Safeway Moving System 2020 Review

Bottom line: With competitive rates and exceptional customer service, Safeway Moving System is a solid option for local and long-distance move as well as long- and short-term storage.

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

Safeway Moving System (not to be confused with Safeway Moving and Storage) is a Chicago-based moving broker that specializes in local and long-distance moves as well as long- and short-term storage. The company can also help you ship your car, move your piano, and relocate your office or business.

Because Safeway is a moving broker, not a moving carrier, it partners with smaller moving companies across the US. This means that the company can handle your move basically anywhere in the country. It can even service your move if you’re going to Canada.

Overall, we’ve found that Safeway’s customer service and list of offerings make it a great option for almost any move. And while the company’s prices can be a little high, you can get a better rate with Safeway’s price meet or beat policy.

Keep reading to learn all about Safeway Moving System.

Pros

  • Great customer reviews
  • Price-matching policy
  • Over-the-phone estimates
  • Binding quotes
  • One month of free storage (select locations)

Cons

  • Uninformative website
  • No pricing information online
  • No online shipment tracking

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How much does Safeway Moving System cost?

Safeway quoted us $11,887.50 to move everything out of a three-bedroom home in Los Angeles and into a home in Denver. While this is well within the competitive price range for full-service moves, it is on the higher end.

Safeway Moving Prices

Distance (miles)Home sizePrice
1,1743 bedrooms$11,887.50
Distance (miles)
1,174
Home size Price
3 bedrooms $11,887.50

Data as of 9/1/2020. 1,174-mile estimate based on a move from Los Angeles, CA, to Denver, CO.

This price from Safeway Moving System included the following services:

  • Loading and unloading
  • Full-service packing
  • Piano transport
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • Protective blanket-wrapping for furniture
  • All transportation, taxes, tolls, mileage, labor, and fuel surcharges
  • Basic liability coverage

This price includes all the bells and whistles that Safeway offers, so if you go with less deluxe service, your price would be lower than the one we got.

For example, if we hadn’t opted for full-service packing, our price would have been about $2,000 lower. Similarly, we could have knocked $250 off our price if we hadn’t added a piano to our inventory.

In addition to the fees for these special services, there are a lot of other factors going into this price:

  • The time of year we requested our quote
  • The amount of stuff we had on our inventory
  • The distance we were moving

You shouldn’t just take our word for how much Safeway can cost. You’ll only know for sure how much the company will charge for your move if you get a quote of your own.

Keep in mind, though, that Safeway doesn’t offer instant online quotes. If you want to get a quote, it will entail a lot of back and forth with the company as they get your inventory and learn more about your move. Overall, It took us around three days to get the quote we’ve shared.

Safeway Moving System’s binding quotes

The good news is that Safeway offers binding quotes at the end of this lengthy process. This means that the quote you get is the price you’ll pay as long as nothing about your move changes last minute. No hidden fees. No additional charges. No rigamarole.

Safeway Moving System at a glance

Company information
MC #114982
US DOT #3166589
Broker✔ Yes
CarrierNo
Insured✔ Yes
AMSA ProMover certificationNo
Better Business Bureau ratingB+
MC #
US DOT #
Broker
Carrier
Insured
AMSA ProMover certification
Better Business Bureau rating
Company information
114982
3166589
✔ Yes
No
✔ Yes
No
B+

Data as of 9/1/2020. A US DOT # is an identifying tracking number assigned to a company by the United States Department of Transportation. An MC # is a tracking number assigned to a company by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Safeway Moving System features and services

  • Long-distance and local moves
  • Long- and short-term storage
  • International moves (Canada only)
  • Auto transportation
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Furniture assembly and disassembly
  • Piano transport
  • Basic liability coverage
  • Additional coverage options
  • Office relocation
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What about shipment tracking?

What about shipment tracking?

Unfortunately, Safeway Moving System doesn’t give you a way to track your shipment online. This means that while your belongings are in transit, you can’t track their progress to your new home on the company’s website. If you want to get an update on your shipment’s progress, you’ll have to call your Safeway agent.

What to know about Safeway Moving System

Now that we’ve covered the basic services and pricing questions you might have about Safeway Moving System, we want to highlight a few things that set the company apart.

It has great customer reviews

One of the best things about Safeway Moving System is its glowing customer reviews. Across multiple review sites, the consensus is that the company treats its customers well and delivers on its promises.

Here are things customers often praise about Safeway:

  • Professionalism and speed
  • Fair prices
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility

This positive consensus speaks to a company that does what it can to ensure every customer’s move goes according to plan—or better.

Of course, there are always a few bad reviews for every company, and Safeway Moving System is no exception. A handful of customers on various review sites complained about damaged goods and unfair prices, but these negative reviews were few and far between, so they’re probably more reflective of individual crew members than company-wide quality standards.

It donates a portion of its revenue to charity

A lot of Safeway’s offerings (like local and long-distance moves, storage, and auto transportation) are pretty typical for a moving broker like Safeway. One thing that’s a little more unique is that you determine how much of the money Safeway makes goes to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Here’s how donations works:

After your move is completed and you’ve paid for everything, you’ll be contacted by a Safeway representative who will ask you how much (up to $100) of your payment you want the company to donate to St. Jude’s.

This isn’t a donation that you’re making on top of your move’s price. The donation comes out of what you have already paid Safeway for your move. You just get to decide how much the company donates and how much it keeps.

It has a price meet or beat policy

Like we’ve said, Safeway’s rates aren’t the lowest we’ve seen. They’re nothing to sneeze at, but other companies do provide the same services for cheaper. You can turn these lower prices to your advantage, though, by using Safeway’s price match policy.

If you get a lower price on a written, binding estimate from one of Safeway’s competitors, and you show that quote to your Safeway representative, Safeway will lower its own price to match or beat the competitor’s price.

There are two limitations to Safeway’s price matching, though.

First, the competitor has to be reputable (not known for scamming its customers) and has to have been in business for at least five years.

Secondly, the competitor’s rates have to be based on the exact same inventory you gave Safeway. Every service, every box, and every piece of furniture has to be the same.

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Ready to shop around?

Ready to shop around?

If you need help finding some of Safeway’s reputable competitors, our list of the best moving companies is a great place to start. Every company on our list meets Safeway’s reputability requirements, and aside from PODS, they all offer the same services. Get a few quotes from these other companies to see how low your price can go.

Our recommendation

Safeway Moving System’s impressive history of pleasing its customers means you can trust the company to deliver on every service you pay for. And while the company’s prices can run slightly high, they’re still competitive for all you get, and they can go down if you put in a little extra work gathering quotes from several other companies.

If you want to hire a company that can handle every part of your move for a competitive rate, we recommend contacting Safeway to see what it can do for you.

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About Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over three years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.