Moving Companies

United Van Lines

With full-value protection included on every move, a long list of available services, and the most transparent pricing in the biz, United Van Lines is a top contender your upcoming long-distance move.

How much does United Van Lines cost?

United Van Lines offers just about every service you could need during a long-distance move, from auto transport and home cleaning to storage and full-service packing. This makes United a first-rate option for anyone looking for a convenient, one-stop shopping experience for their move.

And, since United offers instant online quotes, you can quickly decide if United is the best company for your budget or if you need to keep looking. Heads up: out of our favorite interstate moving companies, United gives you the most bang for your buck.

We’ve broken down United’s services and prices, as well as a few of its special features. Keep reading to learn what United Van Lines can offer you when you move.

PROS

Instant online estimates

Nationwide availability

Cleaning services

Short- and long-term storage

Online shipment tracking

CONS

Unpredictable customer services

How much does United Van Lines charge for apartment moves?

Apartment sizeYou packUnited's crew packs
Studio or 1 bedroom$2,100$2,700
2 bedrooms$3,500$4,700
3+ bedrooms$4,300$6,200

Why you should choose United Van Lines

Now that you’ve got a good idea of what United offers and how much it charges, let’s talk about some of the things that really make United stand out from its competition.

United’s pricing is pretty transparent—it’s just missing one thing…

We love how transparent United is in its package pricing, but we wish it were a bit more forthcoming with how it prices packing and unpacking.

The most useful moving service a company can offer is, arguably, packing up your belongings. But it’s also usually the most expensive service offered. With how transparent United is with its pricing of other services, we think it’s missing an opportunity here to offer the type of transparent pricing you’d expect from a program that boasts its straight talk. We can get a general idea of packing costs based on our online estimate prices from before.

What’s included in every International Van Lines move

IVL also offers full-value protection—which covers damage to your belongings at a higher rate per item—at an additional cost. If you’re moving abroad, you can also purchase marine insurance for your shipment.

Moving a lot of tech? United has you covered

United Van Lines has a lot of moving services that take the weight of the move off your shoulders, but one service in particular stood out to us above the rest—its tech services.

United’s tech services are unique in the full-service moving industry. Other movers advertise assistance with appliance installations, but unless you’re taking your gas appliances to your new home, we find these services to be overpriced and generally unnecessary. (Is it really that hard to unplug an electric dryer?)

Tech assistance, on the other hand, is a far more useful service for many households that are looking for a full-service move. United offers disassembly and setup services in two main tech areas: home theaters and PC networks.

United offers full-value protection on every move

ou read that correctly. United finds another way to stand out with its full-value moving protection for every move—a service other movers normally offer as a paid upgrade.

If this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, we promise, it really is.

Full-service movers usually include only basic liability coverage in the cost of your move—and like the name suggests, it’s pretty basic.

With basic liability coverage, the mover assumes liability for $0.60 per pound per item. This means if your 100-pound sofa gets damaged, your mover would pay you only $60, regardless of the sofa’s actual value. United’s included full-value protection, on the other hand, is much more comprehensive.

United calculates your coverage by multiplying your estimated shipping weight by $6 per pound. If you have a few higher-value items and you don’t think this level of coverage will be enough, United makes purchasing extra coverage easy. Each $1,000 of protection you add will cost you only $5.50.

Movers who are concerned about protecting their belongings—and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg extra to do it—should definitely give United a look.