Most Frequently Asked Questions About Long Distance Movers

Moving long distance or inter-state is very different from loading up a rented box truck and traveling across town. Planning a long-distance move can be stressful. It requires coordinating logistics and trusting that your entire household, from furniture to priceless memories, will make it to your new destination safely and securely.

We have put together this FAQ list to help you quickly answer some of the most common questions about long-distance moving.

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What is considered a long-distance move?

Moving over 400 miles is considered a long-distance move.

What is the best month for a long-distance move?

Demand for movers is highest in the summer months and lowest in the winter. Movers work year-round, so the best time of year for moving is based on your life and personal preferences. You can save money booking in slower seasons; however, Summer is often the best time due to school schedules for families.

Why should I hire a moving company?

Professional moving companies can make a long-distance move much less stressful. Trained professional movers eliminate the physical toll caused by moving heavy furniture and boxes. Also, there is a level of security in knowing a reputable company holds some responsibility for your belongings and will ensure they arrive safely. Hiring a moving company allows you to focus on more important tasks such as your family, saying goodbye to friends and family, and enjoying a much easier trip to your new home.

Do long-distance movers pack for you?

Most moving companies offer packing services as an option when planning your move.

Can I Pack myself to save money?

Yes, it is always an option to pack yourself.

How do estimates work?

There are several types of estimates used by professional moving companies.


A binding estimate is a guaranteed fixed cost estimate based on the approximate or expected weight of a customer’s belongings. A binding estimate will not change once it is signed. That will be the cost of the move regardless of actual weight.

Binding Not-to-Exceed

A binding not-to-exceed estimate allows for a decrease in total cost based on the actual weight of household items. It does not allow for an increase if the items weigh more than expected. In other words, this agreement guarantees a maximum price that may decrease but will never increase.


A non-binding estimate is a quote based estimated weight of household belongings. It is “non-binding,” meaning it will change after recording the actual weight of the move. A non-binding estimate may cost more or less than the quoted price for the move. For example, the total cost will decrease if the truck weighs less. The cost will increase if the move weighs in at a higher weight.

In House Estimate vs. Online Quote

An in-house estimate is very detailed and can offer a more accurate estimate for movers and customers. An online estimate is convenient; however, online estimates often come in at a much lower price than actual costs when a move is completed.

How soon do I need to get an estimate?

Obtaining quotes a minimum of six weeks before moving is the best practice when planning a long-distance move. If you are moving during the busy summer months, consider starting eight weeks or more in advance.

Are movers responsible for lost or damaged items?

A licensed professional moving company will have a detailed inventory of the items they are responsible for during your move. When things are lost or damaged, a claims process is typically necessary to try to recover any losses.

Moving companies will have individual protocols for handling claims if items are missing or damaged.

Do movers transport plants or pets?

No. Professional movers do not move live plants or animals.

Are there any banned items for packing/Transport?

Yes. Short or long-distance movers are banned from transporting the following items:

  • Flammable items such as lighter fluid or matches
  • Acids or corrosive substances
  • Bottled gas or propane
  • Kerosene or lamp oil.
  • Fuel or motor oil.
  • Paints, paint thinner, varnishes, and the like.
  • Cleaning solvents.
  • Cooking fuel such as steno cans.
  • Live animals
  • Live plants
  • Loaded guns
  • Charcoal
  • Any other items at the moving company’s discretion.

Will movers store my belongings until I’m ready for them?

Some companies offer storage services, while others do not. If you require storage during your move, discuss storage options with each company you are considering during the estimate process.

Will movers disassemble and assemble my furniture?

Most moving companies will disassemble your furniture when packing the truck and reassemble it upon delivery.

How do movers handle major appliances?

Movers can transport major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers. It is important to discuss the need to move major appliances with the moving companies you are considering, as policies regarding appliances may vary from company to company.

What is a relocation specialist vs. a mover?

relocation specialist is an expert in handling all the details involved in transitioning to a new home.

Some services a relocation specialist may help include:

  • Selling your current home.
  • Finding a moving company.
  • Finding a new home.
  • Looking into schools and daycare centers.

A mover or moving company’s primary objective is to pack, load, transport, unload and unpack your household belongings.

How can I save money on my move?

Hiring a moving company for a long-distance is a large part of a moving budget, but there are ways to save.

  • Purge belongings, and heavy furniture items, to decrease the total weight of your move.
  • Pack yourself vs. hiring packing services from your moving company.
  • Look for free packing supplies from friends, neighbors, or Facebook marketplace.
  • Start early and shop around for the best prices on additional packing supplies.

Good Neighbor Moving

We are a well-established moving company and relocation business offering various moving services in LA. Our moving services include local, long-distance, commercial, residential, and white glove. Contact us today to schedule an estimate.

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