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Affordable, Personalized Small Load Movers

TSI defines a “small move” as any move less than 3,500 pounds—that means anything from 1-2 pieces of furniture and a few boxes up to the contents of an average 2+ bedroom home.

Long-distance small moves are our specialty. We make small load moving and shipping easy, whether it’s to the next state or across the country. TSI’s expert problem solvers specialize in creating customized plans for moving or shipping your belongings safely and affordably. Many providers won’t even move small loads or will charge a full truck rate. TSI is different because we leverage our nationwide network of small load movers to consolidate shipments and save you money. We offer a wide range of small move services that are personalized — and affordable — no matter how involved or where they are going in the continental US. Some of our most popular small moves include:

Call us at 800-626-1257 (9 am - 6 pm ET) to discuss your needs and get a quote live from our US-based small move experts!

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How Do Cross Country Small Moves Work?

If you are truly shipping a small load, our logistics experts will likely recommend the White Glove Consolidated moving service. To ship packed boxes only (no furniture), our Box-And-Ship program is the most cost-effective choice. If you are moving an entire home long distance or need faster delivery, Full Service Expedited is often the best option. The exact cost of your small move will depend on the size and number of items you’re shipping, the distance they will travel, and any special considerations such as access limitations or fragile items with glass or delicate components.

Full Service Expedited


  • Expedited timing
  • Full professional packing
  • Indoor pickup and delivery
  • Full valuation protection insurance

White Glove Consolidated


  • Professional preparation of the furniture
  • Indoor pickup and delivery
  • Limited liability coverage

Box-And-Ship Program


  • Empty boxes delivered to you
  • Door-to-door pickup and delivery of packed boxes
  • $100 of insurance per box

Small Moves FAQs

What is a small move?

TSI considers any move under 3,500 pounds to be a small move. This could be as small as a single item of furniture or a few boxes, or as much as a 2+ bedroom home.

What do you consider a “long distance move”?

We consider any move over 150 miles a long distance move. Moves under 150 miles are typically considered “local moves”, and can usually be handled by local moving companies.

What is less-than-truckload shipping?

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping refers to shipments that don’t fill an entire truck. When you ship household goods using LTL shipping, your cargo will share space on the back of the truck with other goods heading in the same direction. This helps keep your costs low.

Why should I use less-than-truckload shipping for a long distance small move?

Long distance small moves typically don’t fill the back of an entire truck. Regardless of how much you’re moving, large van line movers will price your move using a minimum weight threshold—typically 3,500 pounds in the summer and 2,500 pounds in the winter. That means you’ll pay for space you are not using. 

TSI works with freight providers who specialize in something called “less-than-truckload shipping”. Most less-than-truckload freight providers won’t pick up cargo from private residences, but with our nationwide network of professional shippers, you can get personalized long distance small move shipping services, and you’ll only pay for the space your belongings take up on the truck.

How much does a small move cost?

With TSI, the cost of your move is typically based on weight and distance. Every job is different, but here are 2 examples to give you an idea:
- 1,000 lbs travelling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles with no special requirements (such as crating or indoor delivery) would cost about $2,900.
- 2,000 lbs travelling from Chicago to Orlando with no special requirements would cost about $3,394.

How long will it take to transport my belongings across the country?

If you are moving both furniture and boxes and are using a company like TSI that consolidates items going in the same direction onto the same truck, you can expect it to take 1-3 weeks for pickup and up to 4 additional weeks for delivery. If your pickup and destination locations are in well-traveled areas, this timeline could be much quicker. TSI also offers priority pickup options if you are moving on a short timeline.

Why Choose TSI for Your Shipping and Moving Needs?

If you're looking for the best team of movers to handle all aspects of your upcoming small move, TSI has you covered. We take pride in serving as the nation's leading provider of unique and affordable moving and shipping solutions, making it easier than ever to transport your goods to their destination. 

Since we were founded over 30 years ago, we've remained committed to providing creative service options that meet our client's specific needs and goals. We take the time to learn more about your timing requirements, convenience objectives, and budget so we can develop a solution that works best for you.

We are here to handle all aspects of the transport process, from labor and packing to custom crating. With our logistics specialists overseeing everything throughout the process, you can feel confident knowing everything from your living room sofa to family heirlooms will arrive safely and securely.

Customer Opinions Matter

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Moved my grandfather clock and did a great job. Would definitely recommend.

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Get a Small Move Quote

Are you ready to get your personalized small move solution? TSI offers a variety of options powered by a broad network of trusted providers and an ability to bridge the gap between easy shipments and large moves. With our seamless process, we make it easier than ever to get started. 

Here's what you can expect from TSI: 

Request a quote: A logistics specialist will assess your needs to put together the best plan to meet your timelines and ensure safe delivery of belongings.
Get going: Your specialist will give you a price quote; when you are ready, they will book and schedule your job. They will work with our Operations team to monitor progress and update you as needed. 
Receive your delivery: We do require a receiving party to be present for the delivery. As the delivery date becomes clearer, we'll make sure you are aware and ready! 

Ready to get started? We invite you to give us a call at 1-800-626-1257 to talk to a logistics expert in Wayne, Pennsylvania, or request a quote online today.

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Get a Small Move Quote

Request a small move quote online and we will email you an estimated price. For an exact quote, to learn more, and to schedule service, just call and talk to one of our logistics experts in Wayne, PA.

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