Estes SureMove® Freight Trailers

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Estes SureMove® Moving Company Overview

Estes is a veteran of the trucking industry with more than 80 years of experience. In 2012, it launched what they call the SureMove division for personal moves.

Basically, you pay to rent space for your stuff in a 28-foot freight truck, then a professional driver delivers the trailer to you, after which you have three days to load your stuff. Other people's cargo, headed for the same region as yours, occupies whatever space they reserved in the trailer. (A partition, which is included in the price, keeps your stuff from catching cooties from strangers' stuff.) After the deadline, a professional truck driver comes and drives the goods to their final destination. You are responsible for unloading, again within three days.

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Updated Thursday, July 18th 2019

$2,000 - $2,176

  • Professionals do the driving for you.
  • The company has more than 80 years experience in the trucking industry.
  • Clear explanation of the price and possible additional costs.
  • Affordable price that includes gas.
  • Several promos and offers to save money.
  • Reserving - and actually determining how you will pay - requires too many steps; the online tool basically leaves you asking more questions.
  • You're shouldering most of the responsibility for your stuff.
  • Must be extra careful about cancellations.

Local Move

Under 50 mi.

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Compared to Other Companies

Average Cost


31.3% higher than average
Average Review


20.0% better than average

Medium Distance

50-250 mi.

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Compared to Other Companies

Average Cost


2.0% cheaper than average
Average Cost Per Mile


16.3% cheaper than average
Average Review


12.0% better than average

Long Distance

250+ mi.

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Compared to Other Companies

Average Cost


34.8% cheaper than average
Average Cost Per Mile


11.0% cheaper than average
Average Review


2.0% lower than average

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Guide to Moving Quotes from Estes SureMove

Author: Francesca Di Meglio

Updated: Thursday, July 18th 2019

Move Details

For the purposes of this guide, I planned a long distance move (1,100 miles) from a three-bedroom home in Fort Lee, NJ (New York City area) to Kissimmee, FL (Orlando area). I ordered the service during busy season for movers (summer). I completed the order and later canceled it. But the company never took my credit card information, which is a different experience from all others on Moving101 so far.

I am also planning a fictitious move from Fort Lee, NJ to Ridgefield Park, NJ for my parents to give you an idea of the company's local moving services. Estes SureMove permitted me to go through with getting an estimate and reserving a date for this local move, although a representative from the company suggested this was not an ideal move for a freight truck moving service.

However, the website does not exactly suggest local moves are a waste in the way Old Dominion had. Still, I was able to get a price and suggest a reservation date. By keeping the particulars of the move roughly the same for each order, I've made it possible for you to easily compare.

Here are the specifics about what we'd be hauling into the truck.

I live in a three-bedroom home with two large flights of stairs. In addition to the bedrooms, there are:

  • Two and a half bathrooms
  • A finished basement (which includes a bar and living area with a sofa that turns into a queen-sized bed)
  • A laundry room (with storage under the staircase that includes boxes of holiday decorations)
  • A kitchen, living room (with two sofas, including one that converts to a queen-sized bed)
  • Formal dining room (with a large and heavy china closet filled with delicate china and glasses for entertaining)
  • An attic (with some items in storage, including my wedding dress in a preservation box!)

My parents live in a similarly sized home with three floors and three bedrooms, but they also have the following:

  • An additional room in the basement
  • A garage with landscaping equipment and some other gadgets
  • An internal patio with glass doors that houses holiday decorations and some extra dishes and platters

The quotes I received are based on the info above.

How much is it to move with Estes SureMove?

Long-Distance Move Price

The long-distance move from Fort Lee, NJ to Kissimmee, FL is a great value. Included in the $2,508 price is 22 feet of space in the truck, the ramp, partition, taxes, fuel, tolls and mileage. The quotes are said to be valid for 30 days after they are given. As previously mentioned, I would only pay for whatever space I used. If it ended up being less or more than the estimated 22 feet, my quote would have been adjusted.

Each foot in the trailer costs $31, according to the quote. I thought this was a fair price, considering all that is included. Since a professional drives, and I just have to worry about loading and unloading, I was thrilled. After all, at this price, I could hire movers to help me with the heavy lifting and hack a Full-Service, long distance move at a fraction of the cost.

Local Move Price

On the other hand, the local move price was not so great. To move my parents' stuff from Fort Lee to Ridgefield Park, a mere 4.8 miles, it costs $1,525. Granted, again, it would be for 22 feet of space in the freight truck, the ramp, partition, taxes, fuel, tolls and mileage. But there are no tolls on that journey, fuel is minimal, and the miles are laughably few. Still, the quote is just $983 less, highlighting how impractical local freight moves are.

Although I was able to go through with making the reservation online, I find it hard to believe the freight truck company would even agree to make such a local move. The representative who finally called me suggested it was not a great value. He added that local moves were not the forte of freight truck companies. Then, however, he did say that the final decision about signing a contract was up to me. Anything is possible.

Is my stuff inside the Estes SureMove freight trailer insured?

Like other freight truck companies conducting personal moves, SureMove rests the responsibility for keeping items safe in transit mainly on the shoulders of the customer. For starters, the company gives a thorough explanation of how to tie down items to protect them from shifting. It suggests customers use tie-down ratchet straps, bungee cords or ropes. It also says to wedge soft items in bags between boxes and furniture to fill in gaps and prevent shifting in transit.

Also, they recommend you check with your homeowner's or rental insurance policies to see if moving floaters or riders are possible for coverage. In addition, the company clearly expresses its policy regarding any damage incurred as a result of its fault: "SureMove liability begins when SureMove picks up the trailer at point of origin and ceases when the trailer has been dropped at the delivery destination."

In addition, "the company's maximum liability shall be either actual loss or damage, not exceeding $.10 per pound of the weight of any lost or damaged article." But here's where things take a shift from some other freight truck companies. SureMove allows customers to purchase increased coverage! For $50, customer's coverage would increase to the actual loss or damage not exceeding $1 per pound/per item up to a max of $5,000 per trailer. For $100, you can increase the coverage to $3 per pound/per item up to a max of $10,000 per trailer. You must ask your agent about these options in order to explore them. And again, it might not be necessary if you can be covered by your own insurance.

Price Thoughts

The long-distance move is a great value, the local one not so much. Overall, the company's offerings and pricing are comparable to the competition. For instance, most seem to allow you to pay for the space you use, whether it is more or less than the estimate. Not having to drive the long distance yourself is perhaps the most valuable aspect of this deal. Having a professional haul your precious belongings takes a bit of the pressure off you and makes this option extra worth it. Plus, you have the ability to increase liability coverage. Ultimately, if you're moving far away, the price makes SureMove worth your consideration.

Now, there are ways the price can end up increasing or decreasing. For instance, when I plugged in the information for my free estimate, I received a message about the "early bird special." If I booked within seven days of getting the quote, I would save $50 or more, according to the promo. The company promises discounts on DIY moves for military families: $100 off a move of $600 or more.

If you want "guaranteed service", meaning that you know the exact time when your stuff is going to arrive at its destination, then you can pay extra. What is also nice is that you have the flexibility of increasing your load and paying the difference. However, if you ask for space in a second trailer in your estimate and you don't end up using both vehicles, you will have to pay a small drop fee. On the other hand, if you end up needing a second trailer unexpectedly, you can usually get it fairly quickly, according to the website.

Is a Estes SureMove freight trailer right for my move?

All the freight truck moving options are best for those who are traveling a long distance. They are particularly optimal for anyone moving from one large house to another because the trailer is roomy. Anyone (like me) who loathes the thought of driving a big rig with all her worldly possessions, especially a long distance, will love this option. If you want to hack a full-service move, then this could potentially work with your budget.


Professionals take the wheel.

Again, this bears repeating because it is music to my ears: You don't have to drive that ginormous truck with your stuff in it. A professional - with experience and know-how - takes care of that for you. This is a big plus for the scaredy-cats among us.

This company has experience.

Moving already requires you to take many risks. Just think about it. You're packing up your life and going somewhere to replant your roots. It takes guts. Anytime you can eliminate some of the risk, you should jump at the chance. Deciding to move with companies that have lots of experience is one way to minimize the risk and thus, your concerns. SureMove might be a relatively new division of Estes, but the company itself has more than 80 years of experience in the trucking industry.

Transparent pricing is nice, just be careful.

Nothing tugs at my heartstrings more than when a company is transparent about what I'm getting in exchange for my hard earned cash. SureMove was thorough in its explanation of the price. It didn't only tell me what I was going to pay, but it laid out precisely what was covered. There was also a thorough explanation of liability coverage. And throughout their online FAQ, you can discover potential ways you can end up spending more money than you should.

For example, if you lock your trailer while loading or unloading and fail to unlock it before pick up, you will pay for the entire trailer. (Yikes!) In addition, if you take more than three days to load or unload, you will pay a $50 per day fee. And Saturday drop-off dates require an additional fee.

A price that won't break the bank.

The price for the long-distance move was affordable and fair. At $2,508, I would be getting 22 feet of space in the trailer, the ramp and partition (to separate my stuff from those of others), and a professional driver to haul it all for me. Of course, the gas is included in the price; When you rent a truck, the gas can end up increasing your budget more than you expect. Granted, anytime you're talking about thousands of dollars, you have to consider the value. Considering that Full-Service, long distance moves could cost upward of $10,000, this freight trailer option is a decent price. After all, you could hire people to help you load and unload the truck and essentially hack a Full-Service move at a fraction of the cost. The same is not true for a local move, which could be completed at a cheaper price point with a different service.


Confirming your reservation is a hassle.

The online reservation process was the weakest link in the Estes SureMove system. First, you input all your information and request a delivery date for the trailer. Then, you're given a message about someone getting in touch with you to confirm the reservation soon. In another part of the page, you see a phone number you could call for questions and presumably confirmation, but you are never asked for a credit card. I received an email confirming my request and suggesting a representative would get in touch soon to finalize the details.

A representative called me after almost a week. Then, he sent me a contract via email for my signature, to which I never committed. So, I never ended up sharing a credit card number with anyone. Before the phone call, I felt like I was left hanging. In this day and age, it would be much simpler to have a way to input a credit card online and get the process rolling immediately. Since conducting reviews on moving options, this is the only company that does it this way. A representative should have gotten in touch with me as soon as I requested the date. That's how you close a deal, isn't it?

Responsibility for your stuff is on you.

This seems to be the norm for the moving divisions of freight truck companies. You have to load and unload your stuff, so the liability is mostly on you. While Estes seems to offer opportunities to increase liability coverage, it still seems difficult to prove the company would be to blame for any damaged stuff. "SureMove must be notified immediately of loss or damage. All claims must be filed within nine months of delivery," according to the website. The moral of the story is to take good care to pack your stuff in a secure manner. Use the tips that SureMove offers on its website. Getting help from experienced movers during the loading process helps minimize risk, too.

You better be careful about cancellations.

Cancelling is not as easy with freight trucking companies as it is with other moving options. And Estes SureMove is no different than the others. You have to give at least a week's notice of cancellation to avoid paying any fee. If you cancel during the week before your scheduled trailer delivery, you have to pay $50. If you wait until the day of delivery, you pay $150. Still, as long as you are aware of the policy and keep track of the schedule, you can manage canceling without risking paying penalties.

Find out more about Estes SureMove

Locations & Age of the Fleet

Estes SureMove is part of Estes Express Lines, which has more than 80 years of experience in trucking. Its parent company is large and has 35,000 pieces of equipment and more than 13,000 dedicated transportation professionals. The fleet is described as "increasingly newer" on the company website. Headquartered in Richmond, VA., the company has 200 terminals "with coverage in all 50 states, the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico," according to the company website. The company also promises that it can ship to virtually anywhere in the world thanks to its network of air, ocean and ground services.


It was during the Great Depression when founder W.W. Estes took a used Chevy and started hauling farming equipment. That job blossomed into a family business that kept growing. Today, Estes Express Lines is the largest privately owned LTL carrier, according to the company website. After more than 80 years, the Estes family is still in charge, too! In 2012, the company launched Estes SureMove.

What Makes This Company Cool?

In a timeline of the company's history, Estes points out that the company terminals completed solar panel projects. In 2015, for example, solar panel installation was completed in Greensboro, NC. Two Maryland terminals completed installation in 2013. This is definitely one facet of Estes' future.

Fun Fact

As North America's "largest privately owned less-than-truckload transportation company," Estes delivered more than 9.3 million shipments in 2012 alone.

Francesca Di Meglio

Contributing Author: Francesca Di Meglio

Francesca Di Meglio is a writer, editor, and moving professional featured on Businessweek and As a wife and mother of two little ones, she is always on the move.

Recent Customer Reviews

Barbara B
East Syracuse, NY
Wrote a review on 7/18/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

This moving company was absolutely top notch. Would use them again for sure.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $1,490
Per. Mile: $1.06
SqFt. Moved: 1,728
Barbara B
Cape Coral, FL
Wrote a review on 7/10/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Truck drop off and pick up was great. Our packers did not know how to put the ramp back and the driver was wonderful securing the load and putting the ramp up. He was so nice.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $1,300
Per. Mile: $0.93
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Eric W
Huntersville, NC
Wrote a review on 7/5/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Trailer pickups and dropoffs were on time and our stuff made it to the other side. That's about all we can ask for.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $1,700
Per. Mile: $1.89
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Kelly S
Fairburn, GA
Wrote a review on 7/4/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Have the right expectations and you'll have a good experience. Maybe not an excellent one, but a good, cost saving experience. The people on the phones at Estes (all but one...) are incredibly friendly and helpful. Some things seem to get lost on the logistics side. You have three full days to load and unload your trailers. DO NOT try to plan moving help on the delivery days!!! DO NOT put money on getting your trailer within the delivery window they tell you. If you know this going in, your life will be happier. Some terminals are better than others. Apparently, Harrisburg, PA has some issues. We were supposed to have a trailer "swap" one day (take the full, bring an empty), but the driver didn't even know about it. When I called, they didn't even have one scheduled to bring. They did get it out that night, but we had lost that day of packing (because I planned on packing on trailer delivery day... don't do that!). I believe ESTES' main business is freight hauling. The drivers aren't all familiar with the "Sure Move" side of things. They just drop and pick up trailers. You might get wrong information from some folks. You've got to roll with it. We had 3 quotes from moving companies that were $17,000-20,000 to move our 3000 sq (packed) household, garage, and shed. It cost us just over $3000 for two full 28' ESTES trailers (included trailer swap fee). We used hire-a-helper and spent another $1000 on both ends for man power. Big bonus with Sure Move is that storage is available! We had a rather unexpected move and did not have a house yet. We were able to keep our things in storage for up to 90 days. It's a max of $500/mo. per trailer. Considering the cost of storage units, that's VERY reasonable... and you don't have to unload your stuff, then load it up again!

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $3,100
Per. Mile: $3.88
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Alex B
Ann Arbor, MI
Wrote a review on 6/27/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Awesome company. Moved a one bedroom from California to Michigan. It is definitely "DIY" in that you have to figure out where to park the giant semi-truck trailer and load and unload the trailer yourself. You take on the responsibility for your stuff getting to the destination in one piece - I hired people to load the trailer efficiently and securely, and had no major damage. The company transported my stuff ahead of schedule and had GREAT customer service - able to delay the delivery of my trailer by a day without any problem and were generally very flexible. Reps were very professional. One warning - the trailers are pretty filthy. WRAP YOUR FURNITURE CAREFULLY, especially upholstered items. The saran wrap tore on one of my white couches and there are some black marks on it now.

Distance: 2,300 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $0.61
SqFt. Moved: 1,100
Christian E
Chicago, IL
Wrote a review on 5/17/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I chose this company due to them having the lowest quote of any service. There are definitely add-on costs beyond the quote that might make them more comparable. I would use this service again. Some confusion over the Live Load and arrival time is why I only give 4 stars.

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $1,300
Per. Mile: $1.63
SqFt. Moved: 600
Krysia A
Clinton, CT
Wrote a review on 5/7/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(2 out of 5 rating)

I paid extra for curbside delivery which the driver was aware and said he wasn't prepared. because I had laborers to help with movement of the equipment I really thought that this was going to get screwed up.

Cost: $700
Per. Mile:
SqFt. Moved:
James Reid J
Forney, TX
Wrote a review on 5/3/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

On time starting delivery to final delivery everything was excellent just like their advertising. I might note the 28 foot trailer was totally packed length width and height

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $2,300
Per. Mile: $2.09
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Tricia L
Oklahoma City, OK
Wrote a review on 4/16/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(2 out of 5 rating)

I had a lot of issues with the truck delivery. They kept telling the MovingPlace that they were en route, when they were not.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $1,100
Per. Mile: $1.10
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Sharon L
Chicago, IL
Wrote a review on 2/14/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

All arrived in excellent condition. The driver was courteous and helpful!

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $1,600
Per. Mile: $2.00
SqFt. Moved: 100
Chuck H
Stoneville, NC
Wrote a review on 1/21/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Everything done as agreed to, and even got trailers removed early. Drivers are amazing!

Distance: 700 mi
Cost: $3,000
Per. Mile: $4.29
SqFt. Moved: 3,200
Chuck H
Troy, NY
Wrote a review on 1/21/2019
Estes SureMove Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Delivered on-time as agreed to, and actually picked up trailers earlier than expected sp they were not lingering around. Drivers were amazing and everyone very professional.

Distance: 700 mi
Cost: $3,000
Per. Mile: $4.29
SqFt. Moved: 3,200

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