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Whether you’re moving to Short Pump, Bon Air, Midlothian or another popular Richmond area, it’s important to find trustworthy movers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing services, website usability and reviews of 47 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top moving companies in Richmond.

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How to choose a moving company in Richmond

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Moving in Richmond requires extensive planning. As you prepare for the big day, don’t overlook the important task of hiring a trusted moving company.

There are many moving companies in Richmond. When searching for a company, consider these factors:

  • Reputation: Were previous customers satisfied with their moves? Were movers on time? Were they courteous and careful with possessions?
  • Type of company: Is the company a broker, which coordinates your move with another company, or a carrier, which does the actual moving?
  • Regulatory requirements: If you are moving out of state, is your mover registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration? If you are moving within Virginia, is the mover a Household Goods Carrier certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles?
  • Services: Does the company offer the service you need (e.g., local moves, long-distance moves, cross-country moves, full-service moves, storage)? Is it available on the date you need to move?
  • Price: Does the moving company provide a detailed estimate? Is the estimate binding or nonbinding?
  • Liability/insurance: What coverage does the moving company offer for your belongings in transit? Do you have released value protection (minimal) or full value protection (most comprehensive)?

As you’re looking for a moving company in Richmond, the Virginia DMV recommends that you avoid any business that doesn’t provide an address on its website, requires payment in cash, asks for a significant down payment or answers the phone without identifying the moving company.

How much do movers cost in Richmond?

The average cost of a full-service local move in Richmond averages approximately $1,500. If you don’t require full service — packing supplies, packing, furniture disassembly, loading, transport, unloading, unpacking, furniture assembly — you can spend $500 or less. A long-distance move to or from Richmond usually costs between $4,000 and $5,000.

The cost of a move depends on a variety of factors:

  • The total weight of your items
  • The distance of the move
  • The level of service (e.g., full-service, truck and transport only)
  • The number of movers
  • The time of year
  • The amount of liability and insurance coverage

Moving companies in Richmond provide free quotes. The estimate must include the name, address and telephone number of the mover. Make sure you know whether the estimate is binding (a guarantee of the maximum amount you will owe) or nonbinding (an approximate cost).

It’s a good idea to get quotes from multiple companies, but don’t automatically choose the movers with the lowest bid; instead, look for a proven, experienced company with fair pricing.

Richmond moving laws and regulations

Virginia has specific rules regarding intrastate moves. For moves 30 miles or fewer, movers can bill in any manner. Moves of 31 miles or more must be priced based on the weight of the shipment and the distance between origin and destination. The mover must be a Household Goods Carrier certified by the Virginia DMV.

If you are moving between Virginia and another state, your mover must be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and have a USDOT Number.

Virginia movers must provide you with a booklet, “Making a Better Move in Virginia,” according to the DMV. Interstate movers must give you the “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet and a “Ready to Move” brochure.

Richmond moving FAQ

What types of moving services are available in Richmond?

Moving services in Richmond vary in complexity from moving truck rentals to full-service moves. Typically, full-service moves include packing, furniture disassembly, transport, unpacking and furniture assembly. Most companies offer both local and long-distance moves.

Where can I get boxes for packing in Richmond?

Most moving companies in Richmond offer boxes for a fee or include them in their full-service moves. You can also find boxes at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart. It’s also worth asking friends, family members and co-workers if they have spare boxes you can use.

How much does it cost to store furniture with a moving company in Richmond?

The cost of furniture storage starts at approximately $100 per month. Cost mainly depends on the amount of furniture you need to store. You may be able to bundle furniture storage with moving costs to save.

How much do you tip movers for a local move in Richmond?

A good guideline is to tip movers 5% to 10% of the total cost of the move. If your move is exceptionally difficult — involving stairs or heavy and delicate furniture — consider a bigger tip.

When should I book a mover in Richmond?

It’s never too early to book a moving company. Try to book approximately two months out, but don’t hesitate to call even if it’s last-minute. Some companies even offer same- or next-day service.

Richmond moving company information

American Van Lines

American Van Lines, a nationwide moving company, performs interstate moves into and out of Richmond. American Van Lines is a carrier, so customers work with its movers directly. The company assigns a moving coordinator to all long-distance moves and has experience with military moves. Contact American Van Lines for a free quote.

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United Nation Van Lines

Over 3,500 families choose United Nation Van Lines each year for relocations of all sizes and distances. Richmond clients are assigned a personal coordinator to provide assistance at each step of the process. Customize your move to include services such full-service packing, short- or long-term storage and furniture assembly. United Nation Van Lines offers free quotes and multiple payment options. Ask about its tips for making packing easier and moving with kids, as well as its moving checklist.

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Colonial Van Lines

Colonial Van Lines is a good option for Richmond moves. The nationwide company handles over 19,000 moves a year. Moves come with customizable packing options, including do-it-yourself, partial and full packing. Colonial Van Lines’ storage options are climate-controlled. The company’s moving containers work well for customers willing to pack their own things in order to save money. Get in touch with Colonial Van Lines for a free quote.

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Safebound Moving & Storage

Safebound Moving & Storage is a company with nationwide service, including into and out of Richmond. Short-term and long-term storage are popular options. Safebound’s movers have experience transporting valuable and fragile items both for residential and commercial moves. Get a quote over the phone or online.

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Bold Moving and Storage

Bold Moving and Storage specializes in long-distance moves to and from the East Coast, including Richmond. Reviewers say they would recommend Bold Moving and Storage to friends and family. The company promises to beat competitor rates by $500. Its white-glove option is good for those who want comprehensive moving services.

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Moxie Movers

Moxie Movers has clear pricing laid out on its website. Moves with three movers and one truck cost $139 per hour. Four-mover crews are available for large jobs. Every move comes with bed disassembly and assembly, and movers wrap all furniture. One-bedroom moves take two to three hours, on average, and two-bedroom moves take three to four hours.

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College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

In addition to doing local and long-distance moves, College Hunks specializes in student moves, office moves and junk removal. The company provides packing materials and tools. Additional services include storage, recycling, home staging and light demolition. Richmond customers can book online using flexible scheduling. Same and next-day appointments are available.

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Two Men and a Truck

Two Men and a Truck is a national company offering a variety of services, including packing, moving and storage. It includes charging for padding and wrapping in your quote. All of its movers are professionally trained. The Richmond branch of this company is located at 8403 Sanford Drive, Henrico, VA 23228. Contact Two Men and a Truck for a free in-home consultation.

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