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Your Guide to Professional Movers

Picking up your entire life and moving to a new place comes with a lot of questions and worries, even if you hire a professional moving company. To help simplify your move, we've gathered our best resources, including moving company recommendations, guides on what to expect, tips for saving money, and everything else you need to know for your move.

Your Guide to Professional Movers

Picking up your entire life and moving to a new place comes with a lot of questions and worries, even if you hire a professional moving company. To help simplify your move, we've gathered our best resources, including moving company recommendations, guides on what to expect, tips for saving money, and everything else you need to know for your move.
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A professional moving company helps you with everything from loading to transporting your stuff. It's the most convenient way to move. 

We've researched services, customer experience, and availability of the best professional movers to help you find the right moving company for you.

Hiring professionals is expensive, but it doesn't have to break your bank. We’ll help you save money and get the most out of your moving company.

There are a lot of moving parts to any move. Prepare for your full-service move with our handy guides, checklists, and how-tos.

What is professional moving?

A professional move is when an experienced moving company coordinates the hardest parts of your move. It's the most convenient moving option because it requires the least work from you. Unfortunately, it's also the most costly way to move. See if it's the best option for you.
Professional movers
They handle it all.

Professional movers load your stuff, ship it to your new home, and unload it all for you. It’s the easiest—but most expensive—option.

Containers
You load, they ship.

You load up all your belongings, but the movers transport your container to your new home. It’s the middle road for effort and cost.

Move truck rentals
You do all the work.

Worried about costs? Rent a truck, load it yourself, drive it to your new home, and unload all your things. You do it all—and save a lot.

Our top picks of the best moving companies

We've compared the very best professional movers in the country and ranked them for factors like costs, customer service, trustworthiness, and more. After analyzing services and prices from over 20 professional moving companies, we found these five to be the best in the biz.
Best overall
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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Best for up-front pricing
americanvanlines
American Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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Best customer service
allied
Allied Van Lines
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
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Best for customizing
northamerican
North American Van Lines
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
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Best for long-distance moves
united
United Van Lines
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
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Hire a mover

If you want to do your own research before hiring a moving company, these guides and side-by-side comparisons are a great place to start.

Professional mover reviews

Want to learn more about a specific moving company you're considering? Check out our detailed reviews of these movers:
Company
Rating
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Mayflower logoMayflower
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
atlasAtlas
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3
safewaySafeway Moving
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
First National Van Lines
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
bekinsBekins Moving & Storage
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
imrgInterstate Moving & Relocation Group
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
JK Moving
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
Overland Van Lines
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8
Moving APT
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7
Big Ben's Moving & Storage
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Two Men and a Truck LogoTwo Men and a Truck
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
All my sons moving and storageAll My Sons Moving & Storage
3.2 out of 5 stars
3.2
Wheaton logoWheaton World Wide Moving
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1

Save money

Professional moving is expensive, there's no doubt about it. That doesn't mean you can't save and still get top-tier service, though. Check out our money-saving guides to get a fair price for your move.

Avoid scams

If your moving quote sounds too good to be true, it might be a scam. Find out what red flags to look for—and how to find a trustworthy moving company.

Get ready for moving day

Even if you've hired a professional moving company, there's still a lot you need to do to prepare for moving day. Keep track of every task and tie up loose ends with these guides and checklists.

How to hire a mover


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