Residential Moving Services

Residential Movers

With North American Van Lines, you have an entire team to support you throughout your household moving experience.

When moving your family, you want professional movers who know how to handle your precious belongings with utmost care. The North American Van Lines is the residential mover you can trust. Our experienced team of movers has the expertise and the track record to provide a hassle-free move. With over 85 years of reputation and over 500 agent locations nationwide, we offer both local and long distance residential moving services. Whether you are moving into the city or out of state, the North American Van Lines has you covered.

Why North American for your Residential move?

Our goal is to exceed the customers' expectations by customizing every move to fit their specific needs and budget. We offer comprehensive residential moving services including packing, storage, and moving Protection for fragile belongings. One of the most critical aspects of the entire moving process is the packing. Efficient packing is significant to ensure your household items are safe. Take advantage of our outstanding packing services which comes with moving supplies such as moving boxes, cartons, permanent markers, tapes, packing papers and more for a smooth moving experience. We also move your valued items such as pianos and automobiles. Additionally, if you need your appliances connected to your new home, or furniture assembled, we have the right team.

As a North American customer, you can rest easy knowing that your possessions are in good hands. We will arrive on-site before the moving day to oversee all technical aspects of your move and even give a free in-home quote before we start the job. Contact us for affordable residential moving services.

An Overview of Your Household Move:


Your Relocation Consultant is responsible for assessing your moving needs, explaining all your moving service options, and accurately estimating your costs. Your home will be fully surveyed for items that will be moved, and the Relocation Consultant will alert you to items that are not allowed transportation or have special requirements.

Packing and Loading

Your northAmerican Driver and Packer do more than just drive the moving truck and fill in the moving boxes. Drivers and Packers are professional movers in charge of all aspects of physically moving your belongings.

This includes:

  • Using protective coverings to protect your home and items
  • Preparing a detailed inventory of items to be moved
  • Labeling all moving boxes and each piece of furniture with coded stickers to account for every one
  • Loading your properly packed and inventoried moving boxes and items into the moving truck
  • Providing a Bill of Lading (a shipping contract) authorizing transport of your possessions
  • Finally, safely delivering your belongings to your new home

If you cannot be present at the time of loading, you'll need to arrange for a responsible person to act as your agent in signing both the bill of lading and the inventory list.


Your Driver will prepare a detailed Inventory & Condition Report of the items you are moving. In addition to tagging every individual carton or piece of furniture with numbered and color-coded labels, the professional movers will record each item and a description of any existing damage on the inventory form. You should accompany the Driver as they prepare the inventory, pointing out any special concerns or handling considerations along the way.

You'll be asked to sign the inventory, as your acknowledgment that the pieces indicated were loaded and as verification of their condition prior to moving. Then, the Driver will sign the form as well and present you with a copy. Keep this inventory with you for use at your new home.

The Driver also will ask you to sign a bill of lading. This is the contract by which you authorize the van line to transport your possessions and agree to pay for those moving services. The Bill of Lading serves to confirm the moving services performed, pickup and delivery schedules, and the valuation and protection plan that you've selected.

Delivery of Your Possessions

It's extremely important for you to contact your move coordinator as soon as you arrive in your new hometown so that final moving arrangements can be made. The Driver will contact you a minimum of 24 hours prior to the expected arrival time of the moving truck to confirm delivery arrangements.

When your shipment arrives, you can help expedite the unloading process by having a room-by-room floor plan in mind. Let the Driver and professional movers know where you want moving boxes and other items placed as they're unloaded and brought into your home.

The Driver and crew of professional movers will reassemble any items they disassembled at origin. You should check items off the Customer Check-Off Sheet as they're brought in, noting their condition. If an item appears to have been damaged while moving or is missing, make a note on the inventory including the Driver's copies and notify your Move Coordinator.


Unless approved billing or credit arrangements have been made in advance, the Driver is required by law to collect payment for your household move before your shipment can be unloaded. If your shipment is placed in storage, charges up to that point are due at that time. Payment must be made in cash or by certified or cashier's check, travelers' checks or money order payable to North American Van Lines. Many agents also accept credit cards. Personal checks cannot be accepted. A copy of the Bill of Lading signed by the Driver will be your receipt.


If you have requested and paid for unpacking with your moving services, your Move Coordinator will arrange to unpack moving boxes at the time of delivery and will remove used packing materials and moving supplies. Should you choose to unpack your cartons yourself, you'll be responsible for disposing of empty moving boxes, moving supplies and other used materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a residential move typically cost?
The cost of a residential move can vary significantly depending on several factors, such as the distance of the move, the size of your household, the time of year, and the services you require. The best way to get an accurate estimate would be to complete our quote-on-demand form for instant pricing.
How far in advance should I start planning my move?

It's a good idea to start planning your move as early as possible to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. Here are some general guidelines for when to begin planning your move:

  • Local move: For a move within the same city or a short distance away, it's recommended to start planning at least 4 to 6 weeks. This will give you enough time to research moving companies, gather packing materials, and start organizing and decluttering your belongings.
  • Long-distance move: If you're moving across the country or over a long distance, it's best to begin planning at least 8 to 12 weeks. Long-distance moves require more coordination, and you'll need time to make travel arrangements, research moving companies, and prepare your belongings for the move.
  • Peak moving season: If you're planning to move during the peak moving season, which typically runs from May to September, it's best to start planning even earlier, as moving companies tend to book up quickly during this time. Aim to plan at least 12 weeks for a move during peak season.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and your specific circumstances may require more or less time to plan your move. The key is to start early to avoid last-minute stress.