Moving from one place to another is no simple task, it requires planning, coordination, patience and systematic execution. This is where professional moving services come in, using their expertise and experience to provide solutions to the various moving challenges. Most moving services are able to handle different types of moves, and long distance moving requirements can be easily met. Generally, any distance over 100 miles is considered as long distance. Some moving companies have offices at various points all over the country hence they can provide staff to coordinate the move across states.
When considering any moving service, always perform a thorough background check. The Better Business Bureau is a great source where you can find all the information you need regarding any company you are considering to hire. You can also do a quick online search to find customer reviews about any mover, people are usually very eager to share negative or positive experiences with various companies. We recommend you hire a service that has been around for a while, at least 5 years, so to indicate the level of experience they have providing professional moving services.
Moving companies often provide a variety of additional services that you can request if needed to improve your moving processes, such as storage units, different hauling equipment for toeing your vehicle, and other accessories.
You also have the option to have the movers pack and unpack your belongings rather than just transporting them. Though this will add an additional expense to your move, it may be worth it, if you are for some reason unable to pack your belongings on your own, or you simply would rather allow the professionals to handle the packing to minimize chances of damage to your belongings if you pack them poorly. If you do choose to handle the packing on your own, you can also purchase various necessary packing supplies from your mover. The service you choose to hire may provide organized moving kits, which can come in handy and can save you the trouble of going around looking for packing materials from different sources. Either way, the movers will handle loading, transporting and unloading your items.
When gathering estimates from long distance movers, be sure to gather quotes from 3 to 5 companies at least in order to improve your chances of finding good deals. Estimates can be binding or non-binding, avoid gathering estimates over the phone, and have the moving company to come to your house to give you a clear and binding estimate based on your specific requirements.
There are different factors that go into consideration when a service calculates an estimate for you. Movers generally charge depending on the weight of your belongings and the distance they need to be transported. One factor that can affect your final estimate is whether your house street is accessible for the moving truck. If the situation is such that the truck cannot access your home, it will add to the cost of your move, due to the additional manual labor required to haul your belongings from your house to the truck.
The additional factor of whether there are flights of stairs or an elevator. If there is no elevator and if there are flights of stairs, it might add to the final cost as well.
Remember to Ask: Most movers are generally insured, however, you can ask for a detailed list as to what is covered during the moving process. If necessary, you also have the option of purchasing additional insurance if you wish.
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