What to know about Allied Van Lines
Allied’s been around the block at least a few times, and it’s likely you’ve seen one of their moving trucks cruising along the highway.
But what you may not know is that Allied is actually a broker. That means they won’t be the company that’s actually moving your stuff. Instead, they’ll pass your details on to a third-party mover who will do all the legwork.
Brokers throw a lot of uncertainty into a move, which is why we prefer to avoid them. But Allied’s comprehensive list of moving services and features could outweigh this disadvantage.
What you get with Allied Van Lines
Where Allied really shines is the sheer number of little extras and additional services you can add onto your move. Here’s a peek to show you what we mean.
Allied moving services
|Loading/unloading||Yes||Cost included in price|
|Online tracking||Yes||Cost included in price|
|Basic liability coverage||Yes||Cost included in price|
|Packing and unpacking||Add-on||Yes|
|Auto and boat transportation||Add-on||Yes|
|Appliance disconnection / reconnection||Add-on||Yes|
|Furniture assembly / disassembly||Add-on||Yes|
|Full valuation coverage||Add-on||Yes|
|Free quote||Learn more||Learn more|
Appliance disconnection and reconnection
Have you ever tried to disconnect your washer and dryer, move them around, then set them back up again?
If you have, then you’ll know why we’re such huge fans of Allied’s appliance services. If you haven’t, we’ll fill you in: it’s a hassle and a half. Not only are appliances typically heavy, but they’re clunky and awkward to move, get into position, and hook back up.
About that full valuation coverage
If you want to save a bit of money but you’re scared to pack your thousand-dollar 4K TV, Allied’s fragile-only packing service could be a lifesaver.
You’ll still get to pack all your knickknacks, books, and clothes, but Allied will take care of making sure your antique crystal chandelier arrives in one piece.
We’re kind of surprised to find online tracking of your shipment isn’t a feature offered by all movers.
Not only do we like following our Amazon Prime shipments as they make their way across the US, but we’d like to follow what basically accounts for our entire lives packed in a huge moving truck too. Luckily, Allied lets you track your shipment online so you can get a better idea of when it should arrive.
Allied moving experience
One thing you’ll find with Allied is there are no over-the-phone quotes here. We called and tried to get a basic price breakdown, but the representative told us she didn’t have any pricing details in the call center. Bummer.
Your only option is to schedule an in-home estimate, and you can do this over the phone or on the Allied website.
But rest assured, there’s a benefit to having someone pop over to your home for an estimate. You’ll get a more accurate quote, and the mover will have a better idea of the weight and size of the items you’re planning to move. This should help you avoid any last-minute misunderstandings or even price changes.
Estimating a local move
If you choose Allied for a local move, your estimate will look a bit different than if you move to another state. Here’s a general breakdown of what you can expect for an Allied local move.
Allied Van Lines local move considerations
- Two movers: $99/hour
- Additional mover: $36/hour
- Physical labor hours: Four hours minimum
- Driving time: One hour included and charged at the same rate as your packing time
- Add-ons: Packing and unpacking, full-value coverage, and other services
- Appliance disconnect/connect: We were quoted about $150 to disconnect, and another $150 to reconnect our appliances—this is done by yet another third-party company and must be done before the movers arrive.
You’ll notice time is a big factor for local moves, so make sure you keep that in mind. Those hours add up quickly, and you’ll want to avoid paying for extra movers unless you absolutely need them.
Estimating a long-distance move
Surprise, surprise: if you’re planning a long-distance move with Allied, your quote will take different factors into account. Here are some of the things Allied will consider when pricing your move.
Allied Van Lines long-distance move considerations
- Weight: Of your belongings
- Volume: The size of your belongings in cubic feet
- Distance: How far are you traveling?
- Time of year: Off-season is cheaper (typically October through March)
- Add-ons: Services like packing and unpacking, full-value coverage, auto transport, etc.
- Appliance disconnect/connect: Our quote to disconnect and reconnect our appliances was $300 ($150 to disconnect and $150 to reconnect)—and we had to do it before our movers arrived.
If you’re wondering how volume factors into your moving estimate, you’re not alone. Basically, it mostly changes how much you’re charged if you have large or odd-shaped items. These may not weigh a lot, but they’ll still take up space in your truck. We’re looking at you, giant Lovesac bean bag.
Tips for scheduling your estimate
Okay, time to get real. When chatting with moving companies, there’s almost no way to avoid getting dozens of calls back.
When we filled out the form for an Allied quote, it only took about half a day for them to call and leave four voicemails.
Yup, it sounds like a nightmare, but sadly it’s the name of the game. One way to avoid having your cell phone slammed with calls is to grab a free Google Voice number and use that to contact movers. Allied also lets you call back and select an option (when we called we pressed “2”) to stop receiving calls. Ah, sweet silence.
Getting to your destination
You’ll probably beat your moving truck to your new home. This is pretty standard across all movers, since they try to save money (and pollute less) by moving multiple families’ belongings on the same truck.
Thank goodness you can track your moving truck online and see if yours makes a stop in Oklahoma City or another destination before arriving in your new hometown.
By the way, if you grabbed a full-service pack, your mover will take all those boxes, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, packing paper, and other leftovers with them once they’re done unpacking. Now you won’t need to secretly toss it all in a dumpster at midnight.
Storing your stuff
Unfortunately, Allied doesn’t ice the cake with free storage. But you can pay for it.
We were quoted a 1,000-pound weight minimum by our local mover who was brokered by Allied. The mover also said it’s very expensive to store just a couple pieces of furniture and recommended we grab a self-storage unit instead.
Of course, the price and any weight limit will depend on the location where you’re storing your stuff and the third-party mover you end up with. So it never hurts to ask.
You could also check out self-storage options nearby to see if they’re cheaper. Public Storage is one we tend to like.
Recap—Is Allied a good mover?
Allied Van Lines is a well-known mover that’s been around for years. Aside from how Allied’s a broker, we found a lot to love about this moving company.
- Services: We’re pretty thrilled about Allied’s list of services, especially since online tracking is included with every move. You can also get appliance reconnection, custom crating, and full valuation coverage with a $0 deductible.
- Quotes: No ifs, ands, or buts—someone has to visit your home to get you a quote from Allied. You can’t do it over the phone. But this means your estimate will be more accurate.
- Moving: Allied is a broker, so your actual moving experience depends on the third-party company that shows up on moving day. That said, since you’re charged hourly, you can lower your costs by being prepared for the movers.
- Storage: You’ll have to pay extra to get your storage through Allied. In fact, depending on where you plan to store items, it may be cheaper to go the self-storage route.
Don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket? We get it. We’re pros when it comes to dealing out the best in reviews (it is in our name after all)! You should take a look at either long-distance moving options or perhaps best storage container to see if any of those choices best suit your needs.