ILL tries to solve this problem by spelling out everything that goes into your quote, from the rate for each flight of stairs to the increased cost of bulkier items. In our eyes, this kind of pricing transparency is a trademark sign of a reliable moving company.
If we have the choice to pay what we expected or cough up an extra $250 or more after our move, we’ll take the first option, please! In our experience, ILL’s transparency doesn’t mean it’s significantly more affordable than its competitors.
However, based on the number of customers who leave happy with their move and the wide array of services ILL offers, we believe it’s well worth the cost. So whether you served your country, are enjoying retirement, or both, let your ILL rep know, so you can save a few bucks on your final bill.
AVL doesn’t offer quotes online, so you might be surprised to see them ranked as our favorite company for up-front pricing. Once AVL has a full inventory of your belongings and knows how far you’re moving, it’ll calculate one flat estimate for your move based on how much your shipment weighs and how many days it’ll take to get from point A to point B.
While instant online quotes are convenient, they’re often inaccurate representations of what your move will actually cost in the end. Flat-rate pricing ensures that your binding estimate will accurately predict what your move will cost.
As an added bonus, many cross-country movers who charge flat rates are motivated to do their work quickly and efficiently, so they can turn a profit (you’ll pay the same amount if the move goes more quickly than projected), so your shipment might get delivered ahead of schedule. You probably wouldn’t be too grateful to have a flat-rate estimate if the representative servicing your move was rude to you over the phone or in person.
That’s why we looked into AVL’s customer service, and we’re happy to report that the company has an excellent track record in this department as well. In fact, AVL’s customer service was recently recognized by Newsweek as some of the best in the moving industry.
On top of this impressive kudos from Newsweek, AVL also has hundreds of glowing customer reviews that praise its punctuality, fair prices, attention to detail, professionalism, and (surprise) customer service. Allied Van Lines is a full-service long-distance mover that maintains one of the largest moving networks in the world.
In fact, our relocation specialist even advocated for not using certain services because he didn’t believe they were worth the money for our one-bedroom apartment. You can read more about our in-home estimate in our full Allied Van Lines review, but overall, it was a very positive experience.
From full-service and fragile-only packing to appliance disconnection and reconnection to furniture disassembly and reassembly, North American offers a slew of add-on moving services. If you have an unlimited budget, you can go entirely full service and have a North American moving crew pack and load everything for you.
North American makes it clear which services are included in the overall cost of your move and which are extra. You can also pay for help you want once you’ve arrived at your new home (reattaching the legs on your dining room table or plugging in your smart TV, for example).
We think this freedom to tailor your move shows that North American is flexible and considerate of its customers’ needs (and budgets). If you fill out an online request for an estimate from North American Van Lines, expect an initial barrage of emails and phone calls.
Compare these prices to the rates we’ve gotten from PODS, and it’s clear what the budget option is. We want to reiterate that moving prices are highly contextual, and they depend on a lot of factors.
PODS’ wider selection is ideal for budget hunters since it means you’ll always get the most space for your money. But if you’re moving tons of furniture and household goods, renting one or two PODS containers instead of several from another company is probably best for your wallet.
You can learn all about this family’s firsthand experience by reading What to Expect When You Move with PODS. Because moving is expensive, and you’ll do it only a handful of times in your life, you don’t get a do-over like you would if you ate at a bad restaurant and had to salvage dinner elsewhere.
Above all, remember this rule of thumb: after speaking with a company in the early stages, if you find you’re more stressed out or confused than you were before you called, it’s likely not going to get any better if you choose to move with them. Before you settle for a potentially bad experience, do some research, shop around, and trust your gut.
Several of our favorite moving companies also provide auto transportation, but it’s not a service they all offer. We’ve thoroughly researched every company on this list to ensure they’re all trustworthy, so you don’t need to worry about getting scammed by one of them.
Any company authorized by the FMCSA meets government standards for safety and trustworthiness. A national moving company that’s been in business for several years is far less likely to be a scam than a local brand you’ve never heard of.
For local moves, they can cost as little as $500, but you should expect to pay closer to at least a thousand bucks. Packing, hauling, and driving a moving truck yourself may seem like a smart way to save some cash.
Gas: Big moving trucks aren’t the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, so fuel costs can easily add an extra zero to your bill. Lodging: If you’re moving long distance, you’ll likely have to break your trip up over multiple days and find a hotel or two along the way.
Coverage: No matter how carefully you pack your things, items may still break during your trip. Moving coverage through a full-service mover (even if it costs extra) ensures you’re covered in the event of a loss.
No matter which interstate mover you choose, we’d love to hear how your moving experience went. Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over three years of copywriting experience.