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What Makes a Best-In-Class Mover and Move Experience?

Moving is a big milestone that requires careful planning, so it’s always a good idea to research the best moving companies by finding out about the quality and reliability of the services they offer.  While you can no-doubt find many independent surveys and numbered lists online – and we encourage you to do so – it really comes down to which moving company has the ideal mix of capabilities, service excellence and reputation with which you feel most comfortable. 

Finding the best moving company to provide a seamless, low-stress move experience can be a challenge. Whatever moving company you choose, you want to be completely sure they’re able to provide exactly the moving services you want at a price you can afford.

Make Sure They Provide the Services You Need

If a moving and packing company has a long list of services, that doesn’t always mean that they’re your best option. It’s crucial that not only do they perform basic services and additional services, but that they do them well. But first and foremost, they must provide the services you need to successfully move.

If you see a large gap in services from a company, they might not be the best full-service movers, and they might not be a good fit.

Cost & Communication

The quote process and pricing process during a move is one of the most tedious, yet most important, parts of the moving process. The best moving companies will precisely go through your home assessment to avoid any cost disputes later on. Companies that are considered the best moving companies will also make sure that their pricing structure and moving estimates make sense. There shouldn’t be any surprises at the end of the move and they should be open with you about cost throughout the entire process.

While you’re getting a quote and pricing from a moving company, they must respond and communicate in a timely fashion. You never want to be left in the dark during such an important time.

Do the Movers Have a Good Reputation?

The best moving companies should not only have packing and moving services, but experience and innovative solutions to provide you with a top-notch experience.

As America’s #1 Mover, United Van Lines has been conducting full-service moves for over 90 years. With the latest moving technology, personalized customer service and our Full Value Protection, you can trust that United will get you wherever you need to go.

Is the Company Well-Established?

If a moving company has been around for many years, it is most likely because they are a trusted company that has had years of good feedback. It can sometimes be nice to use newer moving companies to support a growing business, but it might be safer to transport your valuable belongings with a more trusted and established company.

United has been around for over 90 years. Our professional moving services will give you not only peace of mind during your move, but a stress-free experience that other moving companies just can’t match.

Make Sure They Have the Necessary Licenses

If a moving company doesn’t have its required licenses, do not consider using them (even if they come cheap). There are several moving companies and movers that might lack some of the necessary licenses for your specific needs, such as moving across states. While licenses might seem like a basic step, there are some companies out there that forego this.

United Van Lines is America’s #1 Moving Company

At United Van Lines, we do our due diligence to help make sure the nearly 500 movers within our network adhere to stringent quality standards.

Business Name United Van Lines 
Years in Business 90+
Customer RatingsOur average rating is 4.5 out of 5
Customer Referrals9 out of 10 customers would recommend United’s professional moving services.
Different Types of MovesLong distance moves
Cross-country moves
Military moves
Corporate relocation
Moving Services We OfferFull service moving
Packing and unpacking
Residential and commercial storage
Car shipping
Moving protection
Request Moving Quote OnlineYes. Start Your Moving Quote Now.
Virtual Moving EstimateYes. With United’s Virtual Estimate, you show the estimator the items they need to move over the video chat. After the estimator views the items, we’ll generate a moving quote for you.
Customer Move PortalYes. The MyUnited Move Portal is a handy online tool that lets you seamlessly manage your moving experience all in one place.
Dedicated Move CoordinatorYes. Our move coordinators will guide you through the entire move process.
Deposit RequiredNo
Business CredentialsU.S. DOT No. 077949
Licensed with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and approved for handling all interstate moves within the United States. 
Business Awards United Van Lines is proud to receive the Logistics Management Annual Quest for Quality Awards 2013-2015, 2017-2021.

Frequently Asked Questions about Moving

How Do I Choose the Right Moving Company?

Moving can be complicated, but, with a little research and planning, you can avoid moving scams, choose the right mover and eliminate much of the stress associated with a long-distance move. This includes checking business credentials, gathering moving cost estimates and verifying the mover’s legitimacy.

Tips to Choose the Right Mover

How Much Does It Cost to Move With United Van Lines?

Many factors will impact the cost of your move, including the distance and size of the move, your move date, and the specific services you want. Also be aware that weight, not volume, is a key cost factor with the majority of moves. Our best advice is to get a no-obligation moving quote with us once you have your move date in mind. 

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Is United Van Lines a Broker?

In a word, “no.” A moving broker is a company that, for compensation, arranges for the transportation of your things by connecting you with for-hire carriers so you can hire them to perform the actual moving work. In other words, moving brokers are essentially “middle-person” sales teams that aren’t licensed to perform moves and do not take legal responsibility for your move; instead, they simply help you book your move with an actual moving company. Although brokers for interstate moves are required to be FMCSA-licensed as “Household Goods Brokers” and contract with/exclusively connect you with FMCSA-registered movers, they take no real responsibility to you for your move so if they are unable to connect you with a moving company, you can be left without help on your move day.  

By contrast, United Van Lines has more than 90 years of experience, specifically in the moving industry. We are a licensed, full-service moving company that takes responsibility for providing moving services for your relocation under our FMCSA authority through our network of agents across the country. 

Moving Resources from America’s #1 Mover®

We believe that there’s more to a move than simply loading up a truck and heading out. Whether or not you choose United Van Lines, we want to help you move and settle in as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. The United Van Lines website is full of useful, time-saving information, from a moving checklist that breaks down what you need to do before moving day week by week, to tips for settling into your new place as well as guides to help you enjoy your new home state once you’ve arrived.

Also be sure to check out these frequently asked questions most customers have – including when to get a quote, schedule your move, how to safeguard valuable items and more. 

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Learn More About United’s Best Moving Companies

Every month and each year, we carefully review, rate and award our most outstanding drivers through our Van Operator of the Month and Van Operator of the Year recognition program.  In addition to overall performance, our top van operators are rated based on quality and excellent customer service, taking into consideration cargo claims prevention, adherence to policies and procedures and their safety records.   

2022 Van Operator of the Year

Lawrence Transportation - Staunton, VA

Laura Wilson of Lawrence Transportation Systems out of Staunton, Virginia, was awarded United Van Lines Van Operator of the Year for the Household Goods East region. The award recognizes Wilson’s excellent performance in the areas of customer service and safety.

Lawrence Transportation - Staunton, VA
2022 Van Operator of the Year

A-Mrazek Moving Systems – St. Louis, MO

Sherrell Byrd III of A-Mrazek Moving Systems out of St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded United Van Lines Van Operator of the Year for the Household Goods West region. The award recognizes Byrd’s excellent performance in the areas of customer service and safety. Byrd has been delivering exceptional service for the past 30 years.

A-Mrazek Moving Systems – St. Louis, MO
2022 Van Operator of the Year

Ramar Moving Systems – Frederick, MD

James Mack of Ramar Moving Systems out of Frederick, Maryland, was awarded United Van Lines Van Operator of the Year for Logistics. The award recognizes Mack’s excellent performance in the areas of customer service and safety. With over 40 years in the trucking industry, Mack still finds pleasure in working hard and getting the job done.

Ramar Moving Systems – Frederick, MD
2021 Van Operator of the Year

Reynolds Transfer and Storage - Madison, WI

Shayne Poehnelt, of Reynolds Transfer and Storage out of Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded United Van Lines’ Household Goods Van Operator of the Year Award for the east region. In his 25 years in the industry, Poehnelt has driven more than 1.5 million miles.

Reynolds Transfer and Storage - Madison, WI
2021 Van Operator of the Year

Armstrong Relocation - New Castle, DE

John Mistretta, of Armstrong Relocation out of New Castle, Delaware, was awarded United Van Lines’ Van Operator of the Year Award for logistics. The award recognizes Mistretta’s outstanding performance in the areas of customer service and safety. In his nearly 45 years in the industry, Mistretta has driven more than 4 million miles.

Armstrong Relocation - New Castle, DE
2021 Van Operator of the Year

Suddath Van Lines - Jacksonville, FL

Heather and Daren Davenport, of Suddath Van Lines out of Jacksonville Florida, were awarded United Van Lines’ Household Goods Van Operator of the Year Award for the west region. The award recognizes the Davenports’s outstanding performance in the areas of customer service and safety. They believe together, they make a wonderful team. Daren can focus on loading the truck efficiently while Heather can communicate with the customer and help manage the crew inside the residence.

Suddath Van Lines - Jacksonville, FL
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