Trusting strangers to get your possessions from one place to another is nerve-wracking. Ease the stress by choosing a reputable moving company that can safely transfer your items at a fair price. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best movers in Omaha to help you hire a quality moving company you can trust with your belongings.
Omaha’s lower cost of living makes it an attractive destination for people aged between 35 and 54 years moving from larger, more expensive cities; however, millennials from Nebraska are moving to cities such as Dallas, Phoenix and Kansas City to start their careers.
The cost of moving in Omaha
Companies have different pricing structures depending on the type of move. Local movers that specialize in distances of 50 miles or less generally charge an hourly rate between $80 and $100 for two movers and a truck.
Long-distance movers calculate cost based on the distance of your move and the volume of your belongings. These factors create a wide range of prices, but long-distance moves have of average cost between $2,000 and $5,000.
Many companies provide free estimates for your move, but be sure to mention anything that might increase the cost. If you live on the second floor or higher in a Downtown condo, you could be charged an additional stairs or elevator fee. Before signing a contract, be aware of other potential fees listed below:
Furniture disassembly and reassembly fees
Express moving fees
Fragile/heavy item fees
Planning your move in Omaha
The busiest moving season in Omaha is summer, specifically August. It’s a popular time to move because children are on summer vacation and college students are moving back to campus. Moving during these peak times may be more expensive, but weather conditions may make moving difficult during the winter. Moving during the early spring or late fall will save money while avoiding harsh weather.
Expect increased rates if you move at the end of the month, on weekends or over the end-of-year holidays. If your schedule is flexible, you may save money by booking your move in advance on a weekday.
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a great resource for general moving tips or filing a complaint to help protect other consumers. Here are a few things to keep in mind once you start your search for the right moving company:
Get quotes from multiple companies
Do a home walk-through with the company for the most accurate estimate
Ask the company for references
Verify the company’s credentials
Read reviews from former customers
Pay only on delivery
Movers in Nebraska are required to have a certificate of authority from the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC). Interstate movers are required to register with the U.S. Department of Transportation and should have a U.S. DOT number on their website or readily available if you call. Customers can verify registration and look up a company’s complaint history on with the FMCS’s website.
Colonial Van Lines is a national, family-owned and -operated company with more than 50 years of moving experience. The company offers corporate relocation services if you are moving to Omaha for work and your employer is covering moving costs. Many Omaha customers mention Colonial’s fair pricing and easy scheduling.
For state-to-state moves, American Van Lines is a national company offering residential, corporate and military relocation. Last-minute moves are considered for no additional fee. Fragile items, such as pianos, fine arts and antiques are moved by trained and certified professionals. American Van Lines prides themselves on a fleet of modern trucks with air-ride suspension so your belongings arrive no worse for wear.
Black Belt Movers
Black Belt Movers is an Omaha moving company that offers moving solutions for residents and people moving to the area. The company provides services for local and out-of-state moves, packing and specialty item moving, including pianos. Customers in Omaha give the company positive reviews for its prompt and efficient staff.
Middle West Movers
Middle West Movers is locally owned and operated. The company specializes in local moves and has 30 years of experience serving the Omaha community. Omaha customers love how personable and hardworking the movers are and say they experienced excellent customer service when scheduling their move.