The Ultimate Consumer’s Guide to Long Distance Moves

Looking forward to moving is something that most people dread. There is the packing, discarding of unwanted items, lining up a moving company and all the other things that go with this kind of an undertaking. However, if a person sits down and plans carefully, it can go smoothly and not wind up being a horrific experience. There are plans that must be made as soon as it becomes apparent that a move is imminent.

These include:

• How to find a reliable moving company?

• Are you packing yourself or having the moving company do it?

• What insurance is involved?

While you will find numerous moving companies listed online, in the yellow pages and other places, it is important to find one that has a good reputation for being dependable and knowledgeable.

Things to look for in a moving company:

• Are they licensed and insured?

• Do they have a good reputation (reviews, etc.)?

• Are they upfront on charges?

• Are their prices comparable to other companies?

• Do they do the moving themselves or sub-contract?

Friends, fellow employees and family are good places to start when checking out a company. It is also a good idea to contact at least three different companies to receive estimates. Be sure and ask about extra costs, such as insurance, delayed delivery and so forth. Also ask how long they have been in business and ask for their DOT license number and references. The DOT license number can be checked on the FMCA (Federal Motor Carrier safety Administration)’s site. This will reveal the type of licensing they have and the kind of insurance. Some companies sub-contract a move so it is important to make sure they are the ones doing the job.

Prices can vary greatly between moving companies however, the cheapest is not always the best. This makes it important to take the time to thoroughly investigate the moving company you are thinking of engaging. “In the US and Canada, the cost for long-distance moves is typically determined by the weight of the items to be moved, the distance, how quickly the items are to be moved, and the time of the year or month which the move occurs.”

The Federal Government has a number of regulations in place to protect people who are moving their household goods. This includes “Your Rights And Responsibilities When You Move… Federal law (49 CFR 375.213) states that any moving company or broker that gives you a relocation estimate must provide you with a copy of this publication.”

Whether to pack yourself or have the company do it usually depends on the amount of money allocated for the move. Of course, having someone else pack is not only convenient but lessens the chance of breaking important items. However, this also emphasizes the importance of discarding unwanted items, such as plastic containers, which would incur an unneeded expense.

A smooth move can be accomplished by careful planning, which will allow you to arrive at your destination with all your possessions intact, ready to start a new adventure.