Recommended Moving Companies | Local & Long Distance Movers

Below you’ll find our list of some of the best moving companies across the US. These are local and long distance movers with a proven track record and up-to-date licensing and insurance. Before selecting a moving company, there are some additional things you should know:

Difference Between Local and Interstate Moves

Local Moving: This is usually done by a crew on an hourly basis. Typically, you’ll call the company and receive an over-the-phone quote based on the size of your home and the distance between your old and new addresses. Local moving rates are calculated based on an hourly rate (with a 2- or 3-hour minimum) or a flat-rate. Local moves require that the moving company obtain proper licensing from the state authority (usually the state Department of Transportation or the Department of Motor Vehicles).

Interstate Moving: With a long-distance move, you’ll receive an initial over-the-phone estimate based on some of the basic information about your move. The company will then arrange for an estimator to perform an in-person inspection of your belongings so they can put together a final estimate of moving costs. This in-home estimate is important because long distance moving rates are determined by the weight of the shipment. The more accurate the initial quote is, the closer the quote will be to your final bill. Interstate moving companies must obtain licensing through the FMCSA. This US DOT license is re-evaluated on a consistent basis to ensure that the company continues to comply with insurance requirements and safety regulations.

Importance of Hiring a Licensed Mover

While you might be able to find a steal-of-a-deal when searching online for moving services, be sure to vet the company before you hire them. Many moving companies that offer deals that sound too good to be true may not be the most honest or reputable, and often don’t have proper licensing. These “rogue” movers often engage in criminal activities like hostage loading, in which they take people’s goods hostage and demand immediate cash payment for delivery. Offering astonishingly low rates is one of the tactics they use to lure people into hiring them.

Hiring a licensed moving company is the surest way to know your belongings are in trustworthy hands. When you call to request quotes from moving companies be sure to ask for their state and US DOT numbers. You can use these numbers to look each moving company up in the state or federal database to ensure that their licensing is current.

Reputable Local and Cross Country Moving Companies We Recommend

Cheap Movers Las Vegas
8465 W Sahara Avenue, Suite 111-570
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 660-4699

Rocky Mountain Movers
663 South 600 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 839-4940

Imperial Moving & Storage
83 Washington Place
New York, NY 10011
(212) 879-6683

Lighthouse Moving
473 Smith Avenue South
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 300-0027

1st Choice Movers
8230 Baycenter Rd. Ste. #4
Jacksonville, FL 32256
(904) 731-7223


15 Genius Packing Tips for Your Next Move

Moving to a new place can be a very exciting time, that is, until you start thinking about how much stuff you have to pack. Before the stress sets in, remember that with a little effort and planning, it is possible to have a smooth and easy moving day. These 15 tips from professional movers will make your packing and unpacking a lot simpler.

1. Use Proper Box Sizes

Place heavy items, like books, in smaller boxes and lighter items, like towels and linens, in bigger boxes. This makes boxes easy to move and reduces their likelihood of breaking.

2. Pack Your Boxes Well

Put heavier items on the bottom of boxes and lighter items on top. Fill gaps with towels, clothing, or packing paper.

3. Use Trash Bags

If you are moving locally, group your hanging clothes into sections and wrap with trash bags. This will keep your clothes from getting disheveled or soiled during the move.

hanging-clothes4. Avoid Mixing Items from Different Rooms

Placing the items that go in the same room in the same box will make packing and unpacking a lot quicker and easier.

5. Clearly Label Your Boxes

Label each box with the room it is supposed to go in and a brief description of its contents. This will help you and your movers to know which room each box goes to.

6. Tape Your Boxes Well

Use multiple pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams and always use packing tape, not duct tape.

7. Wrap Your Breakables

Use packing paper and bubble wrap to ensure your dishes, cups, and other delicate possessions do not break. Or, save on bubble wrap and wrap your breakables in clothing.

8. Protect Your Toiletries

Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap and then place the caps back on to prevent leaking. You can also place an extra cotton pad inside you powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.

9. Use Sandwich Bags

Sandwich bags are great for holding the pieces and parts from furniture you have to dismantle. They are also useful for holding electronics cords.

10. Electronic Setup with Ease

Take photos of the backs of your electronics so you can remember where to connect all the wires.

11. Cut Down on Boxes

Use the containers you already have like suitcases, hampers, and baskets. Wheeled suitcases are especially good for heavy items like books.

12. Pack Items You Will Need First in a Separate Box

This will make important items easy to find when you arrive at your new place. In this box, you should pack things like a box cutter, trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, phone chargers, utensils, etc.

13. Pack an Overnight Bag

After a busy moving day, chances are you won’t want to be searching through boxes for a clean pair of socks. Keep the essentials, such as a change of clothing, vital toiletries, personal electronics, etc, close-by and easy to grab.

14. Easily Accessible Documents

Pack your important documents separately (perhaps in your overnight bag) so that you can find them easily. This includes IDs, health records, passports, insurance information, and photo albums.

15. Hire a Babysitter or Pet-sitter

For close-by moves, this can be extremely useful. The last thing you need to worry about on this stressful day is losing a pet or child.