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North American Van Lines Your Trusted Partner in Long-Distance Moving

About 3 million people move long distances in the U.S. each year — and if you’re one of them, this is likely a very exciting time for your family. Maybe you’re starting a new job, getting married, or just seeking a change in scenery. But no matter the reason for relocation, every moving household faces the same hurdle: getting their stuff from here to there.

Tailored Long-Distance Moving Services

Long-distance moving requires careful planning and execution. North American Van Lines specializes in long-distance moves, offering tailored services to ensure a seamless transition. Choose North American Van Lines for a reliable and stress-free move.

Key Features of Our Service:

  • Expert Packing and Handling: Our team of professionals is trained in the art of packing and handling your possessions with utmost care.
  • Secure Transportation: We use state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment to ensure your items are transported safely.
  • Expert Guidance: From the initial planning stages to the final unloading, our experts are with you every step of the way.
  • Customer Satisfaction: At the heart of our service is a commitment to your satisfaction, making your long-distance move as stress-free as possible.


A Legacy of Excellence

North American Van Lines has provided excellent service to long-distance movers across the United States and Canada since 1933. Wherever “home” may be, you can trust us to get your treasured possessions there, safe and sound.

How Our Quote Process Works:


Request Estimate

Request a free moving estimate above.


Provide Details

Provide contact information and your ideal move date so a moving specialist can reach out to you.


Special Items

Upon accounting for any special items, we provide recommendations that make budgeting your move more cost effective.


Moving Cost Revealed

Finally, we provide your total moving cost which will be more accurate than any online quoting.

Why Choose North American Van Lines for Your Long-Distance Move?

North American has been a leader in the moving industry for more than 90 years. As a full-service interstate moving company registered with the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we are authorized to transport goods within states, between states and to Canada. We have over 500 agent locations across North America, so there’s always a team nearby, ready to help you with your move.

More Than Just a Moving Company 

At North American Van Lines, we believe our greatest strength is empathy. We understand how monumental a cross country move can be. We know that packing up and heading across the country is exciting, yet scary — and that little reminders of your former home can be a vital source of comfort.

Our Commitment to You:

  • Utmost Care for Your Belongings: Our movers are committed to treating your possessions with the highest level of care, ensuring they arrive safely at your new home.
  • Efficient and Safe Delivery: We prioritize the safe and timely delivery of your items, so you can start settling into your new space as soon as possible.
  • Making Your New Space Feel Like Home: Our team doesn't just move your belongings; we help set them up quickly and efficiently, so your new residence feels like home right from the start.

Expert Packing and Loading Services for Long-Distance Moves By North American Van Lines

During our history as long-distance movers, North American Van Lines has tried every packing tip and trick in the book. You can trust that we know how to pack and load your belongings carefully and efficiently, no matter how many boxes you’re moving.

Our Packing and Loading Services Include:

  • Free Stretch-Wrapping: We provide complimentary stretch-wrapping to safeguard your upholstered furniture during the move.
  • Custom Crating for Specialty Items: For items that require extra care like artwork, antiques, or other valuables, we offer custom crating to ensure they are securely and safely packed.
  • Fragile-Only Services: Our specialized fragile-only services are designed to provide extra protection for delicate items, including large objects like pianos.

A Moving Day Experience Tailored for You

On moving day, our professional crew will arrive at your house in clean, branded trucks. During the move, our online shipment tracking service lets you keep track of your goods every step of the way.

Your Comfort is Our Priority:

  • Unloading and Unpacking: Upon arrival at your new home, we don’t just unload; we also unpack all your goods and take care of removing all debris and packing materials.
  • Flexible Storage Solutions: If you need to stagger the arrival of your items, we offer both short-term and long-term storage solutions. Our facilities are climate-controlled, secure, and even meet the stringent standards of the U.S. military.
  • Tailored to Your Needs: We recognize that this is your move, and it’s crucial that you feel comfortable and confident in how your valuables are transported. We work closely with you throughout the moving process to ensure your needs and preferences are met.

This is your household move, and we want you to feel comfortable about how your valuables travel to their destination.

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Storage Solutions

When you move to a new city, you don’t always have friends or family who can hang on to your belongings. If you’re couch surfing while looking for an apartment, where do you put your stuff? What if your things arrive in your new town before you’re ready? Don’t sweat it: North American Van Lines can help you find safe, secure and affordable storage options.

Our Storage Services Include:

  • Climate-Controlled Facilities: Protect your belongings from the elements and ensure they remain in top condition, regardless of how long they need to be stored.
  • Flexible Storage Options: Whether you need short-term storage while apartment hunting or long-term solutions during a more extensive transition, we have you covered.


Tracking and Communication

At North American, we understand that working with a long-distance moving company can be stressful. You’re trusting us to take your prized possessions to your new home, hoping your things will get there on time and intact. We want to ease your mind and make moving as stress-free as possible, which is why we update you every step of the way. 

Stay Informed Every Step of the Way:

  • Real-Time Shipment Tracking: Monitor your shipment's journey, whether it's a short trip within the state or a cross-country relocation.
  • Responsive Customer Support: Our team is committed to keeping you informed, from providing your first free estimate to unpacking the last box.


Auto Shipping

Traveling a long distance but not in the mood to drive? No problem. North American Van Lines offers auto shipping services for long-distance movers. Our team can transport your car, truck, SUV, van or even boat to your new home, whether it’s across town or across an ocean!

Transport Your Vehicle with Ease:
  • Versatile Vehicle Shipping: We transport cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and even boats, ensuring they arrive safely at your new home.
  • Expert Handling: With a long history of transporting vehicles, we treat every vehicle with care, whether it's a luxury car, a classic, or a project vehicle.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: In the rare event of damage during transit, we provide coverage for repairs, giving you peace of mind.
  • Simple Process: Just provide us with the pickup date, time, and address, and our professionals will handle the rest.




Secure and Efficient Transportation for Long-Distance Moves

Whether you’re moving across the country or across the globe, it’s crucial to work with long-distance moving companies with the proper registrations. Unlike local movers, long-distance movers must have DOT and FMCSA authorization to transport goods across state lines. The company must be licensed, bonded and insured to protect you, your home, your belongings and the workers on the job, which prevents shady companies from adding charges or altering terms.

Our Commitment to Your Peace of Mind:

  • Proper Registrations and Authorizations: We maintain all necessary federal, state, and local registrations, permits, and licenses.
  • Transparency and Legal Compliance: We provide all the legal information you need, clarifying your rights and responsibilities for interstate moves.
  • Professional and Recognizable Crews: Our uniformed crews and branded trucks ensure that you are working with our trusted professionals.


Additional Services to Simplify Your Move

At North America, we know that long-distance moves can feel very stressful for some families. But you don’t have to do it alone! Our experts provide more than just packing and moving services. 

Comprehensive Moving Assistance:

  • Personal Moving Consultants: Each client is assigned a personal consultant to guide them through every step of the moving process, offering resources, tips, and answers to all questions.
  • Budget Planning Assistance: Our experts help you set a realistic budget and select the services that best suit your needs, ensuring cost-effectiveness.
  • Packing Supplies and DIY Resources: For those who prefer to pack themselves, we offer high-quality moving supplies for sale, along with online resources like moving checklists, packing guides, and moving tips for DIY movers

We want to help you relax as you plan your cross-country move. Our crews are thoroughly trained and background-checked before being assigned to a job. Relocating your life entails countless details for you to keep track of, but you can rest assured that North American Van Lines has the moving experience to lighten your load.

Long Distance Moving Types

Whether you move locally, across state lines or internationally, every move comes with its own unique challenges. But with our years of experience, North American Van Lines can help you with any type of long-distance move ahead of you. 

Residential Moving Services

Are you moving your family to a new home? Our team can help with all the challenges of residential moving. We’ll carefully load your furniture to prevent damage, load the moving truck quickly to prevent bothering your neighbors (or the HOA), and even unpack your boxes so you can settle in quickly.

International Relocation Services

Moving to a new country? Our team has years of experience helping families navigate immigration and customs. We will make sure you know which items to declare before you reach customs, which items come with steep duties, and which you should leave behind before your move. 

Corporate Relocation Program

We’re even ready to help your business move offices. No matter how big your office may be, we can help you pack up, handle printers and other machinery with care and help you unpack in your new space.

Request a Free Quote for Your Long-Distance Move

If you’re preparing for a long-distance move, contact the North American team today and ask for a free in-home estimate. Our team will come to your home and provide a free quote based on the weight of the goods being transported. The price quoted during the in-home assessment is the price you pay, with no additional charges or hidden fees. We’ll also answer any questions you may have about moving and give you some valuable resources, like our downloadable moving checklist, to make the process easier.

Call North American Van Lines today to see how our moving experts can help you transition to your new home. While you’re here, learn more about our other services, including corporate relocation, short-distance moving and more.


Frequently Asked Questions about Long-Distance Moving

What is a Long Distance Move?

A long-distance move falls under federal regulations for transporting items from state to state. Most full-service moving companies follow the rule of thumb that a move of over 400 miles is considered long distance. At northAmerican, we say that long-distance moves fall into three main categories: 

  • Local: a move of 400 miles or more in the same state (like Los Angeles to Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Intrastate: a move across state lines (like Illinois to Ohio)
  • International: a move across national borders (like the United States to Canada)

What is the average cost of a long-distance move?

The average cost of a long distance move is $3,500. This is based on an average weight of 7,000 lbs. (7 rooms) and a traveling distance of 1,000 miles. The price of your move will largely depend on the number of belongings you need to be moved, and the distance you are going. To get a more accurate cost, fill out our Quote on Demand above.

What is the cheapest way to do a long distance move?

Doing it yourself is often the cheapest option when moving long distances. You won't pay any fees to professional movers, and you'll save money on fuel costs. However, if you plan to do all your own packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, and cleaning services, you may end up spending more time and effort than hiring professionals while forgoing the insurance coverage a mover brings with them. This is why we always recommend hiring professionals for a long distance move.

How long will it take for my items to arrive?

The answer largely depends on which type of mover you use and how far you are moving. If you choose to work with a professional long-distance mover like North American Van Lines, your items should typically arrive within 10-14 days. Keep in mind that this is just an average; it could take more or less time depending on the distance and other factors such as weather or traffic delays.

How do I hire movers?

Hiring the right movers is a crucial step in the moving process, as it ensures that your belongings are transported safely and on time. To find the right mover for you, start by getting multiple estimates from different companies so you can compare prices and services.

When obtaining estimates, make sure to ask about their experience, licensing and insurance coverage. If possible, get references or read reviews to make sure you're working with a reliable company. Also, find out if they offer full-service moves or only specialize in certain types of moves such as interstate or intrastate.

Be aware of any hidden costs associated with long-distance moving such as heavy lifting or packing services. Make sure to ask your movers about these up front so there are no surprises later on.

Finally, look for companies that offer excellent customer service and sophisticated systems for tracking your items during transit. This will help ensure that you have peace of mind throughout the entire process.

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What Others Are Saying

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We compared moving companies and found North American to be the full service solution we needed!
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The overall experience was great. Our movers were very professional and took care and interest in my belongings.

Why North American?

500+ agent locations

North American Van Lines has been a leader in the moving industry since 1933. With over 500 agent locations nationwide, we have movers wherever “home” is for you. We specialize in corporate relocation, long distance and local household moving.

90+ years

Our experienced agents will assist you with all your needs; including packing, loading, and transporting your belongings, whether you’re headed down the street or overseas. We understand that you have more to worry about than the physical move. If our more than 90 years of reputation doesn’t entice you, read some of our testimonials and request a quote.

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