Perhaps you were drawn to Portland’s peaceful oceanfront or Bangor’s natural beauty. But whether you’re relocating to one of Maine’s charming cities or more quaint locales, your move to the Pine Tree State starts with picking the right professional mover.

To help you make the right choice, the This Old House Reviews Team researched dozens of providers and analyzed hundreds of online customer reviews to develop our picks for the top movers nationwide. From there, we narrowed our focus to create this guide to the best moving companies serving Maine.

Top 7 Moving Companies in Maine

We evaluated each company based on services, pricing, customer feedback, and other essential factors. It’s important to note that your specific moving cost will depend on the distance, size, and time of year of your move. To more accurately gauge the cost of your move, we suggest requesting a free quote from at least three moving companies.


 

International Van Lines

We chose International Van Lines (IVL) as our top pick for the best full-service movers serving Maine. The company is available nationwide and offers various services to support an interstate or long-distance move.

IVL handles local, long-distance, cross-country, and international moves of all sizes. In addition, customers can customize their moves with add-on options, such as vehicle shipping and short- and long-term storage.

International Van Lines Pros & Cons

✔ Provides special handling of large or high-value items, such as fitness equipment and antiques

✔ Offers a 15% discount for senior citizens

✔ Refunds deposits on moves canceled with at least a 48-hour notice

✘ Outsources most city-to-city moves (50 miles or less) to local movers, so customer experience may vary based on location

✘ Charges an additional $150 for large items that can’t be stacked and $350 to handle motorcycles

Services

International Van Lines provides full- and partial-packing services supported by add-on options. The company also offers two contents coverage plans that reimburse you for damaged items based on their actual value. Basic contents coverage—offered for free by all moving companies under federal law—bases payouts for lost, broken, stolen, or damaged items on weight, not value.

IVL’s total-loss coverage—the more affordable of the company’s options—only applies if your entire moving shipment is damaged or lost. On the other hand, all-risk insurance covers individual items but is more expensive. The cost of total-loss coverage is 2% of the total declared value of your moving shipment, while all-risk coverage is 4% of the total value of your belongings.

Check out more of International Van Lines’ services:

  • Custom crating of electronics
  • Fragile-only packing
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • GPS shipment tracking
  • Loading and unloading
  • Moving calculator 
  • Moving checklist
  • Packing and moving supplies
  • Special handling of fitness equipment and other difficult items
  • Storage services
  • Vehicle relocation

Cost

Using the calculator tool on IVL’s website, we were quoted $4,100–$6,200 to move a three-bedroom home approximately 1,300 miles from Atlanta to Bangor, Maine, in early spring. To receive a more detailed estimate, you must contact a customer service representative and provide the specifics of your relocation.

International Van Lines does not provide binding estimates, or locked-in prices that will not change on moving day. However, IVL’s website features a list of associated fees—such as the rate for moving items up and down stairs—that may be useful in helping you calculate your actual moving costs.

You must pay a 25% deposit to book a moving date with IVL. The company accepts cash and credit card payments.

Take this brief online survey or call 1-888-375-6309 to get your free moving quote from International Van Lines.

Learn More: International Van Lines Review


 

American Van Lines

American Van Lines may be a good fit if you are particularly concerned about entrusting your belongings to a moving company. The company stands out for its highly skilled moving crews of full-time employees who complete ongoing training.

AVL also has designated crews for handling antiques and pianos. Antique crews are trained in properly wrapping, packing, and loading fragile and high-value pieces. Piano crews are trained in properly dismantling and reassembling all piano models, from uprights to grands.

American Van Lines Pros & Cons

✔ Offers storage options that include climate-controlled units at securely monitored facilities

✔ Matches lower quotes from competitors

✔ Provides an all-inclusive pricing option for special handling of furniture, antiques, and pianos

✘ Does not give instant quotes online or over the phone

✘ Typically outsources in-state moves to independent moving companies

Services

American Van Lines can accommodate full and fragile-only packing requests in Maine and throughout the continental United States. Like most full-service movers, AVL has a variety of add-on services to help customize relocations of all sizes.

Take a look at what American Van Lines offers:

  • Contents plans to insure your belongings
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • Loading and unloading
  • Moving checklists
  • Online tracking of moving shipments
  • Packing supplies for DIY movers
  • Short- and long-term storage options
  • Special handling of fragile items and antiques
  • Special handling of pianos, fitness equipment, and other large items
  • Vehicle transport

Cost

American Van Lines does not provide instant quotes online or over the phone, but the company will give you a binding estimate after a thorough review of your home. During the virtual review, a relocation specialist will look at your home’s size and layout, plus the items in your moving shipment. AVL will use your home review, shipment size, moving distance, and moving date to determine your binding estimate.

Although AVL doesn’t typically give instant quotes, we were able to get a general starting price of $6,000 to move a three-bedroom home from Atlanta to Bangor, Maine, in early summer.

American Van Lines requires a deposit of 10–50% of your total moving cost to reserve your moving date. The exact deposit amount depends on when and where you are moving, and the size of your shipment. You can pay with cash or credit card.

To get started with American Van Lines, fill out this online questionnaire or call 1-877-960-3186.

Learn more: American Van Lines Review


 

Moving APT

Moving APT stands out for its dedication to providing customers with a positive moving experience at every step of the process. As a brokerage, Moving APT does not provide moving services or do any of the heavy lifting. Instead, the company connects you with Maine moving companies that provide the services you need at the price point you prefer. 

Once you contact Moving APT with the specific details of your move, a customer service representative will coordinate your relocation using its network of residential and commercial moving companies. Moving APT will stay involved with your move to or from the state of Maine, checking in to make sure the process is as hassle- and stress-free as possible.

Moving APT Pros & Cons

✔ Offers 24/7 live chat on its website 

✔ Matches competitor rates

✔ Maintains a network of more than 2,500 moving companies nationwide

✘ Does not give refunds for last-minute cancellations (fewer than seven days ahead of your scheduled moving date)

✘ Has received online customer complaints about third-party movers charging more than Moving APT’s estimate

Services

Moving APT handles local, long-distance, and international moves. It also offers a variety of add-on options, including vehicle transport and storage. 

Moving APT also offers the following services:

  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly
  • Loading
  • Optional contents coverage plans
  • Packing
  • Specialty handling of pianos, fitness equipment, and other bulky items
  • Unloading
  • Unpacking

Cost

Although Moving APT has an online cost estimate tool, you need to contact a customer service representative to receive a binding estimate. In most cases, a binding estimate will first require a virtual review of your home and moving inventory.

Moving APT will discount your total moving cost if you are an active military member, veteran, or senior citizen. The company also offers special rates for local moves of 50 miles or less and for moves scheduled at least two months in advance. 

Moving APT’s website quoted us a minimum of $8,000 to move a three-bedroom home from Bangor, Maine, to Atlanta during the summer.

You will have to pay a deposit contingent on the size, date, and distance of your relocation to book your moving date with Moving APT. Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted forms of payment.

Complete this short form or call 1-855-910-1001 to find out how much your move would cost with Moving APT.

Learn More: Moving APT Review


 

Allied Van Lines

Allied Van Lines may be a good option if your move to or from Maine includes a car, boat, RV, or motorcycle. Many moving companies that offer vehicle shipping will often outsource requests to third-party partners. AVL, on the other hand, has its own fleets of open and enclosed vehicle carriers.

Open car carriers—the trucks you’ve likely seen on the highway that carry stacked vehicles—are the more affordable choice. Keep in mind, though, that these trucks do not provide any protection from the elements or potential roadway hazards during transport. 

If you have a vintage car or high-value boat, you may want to consider an enclosed carrier. Enclosed carriers are slightly pricier than open carriers but will keep your vehicle or watercraft sheltered from inclement weather and kicked-up rocks on the highway.

Allied Van Lines Pros & Cons

✔ Provides a personal moving consultant to oversee your relocation

✔ Takes your unwanted items to the Salvation Army for you at no cost

✔ Offers a $100,000 coverage plan for vehicle shipping

✘ Does not give instant moving quotes for local moves on its website or by phone

✘ Stipulates that long-distance move must be booked a month or more in advance

Services

In business since 1928, Allied Van Lines is an experienced full-service mover that accommodates local, long-distance, and international relocation requests in all 50 states. The company provides standard full-service offerings, including packing and unpacking, plus fragile-only packing requests. AVL also offers add-on options, including appliance disconnection, reconnection, and furniture disassembly and reassembly.

Allied Van Lines has its own line of mobile moving and storage containers, similar to those offered by self-service moving companies such as PODS. However, as a full-service moving company, AVL provides a complimentary moving crew with each container rental—a service that companies like PODS only offer for an additional cost.

Allied Van Lines also offers the following services:

  • Debris removal
  • DIY packing support
  • Mobile app 
  • Mobile moving and storage containers
  • Packing supplies
  • Short-term storage for up to 90 days

Cost

Allied Van Lines will conduct a virtual walkthrough of your home and consider the date, size, and location of your move to determine your binding estimate. For planning purposes, you can get a general price range for your move through AVL’s online moving calculator. 

Using the online tool, we learned it would cost approximately $11,180–$12,400 for a three-bedroom residential move from Atlanta to Bangor, Maine, in mid-June.

Allied Van Lines does not require an up-front deposit. You can pay for your move via cash, check, or credit card when your items are delivered to your new address.

Fill out this quick online form to find out how much your move with Allied Van Lines might cost, or call 1-877-483-9424 to get started on your binding estimate.

Learn more: Allied Van Lines Review


 

North American Van Lines

If you are most concerned about getting reimbursed if your items are damaged during your move, North American Van Lines (NAVL) might be worth considering. We think NAVL’s standout service is its streamlined claims process. The company makes filing claims easy if one or more of your items is lost, damaged, or broken during loading, unloading, or transport.

You can complete and file your domestic or international claims forms online. If you’d prefer to  deal with a live person, NAVL has a dedicated claims support line, so you don’t have to navigate a general customer service menu to find someone who can assist you. Whether you handle your claim online or over the phone, NAVL’s website is a great place to start as it includes helpful resources about the process.

North American Van Lines Pros & Cons

✔ Provides a tool for estimating the type and amount of packing supplies you’ll need

✔ Trains drivers for all weather conditions using an interactive simulation tool

✔ Offers numerous free moving resources online, including how-to videos and checklists

✘ Has limited storage options in some locations

✘ Charges a hefty deposit (up to 50%) to book your moving date

Services

North American Van Lines has nearly 90 years of experience providing full-service moves nationwide and in more than 130 countries. NAVL also accommodates partial-service moves, including fragile-only packing. In addition, the company offers an a-la-carte-style menu of optional services to help you customize your relocation.

Check out NAVL’s other offerings:

  • Advice and assistance for DIY packers
  • Appliance disconnection and reconnection
  • Debris removal
  • Fragile-only packing
  • House cleaning
  • Mobile app for logging inventory and tracking shipments
  • Online moving calculator
  • Short- and long-term storage
  • Vehicle transport

Cost

Using NAVL’s online moving cost calculator, we received an estimated price range of $16,537–$18,286 to move a three-bedroom home from Bangor, Maine, to Atlanta in mid-July. All instant online moving quotes are based on the size of your home and the date and distance of your move.

You must contact a NAVL customer service representative for a more accurate estimate. NAVL can provide you with a binding quote if you complete a virtual home assessment and an inventory of the items you plan to take with you to or from Maine. 

NAVL offers a special discount program for American Legion members. The program provides a $100,000 contents coverage plan and non-peak rates year-round, among other perks. NAVL has a similar program for members of labor unions that provides up to $50,000 in coverage for your belongings plus ongoing packing, moving, and storage discounts.

NAVL charges an up-front deposit of 10–50% of your total moving costs. Your exact deposit amount will depend on factors like the distance and size of your relocation. Once your moving shipment arrives at your new home, you can pay your full balance with a credit card, certified check, or cash.

To get your free moving quote from North American Van Lines, complete this online survey or call 1-877-624-0912.

Learn more: North American Van Lines Review


 

JK Moving

We recommend JK Moving for those interested in a fully customized moving experience. JK Moving customers can opt for a traditional full-service moving package or pick and choose from the company’s wide variety of optional services. Its comprehensive and user-friendly mobile app makes it easy to browse add-on options, book services, and make payments.

JK Moving Pros & Cons

✔ Annually trains its moving crew members and drivers

✔ Provides 24/7 customer support online 

✔ Offers in-house loans through its partnership with the lending company, Enhancify*

✘ Does not handle local moves (less than 50 miles) in Maine 

✘ Does not provide instant online moving quotes 

*Subject to credit approval

Services

JK Moving provides full- and partial-service long-distance moves in all 50 states and international moves in more than 170 countries. Both types of moves can be supplemented with add-on options, so you can choose the services you need and forgo those that are unnecessary. For example, if you need help packing your electronics but don’t want other packing services, you can opt for a partial-service move with a custom electronics crating add-on option.

Note that the company only handles local moves in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

Here are some of JK Moving’s offerings:

  • Contents protection plans
  • Custom crating of electronics, large, and high-value items
  • Government and corporate relocation services
  • Moving checklist and online resources
  • Personal moving coordinator to oversee your relocation
  • Special handling of fitness equipment, pianos, fine art, and antiques

Cost

JK Moving does not have any online pricing information. When you call the company, you will be assigned a personal moving coordinator to help determine your moving cost and customize your moving experience. Like most moving companies, JK Moving uses factors like the date, location, and size of your move to determine costs. JK Moving can give you a binding estimate after conducting a virtual walkthrough of your home and reviewing your moving inventory. 

Although JK Moving doesn’t provide instant online moving quotes, the company gave us an estimate of approximately $14,000 to move a three-bedroom home from Atlanta to Bangor, Maine.

To book your moving date with JK Moving, you must pay a $250 deposit. Full payment is due at the time of shipment delivery. You can pay JK Moving using credit cards, checks, and cash. 

Complete this quick questionnaire or call 1-571-487-8929 to get started on your quote from JK Moving.

Learn more: JK Moving Review


 

PODS

PODS is a great option for DIY movers looking for a more convenient and cost-effective alternative to a traditional full-service approach. PODS delivers mobile storage and moving containers to your home and, once loaded, picks them up and delivers them to your new home or a nearby storage facility. Since PODS rents its containers monthly, you get 30 days to load and unload them, allowing you to move at your own pace. 

PODS Pros & Cons

✔ Gives you 30 days to load and unload your belongings

✔ Has a flexible cancellation policy that includes full refunds in most instances

✔ Offers 8-foot, 12-foot, and 16-foot containers

✘ Does not provide services in all 50 states

✘ Only offers packing and loading assistance for an additional charge

Services

PODS provides services and storage facilities in Maine and every state except Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. The company also has limited availability in West Virginia and Vermont. 

PODS offers three container sizes to fit a variety of needs. An 8-foot container, for example, is ideal for dorm rooms and one-bedroom apartments, while a 16-foot container can typically accommodate a 1,200-square-foot home. While PODS has 12-foot containers, it is important to note that they are only available for local moves of 50 or fewer miles.

PODS services include the following:

  • City Service, which specifically addresses the unique needs of metropolitan moves
  • Container moving kits
  • Contents protection plans based on the actual value of items
  • Moving calculator
  • Moving checklists
  • Optional labor assistance from local moving crews
  • Short- and long-term storage 
  • Storage calculator

Cost

You can only get an online quote from PODS for local moves. For pricing information on interstate moves or long-distance relocations, you need to call a customer service representative. Online and over-the-phone quotes are valid for seven days. 

We received a quote from PODS of approximately $3,750 to rent a 16-foot container for a move from Atlanta to Bangor, Maine.

PODS does not charge a deposit, but payment is due at the time of rental. Payments can be made online via credit card, and cash and checks are accepted at most physical locations.

For your free moving quote from PODS, take this short online survey.

Learn more: PODS Review


 

Our Conclusion

We recommend checking out International Van Lines for your next move. IVL is an experienced professional mover with widespread availability that can help ensure a smooth and stress-free moving process. The company can accommodate local, long-distance, and international relocations of any size and offers a variety of helpful add-on options.

If a full-service move isn’t in your budget—or you simply prefer handling your move on your own—PODS is our top pick for self-service moves. PODS allows you to pack, load, and unload your belongings on a more flexible schedule and can connect you with loading and packing help if you decide you need it.

Although any of the Maine movers in this guide is worth considering, we suggest contacting at least three before making a final decision. Be sure to request quotes from each company you contact and carefully review their policies to ensure you are choosing a company that best fits your needs and budget.

Comparing the Top Moving Companies in Maine

Provider

Get a Quote

Local

Long-distance

Labor Included

Quoted Rate

International Van Lines

Free Estimate

$4,100–$6,200

American Van Lines

Free Estimate

$6,000

Moving APT

Free Estimate

$8,000

Allied Van Lines

Free Estimate

$11,180–$12,400

North American Van Lines

Free Estimate

$16,537–$18,286

JK Moving

Free Estimate

$14,000

PODS

Free Estimate

$3,750

Other Considerations When Moving in Maine

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Rating Methodology: How We Chose the Best Moving Companies

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 seven 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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