Allied Van Lines Review: How Can They Help With Your Move?

Allied Van Lines is a full-service moving company that has helped individuals, families, and businesses relocate from coast to coast since 1928. It doesn’t just do full-service moves, however—like many other full-service movers, you can pick and choose from Allied’s range of services based on your moving needs and how much cash you’d like to spend in the process.

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

Is Allied the right moving company for you? Let’s look at its services and give you our take based on our hands-on experience.

What services does Allied Van Lines offer?

Allied Van Lines offers a full range of services that can benefit anyone, from those who are planning to do a DIY move to those who are looking for a hands-off moving experience.

Services Allied Van Lines offers:

  • Local, national, and international moving services
  • Corporate relocation
  • Full-service packing
  • Fragile-only packing
  • Unpacking and debris removal
  • Boxes and moving supplies
  • Loading and unloading
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • Appliance disconnection and reconnection, including hot tubs and pools1
  • Custom crates
  • Storage-in-transit and permanent storage options
  • Shipment tracking
  • Auto and boat transport
  • Shuttle services for homes without easy access
  • Basic liability coverage
  • Full-valuation coverage
  • Online checklists and moving tips

Certain services are included in the price of your move, while others cost a little extra. For instance, services like loading and unloading, furniture disassembly and assembly, shipment tracking, and basic liability coverage are each included at no extra charge.

To help you determine which options you should select for your moving situation, we’ve laid out Allied’s services so you can see how they might affect your overall moving costs. Each of these options is available à la carte—so you can feel free to select the whole kit and caboodle or just a few services to help with your DIY move.

Allied services we recommend for your move

 
If you want it all
If you need a little help
If you're doing it yourself
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Full-service packing
 
 
Fragile-only packing
 
Boxes and moving supplies
Unpacking and debris removal
 
 
Appliance disconnection and reconnection
 
 
Furniture disassembly
Custom crates
 
 
Loading and unloading
Storage
 
 
Shipment tracking
Auto and boat transport
 
 
Shuttle services for homes without easy access*
 
 
Basic liability coverage
Full-valuation coverage
 
Online checklists and moving tips

*Allied offers a shuttle service to deliver your items from your home to Allied’s moving van if your home is obstructed by a narrow entrance or is in a limited access area.

How much does Allied Van Lines cost?

Allied’s moving costs vary on a case-by-case basis. Your costs will depend largely on the services you opt in for, the size and distance of your move, your location, the time of year, and other factors.

If you’re planning a small, in-town move and don’t anticipate using any of Allied’s additional services, you can plan on paying a minimum of roughly $550. Medium-sized households that would like some light packing assistance and are moving a moderate distance should expect to spend a few thousand dollars. If you are planning a long-distance move with a much larger home and anticipate needing to use all of Allied’s services, your costs can reach several thousand dollars.

For the most part, your costs will fall somewhere in the middle of these scenarios—we simply want to give you a general idea of what you might expect to spend when moving with Allied Van Lines. The best way to get an accurate picture of your specific moving costs is to get an in-home estimate.

What you can expect from an Allied Van Lines move

Moving isn’t a pleasant process, but Allied has a lot to offer to take care of some of the more common pain points. Whether it’s helping with your initial moving plan, packing your boxes, loading the truck, or making sure your belongings will arrive at your new home in one piece, Allied can take care of each of these steps of for you.

Researching local Allied agents

It’s important to point out that Allied Van Lines partners with local moving companies—also known as agents—to help complete your move. Most agents will provide a bulk of the services Allied advertises online, but some may be unable to tackle speciality services and may have to contract these out to third parties. The quality of customer service will also vary from agent to agent, so be sure to check local reviews for your assigned agent to better understand what to expect.

Scheduling your appointment with Allied Moving

After doing your initial online research, the next step in seeing if a moving company is right for you is to schedule an in-home estimate. In fact, most full-service movers require an in-home estimate before they’ll provide a quote for your move. Allied makes this process easy by letting you schedule your estimate online or give them a call.

I scheduled my appointment online, and a local representative contacted me the next day. Overall, my scheduling experience was fairly quick and hassle-free. I filled out Allied’s online form mid-afternoon, and I received a call from the local Allied agent the following morning to set up an appointment for my in-home estimate.

If you’re looking for an easy way to kick off the moving process or if you’re hoping to schedule multiple in-home estimates to compare different full-service movers, scheduling online is your best bet. You may not hear back from you local agent until the next day, but it requires very little time and effort up front. Calling Allied to set up your appointment isn’t a bad option either, but you’ll find yourself spending more time on the phone, and you might still have to wait for your local agent to call you back after you submit your information.

Your in-home estimate

During your in-home estimate, a personal relocation assistant will walk through your home with you to visually inspect your belongings and take an inventory of what needs to be moved to your new abode. The total weight of your shipment makes up a major portion of your moving estimate,2 so they will likely ask if you plan on selling anything before moving day or if there’s anything not currently in the house that you’d like to include in your estimate—perhaps your neighbor still has that weed whacker he “borrowed” two summers ago.

The in-home estimate is often the biggest differentiator between full-service moving companies, and my experience with Allied was incredibly helpful and informative. My relocation assistant spent 20 to 30 minutes with me answering all of my questions and walked me through each of the options that made the most sense for my move. He even steered me away from certain third-party services he didn’t think were worth the cost for a small move like mine.

Packing your belongings

Like many other full-service movers, Allied offers a few different levels of packing to fit your needs and your budget. Its packing services include the following:

  • Full-service packing
  • Fragile-only packing
  • DIY packing

It also offers specialty packing and moving services like building custom crates or disconnecting appliances and reconnecting them in your new home. These come at an additional cost, however.

Full-service packing

Whether you’re looking for a hands-off move or if you simply don’t have the time to pack up your belongings yourself, Allied’s full-service packing may be for you. Allied breaks these costs down by the time it takes to pack and the cost of the boxes used—so your costs will vary depending on the number and types of boxes you’ll need to pack your belongings.

My relocation assistant told me the price of boxes varies based on their purpose, but one of the more expensive boxes he mentioned was the $17 box designed to pack dishes. To get a better idea of how much you would need to spend on boxes and materials, be sure to ask your relocation assistant which boxes they recommend for your move and what the cost per box would be.

The hourly rate to pack your boxes will likely depend on your local Allied agent. My relocation assistant quoted me a price of $36 per man-hour to pack my belongings. This isn’t an insignificant cost by any means, especially if you have a large home to move and need several people to assist with packing.

If you’re planning a small move, I don’t think the cost of full-service packing is worth it. Taking a few hours after work and on the weekends to pack up your own things can save you hundreds of dollars on your move. In fact, Allied recognizes this, so it offers options for people with smaller budgets or those who would rather roll up their sleeves and do a lot of the packing themselves. For those who lack the time to do their own packing or would simply like that task taken off their plate, full-service packing is much more worth the investment.

Fragile-only packing

Allied offers a fragile-only packing option if you’d like to do the majority of the packing yourself, or if you’d like to save a little money on a professional move, but need assistance with more delicate items like mirrors, fine china, or your painstakingly crafted ship in a bottle.

Fragile-only packing follows the same pricing structure as full-service packing, meaning you’re charged for the time it takes to pack your breakables and the type and number of boxes Allied’s packers use. Since fragile-only packing takes less time and fewer boxes than the full-service option, you’ll save a lot of money on the cost of labor and materials while still getting a bit of professional packing help.

The best part about this option is that you get to pick and choose what you’d like Allied to pack for you while you take care of the rest. Heck, the items you choose don’t even have to be fragile. As long as you need help packing it, Allied seems willing to take care of it for you.

DIY packing

Allied’s full-service and fragile-only packing options both serve their purposes, but they still add a significant cost to your final estimate. If you’re hoping to save some money or you would rather do the packing yourself, Allied offers moving boxes and supplies to all of its clients.

According to my personal relocation assistant, Allied offers those who pack their own home access to the local agent’s supply of used moving boxes while supplies last. He even suggested to check its used stock for dish boxes and TV boxes, as these are some of the more expensive boxes to buy new. He made sure to emphasize that if the agent had it in its used stock, I was free to use it. Your local agent may have a different used-box policy, however, so it’s wise to ask if there are limits to the number of boxes you can use.

Other packing services

While services like furniture disassembly and assembly are included in the cost of your estimate, some of Allied’s other packing services are not. Custom crating for large or bulky items and disconnecting and reconnecting your appliances both come at an additional cost.

Allied works with third-party vendors to take care of disconnecting your appliances, so prices will vary, but my relocation assistant strongly advised against using that service. When I asked what it would cost to take care of my washer and dryer, he said the vendor they use charges $150 to disconnect and an additional $150 to reconnect the appliances in your new home. He said this is a pretty easy task for electrical appliances, so you’d be much better off watching a quick YouTube tutorial and doing it yourself.

How much does Allied Van Lines cost?

Calculating the cost of moving with Allied Van Lines

Once your belongings are all packed and your appliances are disconnected, it’s time to load the truck and get you off to your new home. Allied bases the estimate for your transportation costs on the weight and volume of your household items, the distance between your old and new homes, and the time it will take to unload and load the truck.3

My relocation assistant also let me know they charge for a minimum of four hours, including one hour of drive time. Not all full-service movers charge for drive time for close, in-town moves like mine, so take that into consideration during your decision-making process if you’re just planning to move ten or fifteen minutes down the road.

Allied’s estimate for my transportation costs came out to be $675, with a total estimated weight of 3,045 pounds and an estimated volume of 435 cubic feet. This also included three professional movers, one van, and five hours of labor (including one hour of travel time). My relocation assistant helped me break down the costs to better understand where my money was going.

Here’s what he said:

  • The base rate for two movers and a van is $99 per hour.
  • Each additional mover is $36 per hour.
  • Travel time is charged at the same rate.

My estimate, for example, listed a price of $135 per hour for transportation and travel time based on needing three movers. If my move took any longer than the estimated five hours, knowing the hourly rate would really help me anticipate that extra cost.

Keep in mind, these rates are specific to this particular agent and will vary based on your location, the weight of your belongings, and even the time of year. Seasonality plays a big role in the moving industry’s prices, which tend to increase during the spring and summer when most people relocate.

The volume of your belongings also comes into play when calculating your estimate. Let’s say you moonlight as a large-scale balloon sculpture artist. It’s not the weight of your wonderful creations that will contribute to cost of your move, but the additional space they take up in the truck.

In the end, scheduling your own estimate is the best way to find out what your local Allied Van Lines agent will charge for your move, but these numbers can help give you a general idea of its pricing structure.

Taking inventory

Allied’s movers don’t just load your belongings into the truck—they also take a detailed inventory to ensure everything’s accounted for in case something gets lost or damaged. If you opt for full-service packing, the inventory will list all of the items in each box the movers packed as well as their current condition. If you decide to go the DIY route and pack your own items, they will be labeled as such and the movers won’t necessarily list what’s inside each box or the condition of those belongings (Allied’s movers don’t have x-ray vision, after all).4

As the moving crew unloads your truck, they’ll check all of the items against their inventory to make sure nothing happened to your belongings in transit. This helps both you and Allied’s team better understand if you need to make any damage claims.

Making extra stops

Sometimes people need to pick up or drop off items between their old and new homes, whether it’s at a storage unit or a family member’s house. Allied accommodates extra stops by including the cost in your hourly transportation rate. Unlike other full-service movers, no additional fee is required. According to my relocation assistant, you’ll be charged only for the additional time spent on the road and at your extra stop.

Tracking your shipment

Allied also allows you to track your shipment online, so you’ll always know where it is on the way to your new home.5 If you’re planning a long-distance or international move, this is especially useful.

“In the end, scheduling your own estimate is the best way to find out what your local Allied Van Lines agent will charge for your move.”

Protecting your belongings

Moving coverage options offered by Allied Van Lines

Allied says its movers go through extensive training to ensure your belongings are packed securely and arrive safely, but even if they’re careful, things still happen. To protect your belongings against these sort of incidents, Allied offers basic liability coverage at no additional charge or a full-valuation coverage it calls “Extra Care Protection” for an additional fee.

Basic liability coverage is the most economical of the two options since it’s included in the cost of your move, but it offers minimal coverage, and we don’t recommend it if you’re moving higher-value items. It pays $0.60 per pound per item for any loss or damage that occurs to your items during the move.

If you choose basic liability coverage and Allied’s crew damages a 100-pound piece of furniture at some point in the move, you’ll receive only $60—no matter how much you paid for it.

Extra Care Protection (ECP) is a more comprehensive coverage option than Allied’s basic liability coverage. My relocation assistant told me they offer ECP for $0.80 per $100 of coverage with a minimum of $5 of coverage per pound of your estimated shipping weight. This means if you have a 10,000-pound move, you’d need to carry at least $50,000 in coverage (based on $5 per pound), costing you $400.

Unlike basic liability coverage, ECP is not based on a per-item coverage amount—it covers the total value of your belongings, regardless of each individual item’s weight. So if your 100-pound piece of furniture gets damaged and you chose the full-valuation coverage of ECP, Allied Van Lines will pay to repair or replace it—whichever is cheaper—regardless of its current value. It will pay only up to your coverage limit, however.

Let’s say your 100-pound piece of furniture is particularly fancy and costs $51,000, putting it just over the $50,000 standard coverage limit for a 10,000-pound move. If you want your fancy couch covered and want to buy additional coverage for the rest of your belongings, you just pay $0.80 per additional $100 in value you’d like covered.

Whichever coverage option you choose, my personal relocation assistant told me you have up to nine months to make a claim on damaged items. This allows you to take your time to unpack without having to worry about checking every single item for nicks and dings before your moving crew leaves. Ask your local agent how they specifically handle these situations.

Overall, I consider Allied’s Extra Care Protection to be a good investment and would recommend it for most moves. Basic liability coverage is a nice offering because it’s free, but it won’t get you very far if you actually need to make a damage claim. Even for small moves like mine, I think full-value coverage like ECP is a smart purchase, and it won’t set you back nearly as much as what you’d have to pay out of pocket to replace an item yourself.

Storage

Allied offers short- or long-term storage to help stow things away in case everything won’t fit immediately in your new home. My relocation assistant said they charge for a 1,000-pound minimum, so if you need to store a single piece of furniture, it isn’t worth the cost. For storage needs this small, he recommended looking into a local self-storage business that would cost around $30 per month. Allied is better equipped to store larger quantities of goods though, so if you need to store at least 1,000 pounds of furniture, ask you relocation assistant for specific pricing information.

Do we recommend Allied Van Lines?

After our experience with our Allied agent, we would definitely recommend Allied Van Lines to our readers. Allied is a great option if you’re planning a long-distance move or need a lot of additional services to pack and move your belongings. However, I don’t think you need to take advantage of the full service in order to make using Allied a smart decision.

If you’re moving a smaller household or your budget is tight (but you’d still rather not load and drive the truck yourself), Allied gives you the option to pick and choose how much it helps with your move, which can help keep costs under control.

Overall, your experience will depend largely on your local Allied Van Lines agent, so be sure to read local reviews and schedule an in-home estimate to see how well they can assist you with your move.


Have you used Allied Van Lines for your move before? Be sure to leave a review and let our readers know about your experience in the comments below!

Endnotes

  1. Allied Van Lines, “Household Movers – The Allied Advantage – Allied Van Lines
  2.  Allied Van Lines, “Top Common Questions
  3.  Allied Van Lines, “Top Common Questions
  4.  Allied Van Lines, “Top Common Questions
  5.  Allied Van Lines, “Top Common Questions
  6.  Allied Van Lines, “Extra Care Protection Services for your Move