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Best Options For Moving Long Distance

Updated on October 9, 2015

What Works For You?

So you got a new job on the other side of the country. You are thinking about new schools, learning the new area, finding the closest Starbucks. But before all that comes the dreaded move. Even local moving can be very tedious, but moving across the country can be downright brutal. There will be many things you need to decide about your move and here we will talk about your options when making a long distance move.

DIY Or Hire Professional Long Distance Movers

The 1st decision you will have to make is, are you going to rent a truck/trailer or will you hire a long distance moving company. Both options have their perks either in price or convenience. In most cases the DIY option will cost you much less, but not always. When hiring movers there are many things to think about which we will tackle later in the piece.

Finding The Best Long Distance Mover For Your Move

Now this process can be a little trickier as these people will be responsible for the transportation of your belongings and also the handling of them. You will want to check their BBB rating and also their reviews across the web as well. I would never recommend going on Craigslist for a long distance move as there tends to be more scammers on there. My 1st stop would be a site like Find Good Movers where you can see all best movers, watch videos and also get free moving quotes from pre-screened movers in your area. There are other sites like this too, but this one is best by far. Otherwise you can use sites like Yelp, Google, Bing or Superpages. This can work but you will end up having to call each mover one at a time for moving quotes.

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Moving Yourself VS Hiring Long Distance Movers

Which Moving Truck Company To Use?

When picking a moving truck company you have 3 main options with Penske, U-Haul and Budget truck rentals. Their prices tend to be competitive with each other, but we suggest getting a quote from each one before choosing. They all make it simple to get quoted online so it is pretty painless. Let’s take a sneak peek at each moving truck company at a glance.

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U-Haul is probably the most familiar moving truck company to all of us. They currently have an A+ with the BBB which means if there are complaints they tend to handle them and not ignore them. They are franchised so it is hard to give them a quality rating across the board (the other 2 companies are the same as well). My experiences personally with them have been pretty good. Visit Website

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Penske is another huge moving truck company. They also have an A+ with the BBB meaning again that they handle most complaints promptly. My personal experience has been great with this company and their trucks seem to be newer every time I use them. Visit Website

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Budget - Truck Rental

Budget truck although popular, is still a little less known then the other 2 top truck rental companies. They also have an A+ on the BBB for Budget Truck Rental. I will say Budget truck rental also has a great reputation for being a cheap long distance moving alternative.

Budget Truck Rental Video

So Which Is For You? DIY or Hire A Mover?

Well if you like the idea of just packing it up and being done with it. And you are also willing to pay the extra moving costs for convenience you will want to hire long distance movers. If you have no problem packing, also packing up the truck and unloading then renting a truck may be for you. My advice is to explore both options and come to an educated decision 1st . No matter what you choose to do , I wish you good luck and happy moving.


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      James Bailey ll 18 months ago

      Well done article on movers and some of the processes. The federal government has a publication "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move" which all long distance movers are suppose to provide giving an estimate. You should look this pamphlet up before you have movers in your home to do an estimate. One great tip is to take a day and have 3 to 4 movers scheduled a 2 hour intervals through out the day. It is best to have your significant other with you so that you are giving an accurate portrayal of the inventory of the items to be moved. You will also need to make some decisions on utilizing packing services before the estimate so that you can provide all the moving companies with the exact same information.

      The second biggest thing you will want to accomplish is took work on organizing how you will go about packing and labeling items for the move. If you color code or number rooms then you can make it easier and quicker for the movers to identify where each item should end up. You can also go make up a layout of furniture placement for each room so that the movers can place the furniture in the proper location.

      I have a great guide to help you with a lot of the small details that you will want to take care of on under the Moving Tips tab. The physical move is just a small part and utilizing a schedule will help you stay organized and on top of the 100's of small details. It is know fun in your next home if you think you scheduled the cable company but you actually didn't and it just slipped through the cracks.

      Overall be patient and learn a little about the moving business. Get prepared and start the work of moving early and often. Goodluck

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      nupur 4 years ago

      I shifted many times after my marriage . But the most trouble some part is choosing the right movers and packers.

      After reading this article I would definitely try this company as it seems to be a good and reliable company, which is very important while shifting.

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      Eric 4 years ago

      Yeah I saved money from Find Good Movers, really I never knew about that site until you told me, thanks dude!

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      Micca 4 years ago

      We've only moved once. And it went well. DIY or hiring someone to do the job will do as long as you exercise DILIGENCE. Especially at valuable things and the likes :)

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      Arun 4 years ago

      It is nice

      It includes good information

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      wan 4 years ago

      Don't go with any mover you haven't checked out first and search online for complaints from other customers before picking anybody. I would prefer this one.

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      retroworker 4 years ago

      I think penske is better. By the way, great article Love it. Nice information. Really helpful. I am shifting to a new house and will be wanted somebody to lift things.

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      charot 4 years ago

      Packing is a drag but I have to do it myself. One section of the house at a time. So I'm a DIY mover but i need somebody to lift the heavy stuff though.

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      Rana 4 years ago

      Wow! This really is a lot of great timely information to help me with my move. Thank you!

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      Robert 4 years ago

      I enjoy the fresh feeling of moving, so I always tend to do everything myself.

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      Ben 4 years ago

      Bookmarking this page now and sharing on Twitter. Great stuff!

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      Ronald Howard 4 years ago

      Nice information here, I used Penske in the past without any probs. Probly will be using them again soon.

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      James 4 years ago

      This is the most complete moving information I've found packed into 1 page. Well written and nice vids.

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      Ace 4 years ago

      Man this was a great hub with lots of good info. Nice going dude nice tips!

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      Alice J 4 years ago

      I have moved several times in my life and I prefer using the UHaul trucks. So far their service have been pretty reliable for me. Overall I always prefer hiring someone to help me move.

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      SolveMyMaze 4 years ago

      Great Hub! Moving house is a stressful time as it is, but doing it long distance is even worse. I totally agree about checking the delivery companies rating with the BBB. Ideally this would be along with recommendations from friends or family, or, if you're working because of your job, a company your employer can recommend.

      It's good as well that there's also a budget rental option for those that are strapped for cash.

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      Dan 4 years ago

      Hey that findgoodmovers site really was helpful. Glad I found your hub. Will be back!