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How to Find Long-Distance Movers in Your Area

Posted: August 15, 2023
Three Moving Helpers carefully prepare to begin moving a customer’s belongings for the customer’s long-distance move.

While moving by yourself is possible, it doesn’t hurt to have an extra pair of hands to help out. This is especially true if you’re moving out of state or even internationally. Professional moving labor has a unique set of skills that can take a normally stressful occasion and turn it into a streamlined process, which is essential for when you’re planning a long-distance move. 

We all know that moving is notoriously expensive, even more so when it’s a long distance. Even if you need help, it’s easy to hesitate on hiring someone to do so. 

Luckily at Moving Help®, we have some tips on finding trustworthy moving labor to get your belongings where they need to go, no matter how far, which is why we’re better than other movers.

How to Find Long Distance Movers in Your Area 

U-Haul makes hiring moving help as easy as a click of a button. When you reserve a truck with U-Haul, you’ll be presented with the option of adding Moving Help to your order. You can even add Moving Help to your U-Box order, creating your own hands-off moving experience. Even if you don’t purchase a U-Haul rental, our Moving Help Marketplace is always open to you. 

With moving labor across all 50 U.S. states and the 10 Canadian provinces, you’ll always be able to find reliable help near you. Our flexibility makes us the best option for DIY customers. You get to choose how much or how little help you need from our Service Providers, making it easier on your pocket, too. We can even help you get packed up for international moves at an affordable price. 

All it takes to book through Moving Help is to plug in some basic information, like where you live and where you plan to move to, as well as when you would like it done. You also can provide the address of a storage facility or another location and use our Moving Helpers to assist when you’re not moving. 

The Moving Help Marketplace allows you to search your location for the best movers, read through more than 2.5 million real, unedited customer reviews, and sort through our massive database to find the best fit for you. Our Service Providers should contact you within 24-48 hours to get the ball rolling, and from there, you have the perfect moving partner in your corner. 

What Can Movers Do to Make Moving Easier?

Our Service Providers can offer a variety of services, which other moving companies might not be able to offer. Some services include but not limited to:

  • Packing and unpacking: This is especially helpful for complicated and fragile products, but you can save money by doing this yourself. 
  • Loading and unloading: This is where movers perform the heavy lifting and place all of your belongings into trucks, trailers, or storage containers. 
  • Furniture assembly/disassembly: If you aren’t in the mood to try and break down your sectional couch, certain Service Providers can disassemble furniture and rebuild it at your new location. Make sure you ask your Moving Helper before your moving date about furniture assembly or disassembly. This way no one is surprised come moving day. 
  • Specialty moves: This means transporting items like pianos, pool tables, gun safes, or other heavy items that cost a lot to replace if damaged. 
  • Storage: When you choose to move with the help of U-Haul, you can get short- and long-term storage solutions if you find any delay in your moving dates.

Certain moving companies will offer something called a full-service move. This is when they do everything, from packing, to transport, to unpacking and set-up. This might sound nice, but it can cost you more than $9,000, even more if you plan to move more than 250 miles from your current location when you hire those movers. 

Two Service Providers load moving boxes into a U-Box storage container. A U-Box container is a great way to move long distance.

It’s possible to hire moving labor and save on moving at the same time with Moving Help while also sticking to your moving budget. We even have some tips on how to create a hands-off experience, making your moving experience easier without having to break your budget. 

Remember, Moving Help is a service that connects you with moving labor who can offer many services, and movers not on our Marketplace might not be able to do it all. You can book hourly workers for anything from loading, packing, to cleaning. You can even use us to find some help cleaning out your old storage unit. Our filter system allows you to find the perfect person for the job every time. 

How Much Do Long-Distance Movers Cost? 

Most movers will charge an hourly rate, and that price can be influenced by a few factors. Because Moving Help has labor-only Service Providers, you’ll find hourly rates that are less expensive than traditional movers. 

If you’re just looking to have two helpers get your belongings packed into a truck or storage container, you can expect to spend about $152 for two hours of work, at about $76 per hour. As we mentioned, this number can vary. 

A Moving Helper’s price can be influenced by several factors, including: 

  • Services required 
  • Demand 
  • Time of year 
  • Location 
  • How far out you book the services 
  • Number of items you’re moving 
Cars drive down the interstate as the sun begins to rise. It’s important to be prepared early on for a long-distance move.

How Much Should I Tip a Long-Distance Mover?

When budgeting for movers, it’s important to factor the tip into the total cost. so you get to decide the amount.

Some people opt to tip 15-20 percent of the total bill, while others like to tip per hour. 

Many factors can play into how much you choose to tip. Last-minute moves, long-distance moves, and large-scale moves deserve a little extra because of the effort they require.

Naturally, work performance also factors into the total tip. You can learn more about tipping Service Providers here

When Should I Hire Long-Distance Movers? 

Typically, you’ll get a better deal on Moving Helpers the further out you book. You can book movers for same-day services, but it’ll run a higher price. Some of our moving labor offer same-day services, which other moving companies might not offer. 

To try and get a better deal, try to book them for a weekday rather than a weekend. Even then, prepare to spend a little more than you would have if you booked a few weeks or months in advance.  

If you’re looking to move a long distance with the help of Service Providers, you should give yourself two months in advance to have the best selection of help and flexibility to your timeline. Not every moving company offers long-distance moves, so planning ahead can help you avoid the stress. Getting your moving labor booked early is the best way to kick off a seamless move. 

Hiring last-minute help doesn’t have to break the bank. Moving Help can match you with Service Providers at competitive prices. We offer Safeload coverage, so you can rest assured that even your last-minute moves are handled with care. 

Hire Long-Distance Movers Today 

No matter where you choose to go, Moving Help has the power to help you get there. Our Marketplace of Service Providers can make your next move go smoothly, so you can have peace of mind that no matter where you go, your belongings are safe and ready for you when you get there.