How To Find A Long-Distance Moving Company
It’s never easy moving house. Not only do you need to find a new home, but you also need to try and sell your old one at the same time. This is just finding the properties - actually physically moving your belongings can be one of the most stressful life events, especially if you are moving a long distance. For this reason, finding the perfect long-distance moving company is crucial to ensuring your move goes as smoothly as possible.
When it comes to moving, there are so many options out there that it can be quite confusing trying to pick a service. You may need assistance packing up all your stuff, or you may be ready to go and just need someone with a big vehicle. You may need assistance unloading and taking furniture upstairs when you arrive, or perhaps you won’t be traveling with your things and want to pick someone you can trust for yourself. Whatever your needs, Shiply has hundreds of long-distance movers ready to bid on our job, often for up to 75% less than standard rates. To get the best quotes, however, you will need to decide a few things about your long-distance move.
How Much Do Long-Distance Moves Cost?
It isn’t easy to give an accurate estimate for a long-distance house move due to a number of changing factors but, on average, you can expect to pay anything from $1,500 to $3,000.
As stated, there a quite a few factors that can affect the cost of an interstate house move, however, such as:
Moving Company Service Type - This can have a large effect on the sorts of quotes you get sent for your cross-country move. There are a few types to be aware of:
Self-Service moves are the most cost-effective type of moving service as it involves you doing lots yourself! If you are able to pack, load, and unload your possessions then this may be the option for you. All you are paying for is the vehicle and driver to move your items to their new home.
Loading Service is ideal if you are not able to load and unload all of your items into the vehicle and require assistance. You will typically pay a bit more for this assistance.
White-Glove Moving Service is the highest level of service you could get when moving long-distance. Whilst you will be paying more for the premium service, it will significantly reduce the amount of work and stress that goes into moving. Your long-distance movers will help pack and protect all of your belongings and ensure they are loaded and unloaded exactly where they need to be.
Distance - Distance is a clear deciding factor in how much your long-distance move costs. A NY to LA move will clearly cost more than going from coast to middle America for example.
House Size - How many things you have that need to be moved will determine how large the vehicle you require is, and larger vehicles will likely cost you more.
Time Of Year - Unfortunately there are some situations where adverse weather conditions such as ice, wind, and snow can block off some routes, meaning a longer route through may be required. It’s unlikely that this will affect you, but it helps to be aware of the risk.
How Can Shiply Help Find Long-Distance Movers?
Now that you hopefully have a better understanding of some of the cost factors and the different types of services that are available, it is time to find the right interstate moving company for you.
On our platform, all we need from you are a few details about your move such as the pick-up and drop-off locations, the desired dates, and how much there is to move. Once you have submitted these details, you will start receiving quotes for your long-distance move from companies on Shiply. These all collect all in one inbox so you can compare them easily. A feedback and rating system allows you to read previous users’ experiences of using the companies, and a messaging system means you can ask them any questions you may have.
On Shiply, quotes can often be up to 75% cheaper than usual as the drivers are often going there anyway and are looking to fill spare space in their vehicles. This is not only great for your wallet but also great for the environment as it keeps unnecessary delivery vehicles off of the road.
Preparing For The Long-Distance Moving Company
If you’ve looked at all options available and picked the company most suited to you, you can go ahead and accept their quote. Now, there are a few things to do when preparing for a long-distance move:
Let People Know - You need to let people know you are moving, whether it is your family, your friends, or the post office! It’s important that you update your address everywhere you need to to ensure you don’t miss anything important.
Cleaning - Moving house presents a great chance to clear out a lot of your old stuff and clean the items you will be keeping. Remember, the more you chuck out, the cheaper your move may end up being! Cleaning is also highly recommended before packing the vehicle up as it means you aren’t carrying old dirt and duster into your new home.
Materials - If you have opted for a non-white-glove moving service then you will need to get ahold of some packing materials yourself. Try going to local shops and asking for sare cardboard boxes - you will often be doing them a favor as they need to get rid of them! Bubble wrap and tape are also crucial for packing.
Packing - The number one piece of advice when packing for a long-distance move is to pack an overnight bag. If the journey is long and you get there late, the last thing you will want to do is trawl through all of your boxes looking for your toothbrush, ad so it helps to have necessities in an easy-to-access spot. We always recommend packing room by room, ensuring that any furniture is disassembled to reduce the risk of damage. You can’t be overly cautious with bubble wrap, so make sure you are happy everything is secure before moving.
What To Do After The Move
Once you have arrived at your new home, you will want to do a quick check to ensure that everything is as expected. You can’t possibly check every item, but ensuring that big pieces of furniture such as sofas and beds are intact is recommended. If you do have any issues you should aim to raise them with your chosen mover as soon as possible.
We also ask that you leave feedback for the long-distance moving company you chose so that users of Shiply in the future will know what to expect from them.
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Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
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Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
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