100 Years of Long-Distance Moving in Jacksonville

Experienced and professional interstate movers. Suddath® has been moving customers in, out and around Jacksonville since 1919. When we first started moving, we had two mules and a cart working alongside our trucks, since many roads in Jacksonville weren’t paved yet.

54,000 domestic moves performed each year. We are the local area moving experts, and whether your move is coming from or going to Jacksonville, from any distance, we will get your belongings moved safely and securely. We offer innovative solutions and access to a vast network of trusted and fully-vetted partners, allowing us to facilitate over 54,000 domestic moves each year, with ease. As Jacksonville continues to experience a high level of growth, Suddath has the resources to accommodate for it without delay. With extensively trained teams in our own Jacksonville-based Suddath University, advanced technology for long-distance moving services and a long history in the area, Suddath is the preferred mover choice for long-distance moves.

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100+ YEARS

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Safe and Secure Storage Options

Florida is known for its sunshine, but also for the hotter climate that comes with it. To account for Jacksonville’s humid, wet conditions, our 155,000 square feet of climate and temperature-controlled storage, and 3 million square feet across the country will ensure that your belongings are safe and free from environmental damage.

We have a variety of storage options that will allow someone to work within their budget and make sure that if there are any special requirements or changes during a long-distance move, Suddath has the ability easily handle it.

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250+ Hours of Training

We’re able to provide personalized and highly-rated long distance moving services to the First Coast through one of our most valuable team resources: dedicated long-distance moving coordinators. When moving long distances, you need someone by your side who can answer every question and stand behind every answer. Suddath assigns all customers to a long-distance move coordinator who is available as your single-point-of-contact.

Our move coordinators are armed with 25 hours of training in our own in-warehouse training center located off Baymeadows Road, and an additional 250 hours of mentored training in the field. 

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Trusted Long Distance Mover in Jacksonville

Suddath is part of Atlas Van Lines – a trusted group of agents since 1948, featuring the industry’s top-rated drivers and modern truck fleet. Because of that long-standing partnership, we can get you anywhere you need to go in North America. With access to the Atlas network, we can ensure that anyone we partner with is highly vetted, following the same training and safety standards we do.

Throughout your cross-country move, you will be supported by a Suddath move coordinator, who is your direct contact for any details. They will provide you with updates and the peace-of-mind of knowing that someone is watching over your goods.

Flexible Moving Services

Unlike other long-distance moving companies, Suddath has the breadth of services to help our customers with every aspect surrounding a move. 

  • Moving and storage of fine art collections, vehicles, pianos, antiques and more
  • Different levels of packing and unpacking services
  • Award-winning storage services
  • Management of schedule changes, even after your items have been picked up

When you’re ready to start the process, you can choose to do an in-person walkthrough, or a virtual video survey using your smart device.

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Motorcycle Moving

Although it may be your dream to take your motorcycle on the open road, during a cross-country move it may not be possible. We can handle transportation for you.

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Expert Piano Moving

Pianos and other instruments require special care during moves of any distance. Our team is specially trained to successfully and safely move your piano and instruments.

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Packing and Unpacking

With our full-service packing team, you can get the assistance you need to get your Jacksonville move prepped and ready to go, without any of the sweat equity.

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Boat Moving

Northeast Florida offers an exciting boating lifestyle. Speak with your move coordinator on boat relocation services so that your boat is transported safely.

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What steps should I take in hiring a reputable long-distance moving company?

We are glad you are looking to perform some due diligence and make sure you’re choosing the right long-distance moving company for you. It is an unfortunate reality that some moving companies are not properly insured or do not hire and train their crews well enough to handle a long-distance move. However, if you follow the advice below, you should be able to determine which cross-country moving companies are following the laws designed to protect you and your belongings.

One simple process that can begin to shed light on a company’s business practices is their process for providing a moving quote. All moving companies must perform a home walkthrough prior to the day of your move. Only after this walkthrough is it legally acceptable to give customers a moving quote. If the moving company offers you pricing before performing a walkthrough, then they are not in compliance with the law. If the pricing is vague or if the company is unwilling to commit to a specific number, we recommend finding a different long-distance moving company in the Jacksonville area.

Another important step in verifying the quality of a cross country moving company is to perform online research through reputable, third-party websites. Start with simply checking out the company’s Google Reviews. Next, check with independent organizations like the Better Business Bureau (“BBB”). They can verify that the companies you are considering are established and accredited. The BBB website provides access to complaints and responses, so you can see if and how the company responds to customer concerns.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, is another valuable source of information. This organization’s job is to make sure that all commercial carrier vehicles that meet certain requirements have a Department of Transportation (DOT) number. Once you have the DOT number, head over to the FMCSA website and look up the moving company’s compliance. You can also ask the long-distance moving company directly for their (DOT) number.

We also recommend that you ask your long-distance mover for a record of all of the accreditations they have earned and what industry associations they belong to. Lastly, request their insurance information and be sure it’s up to date. Any reputable cross-country moving company is accustomed to supplying this information to its customers and will do so willingly.

How far in advance should I hire cross country movers?

Ideally, we recommend that you begin the process no later than two months before your desired move date.

Have less time than that before you need to move? You’re in the right place. Suddath has over 100 years of experience helping Jacksonville customers and their families move long distances. We can help you navigate your timeline with an optimized move plan, organized by your dedicated move coordinator.

What is your claims process?

In the rare case that one of your items is damaged, your Suddath local move coordinator will be with you through the entire process. Our drivers and operators spend time training at our own training facility, Suddath University, located right here in Jacksonville, Florida. There, we train them on our time-tested professional packing techniques, loading/unloading, safety instructions, and how to greet customers and make the experience a positive one.

Should you find that an item is damaged during the move, your coordinator will provide a claim form and walk you through each step of documenting your broken items. Once the form is completed, your coordinator will have a claims representative will reach out to you within 24 hours.

Do I need valuation coverage?

You will be automatically provided with a $0.60 per lb. valuation, free of charge. However, we are happy to provide additional valuation coverage to every customer that wants more protection. One thing you should keep in mind is that valuation coverage is not insurance. In order to procure insurance for your cross-country move, you will need to work through a licensed insurance company.

Read our blog post on the subject to learn more about your valuation coverage options.

How do you move a boat long distance?

Some boat owners transport theirs using a haul-behind trailer, just as they would when taking it to bodies of water. With a long-distance move, though, this may not be practical. So, Suddath’s long distance movers in Jacksonville partner to offer boat transport services to safely and securely relocate your watercraft with specifics varying by the boat’s size, engine, height, weight, and more.

Boats can be loaded onto a special sea carrier and transported to the closest port to your home, such as the place where you may dock your boat. As needed, ground transportation is available in open air or enclosed carriers; the best transportation system will depend upon the specifics of your boat. As another option, it may be best to deliver your watercraft to a boat storage facility. You could then retrieve it when it makes sense, perhaps after you’re settled into your new home.

What is the best way to transport a motorcycle?

You may decide to ride it yourself to your new home while someone else drives your car. If that doesn’t work, schedule- or weather-wise, then perhaps you could haul it in a pickup truck or pull it in a trailer.

If you’re interested in professional motorcycle transport services, our Jacksonville long-distance movers partner with trusted companies. They’ll have plenty of options with the right one for you depending upon your budget and how quickly you’ll want your bike at your new home. Options include open air containers as well as putting the motorcycle inside of an enclosed moving truck. What’s optimal will depend upon where, specifically, you want your bike delivered.

When it comes to motorcycle transportation, when you choose Suddath as your cross-country movers, you’ll have guidance from your moving coordinator every step of the way.

What is considered long distance for a moving company in Jacksonville?

A long distance move is longer than a local move in Jacksonville (which is typically defined as less than fifty miles) within the same country (versus an international move).

What does a move coordinator do?

This can vary among long distance moving companies. At Suddath, your move coordinator in Jacksonville will oversee the move to ensure that you have a smooth and efficient relocation experience. The focus will be on a stress-free experience from start to finish.

More specifically, your Suddath move coordinator will communicate with everyone involved in packing and shipping your belongings and managing move. Your coordinator will also keep in touch with you through the entire process so you’re informed about what’s going on and what to expect, when.

After you choose Suddath as your long-distance moving company, you’ll be assigned a coordinator. At your pre-move call, you can ask all your questions and get answers about any concerns. After your pre-move survey, the coordinator will review details, share options, and discuss timelines. The day before your cross-country movers arrive, your coordinator will confirm all specifics and, afterwards, check in to make sure you’re fully satisfied.

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