Top 10 Moving Companies in Des Moines, WA

Porch Pro Headshot HireAHelper
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(837)
"HireAHelper (HAH) got me somebody at the very last minute and saved our move. The movers we hired (not through HAH) didn’t show up. I called HAH and we had movers at our place in 45 mins. We got All Arms moving and they were awesome. They hustled in the heat for hours. I would use this service aga...Read more about HireAHelper
75% response rate
"HireAHelper (HAH) got me somebody at the very last minute and saved our move. The movers we hired (not through HAH) didn’t show up. I called HAH and we had movers at our place in 45 mins. We got All Arms moving and they were awesome. They hustled in the heat for hours. I would use this service aga...Read more about HireAHelper
Porch Pro Headshot Seattle Select Moving
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(500)
Hello! We are a fully-accredited (BBB, LBI, UTC), full-service moving team. We get your move done right, and have fun on the job - and it shows! Our team is knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate. We care a great deal about the business of moving, but we care even more about customer service. We...Read more about Seattle Select Moving
Hello! We are a fully-accredited (BBB, LBI, UTC), full-service moving team. We get your move done right, and have fun on the job - and it shows! Our team is knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate. We care a great deal about the business of moving, but we care even more about customer service. We...Read more about Seattle Select Moving
Porch Pro Headshot Puget Sound Moving
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(475)
Porch Pro Headshot Continental Van Lines
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(114)
Continental Van Lines, Inc. has been moving families throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world for over 60 years. We specialize in residential, commercial, and international relocations both locally and long-distance. Family-owned, with headquarters in Seattle, Tacoma, and Anchorage, our busine...Read more about Continental Van Lines
Continental Van Lines, Inc. has been moving families throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world for over 60 years. We specialize in residential, commercial, and international relocations both locally and long-distance. Family-owned, with headquarters in Seattle, Tacoma, and Anchorage, our busine...Read more about Continental Van Lines
Porch Pro Headshot ABC Movers Seattle
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
Moving is a major undertaking But, it doesn't have to overwhelm you When you choose ABC Movers Seattle, you can relax. We are one of California's most experienced, trusted and respected movers. Our unsurpassed combination of experienced professionals, affordable pricing, and firm commitment to custo...Read more about ABC Movers Seattle
Moving is a major undertaking But, it doesn't have to overwhelm you When you choose ABC Movers Seattle, you can relax. We are one of California's most experienced, trusted and respected movers. Our unsurpassed combination of experienced professionals, affordable pricing, and firm commitment to custo...Read more about ABC Movers Seattle
Porch Pro Headshot Air Van North American Moving & Storage
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(25)
Based in the Northwest and Alaska, Air Van operates with the integrity, caring, and dependability that stems from the family that owns the company. A high touch company with a rock solid foundation, Air Van is committed to creating a positive, safe place to work for each of its 250+ employees. All c...Read more about Air Van North American Moving & Storage
Based in the Northwest and Alaska, Air Van operates with the integrity, caring, and dependability that stems from the family that owns the company. A high touch company with a rock solid foundation, Air Van is committed to creating a positive, safe place to work for each of its 250+ employees. All c...Read more about Air Van North American Moving & Storage
Porch Pro Headshot PALS Moving Systems
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(23)
"I just hired PALS Moving Systems to move my family for the third time in three years. Excellent service, they took care of all my stuff and packed it into the truck so nicely that they didn't even have to tie it off. Now that I'm settling into my permanent residence I will continue to use their s...Read more about PALS Moving Systems
"I just hired PALS Moving Systems to move my family for the third time in three years. Excellent service, they took care of all my stuff and packed it into the truck so nicely that they didn't even have to tie it off. Now that I'm settling into my permanent residence I will continue to use their s...Read more about PALS Moving Systems
Porch Pro Headshot Dolly
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
Dolly is your "move anything app." Anytime you need to move something large (furniture, boxes, etc.), the Dolly app allows you to connect with local pickup truck owners to have your move/delivery taken care of. To get a quote, simply plug the details specific to your move/delivery into the Dolly ap...Read more about Dolly
Dolly is your "move anything app." Anytime you need to move something large (furniture, boxes, etc.), the Dolly app allows you to connect with local pickup truck owners to have your move/delivery taken care of. To get a quote, simply plug the details specific to your move/delivery into the Dolly ap...Read more about Dolly
Porch Pro Headshot Save On Moving Seattle
Movers
Serves Des Moines, Washington
(9)
Save on Moving offers fast and affordable moving load and unload services to the Pacific Northwest. We are a locally owned and operated load, move and unload moving business since 1990. We are committed to maintaining an extremely high level of customer service. We pride ourselves on the ability to ...Read more about Save On Moving Seattle
Save on Moving offers fast and affordable moving load and unload services to the Pacific Northwest. We are a locally owned and operated load, move and unload moving business since 1990. We are committed to maintaining an extremely high level of customer service. We pride ourselves on the ability to ...Read more about Save On Moving Seattle
Porch Pro Headshot Neighbors Relocation Services
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Frequently asked questions about moving companies

There are a lot of great moving companies out there, but a moving business can also be a guise for a scam meant to extort money from innocent people by holding their belongings hostage. There are some tried and true ways to avoid having this happen to you. To keep your move stress-free and honest, keep an eye out for the following red flags when you’re vetting movers:

  • Read online reviews. When you type in a search term like “Moving companies near me,” you’ll get many results. This initial search is your first chance to browse and shortlist companies with good reviews. Chances are, if there is an overwhelming amount of negative reviews, the company is either a scam or has poor business practices that you don’t want to experience first-hand. A small number of poor reviews (depending on the issue) is common, and if you’re looking for a mover with only 5-star reviews, you might be looking for a while.Another tool for vetting movers is to search for complaints filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If your mover has held or currently holds a license, any complaints registered against them will be logged for transparency.
  • Assess websites and social media. The quality and amount of information on a company’s website can tell you much about its legitimacy. Questionable businesses often won’t publish an address, making it difficult for you to follow up in person when there are issues. Likewise, you should expect to see an outline of available services, testimonials, and links to any social media profiles.
  • Don’t trust a company that gives you a quote without an on-site visit. Some movers will give you an enticingly low quote to reel you in. While this might seem tempting, it often indicates a company that isn’t upfront about how they bill, at best — or is an outright scam.
  • Sign (and read) an agreement. Make sure you read the fine print and never trust a mover that tries to move forward without having you sign an agreement that protects both of you.
  • Call or visit a storefront before signing an agreement. Once you have a list of two or three potential professional movers, take the time to call or visit a storefront. That call or visit can tell you a couple of important things. First, they have public premises and are a legitimate business. Second, they answer the phone with the company's name and not a generic greeting, which can be a red flag.
  • Investigate third-party insurance. Be wary of movers who tell you their insurance will cover all your things. This explanation often isn’t the case, and you should ensure you have the right coverage from a third-party insurance agency.

If you're hiring a mover for an interstate move, they’ll need a US Department of Transportation (USDOT) license. For local movers, requirements will vary based on your state. Some states still require movers to hold a valid license from the USDOT, but not all do. Check with your local or county consumer affairs office or your state attorney general’s office to know the rules in your area.

Once you know if your state requires movers to have a USDOT license, you can check for a list of registered movers to ensure your chosen moving company complies.

If you’re moving internationally, be sure to ask if the company is registered with an international movers’ federation. If they are registered with a federation, ask to see proof of that membership as well as the company’s Federal Maritime Commission number.

Long-distance moves can be within the same state, but often this term is used to mean a move that crosses state lines. If that’s the case for you, you’ll need to take extra steps to ensure your moving company has the licenses needed to transport your things from one state to another. Local moving companies may need licenses but have fewer requirements than long-distance movers.

It’s okay to be overly skeptical if you ask a mover if they handle long-distance or interstate moves and you get an answer like “We can” or “That should be fine.” There are specific rules around interstate moves, and your mover should be confident in their answer, indicating that they’ve done this before and have the required certifications and licenses.

Smaller moving companies can be great to work with when you hire movers. However, you may want peace of mind with a recognizable, big-name company for long-distance moves.

Be sure to research long-distance move insurance options. Be clear that your goods must be insured from the start to the end of the journey. Be sure to ask your moving company for a free moving valuation. Finally, always ask for three different cost estimates. An in-person estimate not only provides you with financial considerations, but allows you to evaluate the professionalism of the company. Once you choose a moving company, you have made a commitment. It makes sense to do research up front to make the move safe and efficient.

The worst-case scenario when you hire movers is paying a large upfront deposit and then your belongings disappear. Calls and emails go unreturned for days or weeks, and finding an address for the company is difficult or impossible. Some scams demand more money for the safe return of your property, which could be damaged if you even get it back.

Taking the precautions we’ve outlined will help you avoid this situation. Still, suppose you have a bad experience with your moving company. In that case, you can take steps to help others avoid having the same experience as you:

  • Submit a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB is a resource for consumers when vetting a potential business and filing a complaint if they encounter misleading advertising, poor business practices, or scams.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The USDOT and FMCSA are the regulating bodies responsible for licensing moving companies in the US. If you run into trouble with your mover, file a complaint here and with the BBB.
  • Post an online review. Google Reviews is becoming a more powerful tool for consumers, requiring businesses to be accountable for their irresponsible or illegal actions by potentially losing business. Trolls aside, posting a review online is a great way to let others know what to expect if they choose to work with the same company, or at least — what your experience was.
  • Take to social media. Social platforms have influence, and using that to let others know about a scam — or just a negative experience — can help the business improve its practices and future customers to sidestep the same situation you encountered.

Below is a handy list of times to get in touch with moving companies to have the smoothest moving experience.

  • If you’re moving all of your property long-distance. Unless you have independent access to a moving truck and several days to drive, you’ll likely want to hire professional movers for bigger jobs. Another option is to hire furniture movers for more oversized items like your sofa, sitting chairs, dining room table, etc., and take the smaller or more fragile items yourself.
  • With as much lead time as possible. Leaving plenty of time is particularly important for long-distance and interstate moves. The logistics for these types of moves take time to coordinate, and the further the distance, the more time your mover will want to get plans in place. It’s possible that you can schedule a long-distance move at the last minute, but you’ll likely pay a premium that you could’ve avoided by booking in advance.
  • Before choosing a moving company. Once you do your initial online search for “movers near me,” read reviews, and shortlist a few companies, it’s time to get in touch. This step will let you verify the legitimacy of the moving company you chose so you can avoid any potential headaches from scams.
  • When you’re ready to schedule an on-site walk-through. Good moving companies will require a walk-through of most homes. Some exceptions are if you live in a smaller space, like a one or two-bedroom apartment, and can give your mover a reasonably accurate list of how much you have to move.

As you’re planning a long-distance move, consider all the options available.

Hire professional movers for everything.

This is the easiest option. Having pros move your things frees you to travel to your new location on your timeline. Maybe you take a vacation on your way or visit family or friends!

However, having professional movers take on an end-to-end job is the most expensive option. Your property will be out of your sight and control during the move and you’ll need to pay for third-party insurance.

Rent a moving truck and pack it yourself.

If you’re looking for the cheapest way to move long distances, this is it! You get to keep your things with you during your whole move and if you plan your route well, you can make some fun road trip stops.

While this is the least expensive option, you’ll need to invest the time to load your moving truck, which is a labor-intensive job. Plus, someone needs to drive the truck, which can be an experience if you’ve never driven a large vehicle before.

Rent a moving truck, but hire movers to help load and unload.

This option allows you to leave the heavy lifting to the pros and since movers charge by the hour, if you’re well-organized, you can have them in and out in a few hours for a reasonable price. Movers also come prepped with plastic wrap and will disassemble furniture like your bedframe or dining room table if you don’t have time to do it yourself.

If you choose this option, make sure you label all boxes by room so you can avoid a chaotic unpacking experience. Remember, you’ll still need to have someone onboard used to driving a large moving truck and you won’t have the same flexibility to travel on your schedule since you’ll be paying by the day for your rental truck.

Hire furniture movers and drive the smaller items in your vehicle.

This option allows you to hire out moving the cumbersome things, saving your time (and your back) and if you coordinate with your moving company, you can have all your furniture delivered when you arrive, making the move-in process more pleasant.

Be aware that long-distance furniture movers charge by weight, so if you have lots of heavy wood furniture, it can get costly. Also, fragile items, like glassware, need lots of packing material, so they don’t break during travel. You might end up with more boxes than you can fit in your vehicle.

Recent reviews for Des Moines Movers

215026

Excellent experience with their team. They were professional and fast. Would definitely recommend!

- Marc Galvagno
26550

Coerced, intimated, and lied to. However you chose to move, do NOT move with Save on Moving Inc. Doing so, you will find that their business practices are not just misleading but fraudulent and that their staff is not just discourteous but thuggis...

224413

Great job!

- Zelmira Silva Santisteban
205892

The two guys did an awesome job! I’m gonna hire them again to unpack!😜

- Andy Baston
205944

excellent service many options to fit your needs.

- jan premji
205844

Great experience. 2 very hard working young men. They never stopped working. Would definitely recommend.

- MARYBETH DATAVS
205905

I would totally use HireAHelper again and recommend them to my friends and family!

- Susie Dickey
205639

A recent move into storage had me researching just movers as the storage space lent me a truck! Getting closer to moving time I was unsettled about unvetted prospects until I stumbled upon this great site. Hire a Helper showed me a list of vetted, well re...

- Amy Fisher
516572

They were of great help... The team was very patient and gentle with all the stuff.. And very quick...

- Karen Regalado
205861

Hire a Helper was a company who was super flexible when my moving dates changed. I would have given them five stars, if there was not a confusing part about the way that movers are scheduled. You have a helper on the phone to agree on the moving day and t...

- Jasmin Manner
205900

I have used Hire a Helper three times in the past year. We have been phasing into a retirement move. The website was easy to use. For one job, I had the packers wrap and pack my stuff into boxes and then load them into a pod. It was fantastic, the pack...

- Nancy Powers
530088

I recently hired "HireAHelper" .. Outstanding service they provided during my recent move.

- Adrian Rivera

Everything You Need to Know About Des Moines Moving Companies

Does the mover I want to hire need to be licensed in Des Moines?

Before you start any project, it is crucial to learn about the certifications and licenses that you or your Mover need to have. There are 0 movers in Des Moines that are licensed.

Here are the types of license(s) Movers need to have to work on Moving Services jobs in WA:

    My Moving Services project in Des Moines is really small. How much should I expect to spend?

    The lowest price we could find for moving services work in Des Moines is about $0.00. You should expect to pay at least this much depending on the scope of your project.

    Mover work at this level can sometimes involve several steps or phases. Cost for every project will differ depending on the quality of Mover you hire, the type of materials required and the timeframe that you want to finish within.

    How do I know that I found the right Mover in Des Moines for my moving services project?

    Finding the right mover for your project can be stressful.... when you don't search with Porch. We've pulled together everything you need to know about Moving Services in Des Moines so you can have some peace of mind before starting your project.

    Here’s what you need to know to choose the right mover in Des Moines:

    • Are they BBB accredited? 13 pros in Des Moines are.
    • Check if they are they BBB rated: 18 are A-rated in Des Moines.
    • Is the quality worth the price? Make sure to find the mover that can deliver the quality you're looking for, without going way over your budget. Don't forget that every job is going to be different.
    • Speak with them over the phone: Contact multiple movers pros to see if you’re on the same page when it comes to your project.

    All Moving Companies in Des Moines, WA

    Porch Pro Headshot Graebel Moving Services
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
    Trust a proven corporate moving company to relocate your personal household goods locally, to a new state, or across the globe Whether you are moving around the corner, across the country, or around the world, you will need the services of a professional moving company to help you get there. With 6...Read more about Graebel Moving Services
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    Porch Pro Headshot Puget Sound Moving
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    Porch Pro Headshot Advance Relocation Experts llc
    Movers
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    Advance Relocation Experts, located in Bellevue, is a moving company that offers appliance moving, furniture moving, move out cleaning, and piano moving.
    Advance Relocation Experts, located in Bellevue, is a moving company that offers appliance moving, furniture moving, move out cleaning, and piano moving.
    Porch Pro Headshot Making Moves Seattle
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
    (2)
    "Great experience! Robert contacted within 2min after posting the project. They were able to fit my work in their tight schedule. They showed up on time and did the job quickly and professionally. Very nice and polite crew. Will definitely call them again if I have other projects next time. Highly r...Read more about Making Moves Seattle
    "Great experience! Robert contacted within 2min after posting the project. They were able to fit my work in their tight schedule. They showed up on time and did the job quickly and professionally. Very nice and polite crew. Will definitely call them again if I have other projects next time. Highly r...Read more about Making Moves Seattle
    Porch Pro Headshot Z-HAUL
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
    We Can Get The Job Done Right Away.
    We Can Get The Job Done Right Away.
    Porch Pro Headshot Air Van Lines Inc.
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
    For over 50 years, Air Van Moving has been unique amongst Northwest moving companies for the size of our service area, our storage and warehousing capabilities and our premier commercial and residential moving services. Our heart is in the Northwest, but we're not just Northwest movers - while we o...Read more about Air Van Lines Inc.
    For over 50 years, Air Van Moving has been unique amongst Northwest moving companies for the size of our service area, our storage and warehousing capabilities and our premier commercial and residential moving services. Our heart is in the Northwest, but we're not just Northwest movers - while we o...Read more about Air Van Lines Inc.
    Porch Pro Headshot Smoother Moves and Hauling
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
    We bring together a team of highly qualified movers and drivers to make sure we reach the goal of a smooth, headache free move. Making potentially stressful situations far nicer.
    We bring together a team of highly qualified movers and drivers to make sure we reach the goal of a smooth, headache free move. Making potentially stressful situations far nicer.
    Porch Pro Headshot The Wright Move
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
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    Porch Pro Headshot HireAHelper
    Movers
    Serves Des Moines, Washington
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    We are a national company with a brick-and-mortar headquarters located in Oceanside, CA. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you can reach a real person here 7 days a week.
    We are a national company with a brick-and-mortar headquarters located in Oceanside, CA. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you can reach a real person here 7 days a week. Learn more at HireAHelper.com.

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