Long Distance Moving Service by International Van Lines

If you’re in search of a long-distance moving company, look no further!

As a licensed carrier (US DOT 2293832), International Van Lines (IVL) offers long-distance moving services to and from anywhere nationally. Established in 2000, IVL quickly grew into one of the most recognized names in the moving industry.

Today, IVL is mentioned as Newsweeks number one rated mover and has featured in the INC5000. Below you will find a list of services we offer. You can even use our moving cost calculator to help you plan and budget for your move.

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In 2020, Newsweek announced IVL as the number one customer service-based mover. Unlike most moving companies, we dedicate two account managers to every move to ensure questions are answered. IVL takes a proactive approach to long-distance moving. Whether you’re moving to a studio or a 5-bedroom home, IVL can customize a moving solution for you.



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Costs for Long Distance Moving

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Costs for long-distance moving vary based on a number of factors. The number one factor that will affect your moving costs is weight/size. The more you have the more expensive your price will be.

However, moving is a great time to purge, so we recommend creating a list of what you need and getting rid of the rest. Having a garage sale or posting items on Offerup is a great way to downsize all while making some money.

Another great option to cut costs is by self-packing. Although packing can be a grueling task it will help with your budget. IVL offers discounted packing services so we always recommend getting a full pack quote so you can compare. After all, you have to see if it’s worth it and makes sense to you. Below you can use our moving cost calculator to help you budget for your move.

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Packing Costs for Long Distance Moving

Having a professional moving company pack your boxes is a luxury. If you’ve ever moved before you know that packing is not only time-consuming but daunting. In most cases, self-packing can help you save money, but that’s not always the case. Below are some examples that you can use to help you figure our packing costs for long-distance moving.


Purchase Moving Boxes


$ 375- 625

Full Pack


$ 750-1125

Full Pack


$ 1250-1875

Full Pack


$ 2000-2500

Full Pack

Storage Costs for Long Distance Moving

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International Van Lines offers one month of storage for free. However, the free storage is only provided at the place of origin. If you were picked up in New York, your items would go into our storage facility in New York.


Once you’re ready for delivery, we will arrange delivery from storage. However, you will want to take a few days under consideration to arrange a truck and the transport time for delivery.

Another option you will have is called SIT, which stands for storage in transit. SIT is where we can store your items at one of our locations near your final destination. So, if you’re moving to Los Angeles, we would store the items there and deliver them when you’re ready.


The costs of storage vary based on the overall size of your move. However, it’s 50 cents per cubic foot, which can be calculated before your pickup date.

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Insurance for Long-Distance Moving

Insurance is something that most people assume is included. However, whether you’re making a local, long-distance, or international move, insurance is not included. If a consumer decides to opt out of insurance you will have limited liability coverage.

Limited coverage only covers up to 60 cents per lbs per article.

Example: If you have a TV that weighs 30lbs and gets damaged in transit you will get – $18.

The good news is that most homeowners or even renters insurance will cover a move. However, you would need to call them to confirm that is the case. If not you have the option of purchasing third-party insurance which will be approximately 3.5% of the goods declared value.

Accessorial Costs for Long-Distance Moving


Fee type Amount Details
Elevator $75 One-time charge
Stairs $75 per additional flight First flight (10 steps) is free
Long carry $75 per additional 75 ft. Charged if truck must park more than 75 ft. from your door
Packing materials Varies Bubble wrap, boxes, tape, mattress covers, and crates available for purchase
Shuttle service $0.75 per cu. ft. ($350 minimum) Charged if an 18-wheeler cannot reach your location
Bulky item $150 per item Treadmills, canoes, etc.
Piano handling $150–$350 Varies with piano type
Motorcycle handling $350 Does not include packing or weight of bike
Storage $0.50 per cu. ft. per month Calculated starting on day of pickup

Long-Distance Moving with International Van Lines

International Van Lines is a carrier, which means we’re an actual moving company. However, there are times that we will work with trusted partners if theres’ a lack of trucks or

the service area is not common. Long-distance moving doesn’t have to be as stressful as it appears. The first step to a smooth relocation experience is finding the right moving



  • Full packing and supplies
  • Assembly/disassembly
  • Custom Crating
  • Insurance
  • Offloading/Debris Removal
  • Storage
  • Auto transport


How to Research a Moving Company

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A quick google search can confuse you. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of so-called long-distance moving companies out there. However, you need to understand the difference between a broker and a moving company. Although brokering moves is not illegal, it is owned upon for a few reasons. The first is that you will have no

clue who’s actually making your move. The second is a liability. A broker is legally not responsible if something goes wrong with your move. If you have damages, you will need to take it up with the actual moving company who performed your move. It’s always best to find a mover who can handle the entire aspect of your move.

Long-Distance Moving – Reputation

Google serves as a great place to gather intel on any company. However, you need to beware of the scams that go on with your online reputation. Some companies will claim they’ve been in business for years when in fact, that’s not true. They will post fake reviews and fancy websites to give the appearance of a good mover.

Always check the DOT SAFER website and use your discretion. If you feel like you’re being scammed or pressured, you should look elsewhere.

Phone Survey for Long-Distance Moving

It’s recommended that you get a visual or virtual estimate. It’s now 2021, so virtual tours are becoming more popular. They’re accurate, quick, and convenient. If you chose to go with a phone estimate, make sure you’re as accurate as possible. Remember that you will be charged for what you actually have.

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