Choosing a long distance mover is quite different from just picking a mover for your local move. You need to take so many things into consideration and if you don’t know what you are looking for, then choosing an interstate mover could be quite a challenge. Your future movers must be well acquainted with both locations.
The first thing you should do when looking for an interstate mover or any kind of mover at all, is to take time and do some research about your potential movers. Find out who you are dealing with. Moving safely long distance is a top priority.
Look for only Licensed and Insured Long Distance Movers
Find out if the long distance movers you have came up to are registered and licensed. All you have to do is to obtain movers’ US DOT numbers (either by asking them or from the company website) and go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Check movers’ public record and find out whether there are any safety violations noted. Every licensed mover is obliged to follow the U.S. Department of Transportation safety rules and regulations. So, you should only deal with licensed interstate movers.
Choose a Reputable Long Distance Mover
After you have a short list of registered relocation companies, it is a good idea to run a check on your potential movers at the Better Business Bureau site. Find out what the business say about your future long distance mover. Also, it might be a good idea to read some moving-related reviews. There are a lot of forums and blogs where customers share their opinion about moving services. Plus, you could see if your movers have any affiliations with Moving Industry associations, for example – the American Moving and Storage Association.
Long Distance Move Insurance Options
When choosing a long distance mover, research the insurance options very well. Make sure that the moving insurance is valid in both locations. Make it clear that your belongings will be well insured during the whole long distance trip. Ask your moving company about your free moving valuation.
Before booking a long distance mover ask at least three different moving companies for estimate quotes. Be careful and do not rush for the cheapest. You may be dealing with unprofessional movers who may even surprise you with hidden charges. Take time and find a loyal relocating company that provides long distance moving services at reasonable prices. Once you make a choice there’s no coming back. Be sure that your movers are experts on long distance trips.
Posted on Nov 19, 2009; Last updated: Feb 26, 2016