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Long Distance Movers and the Full-Service Moving Process

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Plan for your long distance move

What’s involved in a full-service, long distance move? We’ve outlined Mayflower’s moving process below, giving you a clear picture of what to expect, from planning to unpacking.

Be sure to sign-up for our Mayflower moving reminders. Make your move easier by allowing us to remind you via e-mail of each important step as they occur.


Step 1 - plan your long distance move

Step 2 - pack and load with our long distance movers

Step 3 - full-service moving delivery and payment

Step 4 - full-service unloading and unpacking


Step 1 - plan your move

  • First, you will need to set up an appointment for a free in-home estimate to determine your specific full-service moving needs. This assures you'll receive an accurate estimate in writing. You can request an appointment with our long distance movers by filling out request form, or calling us toll-free at , or you can contact a Mayflower agent near you to make an appointment.

  • Be sure to sign-up for our Mayflower moving reminders. Make your move easier by allowing us to remind you via e-mail of each important step as it occurs.

  • During your in-home estimate, your sales representative will provide you with a booklet called "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move." It provides important information consumers must have prior to the long distance move and will help with your planning process.

Moving Tip: During the in-home estimate, make sure you point out any items that you will not be moving.

Step 2 - pack and load

  • Packing yourself? Pack as much or as little as you prefer. Mayflower's long distance movers are willing to do the whole job, or any part of the packing job. Whatever you decide, we want your part of the move process to go as smoothly as possible. These packing tips will help.

  • Your agent's packing team will arrive one to two days prior to the actual move day and will use the industry's best packing materials to protect your belongings.

  • On moving day, the driver will inventory all items to be included in your move and provide you an inventory form for your signature. Carefully review this document, along with your other paperwork. Once signed, the loading process will begin.

  • After loading, the mover will inform you when to expect delivery of your shipment based on your pre-planned window of delivery. You will also receive a phone call within 24-hours of your delivery as a final confirmation. Be sure to provide the van operator with your contact information during travel to your new residence.

Moving tip: Separate all items being packed for the move from those being transported by you to prevent any confusion during loading.


Step 3 - full-service delivery and paymentslong distance movers

  • Please be at your new residence to meet the mover. He or she will typically wait up to two hours for your arrival. Should you fail to arrive in that time, additional waiting time charges could occur for the van operator to remain at residence until you arrive or he/she may deliver and store your belongings in a local warehouse.

  • The mover will require payment at your new residence. Acceptable forms of payments are: cash, certified check, or traveler's check. A credit card may be used when arranged in advance.

Step 4 - full-service unloading and unpacking

  • Once unloaded, the mover will request your signature on all delivery documents. In the event of any loss or damage, please note the items involved on the inventory form prior to signing.

Consumer tip: Drivers are required to assemble bed frames and unpack mattress cartons to setup all beds. If additional services are needed, please notify your agent.

By following this process, you and your long distance movers will be able to enjoy a smooth and successful moving experience.

Don't forget to check out our moving tips pages to find information to help you every step of the way!

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