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Which Type of Shipping is Best for Long Distance Moves

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. What Items Are You Moving?
  2. Full-Service Moving Company
  3. Quality Moving Vans and Trucks
  4. Containerized Shipping - Freight Transport
  5. Best Type of Shipping Carriers
  6. National or Commercial Shipping
  7. International Shipping
  8. Takeaway
Which Type of Shipping is Best for Long Distance Moves

Uprooting your life to a new location can be exciting. However, it can also be stressful because you'll need to plan and prepare how to ship all your belongings with you carefully.

Packing the right things for a flight or road trip can be daunting enough, so ensuring all your items are secure from one state to the next or an international journey is crucial.

It leads to the question, which type of shipping is best for long-distance moves, and why should I use that? So, let's closely examine the various shipping types to discover the most suitable way to transport your possessions stress-free.


What Items Are You Moving?

It could seem more time-consuming if you're shipping the contents of a three-bedroom family home from the East to the West Coast than moving from a studio apartment in one part of Rhode Island to a few streets over.

Nonetheless, we want you to choose a service that requires minimal physical strain on your part. Some individuals prefer to do the self-moving option with a rental truck. This can have its benefits as you can monitor each item closely.

However, without the help of professionals, it could take longer to do and be more strenuous if you require heavy lifting assistance. You're more at risk of injury when you do it yourself, especially with some large items we find can be a challenge for a one-person job, including:

  • Large furniture items: sofas, which can be cumbersome, wardrobes, tables
  • Large electric appliances: fridges, washing machines, dryers
  • Fragile items: glass ornaments

That's why our team at A1 Auto Transport advises you to leave the hard work to our team of full-service options.

Full-Service Moving Company

We outlined some advantages to choosing a full-service moving company when you become a long-distance mover. Some of these benefits include:

Personalized service: You may have specialty move requests for your relocation, like more oversized items or sentimental household items that need moving. We'll be able to customize the service to suit your items for the move. Some companies may only provide the mode of transport, but we'll get every piece of information we need to ensure your items are secure.

Our years of expertise: A1 Auto Transport has over thirty years of experience in the shipping trade. So, we know how to keep up with the growing demand, especially for long-distance movers wishing to travel commercially or internationally. New and repeat clients come to us because they know we're reputable and put their requests first.

Convenience: We want your move to be stress-free. That's why our team handles any heavy item lifting, transportation, packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, and even furniture disassembly. You don't have to worry about dedicating time to ensure everything is ready to go, as we can do that for you.

Consistent delivery window: Because of our years in the business, we have completed thousands of trips to various locations and have put together a time frame of when you should expect your goods. This can give you peace of mind, knowing your possession's delivery dates are not far behind you on your journey.


Quality Moving Vans and Trucks

Depending on the type of move you're doing, we use fully liable and insured moving vehicles like vans and trucks for our commercial long-distance moving services—many clients on intrastate moves like knowing that their items are legally secure when on the road.

Our clients enjoy our moving services due to their benefits:

  • Safety: Your belongings will have features that ensure they don't move during transit, incredibly fragile, or bulky items that need extra care. We are also fully insured, so you don't need to worry about the security of your possessions.
  • Fully flexible: We can work on a schedule that suits you and when you plan to move. For example, if you're traveling from Arizona to Washington and need your items by a specific day, we can arrange something that works. We also offer a wide range of storage solutions in case of a move-in delay when the items reach their destination.
  • Solution finders: We're familiar with various routes across North American roads and know the best times to start our journeys to avoid traffic or bumpy roads. We also want to ensure you get an accurate trip and travel time quote if there are delays out of our control, like natural disasters.

Containerized Shipping - Freight Transport

For international movers, our containerized shipping on the sea is a secure method for moves that are too far to travel on the road. It's an excellent method for those who require full-service custom moving packages and loading services for large items like furniture that will be transported in our storage containers.

We want the customer experience to be smooth sailing, so you don't need to worry about customs clearance or routes.

As long as you provide us with the necessary documentation before we set off, you can sit back and relax on your journey to your new location.

Best Type of Shipping Carriers

The best type of shipping carrier will ultimately depend on the types of moves and the cost factor related to competitive pricing. So, we broke it down into national and international activities, where the options for your carrier will vary.

National or Commercial Shipping

If you want to do a cross-country move, we suggest using professional movers, regardless of distance. Commercial activities have fewer border policies to adhere to as you'll be going from significant cities or interstate moves.

Thanks to full-service movers, you can have help with every aspect of the transport process. But that also means you have control over how you want items, particularly heavy or valuable items, to be handled. You also don't need to worry about furniture disassembly and reassembly in your new home.


International Shipping

This full-service move may require container shipping via the sea. For example, you could be permanently relocating due to military relocation, a corporate relocation, or for personal reasons like vehicle shipping. That's why we would recommend you do this professionally.

Freight transport is very reliable across the seas. We have the relevant technology that helps us and our clients monitor how far their items are in real-time. This transparency also gives you an idea if there are any hold-ups or issues you need to know about via our customer service options.


If you're planning a long-distance move, we recommend you choose a fully licensed and reliable full-service moving company like us, A1 Auto Transport.

We specialize in commercial and international moves; whether you wish to empty your entire household or take a few sentimental items, we can accommodate you.

For more information on our additional services, discover a free online quote today and make that initial step toward your long-distance move.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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