We can disagree on a lot of things, but there’s one thing we can agree on—moving is the worst. Do you know what else can be the worst? Talking logistics with moving companies. It can get so confusing talking about weight limits, exact measurements, and scheduling. To dust off an old gem, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Purple Heart is a moving brokerage company, so they do all the hard stuff for you. They hook you up with the best moving company. They speak the moving language and handle all the negotiation and logistics for you.
Do you want to know the best part? You get discounts if you’re a veteran.
Purple Heart services
|Local and long-distance moves||Interstate only|
|Packing and unpacking||Both|
|Partial or fragile-only packing||Yes|
|Included storage||30 days|
|Packing supplies||Yes (costs extra)|
|Furniture assembly/disassembly||Yes (costs extra)|
|Included insurance||Basic liability coverage|
*Depends on the load size and availability of storage units.
What to know about Purple Heart
Purple Heart operates as a moving broker. In a nutshell, Purple Heart will find you deals in your area. The price is especially good for veterans (that’s where the name comes from).
It’s a family-owned and family-operated business, so you can feel good about helping a nice local business. Don’t worry about getting upsold to a more expensive moving company—that hasn’t been our experience.
Who will Purple Heart set me up with?
What you get with Purple Heart
Your Purple Heart experience largely depends on what moving service you get set up with. Generally speaking, here’s what you can expect:
Purple Heart moving services
|Packing and unpacking||X||✓|
|Basic liability coverage||✓||X|
|Full valuation coverage||X||✓|
|Get a free quote||Learn more||Learn more|
We called Purple Heart to get a gauge on what the pricing looks like. We pretended to be a small family moving from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Here’s what we were quoted at:
|Distance of move||700 miles|
|Date of move||February 2019|
|Move size||4-bedroom house|
|Price without packing and unpacking||$4,915.12|
|Price with packing and unpacking||$5,668.12|
The strategy with Purple Heart pricing is finding you the cheapest and simplest way to move your stuff.
That being said, don’t expect much in the way of frills. When you go with a budget option like Purple Heart, you’ll get a budget experience. Your stuff will get from point A to point B, but you don’t get perks like accurate in-home estimates or better insurance options.
You can get a free quote online whenever you want, You’ll just need to provide the following information:
- Number of bedrooms you’re moving
- ZIP codes of where you are now
- Weight estimate of your stuff
- Date of when you’re moving
You don’t even need to know where you’re moving yet! Just put in that information and the machine will spit out a ballpark estimate.
This is where the hard part starts.
You’ll need to create a complete inventory of everything you’re moving. Once you’ve taken on that task, you’ll be ready to roll.
You can always call for Purple Heart for a quick quote once you know where you’re headed. Enter your basic information here and you’ll get a call within 8 seconds. It’s sort of like when you watch the creepy videotape on The Ring, but much less scary.
Or you can get an online quote now.
Are you a veteran?
Additional fees and services
Just so you’re aware, here are all the extra fees (so you can hopefully avoid them):
- Long-carry fee: Make sure that the moving trucks can get as close to your front door as possible. If movers park over 75 feet away from the door, you’ll need to pay an extra $1 per foot.
- Stairs fee: How many steps do you climb to get to your apartment? If it’s over ten steps, you’ll need to pay $50 per day.
- Bulky items: Movers will tack on extra fees for bulky, hard-to-pack items. Owners of bean-bag chairs and pianos, beware.
- Item insurance: Your move comes guaranteed with basic insurance that covers $0.06 per pound. If you’re worried about anything breaking, you can choose full-value insurance that fully covers any items damaged or lost.
30 days of free storage
Tell us if you’ve been in this situation. You have to move out of your place, but there’s a bit of time before you can move into your new place. What in the world are you supposed to do with your stuff in the meantime? Thanks to 30 days of free storage, you can crash on your friend’s couch knowing your stuff is safely tucked away.
The catch is that you can only use the free storage if Purple Heart has space available. Make sure to call ahead if you’re banking on using the free storage.
Help me with my furniture, please!
Arguably, the worst part of the moving process is disassembling and reassembling all your furniture. (Let’s be honest, you probably lost the little IKEA tools to set up your desk anyway.) You can let the Purple Heart peeps (or whoever they set you up with) take care of all that. It will cost you more, of course, but it’s awesome to know you don’t really need to lift a finger.
Purple Heart moving experience
Purple Heart should set you up with a fairly comfortable experience. Make sure you ask all your questions when you get your quote so as to avoid any surprises on moving day.
Some folks have had bad experiences1 where things got confused between Purple Heart and the moving company they brokered. It ended up with too small of a truck and then a $3,000 upsell. No thank you.
Expect very good treatment on move-in day. Your movers should be professionals that don’t ding walls or get carpets all nasty. Your stuff will get safely tucked away in the truck and be on its merry way.
Recap—Purple Heart makes a lot of sense if you’re a veteran
Purple Heart doesn’t stand out in a big way from other moving companies—unless you’re a veteran. If you are a veteran, and you need to move, you should stop reading this and call Purple Heart right away. With the veteran discount and quality service, you’ll get the best deal.
For everyone else who hasn’t served in the military, you’ll probably be better off going with another moving company. Check out our other moving reviews for some other providers that might be a better fit:
- U-Pack Review
- Best Moving Containers
- Best Professional Movers
- Best Moving Trucks
- Best Local Movers