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Long-Distance Moving FAQs

July 2nd, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Are you moving long distance?
If you are, and you've been searching for the best way to move long distance, the experts at U-Pack are here to answer your long distance moving FAQs!

What is a long-distance move?
While each moving company defines long-distance moves differently, U-Pack defines them as interstate moves, from one state to another within the United States and Canada. They're normally farther than 300 miles.

What kind of companies can provide long-distance moving?
There are three major types of moving companies that can provide long-distance moving:

  1. You Pack, They Drive (like U-Pack Moving)
  2. Truck Rental
  3. Full-Service

How do I compare the long-distance moving options above?
The best way to compare your long-distance moving options is by getting moving quotes. The quote should tell you the estimated price and what services are included. With this information in hand, you can easily see how each company stacks up against the next. When you get a moving quote from U-Pack, you’ll see that there is no additional charge for sales tax, highway tolls, damage protection, fuel or the driver.  


Are all of the moving options above able to move me to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada or Puerto Rico?
The short answer is: it depends on the company. Each has its own coverage area. U-Pack is able to move you to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Puerto Rico – and we can do it faster than most full-service movers. Of course, you can’t drive a rental truck to Hawaii or Puerto Rico, but you can drive one to Canada or through Canada, up the narrow and 10% unpaved Al-Can Highway to Alaska. But most people prefer letting the professionals do it, and you’ll definitely save money on off-shore moves with U-Pack.

How do I research long distance moving companies?
Start by asking your friends and family, then check out what people have to say on consumer review sites epinions.com, movingscam.com, or the Better Business Bureau. Here you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect with each company.


What questions should I ask each long distance moving company?
U-Pack has prepared 10 questions you should ask every moving company, and of course, our answers are included.


How much should I save before moving long distance?
Depending on where you’re moving from and to and who you choose to move you, your long-distance move can cost a little or a lot. The best way to know how much to save is to begin getting moving quotes early on. Once you know how much your move costs, you’ll know how much to budget for. And don’t forget to look into all the ways to save with U-Pack!

What qualities should I look for in a long-distance mover?
The long-distance mover you choose should be dependable, convenient, safe, secure, professional, trustworthy, efficient, caring and helpful. And at the same time, they should also offer competitive, affordable prices. Can you think of more? Comment below with qualities you look for in long-distance movers!

What are the best companies for moving long distance?
The best companies for moving long distance are the ones that truly offer an affordable price and superb quality. Customers who choose U-Pack find exactly that – in fact, 78% of U-Pack customers chose us to move long distance because of the price. In a recent U-Pack review, Carly, from Washington, D.C. had this to say about her U-Pack move:

"Extremely helpful and courteous reps from sales to the terminals. Easy and quick. Would certainly recommend to anyone moving long distance. Thanks!" – Carly, D.C.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?
In our experience, U-Pack is. But the only way to find out for sure is to get moving quotes and compare. If a low price is your ultimate goal, you may want to go ahead and mark full-service off your list. And if paying more to do all of the work on your own doesn’t sound appealing, you can mark truck rental off too – You’ll be paying a lot to fill up the gas tank on top of the price just to rent the truck – especially if you’re moving long distance.


Can I move long distance on short notice?
It just depends on what company you choose. Many traditional moving companies require 4 to 6 weeks notice; however, a short notice move with U-Pack is almost always possible. If you need to move long-distance on short notice (like an immediate job relocation) U-Pack is flexible enough to get the job done. Call today!

Where can I find long distance moving tips, like when to move and how to pack?
Get packing tips, loading tips, a moving checklist and moving videos all on the U-Pack website. It’s just another way we make sure your long-distance move goes smoothly.

How much will a rental truck cost me in fuel alone to move long distance?
To determine how much money you’ll spend on fuel with a rental truck, use our Rental Truck Fuel Calculator.

How long will it take to move my belongings long distance?
Again, it depends on who you choose to move your belongings long distance. U-Pack averages cross-country transit times of 2 to 5 business days. On average, full-service movers take around 2 to 4 weeks. If you want your belongings sooner rather than later, U-Pack is the way to go.  

How do I know my belongings are safe during a long distance move?
This is where choosing a reputable mover comes in. Choosing a mover you trust, with good reviews goes a long way. You also want to make sure you have the ability to track your shipment 24/7. Keep in mind that with most full-service movers, your belongings are likely to be co-mingled with other household goods, and transferred to another truck in transit. Then, remember that with truck rental you’ll likely be making more stops along the way (to fuel up, eat and take breaks). This leaves more time for your belongings to be left alone in transit. U-Pack moves are transported by ABF Freight System, Inc. the only six-time winner of the American Trucking Association’s Excellence in Security Award, and one of the most reputable companies in the industry. With U-Pack you can track your shipment online or by phone, 24/7, and your belongings are never co-mingled or transferred.

How much does it cost to move long distance?
Your price is based on three factors: when you’re moving, where you’re moving, and how much you’re moving. Once you have this information, getting an instant moving quote is easy. Just enter it online, and you’ll see your price immediately.  


Who can I talk to about my long distance move?
Leave a comment below, or call a U-Pack moving specialist at 800-413-4799 to talk about your long-distance move.