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Best Moving Companies in Utah

By Shane Sentelle 01/06/2024

Moving doesn’t have to be a hassle, whether you’re relocating to a bigger area such as Salt Lake City or from Utah to another state. We researched the best moving companies to see how they compare on services, customer feedback, price, reputation, protection, and more to help you pick the best for your move. Read on to see our picks for the top moving companies in Utah.


9 Best Moving Companies in Utah

We analyzed what top long-distance movers and local movers in Utah have to offer customers. These are our highest-rated choices:

Best For Star Rating BBB Rating Link
International Van Lines International Van Lines Best Service Offerings
A VISIT SITE
American Van Lines American Van Lines Best Overall Moving Labor
A VISIT SITE
Safeway Moving Inc. Safeway Moving Inc. Most Reliable Pricing
A+ VISIT SITE
Interstate Moving & Relocation Group Interstate Moving & Relocation Group Most Efficient
B VISIT SITE
JK Moving Services JK Moving Services Best Specialized Packing
A+ VISIT SITE
Allied Van Lines Allied Van Lines Best for Vehicle Relocation
A+ VISIT SITE
North American Van Lines North American Van Lines Best for Claims
A+ VISIT SITE
1-800-PACK-RAT 1-800-PACK-RAT Best Self-Service Mover
A VISIT SITE
PODS PODS Convenience
A+ VISIT SITE
International Van Lines
Logo International Van Lines
Best For Best Service Offerings
Star Rating
BBB Rating A
VISIT SITE
American Van Lines
Logo American Van Lines
Best For Best Overall Moving Labor
Star Rating
BBB Rating A
VISIT SITE
Safeway Moving Inc.
Logo Safeway Moving Inc.
Best For Most Reliable Pricing
Star Rating
BBB Rating A+
VISIT SITE
Interstate Moving & Relocation Group
Logo Interstate Moving & Relocation Group
Best For Most Efficient
Star Rating
BBB Rating B
VISIT SITE
JK Moving Services
Logo JK Moving Services
Best For Best Specialized Packing
Star Rating
BBB Rating A+
VISIT SITE
Allied Van Lines
Logo Allied Van Lines
Best For Best for Vehicle Relocation
Star Rating
BBB Rating A+
VISIT SITE
North American Van Lines
Logo North American Van Lines
Best For Best for Claims
Star Rating
BBB Rating A+
VISIT SITE
1-800-PACK-RAT
Logo 1-800-PACK-RAT
Best For Best Self-Service Mover
Star Rating
BBB Rating A
VISIT SITE
PODS
Logo PODS
Best For Convenience
Star Rating
BBB Rating A+
VISIT SITE
Company Star Rating BBB Rating Estimate Info Visit Site
4.9
A $2,500–$4,300 VISIT SITE
4.4
A $3,200–$3,500 VISIT SITE
4.2
A+ $6,300–$7,500 VISIT SITE
4.4
B $2,800–$4,000 VISIT SITE
4.7
A+ $7,550 VISIT SITE
4.8
A+ $4,730–$5,380 VISIT SITE
4.5
A+ $4,700–$5,350 VISIT SITE
4.7
A N/A VISIT SITE
4.8
A+ N/A VISIT SITE

International Van Lines

Our Rating: Best Service Offerings

International Van Lines (IVL) is our top choice for a full-service mover in Utah. It’s best suited for homeowners who desire a hands-off moving process. The company’s full-time movers are trained to handle moves of any size and distance, packing and unpacking, loading and unloading, and transit. Services include assembly and disassembly, custom crating, auto transport, storage, offloading and debris removal, and insured protection. 

Pros & Cons

International Van Lines offers plenty of services, but you must read the fine print carefully. 

✔ Has a 24/7 customer service line
✔ Offers more services than many competitors
✔ Provides GPS shipment tracking

✘ May use third-party movers in some locations
✘ Requires a 25% deposit to reserve a moving date
✘ Requires final payment in the form of a check, cash, or money order

Services

International Van Lines’ full range of services includes professional packing, custom crating, short- or long-term storage, auto transport, and full-service international or long-distance moves by road, ocean, or air.

Cost

Your price for a move with any company depends primarily on the distance you’re moving and the weight of your belongings. Other factors, such as home size, the inventory you want moved, and the extent of services you want, also affect price. We requested a quote from International Van Lines for a move across Salt Lake City, from Lehi to West Valley City. The company gave us an estimated range of $4,200–$6,150.

We recommend getting a free estimate from IVL for a more accurate price quote.

Learn More: International Van Lines Review


American Van Lines

Our Rating: Best Overall Moving Labor

American Van Lines (AVL) has a team of full-time professional movers who can handle your most precious items, such as antiques, pianos, and furniture. The company uses only full-time movers rather than contractors, so its well-trained employees have an average of 10 years of moving experience each.

We also like that American Van Lines offers transparent pricing, meaning you won’t find yourself paying for hidden fees throughout your move.

Pros & Cons

Many customers like AVL’s pricing system and in-house labor, but it may come with some financial catches. 

Has storage facilities nationwide
Uses a transparent, flat-rate pricing system
Uses trained, full-time moving labor

May rely on third parties in some areas
✘ Requires a large deposit for some services
✘ Requires payment up-front

Services

American Van Lines offers Utah residents full or partial long-distance or local moving services, large antique or piano moving services, military moves, corporate relocation, commercial moving, and storage services. 

Cost

American Van Lines doesn’t offer instant quote information, but its website has several sample moving rates posted that we used to estimate pricing. The company estimates a longer move of around 1,000 miles to be approximately $3,650, while a shorter move of 650 miles is closer to $2,900.

For a personalized quote, fill out this online form on AVL’s website.

Learn More: American Van Lines Review


Safeway Moving Inc.

Our Rating: Most Reliable Pricing

Safeway Moving Inc. serves Utah customers through its in-house teams and partner carriers. The company focuses primarily on long-distance moves but can use its broker network to coordinate intrastate moves in many areas. We like Safeway’s stated commitment to senior citizens, offering extra assistance from move coordinators to help seniors plan and execute their relocation. We especially like its no-hidden-fee policies and binding itemized estimates. 

Pros & Cons

You’ll know exactly what you’re paying with Safeway, but it being a broker means your items will pass through many hands.

✔ Has 24/7 customer service
✔ Offers 30 days of free storage for both interstate and intrastate moves
✔ Provides a binding estimate so you know what you’ll pay

✘ Brokers a portion of its services to third-party providers
✘ Can be difficult to communicate with since you aren’t in contact with your moving carrier until later in the process
✘ Service varies by contractor company

Services

Safeway provides local and long-distance moving services, as well as packing and unpacking, pad- and shrink-wrapping, storage solutions, and insurance coverage options. 

Cost

We received a quote of $5,695 for a move covering 900 miles, a little more than the distance between Seattle and Salt Lake City. Safeway stated in our estimate that we’d need to pay up to a 40% deposit, which comes to $2,278. The sales representative told us that we would receive a $300 discount if we decided on a three-day window for pickup.

Learn More: Safeway Moving Inc. Review


Interstate Moving & Relocation Group

Our Rating: Most Efficient 

Interstate Moving & Relocation Group (IMRG) works differently than independent moving companies. It holds broker authority, meaning a sales team connects customers to its moving partners. An advantage of this system is that you can often get quotes at a moment’s notice and schedule last-minute moves. You can also work with an IMRG move coordinator to arrange the exact type of move you need and request specialty services, such as vehicle shipping and cleaning. A broker may not be everyone’s preference, though, since the use of third parties can disrupt communication with so many moving parts.

Pros & Cons

IMRG may make the aspects of your move quicker, but its use of third parties could complicate customer service. 

✔ Allows for negotiation among partners to find a provider available on the dates you need
✔ Has a fast turnaround for providing quotes
✔ Offers specialty services such as piano moving, storage, junk removal, and more

✘ Isn’t liable for your shipment, leaving the resolution of most issues to the partners in its network
✘ Doesn’t have authority to conduct moves with its own staff or vehicles
✘ Won’t refund your deposit and booking fee more than 72 hours after booking

Services

IMRG coordinates moving services for local moving, state-to-state moving, corporate moving, car shipping, large furniture moving, and packing. 

Cost

IMRG has a helpful moving calculator on its website where you can estimate a cost range for your move. Using this tool, we received a cost range of $3,900–$7,000 for a move from Seattle to Salt Lake City, which is about 830 miles. We requested this quote for a three-bedroom home. You’ll need to speak directly with an IMRG representative for a more precise estimate for your move. 

Learn More: Interstate Moving & Relocation Group Review


JK Moving Services

Our Rating: Best Specialized Packing

JK Moving Services is a full-service mover that does interstate, long-distance, international, and some local moves. Its trained in-house team specializes in the secure packing of all household items, large furniture, electronics, antiques, and highly fragile items. The company’s mobile app makes it easy to track your belongings and contact your moving coordinator. 

Pros & Cons

Compare the advantages and disadvantages of JK Moving:

Extensively checks all employee backgrounds
Has 24/7 surveillance in storage facilities
Provides GPS tracking on all shipments

Can have spotty communication, according to some customer reviews
Isn’t as transparent about pricing as competitors
✘ Only offers local moving in Maryland and Virginia

Services

JK Moving offers full-service packing, vehicle shipping, pet transportation, specialty shipping, archive services, storage, data and electronic management and setup, chartered flights, and GPS tracking.

Cost

JK Moving does not provide instant cost information. If you want to get a quote, be prepared to speak with a JK Moving agent. The best way to get accurate cost information is to have an inventory of your items that need to be moved. From there, JK’s specialists can outfit you with a custom moving plan.

Start the quote process with JK Moving by filling out this online form.

Learn More: JK Moving Services Review


Allied Van Lines

Our Rating: Best for Vehicle Relocation

Getting your prized ATVs or RV ready for the many national parks Utah has to offer is easier said than done. Allied Van Lines is a reputable full-service mover that provides in-house vehicle relocation services. Many movers outsource this job to other companies, but Allied customers receive direct communication from the company handling their vehicle, as well as GPS tracking on their shipment.

Pros & Cons

AVL uses its own in-house trucks to transport vehicles, but some customers cite that the claims process is challenging. 

Has short- and long-term storage solutions
Offers GPS tracking on shipments
Provides in-house vehicle relocation services

✘ Costs may be higher than some competitors
✘ Customer reviews mention a difficult claims process and no 24/7 support
✘ Requires moves are a minimum of four hours

Services

Allied Van Lines offers a variety of full-service and partial-service moving services, such as packing, loading, transportation, unloading, and unpacking. Some noteworthy services include its fragile-only packing service and portable storage container service called Allied Express. These are both DIY moving services that help customers save money while receiving Allied’s services.

Cost

Allied Van Lines provided us with a ballpark estimate to move a three-bedroom home from Denver to Salt Lake City for a total of $7,272–$7,988. As a ballpark quote, it is subject to change over the course of a move based on unforeseen circumstances or unexpected events.

However, Allied Van Lines also provides binding estimates through in-home and virtual surveys. These estimates will be much more accurate and will only change if your inventory changes significantly. We recommend you work with Allied to get a binding estimate to avoid any moving day surprises.

To schedule either an in-home or virtual survey with Allied Van Lines, fill out this brief form.

Learn More: Allied Van Lines Review


North American Van Lines

Our Rating: Best for Claims

North American Van Lines (NAVL) is a great full-service mover for anyone looking for clear and communicative customer service, as well as comprehensive contents coverage on their items. The company provides custom full-value release coverage, so you receive coverage based on the actual value of your items rather than a predetermined amount based on weight. In the rare case that your belongings are damaged or destroyed, the company offers a transparent and detailed claims process found all across its website.

Pros & Cons

NAVL’s in-home quote requirement may not be convenient for some customers, but its smooth claims process and protection plans may make up for it.

Includes satellite shipment tracking
Offers custom contents protection plans
Provides transparent claims process in case of damaged property

Has varied customer satisfaction by location
Requires an in-home appointment to get an accurate quote
✘ Varies storage options based on local availability

Services

North American Van Lines provides many full-service and partial-service moving options. It offers vehicle shipping, specialty shipping, furniture assembly and disassembly, storage, and shipment tracking.

Cost

We received a ballpark estimate from North American Van Lines for a three-bedroom home moving from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas for $6,489–$7,164. Similar to Allied, North American Van Lines provides binding quotes through in-home and virtual surveys. These are more accurate quotes that do not drastically change the price of your move despite unexpected events.

To get a better idea of what North American Van Lines might cost you, complete this easy-to-use form.

Learn More: North American Van Lines Review


1-800-PACK-RAT

Our Rating: Best Self-Service Mover

1-800-PACK-RAT is a popular option for self-service moving, receiving our top recommendation for movers who want to save money and take charge of the moving process.

Unlike a full-service mover that handles every step of the process from packing to unloading, 1-800-PACK-RAT delivers containers to your home so you can load them on your own time. When you’re ready to move, 1-800-PACK-RAT will deliver the container to your new location where you’ll unload it, and the company will come pick up the container from your new home.

Pros & Cons

You can save money using 1-800-PACK-RAT, but its services may not feel as secure and smooth as more traditional moving companies. 

Includes $10,000 of contents protection for long-distance moves
Is less expensive than full-service moving
Offers price matching with PODS

Can’t always pinpoint delivery dates
Limits physical locations to 30 states
✘ Outsources some parts of your move, such as packing

Services

1-800-PACK-RAT can deliver containers of three sizes: 8-foot, 12-foot, and 16-foot. In addition to container delivery for moving, 1-800-PACK-RAT has a network of storage facilities to store your container while you’re waiting to move to your new home. Moving labor is available, but it’s through third-party companies.

Cost

For a three-bedroom move in Utah with 1-800-PACK-RAT, we received a quote of $480.49 for a 12-foot container and $500.49 for a 16-foot container. These prices cover the delivery of your container, a 30-day rental, transportation, and the final pickup. To rent the containers for additional months, it costs $267.50 per month for the 12-foot container and $287.50 for the 16-foot container.

For a personalized quote from 1-800-PACK-RAT, fill out this online form.

Learn More: 1-800-PACK-RAT Review


PODS Moving & Storage

Our Rating: Most Convenient

PODS is our choice for homeowners who want to maximize convenience. PODS is a container delivery service that can handle every step of your moving process, including hiring third-party moving labor.

PODS lets you pack and unload your belongings from a container at your own pace. If your move is broken up over several weeks or months, PODS has a nationwide network of facilities for long-term storage. Your container will only be dropped off and picked up when you’re ready, so you don’t have to worry about tight deadlines with your moving company.

Pros & Cons

Customers enjoy the flexibility and convenience of working on their own schedule with PODS, but some also report customer service issues at certain locations.

Is flexible so you can move at your own pace
Is transparent about pricing on its website
Offers local, long-distance, and international moving

Has negative customer reviews at some locations
Isn’t available in every state
✘ Outsources packing and loading add-on services

Services

PODS has a network of storage facilities across most of the U.S. and can accommodate moves to most states. You can choose from 8-foot, 12-foot, or 16-foot containers. Containers are steel-framed and weather-resistant, with a roll-up door for easy access. You hold the keys from start to finish so that you can feel confident about security.

Cost

PODS gave us a quote for $468 for a 16-foot container. This includes the delivery, transportation, and pickup of your container. If you need your container for an additional month, it’s $239 for each month added.

For your own price information, get a free quote from PODS.

Learn More: PODS Review


Compare Moving Services and Prices in Utah

Compare the best moving companies in Utah at a glance:

Provider

Free Estimate

Local

Long-Distance

Labor Included

Quoted Rate

IVL

Free Estimate

$4,200 – $6,150

IMRG

Free Estimate

$3,900 – $7,000

American

Free Estimate

$4,549

Safeway

Free Estimate

$5,695

JK Moving

Free Estimate

N/A

Allied

Free Estimate

$7,272 – $7,988

North American

Free Estimate

$6,489 – $7,164

PACK-RAT

Free Estimate

$480 – $500

PODs

$468


How To Find the Right Mover for Your Utah Move

We’ve compiled a list of what’s important to look for when choosing a moving company. Here’s what you need to consider in order of importance:

  • Location: First, check to see that the moving company you’re considering operates where you’re moving from and to.
  • Timeline: Look for movers that guarantee a certain timeline if you have a tight turnaround for moving. Opting for a service such as PODS or 1-800-PACK-RAT that will drop off a storage container and pick it up when ready will allow you to go at your own pace.
  • Item specialty: Some companies are better than others at handling large items such as pianos or highly fragile or sensitive items. Look at the training and protection each mover guarantees.
  • In-house team: We prefer a fully in-house team. A company that does a lot of outsourcing can’t always guarantee the level of service, protection, and communication of third parties. 
  • Years of experience: Check how experienced a company is. Look for one with a long track record of different move types and satisfied customers. 
  • Budget: Always get a moving quote before committing to a company. Include some padding for unexpected moving expenses.

How To Prepare for a Move in Utah

Whether you’re moving internationally or one town over, relocating requires a plan. We recommend thoughtfully walking through these steps to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Determine your timeline and budget: Determine when you need to move and how much you can spend. 
  2. Hire a mover: Lock down a mover as soon as you have your dates. Waiting until the last minute may mean the best companies are unavailable. Choose your mover based on our tips above and customer reviews. 
  3. Create a packing plan: If you’re going with a full-service mover, the company will take care of most of the plan, but you still need to coordinate. If you’re handling packing, you’ll need to determine the timeline, who’s doing what, what order you should pack things, and how they need to be loaded. You’ll need moving supplies such as boxes, packing materials, tape, and labels. 
  4. Plan moving day: Work with your mover on when the moving truck will arrive, who loads what and in what order, which items are fragile, and where things are going. Unloading also needs its own plan, especially if it’s happening on a different day. Don’t forget things you’ll need throughout the day, such as food and water, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, extra tape, and other items you or your family might want after you pack everything.

Other Considerations When Moving in Utah

If you’re moving to the Utah area or you’re moving to a new part of Utah, there are additional home services that you may need.


Our Conclusion

We recommend International Van Lines as our top moving company in Utah due to its start-to-finish handling, vast experience, and many a la carte services. We also like its 24/7 customer service line and multiple insurance options. This is the mover for you if you want a hands-off, stress-free experience. All moving companies on our list come with their own specialties and advantages, so your decision should prioritize your needs and preferences.

We suggest reading customer reviews and getting a personalized quote from at least three companies before choosing which will handle your move.


FAQ About Moving Companies in Utah

How much does it cost to hire movers in Utah?

We got moving estimates from many of the best movers in Utah and received an average quote of $4,100.

What’s the benefit of hiring movers?

A moving company will handle the heavy lifting for you. You can hire a company that will carefully pack, load, and unload your items, and some will even disassemble and reassemble furniture and other items. This takes the stress out of moving. You’ll have more time, avoid injury, and can focus on your family and work during your move rather than your belongings. 

Are you supposed to tip movers?

Tipping movers is not required but rather is a gesture of appreciation for a job well done. You can tip 5%–10% of the moving cost, $5–$10 per hour, or a flat rate of $20 per person. See our guide for how much to tip movers.

Is a full-service Utah moving company worth it?

If you opt to pay for a full-service mover instead of a more DIY-friendly option, you will pay more, but you will have every step of the moving process handled. Homeowners who want maximum peace of mind and protection for their belongings should consider a full-service company.

Do I need contents protection?

Moving companies will give some protection for your belongings in case of damage, but it’s important to note that home insurance will often not cover damage during your move. For this reason, investing some extra money in a contents protection plan is wise.


Our Rating Methodology

The This Old House Reviews Team backs up our moving company ratings and recommendations with a detailed rating methodology to objectively score each company. We conduct research by reading through the company websites, analyzing customer reviews, conducting consumer surveys, requesting quotes, and speaking with customer representatives. We then score each moving company against our review standards for services, contents coverage, scheduling options, additional benefits and custom service options, and reputation among customers to arrive at a final score on a 5-point rating scale.

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