The 5 Best Moving Van Lines of 2019

Bottom line: The best moving van companies offer lots of add-on services, have top-notch customer support, and provide nationwide coverage using their own trucks.

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Move.org’s top 5 moving van lines

Most transparent pricingBest for customizationBest for discountsBest customer serviceBest for first-timers
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First things first: What is a van line? Is it a type of moving company? Does it differ from a moving broker?

To put it simply, a moving broker connects you with other companies that fit your needs and budget. With a van line you work directly with the carrier—there’s no middleman. (So, yes and yes.)

Van lines have their own fleets, but some also act as brokers so they can expand their network and reach.

We did hours of research to find the best moving van lines in the biz. Here’s who we recommend:

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Looking for other long-distance moving options? Check out our top picks in our Best Long-Distance Movers list.

United Van Lines—Most transparent pricing

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

United Van Lines’s services, prices, and industry expertise certainly warrant the name recognition the company receives. It also has transparent pricing and one of the best moving quote generators we’ve seen.

Plus, United uses only background-checked workers, so you can trust that you aren’t handing your belongings to a stranger off the street.

Pros

  • Instant quote generator
  • Straightforward rates
  • PC network disassembly and setup
  • Trash and debris removal

Cons

  • Mixed service quality between locations

Why we love United Van Lines

It has transparent pricing

Moving companies have a rep for being shady about their prices. For instance, lots of movers won’t tell you that carrying your stuff down flights of stairs costs extra until they show up on moving day. Or they’ll bury the extra fee in your estimate in 10-pt. italicized font.

United, on the other hand, spells out its package pricing and add-on services pretty plainly before your move. This helps you budget properly (and avoid the feeling that you’ve been played).

United also offers instant online moving estimates, which give you a ballpark price. Of course, this won’t be as accurate as having someone come to your home to inventory every room, but it makes shopping around for quotes a whole lot easier.

It offers full-value protection on every move

United Van Lines includes full-value protection (a.k.a. insurance coverage) on every move—a victory for those who care about their stuff (and their checkbooks).

Here’s the deal: Moving companies are required to include basic valuation on every move. That’s $0.60 of coverage per pound per item. So if your 450-lb., $900 sectional sofa breaks in transit, you’ll get comped only $270.

Full-value protection (FVP), on the other hand, completely covers all your items. With FVP,  you’d get a $900 check for that damaged sectional. Bring on the brand new sofa!

FVP generally costs extra, but United is one of the few moving companies to include it in the price of every move. We think this shows how much the company cares about protecting your belongings (and your budget).

Impressed with United? Read our United Van Lines review to see a full breakdown of its services and pricing. 

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DID YOU KNOW?

United offers PC network disassembly and setup on both ends of your move. So don’t worry about connecting your 75-inch smart TV to WiFi or syncing your MacBook to your wireless printer—United will take care of it for you.

Allied Van Lines—Best for customization

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

Allied has one of the largest moving networks in the world, so it can tackle anything from a large, long-distance move to a smaller, local one.

The company offers a slew of moving services like trash and debris removal and appliance disconnection and reconnection.

Move.org has moved with Allied, and we’re pleased to report that the company was transparent about its costs and had stellar customer service (though its customer service isn’t necessarily consistent across the board).

Pros

  • No hidden fees
  • Appliance connection and disconnection services
  • Trash and debris removal

Cons

  • Subpar customer service in some locations
  • Reports of broken items

Why we recommend Allied Van Lines

It offers lots of à la carte options

Allied’s wide range of add-ons allows you to tailor your move so you’re not paying for more than you need.

Here are Allied’s à la carte services:

  • Full-service packing
  • Fragile-only packing
  • Moving supplies and boxes
  • Trash and debris removal
  • Appliance disconnection and reconnection
  • Custom crating services
  • Storage options
  • Auto transport
  • Shuttle services (if your front door is hard to access from the street)
  • Full-value protection (FVP)
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It offers live shipment tracking

When you put your life in the back of a moving truck, you want to know it’ll get to its final destination safe and sound.

We love that Allied’s live tracking option can help alleviate some of our natural moving anxiety.

Most van lines connect you with your truck driver, who will send periodic updates while they’re out on the road. But for those of us who want to check in every few hours, the option to live track is a win.

Allied lets you track your shipment online the same way you track an Uber: you can see, in real time, how far away it is from your location.

(Take that, Dominos. Now we can track more than just our XL MeatZZa!)

With this option, you’ll have a better gauge of when your things will actually arrive. And let’s be real: you’ll probably get a better night’s sleep too.

Check out our Allied Van Lines review to get the full story.

International Van Lines—Best for discounts

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

International Van Lines is both a moving van line and a broker—meaning it can send you one of its own trucks or pair you with a company that better meets your needs.

IVL offers convenient services like multimedia setup and trash and debris removal.

Plus, its name is a straight giveaway: It excels in international moves. So if now is the time to finally make that move to Paris you’ve been talking about for years, International Van Lines can help you out.

Pros

  • Worldwide moving services
  • Transparent rates
  • Temporary and long-term storage options

Cons

  • Final bill often higher than quote
  • Reports of tardy movers

Why it’s worth considering International Van Lines

It offers occasional promotions

International Van Lines offers periodic promotions, from a free month of storage to fifty bucks off your local move. Moving is expensive—especially when you go full-service—so we appreciate the company’s efforts to save you some cash.

And these discounts are nothing to sneeze at.

When we wrote this review, International Van Lines was offering 65% off all cross-country moves. To put this into perspective: a 65% discount on a $4,750 cross-country move for a 2-bedroom home drops your total down to $1,662.50—meaning you’d save $3,087.50.

We don’t know if IVL’s promotions will always be this good, but 65% off a cross-country move certainly catches our eye.

It offers short- and long-term storage options

New home isn’t ready to move into yet? Truck arrived before you did?

Not to worry: International Van Lines has temporary and long-term storage facilities in almost every state.

Here are the two storage types International Van Lines offers:

  • Warehouse storage: This gives you the option to stow your things until you arrive at your new home—whether you and your family miss a flight or have to spend a few extra days wrapping up loose ends.
  • Portable storage: If you’re starting a new job within a couple days and don’t have the time to fully unpack, portable storage allows you to store your things at your new home in a weather-safe container. That way, you can take a few extra days to unpack (and unwind from moving out of your last home).

Still wanna know more? Check out our in-depth International Van Lines review.

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International Van Lines has been known to throw one free month of storage in with some of its moving packages. If you’re in the market for storage, make sure to ask about this!

First National Van Lines—Best customer service

Overall rating

2.1 / 5

First National Van Lines is another company that acts as both a broker and a moving van line.

Customers love First National Van Lines for its timeliness, professionalism, and helpfulness. These things go a long way toward making a daunting life event run smoothly.

Plus, if First National Van Lines does outsource you to another carrier, it’s known for stepping in to mitigate and deal with any problems that might arise during your move.

Pros

  • Top-notch customer service
  • 30 days of free storage on out-of-state moves
  • Price match guarantee

Cons

  • Dead end online quote system

Why First National Van Lines gets a gold star

It has phenomenal customer service

Of all the customer reviews we read, we were the most impressed with those praising First National Van Lines—the company shines in everything from customer service to sales, both on the phone and in person.

Many reviews were from happy, satisfied customers, but we also found that First National Van Lines makes a point to reach out to its unhappy customers and provide solutions. In one instance, it stopped working with a local agent that wasn’t meeting customer service standards.

Basically, First National gets how stressful moving can be—and instead of bickering back and forth with unhappy customers (which we’ve seen a lot of with moving companies), it takes ownership of unpleasant experiences and tries to fix them.

It offers a price match guarantee

First National Van Lines promises to match or beat other moving companies’ prices—so you know you’re getting the best deal.

For us, a price matching policy is a sign that a company is looking out for its customers. Here’s why:

  • It shows First National Van Lines is confident in its rates.
  • It shows that it cares about your budget.

Plus, a benefit of working with a broker like First National is that they can negotiate lower rates with other carriers on your behalf. This means you get the best price regardless of which company handles your move.

North American Van Lines—Best for first-timers

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

North American Van Lines, also referred to as northAmerican, is Allied’s sister company—and offers a similar (and large) array of services.

With locations nationwide and lots of add-on features to mix and match, northAmerican is flexible enough to cover local moves, international moves, and everything in between.

Pros

  • Lots of add-on services
  • 30 moving boxes included with each move (if you ask)
  • Online GPS tracking

Cons

  • Mixed customer service

Why we love North American Van Lines

It has helpful moving resources

Moving is something you (hopefully) don’t have to do often. It’s confusing. It’s overwhelming. It’s kind of a drag.

If you’ve never moved before—or if you can’t remember where to start—northAmerican has plenty of online resources for each step of the process, including a host of FAQs, pro tips, and general tricks of the trade.

Its resources can help keep you from signing with the wrong company—or the wrong price.

We think this says a lot about how the company values its customers—especially because it favors customer comfort over going straight for the sell.

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BUYER BEWARE!

BUYER BEWARE!

The moving industry is full of companies with similar-sounding names. Don’t confuse North American Van Lines with others that look like it. Check your mover’s FMCSA number before you book to ensure you’re dealing with the right company.

It offers trash and debris removal services

It’s no secret that moving can get messy. Whether you’re clearing out your garden or tossing your ten-year-old mattress, northAmerican can help you dispose of throwaways.

Plus, if there’s ever a time to pull a Marie Kondo and downsize your life, it’s when you’re moving. (Bonus: the smaller the load, the cheaper the move.)

So don’t feel obligated to pack that waffle iron you only pull out once every two years—northAmerican will handle your post-purge cleanup.

Check out more about the company in our North American Van Lines Review.

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DON’T FORGET

DON’T FORGET

Customer service varies by location. Research the location of the local agent you’ll be working with. Not every location has every service and feature listed online.

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About Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell is a full-time writer who knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to planning a hassle-free move. Having moved seven times in the past five years, she draws from her own experience and industry expertise to help you avoid her biggest mistakes (like that time she thought she could get away with packing her dishes without wrapping them first).
  • https://bargaincarrentals.net Tom James

    Every company has its own set of advantages. But from the perspective of getting discounts, van lines are a lot cheaper.
    Also, on some special occasions, they provide extra discounts.