Long Distance Movers You Will Love
We aim to please. We may be Iowa-born, raised, and based, but long distance moves are our bread and butter. That hometown feel is what makes moving long distance with us so great — it’s the comfort and camaraderie of moving with friends, but better (you won’t have to buy us pizza and beer afterward).
The big-box movers are part of a national network of companies and drivers, so they often don’t know who the load or delivery crew will be on your move, whether or not your possessions will get transferred from one truck to another mid-move for the sake of higher profit margins, or even when they’ll make delivery until a day or two before they show up.
When you hire us to perform your long distance move, you know that the same experienced, full-time crew who load your things in Iowa will unload your possessions in, say, Houston. You know that once your possessions are loaded onto our truck they’ll stay on our truck for the duration of the trip, safe and secure. And you know that should you have any questions or concerns, or something isn’t quite right, you’ll be working with one of the most honest and ethical small local business in Iowa, instead of navigating multiple departments in one or more corporations spread across the country.
We’re not the best choice for everyone moving long distance, of course. But if you’re looking for a kind, ethical, local touch for your long distance move, we’d be honored to work with you.
What Makes Us The Best
Long Distance Moving Company?
Sure, our expertly-led teams of movers and drivers use professional packing and delivery methods to make even the toughest move simple and easy.
How Do I Prepare For A Long Distance Move?
You know what they say: an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of packing tape. Long-distance moves require a longer timeline than a standard local move — luckily, we have the experience to make your long distance move go as smoothly as possible. Whether it’s your first move across state lines or you’re a 16-move veteran (and considering how often military personnel move, that means you’re more than likely an actual veteran), this info is worth keeping in mind.
One -Two Months Before
Like any other move, call us first for an estimate. In order to give you an accurate cost estimate for your move, we’ll perform a free on-site survey where we’ll walk through your home and create an accurate move inventory. We’ll use this inventory to estimate the weight of your shipment and give you a cost quote for your move. If you’d like additional services or if the unique circumstances of your move require additional labor or special equipment, we’ll discuss that with you and include those services in our estimate. Additional services and special circumstances include things like:
Reserve Your Dates
Once you’ve decided to work with us on your move, reserve your dates as soon as possible – we’re first-come, first-served for reservations so the sooner you book the more likely you’ll get the exact date you want. We’ll be in touch by email and phone as your move approaches with additional info and tips, but please reach out with any questions you have any time.
Now is also a good time to take inventory of your belongings if you haven’t already done that for your home insurance policy. Use your phone or camera to take pictures or video, and make a list of the serial numbers on electronic items. In the event that something should happen–though we doubt it will–you’ll be better prepared to file a claim.
At Least Two Weeks Before
Moving day is coming up fast–use this time to update us on any changes in your plans, including adding services like packing or crating. This will also be prime packing time – if you’re doing your own packing of boxes, you should keep these tips in mind:
If you get behind and are worried you might not finish packing in time, we're happy to help. Just give us a call to schedule a partial pack and we'll do our best to fit you in!
Day or Two Before
A day or two before loading day, we’ll check in via phone or email to make sure everything’s set to go. We’re thorough like that. Here’s a list of other tasks to consider right before the big day:
Your crew leader will call en-route to let you know the crew is on the way, giving you plenty of time and peace of mind. Since your charges are based on the actual weight of your belongings, the crew will weigh the truck en-route and then reweigh the truck after they load up. Once the crew tallies the final charges, we’ll send them to you right away via email or text.
Your crew will work closely with you on load day to make sure everything that you’re leaving behind stays put, everything that’s going to your new home makes it safely onto the truck, and that all your possessions are given the exact preparation and packaging they need to stay safe and sound in transit. Before the crew leaves, they’ll do one final walkthrough with you to make sure everything’s been completed to your satisfaction. You’ll get your crew leader’s mobile number at this time, so if you should need to reach him at any point before the unload with questions or concerns, he’ll be a text or phone call away. Our goal is to make your move as smooth as possible, so please let us know how we can help.
Your crew leader will update you on his progress the afternoon or evening before your delivery and give you an ETA for the next day. On the day of the delivery, he’ll call when he’s en route, just to give you a little time to prepare for your joyous reunion with all your possessions. When your crew leader arrives, they will have you sign the paperwork and collect payment if you haven't already made arrangements with the office. Your crew will then gently place furniture and boxes exactly where you want them in your new home, and reassemble any furniture they took apart for transport. The only thing they won’t do is make your bed, though if you asked nicely they’d probably do that, too. Once the truck is unloaded, they’ll walk through your home with you one final time, just to be sure everything’s exactly the way you want it. And please don't be shy about asking them to move things - they want to be sure everything's exactly where you want it before they hit the road!