Not all residential moves are the same, and not all require the same know-how. Moving across the street or across town is a bit different from moving long distances. Ensure your items are stored in the truck properly for a long haul and are kept safe in transit by hiring trusted, reliable movers with experience.
So when it’s time for a long-distance move, how do you choose the right movers? There are a few things to keep in mind, and we’ve put together a list to help.
What qualifies as a long-distance move?
Let’s start with what a long-distance move even is.
Each company has its own definition but a good rule of thumb is that a long-distance move is one that is 400 miles or more. If your move is less than that but crosses state lines, this interstate move may qualify as long-distance due to regulations.
If you’re moving long-distance it’s important to hire a mover with the know-how to handle your items with care. They’ll need to secure them in the truck for the long haul and, depending on your distance, may need to keep your things safe overnight.
Long-distance movers are adept at transporting your things safely and are insured for the long haul. Here are some things to consider when choosing a long-distance mover:
Decide What Services You Want
When planning your long-distance move, you have likely come to the conclusion that you’ll hire a mover for the journey. Professional long-distance movers are insured and skilled at loading the truck and transporting your things safely so they arrive in your new home just as they left the old one.
There are other services available to you in your move. Consider a full-service long-distance mover to help you with packing your items. These movers have professional experience in carefully packing everything from clothes to dishes to pieces of artwork, and everything in between. They’ll arrive at your home with all of the packing materials – that will save you hunting for boxes and bubble wrap – and will leave with them after they unpack for you on the other side. Of course, you can opt for packing or unpacking only, if you prefer.
Also important to note is whether you’ll have the movers transport your vehicles such as a car, motorbike, or boat. Your mover will need to factor this into the quote and to make sure they have the right truck and necessary equipment available.
Get a Quote From Trusted Movers
Collect quotes from a couple of reputable movers to compare their pricing and approach. Check their website to ensure they’re a well-established business. By comparing quotes, you’ll get a good idea of market rates for your move. Online quoting tools will help you get estimates from trusted and insured companies to help you in your search.
Once you have quotes from moving companies, spend some time understanding what the experience is like to work with them. Head to Google Maps or Yelp and read reviews from past customers. Keep an eye out for red flags, like hidden costs or delays in service. Do your due diligence to ensure you have a clear picture of what it’s like to do business with the mover before you proceed.
Schedule a Home Visit
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of movers, schedule a home visit to complete the estimate. Long-distance movers will make a visit to your home to understand just how much you have and provide you a true and accurate estimate. If your mover wants to do this all via email, move on to the next one. A reputable company should make a visit to your home.
This also gives you a chance to meet and chat with your mover ahead of time. You want to be sure you can communicate with and trust your mover before you send all of your precious belongings off with them!
Ask All of Your Questions
You likely have questions about your long-distance move. A reputable moving company will be happy to address them with you. Ask any and all questions you have about moving, insurance, and anything else that may be on your mind. This is also a good opportunity to see how clearly your mover communicates and how patient they are to ensure you’re feeling confident with the move. Check to see what questions they ask you as well. This is a good indication of how well they understand all of the support and services you’re looking for, so your quote will be accurate.
Check Insurance Coverage
You’re sending your entire life (or, at least, all of your material possessions) with your long-distance mover. No matter how much you trust them, you should still make sure you’re covered for the unexpected. Insurance coverage is crucial.
Moving companies are legally obligated to offer some insurance coverage, which typically equates to payment by weight at about $0.60 per pound. When it comes to moving your entire house and perhaps even vehicles, you want to make sure you’ll be repaid should anything go missing or get damaged.