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How Does Long-Distance Moving Work? Everything You Need To Know

So, you're in the process of planning a long-distance move. You're ready to wave goodbye to your hometown and settle in a new city hundreds of miles away. Whether you're moving 500 or 2,000 miles away, moves of this size can be challenging. They take more planning and preparation than regular moves from neighborhood to neighborhood. That's why we always recommend hiring a moving company instead of taking the DIY approach to a move of this size.

Wondering how long-distance moving works?

We're here to walk you through the long-distance moving process at Allied Van Lines, so you can prepare yourself for the move and hire the best long-distance movers. We've been in the business for over 95 years and have a 96% satisfaction rate. From the moment you request a quote to the day you move in — you'll be taken care of. 

Here's how long-distance movers work:

Start Planning Your Long-Distance Move

Before you can start looking into moving companies and long-distance movers,you need to get organized. Long-distance moves can be expensive and complicated. To ensure you're prepared for the upcoming task, there are a few steps you can take:

  • Set a Budget: Your budget is the maximum amount of money you want to spend on moving companies and long-distance movers, plus any unexpected expenses. 
  • Compare Moving Companies: You should aim to compare at least two to three quotes from different moving companies. This way, you can find affordable movers with services and pricing that align with your needs. 
  • Plan Three to Two Months Ahead: You'll want to start looking into moving companies at least two to three months in advance. This way, you can lock in your desired move date and prepare for the transition. 

How Does Long-Distance Moving Work?

Long-distance moving isn't easy, but it's a part of life. We can make moving your possessions from point A to point B as simple as possible, no matter how far. Our long-distance moving services are extensive from state to state, providence to providence, or even country to country. 

Once you have a set moving budget and are ready to hire moving companies and long-distance movers, it's time to reach out to Allied Van Lines. 

Here's how our long-distance moving process works:

Initial Consultation

Give us a call, and our dedicated customer service agents will assist you in making arrangements to utilize our long-distance moving services. We're a full-service moving company, so we'll pack, load, move, unload, and unpack your stuff without asking you to lift a finger (other than to sign a contract for the job). Need moving supplies? Let us know beforehand, and we'll provide them.

To get started, simply request a free quote online by providing us with:

  • Where you're moving from
  • Where you're moving to
  • The size of your current home
  • Your desired move date(s) 

Once you submit your quote request, a relocation specialist on our team will connect with you to learn more about your long-distance move. They'll make expert recommendations for services based on your needs and budget. We can also answer any questions or concerns about the moving process. Once we have enough information, we will create a custom moving plan tailored to your needs. 

Packing and Loading

On the day of your move, our long-distance movers will arrive ready to help you pack and load the moving truck. Our team is made up of packing pros who will handle your belongings with care.

At Allied Van Lines, we supply all the moving supplies for our packing services. We will also ensure your belongings are securely packed away when we load them into one of our moving trucks. 

Our team will handle your items carefully, ensuring everything is stored in the truck and won't shift or move during the long drive. We also take a detailed inventory of all the boxes to cross-check the list when we get to your new place. Other household moving services you may be interested in include: 

  • Custom crating
  • Storage
  • Third-party services for cleaning and disassembly
  • Transportation services for cars and boats

Transportation and Tracking

Once your boxes have been securely packed into one of our moving trucks, our long-distance movers will prepare for the journey ahead. Our team will aim to deliver your belongings by the agreed-upon delivery date. Transit may vary depending on traffic patterns or the time of the year. But you can track your belongings in real time with our tracking tool.

We give all of our customers access to our shipment tracking system. This allows you to monitor your shipment while it's in transit and prepare for your belongings' arrival.

Our team is always a call away if you have any questions or concerns during transit. We'll assign you to a relocation specialist who will provide around-the-clock customer support. 

Delivery and Unloading

Once our long-distance movers arrive, they'll begin to unload your belongings. We'll use our detailed inventory to check for accuracy and ensure everything arrives safely. 

If you requested setup services, our team will also work with you to discuss the setup process at your new location. We can help hang expensive chandeliers, set pool tables, or move bulky items into your new home.

During the initial consultation for your move, our relocation specialist will discuss your needs and requests to ensure our team is prepared to help with the tasks on move-in day.

Post-Move Support 

Even after the packing, loading, and unpacking are done, our team is still there for you. We will follow up in the following weeks to ensure everything was completed on time and nothing was damaged in transit. We can also come back at a later date and help with furniture assembly, appliance setup, or debris removal. 

Request a Quote From Allied Van Lines Today

At Allied Van Lines, we provide custom moving plans for every customer. The personalized touch ensures you only pay for the services you need and have access to the services you need for a successful relocation. From the initial consultation to unpacking and unloading, our team is there to help every step of the way.

Ready to see how long-distance movers can work for you? Contact us today for a free quote.