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All You Should Know About Moving Companies

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Moving to a new home is a significant life event, and choosing the right moving company can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth transition. To help you navigate the process, here’s a simple guide on what you should know about moving companies before making that move to your dream home.

Types of Moving Companies

  • Local Movers:

Best for shorter distant moves within the same city or metropolitan area.

Typically charge hourly rates based on the time spent on the move.

  • Long Distance Movers:

For distances across state lines or extensive distances, long distance movers are your go-to experts. 

Prices are often determined by the weight of your belongings and the distance traveled.

  • International Movers:

Handle relocations to different countries.

Costs depend on factors like distance, shipment weight, and customs duties. These experts navigate custom regulations and calculate costs based on factors like distance, shipment weight, and custom duties.

Researching and Selecting a Moving Company

1) Check Credentials

Ensure the moving company is licensed and carries insurance, particularly for interstate moves. You can verify this information through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

2) Read Reviews

Check out the reviews on online platforms such as Yelp or Google. Real customer experiences provide valuable insights into a company’s reputation and a look on how your move could potentially go.

3) Request Multiple Quotes

Highly recommend getting quotes from multiple different moving companies to compare prices and services. Keep an eye out for unusually low quotes, as they may signify hidden fees or subpar service.

4) Ask for References

Seek references from the moving company and contact past clients. Their feedback can give you a much better understanding of the company’s reliability and professionalism.

Understanding Moving Costs

As mentioned in one of our more recent blogs, there are multiple factors in determining the cost of a move. Some of those factors may include: distance, volume and weight of furniture, type of furniture, special items (pianos, antiques, etc), insurance coverage, and packing services.

Binding vs. Non-Binding Estimates:

A binding estimate guarantees the final cost, while a non-binding estimate may change based on the actual weight of the shipment. Make sure you are clear on the estimate provided to you before you make the decision.

Additional Tips for a Smooth Move

1) Insurance Coverage

Inquire about the moving company’s insurance options. Consider additional coverage for valuable or fragile items to safeguard against unforeseen incidents.

2) Maintain Communication

Keep lines of communication always open with the moving company. Inform them of any changes or special requirements well in advance to avoid last minute complications or additional costs.

3) Timeline Awareness

Establish a clear timeline with the moving company, including pickup and delivery dates. Be aware of potential delays whether that is because of lack of preparation or weather conditions, be sure to have contingency plans in place.
By understanding these types of moving services, and truly researching companies, being well-prepared, you can make an informed decision and ensure a successful and stress-free move to your next home! Moving companies play a crucial role in this process, so take the time to choose the one that best fits you and your needs and provides the reliability and professionalism you are looking for!