Choosing between the huge array of long distance moving companies can be a difficult and frustrating experience. However, it is essential that your belongings arrive at your new home free from damage and that no hidden costs appear with the arrival of your bill. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, take the following into account when evaluating potential long haul moving companies.
- Reviews and Recommendations
If you receive references from companies, make sure that you call them. In addition, you should talk to your friends, coworkers, and family members about their experiences with long distance moving companies. Add any that are highly recommended to your shortlist, but strike out those that come with warnings. Finally, check all the prospective companies with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out if any of these companies are accredited and if any have received serious complaints.
- Licensing and Insurance
For long haul moves, licensing and adequate insurance coverage is extra important. Companies should be able to provide you with proof of both, but you can also check the company license through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Long-distance moving is very different from short-distance moving, due to factors such as laws and the safety of your possessions over the greater distance. Find a company that has not only been established for many years in the moving business, but has plenty of experience in long-distance moving.
You should receive a detailed written quote from each moving company you are considering. Go beyond comparing prices, checking that each quote includes every potential cost. Moving companies should insist on providing you with an estimate based on your list of good being moved, as they need to know the cubic volume and weight of the items to be moved. It is also important for the moving company to check if you have any items that may present a challenge. You should also discuss parking — if your mover needs to park at a distance from your home, you may incur an extra cost. Lastly, confirm whether estimates are binding or nonbinding.
- Warning Signals
You should immediately rule out any company that exhibits any of these classic warning signs:
- They ask for a large deposit before the move.
- They use rental trucks.
- They lack documents, such as insurance paperwork, licensing for cross border or interprovincial moving, or a written estimate.
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