies to provide competitive pricing while maintaining a high level of service. Their “meet or beat” price matching policy and 30-day free storage option make Compass one of the best long distance moving companies out there.
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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 30 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
  • No local moves
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4.5 overall rating
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Michael G.  —  April 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Atlanta, GACedar, MI
2 bedrooms 1,255 mi. $6,400

We had two companies bid the job. Compass was the best and did a terrific job.

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Paul L.  —  January 2021
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
Colorado Springs, COBattle Creek, MI
2 bedrooms 1,225 mi. $4,262

Arrived when stated. Good communication from moment of booking until after move completed. I really couldn't recommend these guys more - they were fantastic!!!

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Clyde, L.  —  December 2020
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Austin, TXHenderson, NV
2 bedrooms 1,255 mi. $5,200

Movers were timely and fast. Overall good experience.

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John N.  —  August 2020
      4.67 / 5.00
  Recommended
Paris, VAGrandview, MO
3 bedrooms 1,025 mi. $2,950

They were fast and very polite. All our furniture was moved in pristine condition and wrapped up very well and carefully. Mike and Michele became almost like family with how friendly they were while they helped us move for about five hours. Overall I would highly recommend Compass Van Lines and the two employees, Mike and Michele that performed my move today.

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Kenneth C.  —  September 2020
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
Austin, TXElmwood Park, IL
2 bedrooms 1,120 mi. $4,500
They are the fastest movers we have ever used. Amazing energy and attitude.
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There is a big difference between moving down the block and moving cross country. Most moving companies aren’t equipped to properly move customers from one coast to the other. But Compass Van Lines has specifically built the company to handle the complications of long distance moves. The company has partnerships throughout all 48 states to provide moving services to just about anywhere.

When comparing Compass’s pricing to other long distance movers, the company was very competitive, often offering some of the best pricing we could find. On top of already great pricing, the company offers a “meet or beat” price matching policy in case another company comes in with a better offer. The company does require at least a phone call to get a binding estimate.

Again, Compass is focused on interstate moves so they don’t offer any local moving options. The company also doesn’t service moves smaller than a one bedroom apartment. And, like most movers on this list, the company requires a deposit at booking.

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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
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4.35 overall rating
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Steve W.  —  May 2021
      5.00 / 5.00
  Recommended
Belleville, ILGriffin, GA
3 bedrooms 588 mi. $6,700

One of the few to send someone to your house for estimate. Great price. I came in $3000 less than estimate because did a lot of our own packing. Move was flawless.

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Nadia K.  —  April 2021
      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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Eve P.  —  March 2021
      4.33 / 5.00
  Recommended
Smyrna, GADenver, CO
1 bedroom 1,394 mi. $3,400

Movers were profesional and prompt. It was slightly over our planned budget but was worth it because our belongings came so quickly and with only one item damaged.

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Jinyu S.  —  January 2021
      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.  —  December 2020
      4.33 / 5.00
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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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moveBuddha Review

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.

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Methodology

We've been evaluating moving companies for over 10 years and have developed a rigorous review system to identify the best moving companies. We look at:

Customer satisfaction (40%): The company consistently delivers services in a timely matter with good communication and within the estimated cost.

Dispute resolution (20%): Mistakes cannot be avoided in the moving industry. We look for companies that own their mistakes and make genuine efforts to fix any issues that arise during a move.

Industry reputation (15%): The company is well regarded within the moving industry and participates in industry conferences and organizations.

Online reputation (10%): The company maintains a professional website with accurate information. The company promptly and professionally responds to online customer inquiries.

Service options (10%): We look for companies with a deep breadth of services including full packing, storage, specialty item handling, expedited delivery and more.

National availability (5%): The company offers origin and destination services across the country.

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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.

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