Investigate Long Distance Moving Companies
As soon as you know about moving, research long distance moving companies. Procrastination leads to mistakes, impulse buys, and buyer’s remorse. Early research eliminates moving companies who do not qualify. Begin with the Yellow Pages website, Yellow Book website, and Super Pages website for long distance movers. This approach separates the legitimate from the fake. Take the answers and search their websites to see “licensed and insured” listed and learn their business history. You can also call them for this information. Read online reviews and complaints on the BBB, Angie’s List, My Moving Reviews, and CitySearch. Look at the American Moving and Storage Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Association for membership.
Move companies passing the investigation to the phone, email, or live chat conversation. Ask about third-party movers who may assist in transport. A good company should not pass your belongings to another moving service. Inquire about consolidating items (combining two or more clients’ belongings) in one truck. If you hear ‘delivery window’ instead of ‘delivery date,’ consolidation is likely involved. Try to avoid consolidation if possible. Learn about how companies will protect furniture, antiques, artwork, and mattresses. Lastly, ask about an estimate. While free estimates are better, companies shouldn’t offer a number based on a number of rooms either. In-house estimates are accurate, so favor the companies that offer it.
Get an In-House Estimate
An in-house estimate offers a thorough inspection and analysis of the house and belongings for an accurate result. A moving rep comes into the home and surveys each room in the house. Customers should show the representative belongings hidden in drawers, cabinets, under the bed, utility closets, and garages. They should consider stairs, hallways, and doorways as part of the estimate.
Dissect the Estimate
Of the in-house estimates, it’s important to figure out how companies calculate the estimate. Did the rep use an hourly rate, item weight, or item volume to calculate the cost? Do they charge extra for stairs, moving heavy items, packing, or additional movers? Does the company include moving insurance in the total? Are there hidden fees like charging per mile, gas, or overtime? Learn what you’re paying for before paying for it.
From the four estimates, it should be easier to select a long distance moving company. If it’s a tie between two or three companies, use your intuition. Trust your belongings to a company you feel the most comfortable with. Confirm doubts by asking questions through email or phone. The right moving company helps you to focus on the move and less on the company’s reputation.