If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you may have set your sights on moving to Washington state. With more than a hundred mountains and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, as well as freshwater lakes and rivers, Washington is a popular moving destination for climbers, campers, cyclists, and hikers alike.
The This Old House Reviews Team has researched dozens of providers and found the best moving companies in Washington State.
Top 7 Moving Companies in Washington
Here are the best moving companies in Washington State that you can contact today:
- International Van Lines: Best Overall Full-Service Mover
- American Van Lines: Most Experienced Moving Labor
- JK Moving: Most Customizable Full-Service Mover
- Allied Van Lines: Best for Vehicle Relocation
- North American Van Lines: Best for Claims
- 1-800-PACK-RAT: Best Overall Self-Service Mover
- PODS: Most Convenient
International Van Lines
Our Rating: Best Overall Full-Service Mover
International Van Lines (IVL) is our overall pick for long-distance moves into or out of Washington due to its experience, availability, and variety of services.
IVL is available in all 50 states and more than 180 countries. The company can handle local, long-distance, and international moves of all sizes but specializes in long-distance relocations. International owns and operates its own fleet of vehicles but will partner with local agents within its extensive network for areas outside of its immediate service area.
International Van Lines’ menu of add-on options—including storage, crating, and vehicle relocation—are well-suited for long-distance and international moves, especially those involving a lot of unusually large and/or heavy pieces and antiques, fine art, and other high-value items.
Pros & Cons
✔ Includes all-risk insurance, which covers the full value of items at a 4% cost, with the purchase of packing services
✔ Offers a 15% discount for senior citizens
✔ Provides sample costs for insurance and a list of commonly associated moving fees to help you budget for your relocation
✘ Requires a 25% deposit to schedule a moving date
✘ Working with local agents within a larger network means procedures, policies, and customer service could vary based on location and provider.
International Van Lines has an extensive list of services that customers can choose from to create a customized full- or partial-service move. Those who want a full-service experience can opt for packing, which also comes with full-value protection of your items at a 4% cost of the items’ declared value. Customers who plan to box up their belongings can still add fragile-only packing, and IVL crews will wrap and pad breakables and place them in the moving truck in such a way as to prevent damage,
International Van Lines does not provide instant online quotes; you must speak with a customer service representative and/or complete a home assessment to get an estimate.
However, we obtained a quote from IVL to move a three-bedroom home approximately 1,400 miles from Spokane, Washington, to Minneapolis in early summer. IVL quoted us a range of $4,200 to $6,150 for that relocation. The estimate includes mileage, fuel, and any applicable toll charges.
International Van Lines is transparent with its associated moving fees, listing the cost and frequency of each fee broken down to a per-item cost on its website. For example, IVL has industry-standard elevator and stair fees, applied when crews use either or both to transport items from your home or apartment. The elevator fee is a one-time charge of $75, whereas the stair fee is $75 per flight of stairs.
Learn More: International Van Lines Review
American Van Lines
Our Rating: Most Experienced Moving Labor
American Van Lines is an experienced full-service mover that specializes in long-distance relocation. The company is equipped for international and commercial moving, as well as corporate relocations, and offers special handling of large and high-value items, such as pianos and antiques. While the company can handle local moves, it currently only does so in North Carolina, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and South Florida. Therefore, it may not be the best choice for local moves since working with a network provider could have mixed results, depending on your location.
Pros & Cons
✔ Movers are certified to handle pianos and antiques
✔ Will match competitor pricing
✔ Follows green business practices in packing materials
✘ Does not accommodate local moves in Washington
✘ Does not provide online instant quotes
American Van Lines offers full-service and partial-packing options, as well as moving supplies, storage, and custom crating for local, long-distance and international relocations in every state but Hawaii and Alaska. American Van Lines is equipped to meet the needs of those seeking full-service options, such as packing and unpacking, crating of electronics, and those seeking partial assistance with tasks such as loading, transport, and unloading.
American Van Lines provides flat-rate pricing, ensuring moving costs will not change after you sign a contract or schedule your move. It does not provide an instant quote online or by phone. The company will first conduct a virtual or in-person assessment of your home, review your detailed inventory, and calculate the cost of moving your items to their new location before giving you a detailed binding estimate, meaning your rate will be locked in at that price.
American Van Lines did provide a ballpark estimate of a $6,000 starting price to move a three-bedroom apartment approximately 1,300 miles, or roughly the distance from Santa Fe to Tacoma, Washington.
This fixed-rate pricing approach greatly reduces the risk of surprise fees and helps customers
stick to a moving budget. Just remember that a fixed rate will lock you into the moving inventory you provide the company. Any items added after the cost estimate will be moved at an extra charge, so it’s important to be thorough during the quote process.
American Van Lines requires an up-front deposit of 10%–50% of your total moving cost.
Learn More: American Van Lines Review
JK Moving Services
Our Rating: Most Customizable Full-Service Mover
JK Moving is a full-service moving company that focuses on allowing customers to create a fully customized moving package. JK Moving’s user-friendly website and mobile app, as well as 24/7 support, are aimed at making it easier for customers to find the services that best fit their needs and budget.
Through the company’s app, customers can review estimates and provide updates, make payments, add coverage, check the status of their move and receive notifications for important steps in the moving process.
For those looking for a way to spread out moving costs, JK Moving offers in-house financing, with rates as low as 0%*. Still, it’s important to figure out what your rate is ahead of time to avoid having to unexpectedly pay significantly more in the long run.
* Subject to credit approval.
Pros & Cons
✔ Has live 24/7 customer support
✔ Offers an app for convenient scheduling of home assessments
✔ Provides in-house financing
✘ Only handles local moves in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
✘ Does not offer an instant quote online or by phone
JK Moving offers packing and unpacking, loading and unloading—as well as more specialized services like vehicle relocation, storage options, and handling of difficult items—for long-distance, international and interstate moves to or from Washington.
Through the company’s app, customers can review estimates and provide updates, make payments, add coverage, check the status of their move and receive notifications for important steps in the moving process. JK Moving also has short- and long-term storage solutions and full-replacement insurance coverage at a rate adjusted to fit your specific belongings’ actual value.
JK Moving customers can create a moving package that fits their specific needs and budget, assisted through the process by a personal moving coordinator. Standard factors impacting price with JK Moving include how far you are moving, the time of year you plan to move, the size and weight, and how many crew members will be needed to complete your move.
The company doesn’t provide instant quotes online or by phone, but we were able to get a ballpark estimate of $8,000 to move a three-bedroom home 750 miles, roughly the distance from Spokane, Washington, to Sacramento, California. That estimate included furniture disassembly, wrapping, padding, loading and unloading all household items, and full-replacement valuation coverage.
Learn More: JK Moving Review
Allied Van Lines
Our Rating: Best for Vehicle Relocation
With more than 90 years of experience in the moving industry, Allied Van Lines is one of our top picks for moving into or out of Washington.
The company may be a particularly good fit for those who need to relocate a car, truck, SUV, van, or boat. The company uses two transport methods for vehicle shipping: open car carrier and enclosed car carrier. Open car carriers are essentially like the trucks you’ve seen on the highway carrying stacks of new cars from auto manufacturers to dealerships. In contrast, enclosed carriers protect vehicles completely from exposure to outdoor elements or roadway hazards. The enclosed carrier method is a smart option if you want to move a high-value vehicle, such as a classic car.
Pros & Cons
✔ Provides vehicle coverage of up to $100,000 with no deductible
✔ Offers mobile storage containers through Allied Express, an alternative solution to metal move containers that includes loading and unloading
✔ Includes a personal moving consultant with all packages
✘ Doesn’t give instant quotes for local moves
✘ Doesn’t have 24/7 claims support
While Allied Van Lines is a full-service company, it can accommodate partial moves through services like fragile-only packing and moving kits. Basic-price moves include: an assigned relocation consultant; loading, transport, and unloading of your items; and minimum protection coverage. Services like full-valuation coverage and packing and unpacking are available at an additional cost.
Through Allied Express, the company’s container-like moving option, Allied Van Lines offers mobile storage containers that come with loading and unloading assistance, a service that many self-service companies do not currently provide. However, short- and long-term storage options can be limited, as they are based on local availability.
We received an online estimate of $7,898–$8,728 to move a three-bedroom home from Las Vegas to Olympia, Washington, in early May.
After completing an in-person or virtual home assessment, Allied will provide you with a binding estimate—the exact amount you can expect to pay on moving day. As part of the assessment, you will need to provide Allied with a detailed list of items to be moved. It’s important to be as thorough as possible during this stage of the moving process since miscalculating the size of your move or adding major items after your binding estimate could increase overall costs.
Learn More: Allied Van Lines Review
North American Van Lines
Our Rating: Best for Claims
North American Van Lines (NAVL) has an extensive network of providers across the country and globally. Through its own fleet and staff and those of moving agents within the network, North American Van Lines can service local, long-distance, and international moving needs across the country and in 180 countries. Since North American Van Lines is both a carrier and a broker, customer experiences can vary widely depending on which provider within the company’s network is handling your relocation.
North American Van Lines customers can quickly file domestic or international claims directly from the homepage of the company’s website. Dedicated claims support lines are also available for those who have additional questions or prefer to file their claims by phone.
Pros & Cons
✔ Offers a wealth of free moving resources through its online library of videos, blogs, FAQs, tip sheets, and checklists
✔ Provides a Not-to-Exceed Pricing package that ensures actual cost will never be higher than your detailed personalized quote
✔ Has a MoovScout app that allows customers who are relocating internationally to track the workflow of their move from their phone
✘ Storage options are based on local availability
✘ Receives varied customer feedback depending on location and the local moving contractor in NAVL’s network
As an experienced long-distance and international mover, North American Van Lines provides services such as crating, short- and long-term storage, and vehicle transport. Customers can create customized moving packages with full-service options like disconnection and reconnection of major appliances and long- and short-term storage. However, storage is based on local availability and, as such, can sometimes be limited.
The addition of individual service options can also drive total moving prices above that of North American’s competitors. For those making a small, local move, NAVL’s customizable packages and partial-assistance options, such as fragile-only packing, could prove to be a cost-effective alternative to a DIY approach.
The cost to move a three-bedroom home from Los Angeles to Olympia, Washington, in early April would be approximately $4,494–$5,361, according to NAVL’s online moving calculator.
Cost estimates with North American Van Lines are based on the distance of your move as well as the size of your move, and the time of year you plan to relocate. The special handling of any items is also factored into your quote. Other factors that can affect your total moving cost include: the number of bedrooms in your home, the layout of your home, including any access issues, any items that need special handling services, such as crating, the time of year of your move, and the addition of any optional services.
The company’s discount program for American Legion members provides up to $100,000 in replacement coverage protection on household items while in transit for a bottom-line savings of $850. Discount program members also receive access to exclusive moving and storage discounts, non-peak rates year-round, and guaranteed quotes. A similar program for union members and their families includes up to $50,000 in replacement coverage (a savings of $560) and all perks provided to Legion members, with the addition of packing discounts.
Learn More: North American Van Lines Review
Our Rating: Best Overall Self-Service Mover
If you prefer to handle all aspects of the relocation process on your own, we recommend 1-800-PACK-RAT as the top overall choice for self-service moving. The company will deliver waterproof steel portable storage containers to your home. After you’ve loaded your container, PACK-RAT will pick it back up and deliver them to your new destination. Self-service moves through the 1-800-PACK-RAT are supported by a wealth of free resources on the company’s website, including blogs and how-to videos.
Pros & Cons
✔ Provides barn-style doors on a majority (90%) of its storage containers to allow for more space and provide increased security
✔ Matches lower estimates from PODS
✔ Gives customers 30 days to load containers
✘ Is only available in 30 states (not available in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming)
✘ Has a C+ rating with the Better Business Bureau due to unresolved customer complaints
1-800-PACK-RAT provides portable steel containers in three sizes: eight feet, 12 feet, and 16 feet. For reference, an eight-foot container holds up to two rooms of furniture, and a 12-foot container can accommodate two to three rooms. The 16-foot container holds four rooms’ worth of furniture. PACK-RAT partners with an outside network of agents to coordinate moving assistance for those who want help packing, loading, and/or unloading their belongings.
The company can handle local moves within Washington or to one of the states it currently operates. PACK-RAT includes one month of temporary storage in its initial quote. Long-term storage is available for $280 per month if you keep the container onsite at your home and $290 per month to house the container at a PACK-RAT facility.
Using the online calculator tool, moving a three-bedroom home about 1,300 miles from Seattle to Boulder, Colorado, in mid-May would cost approximately $3,076. That estimate is for a 12-foot storage container without any add-on services, such as moving assistance.
Learn More: 1-800-PACK-RAT Review
PODS Moving & Storage
Our Rating: Most Convenient
For those who want to handle most of the moving process on their own, PODS may be a convenient choice because it provides the shipping equipment and handles the transportation of your items but allows you to load and unload at your own pace. PODS works by delivering steel-framed containers to your home. You fill the containers yourself and notify PODS when to pick up the loaded containers and ship them to your new destination. You can also store your containers in a PODS secure storage center in Texas and most other states across the country, with the exception of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The company can connect you with professional movers if you want assistance with loading and unloading.
Pros & Cons
✔ Provides the same variety of free tools and resources as most full-service moving companies provide, including a moving checklist, packing and loading tips, and online moving and storage calculators
✔ Can ship vehicles
✔ Offers City Service, which is specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of metropolitan moving, in Seattle
✘ Not available in all states
✘ Charges per month, regardless of the actual amount of time you use a container
PODS offers containers in three sizes: 8 feet, 12 feet, and 16 feet. For reference, a 16-foot container will usually accommodate homes up to 1,200 square feet, or roughly the equivalent of three to four rooms’ worth of furniture and household items. Containers are all ground-level for easy loading and unloading. PODS offers full-value coverage and will adjust your coverage amount to match the actual value of your belongings.
PODS provides only local moving quotes online. You must call the company directly to receive your free quote for long-distance moves. Quotes are valid for up to seven days and include the first month’s rental fee for your containers as well as any delivery and pick-up charges.
We were quoted approximately $2,850 to relocate from Tacoma, Washington, to Las Vegas. That quote was for the use of a 16-foot container for one month and included transportation from Trenton to Jackson.
The company offers discounts, such as free delivery and up to 15% off rent with the purchase of at least three months of storage for customers who are moving locally (less than 50 miles).
Learn More: PODS Review
Which is the Best Moving Company in Washington for You?
The moving company that is best for you will ultimately depend on your specific needs and budget. If you are looking for a full-service moving experience International Van Lines may be good places to start.
As the only provider on our list that offers financing, JK Moving could be a suitable fit for those who want to spread out the cost of moving. Remember: it’s important to carefully review your interest rate to ensure you do not end up paying more in the long run.
1-800-PACK-RAT is a good self-service alternative that can also help you save money on your move, particularly if you do not require assistance with loading and unloading your belongings.
Comparing the Top Moving Companies in Washington State
Whatever your reason for wanting to call Washington home, you’ll need a reliable, professional moving company to get you there. But with all the options out there, how do you know if you’re picking a reputable mover that can accommodate your relocation at the price that meets your budget?
We recommend that you gather at least three quotes from the best moving companies in Washington before you choose your mover.
Compare the Top Moving Companies in Washington
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FAQs About Moving Companies in Washington State
How much are movers in Washington state?
After receiving ballpark estimates from the top movers in Washington State, your move could range between $2,800 to $8,800 depending on the distance and size of your move.
What do I need to do before moving cross country?
If you are planning a long-distance relocation, there is a lot to consider and take care of long before moving day. It is best to get at least a three-month head start on moving day by deciding on a budget and beginning the search for a moving company. It’s also good to determine how you and your family will be traveling to your new destination. If you’re flying, you may need to pick a mover that can handle transporting your vehicles.
In the weeks leading up to moving day, you should be packing up the items you don’t need and selling or giving away items you no longer want, as well as contacting physicians for copies of any records needed and your homeowners insurance provider to confirm your coverage will transfer to your new location.
If I pack all of my belongings, will the mover still be responsible if something is broken in transit?
Moving companies are liable for losses and damage caused during transit unless a loss or damage is due to an act of nature—such as a lightning strike, tornado, or earthquake—or other scenarios involving extenuating circumstances, such as a piece of furniture being dropped down the stairs due to a pre-existing loose handrail or a broken floorboard causing a crew member to stumble and knock over a fragile item. To ensure safe transport of a customer’s belongings, movers often operate under a tariff provision that allows them to repack improperly or unsafely packed boxes.
It’s important to note that movers are also exempt from liability if the loss or damage was caused by an act of omission on the shipper’s part. Improper packing falls under that act of omission category, so it’s crucial that you follow professional moving tips on proper packing and notify your movers of any questions or potential issues you may have concerning the items you packed.
What should I do if my bill is higher on moving day than previously estimated?
If the moving cost is higher on moving day, you are not necessarily obligated to pay the additional charges at that time. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), you are not required to pay more than 100% of a binding estimate (or 110% of a non-binding estimate) for any price increases after the moving truck has been loaded. The mover is required to bill any additional charges 30 days after delivery of your goods. A company cannot refuse to deliver your items due to non-payment of any added charges, which can be incurred if the inventory you provided ahead of moving day is incomplete or inaccurate. If you feel you have been hit with extra fees unfairly or a company will not deliver your possessions, you can file an online complaint with the FMCSA or contact the organization at 1-888-368-7238.
Our Rating Methodology
The This Old House Reviews team is committed to providing comprehensive and unbiased reviews to our readers. This means earning your trust through transparent reviews and having the data to back up our ratings and recommendations. Our rating system for moving service providers is on a 100-point scale based on 7 factors:
- Moving Services (30): Does the company offer its services for local, long-distance, and or international moves?
- Additional Services (29): What additional services does the company provide, such as packing and unpacking or loading and unloading?
- Coverage (10): Does the company offer any additional insurance plans, such as full-value coverage?
- Scheduling (7): Are customers able to schedule online, over the phone, or on both platforms?
- Trailers/containers (7): How many trailer or container sizes does the company offer?
- Additional Benefits (12): What additional benefits does the company provide, such as storage options, moving truck rentals, and financing?
- Reputation (5): What rating does the company feature on popular review sites like the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
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