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What are the best long-distance moving companies?

October 28th, 2013 - 3:47 PM

I’m moving long distance. What are the best moving companies for the job?

“You pack, we drive” moving companies rank high at the top of the list. I may be a little biased, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t wholeheartedly mean it. But to be fair, how about you be the judge. Here’s a helpful comparison of some of the leading types of long-distance moving companies.

You be the judge!

First are the traditional do-it-yourself moving companies, otherwise known as truck rental. I can definitely see why a lot of people moving long-distance are attracted to renting a truck and driving it themselves. The price usually starts out low. But add fuel, taxes, and damage protection and it starts to lose its appeal rather quickly.

For instance, according to the fuel estimator, a move from Las Vegas to Philadelphia could cost almost $1,200 for gas alone. And, when you consider the extra time spent on the road (more stops for fuel, and a slower drive) you’ll almost always end up paying more for hotel and food costs. Not to mention the pain that comes with driving a large, bulky rental truck across the country. The “I’m getting a good deal!” feeling you started out with doesn’t last long. Bummer.


Next up are the traditional do-none-of-it-yourself long-distance moving companies, otherwise known as full-service. I can see why someone might lean toward this option, too. Who wants to do the work yourself if you don’t have to, right? Well, you’ll want to have a full savings account if you want the full-service treatment. It can cost a pretty penny for sure.

If this is an option you’re leaning towards, keep two things in mind– 1) You could be waiting 4-6 weeks for your belongings because transit time with these companies is usually s.l.o.w. and 2) Your belongings could be co-mingled with other households or transferred during transit without your supervision. That’s definitely something to consider.

Okay, so now on to the long-distance moving company I think is best – “You pack, we drive” services like U-Pack.

Here’s the deal with U-Pack…you can pay a rate similar to or sometimes even cheaper than renting a truck, but you don’t have to drive. Seriously. A U-Pack price quote includes standard liability coverage, fuel, and taxes. And, U-Pack averages long-distance transit times of 2-5 business days. Now that’s MUCH quicker. You also don’t have to worry about co-mingling or transferring shipments because with U-Pack, your belongings stay the way you pack them until you’re ready to unload.

Some other things to consider…

With truck rental, you pay for the size of truck and the miles you’re going—so you pay for the whole truck whether you use it or not. With full-service long-distance moving companies, you pay by weight. With U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use and you can control the price by conserving space or loading/unloading at a service center near you.

If you like the idea of a U-Pack move, but you’re not sure you’re up to doing all of the loading and unloading, your U-Pack moving consultant can recommend moving help for one or both ends of your move. Typically, adding moving help to your U-Pack move will still cost less than a traditional full-service move. So yeah, that’s U-Pack in a nutshell.

U-Pack is affordable, fast, and really easy. But like I said, you’re the judge! Take a closer look at all your options, then start comparing them to what works for you.

If you need help choosing the best moving company for your long distance move, or you have questions about moving with U-Pack, give us a call at 800-413-4799, or leave a comment below! We’re happy to help you!