How Far in Advance Should I Book a Moving Company?

When to schedule a moving service

Timing can be a significant factor to consider when relocating to another state. And if you have a specific moving date, booking early is essential for a good experience with the company you have in mind.  

The ideal time to make a reservation is 2 to 3 months in advance for the best availability and price. Making a reservation at the last minute could lead to issues, especially when starting a new job or needing to move on a tight deadline. 

Keep reading to learn why planning ahead is best and what to do if you need to move last minute. 

Man planning a move in advance using computer, phone, paper and pen.


Advantages of hiring a moving company in advance

Booking early helps you complete a major task on your moving checklist, which can make the process less stressful. 

Here are some other benefits: 

  • Choose the dates that work best for you 
  • Get the company you want 
  • Lock in the lowest moving rate 
  • Select your preferred moving equipment 

How much notice does a moving company need?

It’s best to schedule your out-of-state move as soon as possible. While some companies will have equipment available a few weeks (or even days) before your move, others will need at least 90 days’ notice.  
The sooner you can get on their list, the more likely they’ll be able to meet your move timeline. This is especially true for moves to places like Hawaii, Alaska, Canada or Puerto Rico, or for busy summer months.

When should I schedule moving labor?

Companies that provide loading and unloading services also prefer as much notice as possible. It’s best to hire moving crews when you book a move. If you’re moving with U-Pack®, we can refer you to local moving labor when making your reservation.

Can I book a last-minute long-distance move with U-Pack?

At U-Pack, we understand that some moves are unexpected. If you need to move to another state quickly, call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant right away. 

We can schedule a move in some locations with just a few days' notice. This depends on the availability of equipment and drivers. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when making a last-minute reservation: 

  • The price might be higher than if you’d booked in advance 
  • You might have to be flexible with the exact moving date 
  • ​​​​​​​Preferred equipment type might not be available

Don’t wait! Reserve your U-Pack move today!

It’s easy to get your free, no-obligation quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. 

If you have any questions about how U-Pack compares to other long-distance movers, please let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help!