DIY Long Distance Moving
A long distance move is considered as a move more than 50 miles from your current home, many times to a different state. As the moving industry continues to evolve it will consistently become easier and more affordable to relocate long distances. With so many options available to you it can become overwhelming, but it is important to remember that our moving labor services are flexible and tailored to your needs. .
Moving Options for Long Distance Moving
A do-it-yourself long distance move is an attractive option because it allows you to remain in control of as much, or as little, of the move as you desire. DIY moving is also much more affordable than traditional full service moving companies and van lines, especially for the growing number of people who are moving without the financial support from their employer. Let's take a look at the different transportation and storage options available for a DIY long distance move.
Moving Truck Rental
A moving truck rental is the most popular method of moving for both local and long distance moving. A rental truck is primarily different from the other transportation options because it is the only option that allows you to remain in full control of your move. It also offers the benefit of being the quickest method. A moving truck can be rented from Penske Truck Rental, Budget Truck Rental or U-Haul. Find more information by visiting our moving truck rental guide.
Moving Storage Containers
If you have sold your home and have not yet purchased a new one or if you are moving but unsure of where, storage containers might be a great fit for you. Storage containers allow you to load your container and then store it until you are ready to unload. The container can usually be stored at your location or in the storage company warehouse, a choice that should be made to fit your unique needs. Most moving storage container companies allow you to keep your items in storage for as long as you need and then deliver the container to your new home when ready.
There are many container size and company options available for moving storage containers. It's important to be aware that not all storage container companies can deliver nationwide, so be sure to ask about this when you begin requesting quotes. Find more information about the different storage companies and container sizes by visiting our moving storage container guide.
Freight Moving Companies
Drive down any major interstate and you'll likely pass countless "You Load, We Drive" trailers, although you may not recognize them. A moving freight company offers two major benefits for long distance moving - First, you don't have to drive the truck. Second, because you are sharing space with other movers your overall moving cost is usually very affordable.
There are several different options available for moving freight companies. Find more information about the different companies and a comparison chart by visiting our moving freight company guide.
Moving Options Comparison Table
|Moving Truck Rental||Moving Storage Containers||Freight Moving Companies|
|Available Space||10' to 26'||6' to 40' *||4' to 53'|
|Cost of Fuel||Market Rate||Included in Total Cost||Included in Total Cost|
|Transit Time ||1-10 Days||1-Unlimited||1-14 Days|
|Delivery||Your Schedule||Date/Time Window||Date/Time Window|
|Storage||None||Warehouse or Your Site||Available **|
|Auto Shipping||Car Carrier or Tow Dolly||Not Available||Available **|
|Recommended Brand||Penske Truck Rental ***||No Preferred||Broadway Express|
*There are many different types and sizes of storage containers, not all can be shipped long distance. The most common long distance moving container size is 16'.
**Storage is available with ABF U-Pack only. Car shipping is available with Broadway Express only.
***Take advantage of Penske Truck Rental’s certified public scale locator to weigh your vehicle.
How Can Moving Help Benefit my Long Distance Move?
- Help with Heavy Furniture: Want to move the smaller items yourself? No problem, you can hire our movers to move just the heavy furniture pieces.
- You've Got Friends: You have friends and family to help you load the truck but you need movers to unload at your destination.
- Nationwide Service: We offer nationwide service. Wherever you're going, we likely service the area.
- We're Professionals: Our movers are trained to minimize the risk of damage and maximize your space.
- Flexibility: We offer a variety of scheduling and rescheduling options if moving delays occur.