There are a lot of moving companies to choose from. It can be a difficult decision for any move. Long-distance moves are a bigger deal than local moves, and in-turn, require even more consideration into what moving company you choose. You have to make the right call in order to find the right mover so you can get the best move for you. But, where do you start? We put together some of our top tips for choosing a long-distance mover.
1. Verify Licenses
The process for interstate moves is a lot different than the process for intrastate moves. You’ll want to look at a moving company’s license and insurances to see if they are able to take you across state lines. Some may be able to go across state lines the whole way, while others may take you part of the way and have another moving company handle the rest of the move. It’s important to understand exactly how a moving company will be handling your long-distance move.
2. Make Sure They Are Fully-Insured
Checking credibility is necessary for a worry-free move. A great way to do this is by searching the Federal Mover’s Database to see insurance details and other useful information. You can search using the USDOT number that can be found at the bottom of any credible mover’s website.
3. Read Reviews Online
You can read up on what all of the moving companies have to say about themselves all you want, but the best way to understand a long-distance mover is listening to people who have used them before.
The easiest way to find what people have to say about a company is through online reviews. These can easily be found on sites such as Google and Yelp. Make sure that a moving company has plenty of reviews and a good overall score. While these will give you good insight into a moving company, especially into their customer service, remember that you can’t trust everything you read on the internet.
4. Ask Friends and Family About Their Past Experiences
While reading online reviews is incredibly easy and there are so many of them, there’s no better recommendation than ones from people you trust. Ask your friends and family if they have used a mover in the last few years and what their thoughts on that moving company are, whether those thoughts are good or bad.
It may be difficult to get too many recommendations from people you know. People don’t move too often. But if you can get a couple, this is an incredibly reliable source of information.
5. Check Their Services
You can narrow your choices of moving companies down by looking at the services offered. No matter what you may need during your move, it is always good to look for a full-service mover. The moving process is an unpredictable one, and you may end up needing services that you didn’t expect to. Here are some of the more important offerings to keep an eye out for:
- Packing and Unpacking
- Warehouse Storage
- Disassembly and Reassembly of Larger Items
- Specialty Moves – Such as Antique Moving and Gun Safe Moving
A moving company being able to handle it all means they can tailor their service to best fit what you need. The services they offer are an important thing to consider to avoid getting stuck with a mover who can’t handle what you need.
6. Get Quotes
We recommend getting at least three quotes from moving companies. This will give you enough information to make an informed decision. Remember the difference in terminology between estimate and quote. If a company is offering a quote, that means they are setting the price that they will charge. When a company offers an estimate, they are giving the approximate cost of the job and that is subject to change.
Be sure to get a quote through either an in-home walkthrough, where a moving company representative takes an inventory of what will be moved, or through a virtual visit. These virtual quotes are remote visits where a mover representative will do that same inventory, but over video chat.
7. Look for a National Van Line Affiliate
The best way for a company to have exceptional service is through the quality-control of a national van line. You can have peace-of-mind that your entire long-distance move is in the right hands by simply trusting interstate agents of a national van line.
Research is key to making an educated decision on who to hire as your long-distance mover. You want a worry-free move, and all you have to do to get that is by following these simple tips. Understanding these aspects of a moving company will put you in a position to avoid wasting your time and money on moving companies who aren’t built for your move, that provide poor moving services or customer service, or who are just untrustworthy. Do your research and get your great move with peace-of-mind.