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If you’re moving long distance, look for a moving company that offers the services and flexibility you need, at the right price, with excellent customer service. Finding the right one may take a little research, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Though trustworthiness and reliability are the most important things to look for, figuring out the services they offer and how much they usually cost is a great place to start.

Explore Moving Company Options 

The big thing that sets moving companies apart is the type of service they provide. Some do it all, and some require you to do part of the work. And the price is normally a reflection. 

Full-Service Movers

This is the most hands-on option. Full-service movers do the packing, loading, transportation, unloading, and in some cases, unpacking. Of course, all of these services typically come with a premium price tag.

Self-Moving Companies

This is a great money-saving option. You cut costs by doing the loading and unloading on your own, but you don’t have to drive. U-Pack is a favorite among these companies — you can customize a move that fits your needs, and only pay for the space you use.

Containerized Moving Services

This is similar to self-moving, where you pack, load and unload, but instead of loading into a moving truck or trailer, the container sits on flat on the ground. If you just need to move, moving container companies are a good option.

Or if you need storage in transit, portable storage companies are worth looking into (U-Pack can handle these too).

Truck Rental Companies

If a complete do-it-yourself option is what you’re looking for, that’s what you’ll get with truck rental. You do all the work — packing, loading, driving, unloading and unpacking. In many cases truck rental is a cheaper option, but don’t forget to add things like fuel, taxes and damage coverage.

Questions to Ask Every Moving Company

Once you’ve determined the type of mover that best fits your needs, the next step is to figure out how it works, what to expect, and how it compares to other moving companies. Here are some good questions to start with: 

How long does it take to deliver my belongings?

Transit time varies by moving company, but the average for full-service movers typically ranges from 2-4 weeks. Truck rental companies normally give a set number of days and miles. U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days.

Are my belongings transferred, unloaded or co-mingled?

This is a great question since studies show that the more freight is handled, the more likely it is to sustain damage. Some companies may transfer your belongings, which means they move them from one moving truck or container to another. Some may also unload your belongings into a warehouse then load into another truck. And still some co-mingle — which is combining multiple households into the same moving truck.

U-Pack doesn’t do any of these. Your things stay where you load them, and yours is the only household goods shipment in the moving equipment. If your belongings don’t fill up the trailer, we’ll load it with commercial goods (like boxed or palletized electronics) that are moving in the same direction. A bulkhead divider wall — which you would install and remove — separates your shipment from the commercial goods.

What is your cancelation policy?

If there’s one things we’ve learned with moving, it’s that anything can change. Sometimes closings fall through, sometimes job start dates change and sometimes move-in dates have to shift. Don’t be caught off guard by the moving company’s cancellation policy.

With U-Pack, if you cancel more than seven days out from your reserved move date, there’s no cancellation fee! If you cancel within seven days of the move date, the fee is $50, and if you cancel on the same day as the move, the cancellation fee is $150.

Am I guaranteed to get the equipment and date I reserved?

Some truck rental companies may not guarantee the truck size you reserved, and full-service companies may not confirm your move date (since they could get tied up at a job and have to push you further down the schedule). If the equipment and times are important, confirm that you’re getting exactly what you need when you need it.

U-Pack guarantees the moving trailer or container will arrive on the move date you reserve. When your reservation is made, we take the equipment out of our inventory and assign it to you.

What if I need more space/weight?

Until items are actually loaded, the price of a move is just an estimate. If there are more or fewer items than you initially thought, it can affect the space they take up or the overall weight of the shipment. Ask your movers what happens if you need more or less space/weight. With some companies, there may be penalties for going over your estimate. With a fixed size container (like a rental truck), you may have to rent an additional truck or trailer if you need more space, and there's no refund for only using part of the rental truck.

If you’re using a U-Pack moving trailer, your quote will include a "per foot adjustment" rate that you can add or subtract to determine the final price. For example, if we quote 15 feet in the trailer, but you only use 14, you would subtract the adjustment rate one time. With ReloCube containers, you are only charged for the ones you use. So if you reserve three containers, but only use two, you only pay for two. With either option, you aren't charged until your belongings are loaded and the shipment is in transit.

Reputation Matters 

The final and most important step in researching moving companies is making sure they’re trustworthy and reliable. Low prices are great, but not at the expense of a poor customer experience. Companies that pair quality service with a great rate are the way to go! Use consumer review sites to see what real people have to say about their experience, look at social media to see how they engage with customers, check websites like the Better Business Bureau, find out how long they’ve been in business, and test phone numbers to make sure the company is legit.

Compare U-Pack to Other Moving Services

There are many reasons customers choose U-Pack. Decades of experience, an impeccable safety record and excellent customer service combined with affordable rates make U-Pack the number one choice for many people who are moving long distance. Get a quote or call 877-453-7274 to compare U-Pack for your move.