How far in advance should you plan your long distance move?

How far in advance should you plan your move

Life sure can throw a curveball or two, can’t it? Most of us have been in a situation where a job change, a breakup or random life circumstances give us little to no time to find a new place to live, and all of a sudden, the heat is on to get moving as quickly as possible. But for those of us who have the luxury of planning out a move far in advance, what’s the optimal timeframe?

How far in advnace should you plan your move? The simple answer: two to four weeks. Here’s why.

Here at Moveline, we’ve moved all sorts of people all sorts of places under all sorts of circumstances. Moves are a little like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike, but there’s also a commonality among them. If you’re hiring professional movers, they’ll need a bit of advance notice so they can jigsaw other folks’ moves onto the truck accordingly and make the best use of their time, your money and the earth’s natural resources (i.e., weather, daylight and fuel). So, it’s best to give a several weeks’ (or even more than a month’s) notice.

If you’re curious about the science behind transporting your stuff from point A to point B on a moving truck, we’ve got the skinny on the process, as well as an explanation of what a “pickup and delivery spread” is for a long-distance move. Things like federal trucking regulations, conditions on established routes, and even good old-fashioned supply and demand all come into play when the time comes to put your stuff on the truck and get it where it’s going in a reasonable amount of time.

To save yourself a lot of the stresses typically associated with moving, we’ve created a service -- a free one -- that gets reputable, accurate moving quotes on your behalf and uses a blend of great people and smart technology to take your inventory and get it right. When you’re a few weeks out from your ideal move date, visit our homepage and get signed up so we can make your move a breeze.

We can take on clients as late as just seven days before a move, but for optimum pricing and convenience, it’s best to get in touch with us a few weeks in advance (ideally, two to four weeks out). We’ll send back your inventory within 24 hours of getting your video inventory, and once you’ve approved it, we’ll send you a set of quotes within the next 3 days. Then, just choose your mover and we’ll get you all booked and ready to roll. Easy peasy.


No matter where you’re going or where you’re coming from, we’ll take the headache out of your move, and the best part is, we’ll do it for free. We’re happy to help you get where you’re going, no matter what you’re leaving behind. So don’t go it alone. Get started right now and let us help you #movebetter.