Moving can be a hassle, and moving long distance can invoke fear and stress. However, if you are equipped with the right tools, moving can be a simple process. When moving, you have a few options. You can either do it all by yourself and use your own source of transportation, hire movers, or rent a truck. Here’s an overview of each […]
Tips for Hiring a Long Distance Moving Company
When trusting your move to a professional, the most difficult part is usually deciding which company to use. There are a few key things you should look for when selecting your mover:
- Licensing: All companies that transport household goods over state lines must be licensed through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This branch of the US Department of Transportation sets minimum standards to enforce the integrity of companies in the industry and ultimately, to protect the consumer. All moving companies are required to display their US DOT number in advertising and on their trucks. As you gather quotes from various movers, be sure to ask for their DOT number. You can run a check on the FMCSA website to make sure their license is still active and check their safety rating.
- Insurance: As part of the licensing process, moving companies must provide proof of cargo liability and BIPD insurance policies. These policies protect both their assets and yours in case something happens during the transport of your goods. The interstate mover is also required to offer you full value protection insurance, which will pay to completely replace anything that might get lost or damaged during your move. If you deny this type of coverage, you will be given the standard coverage that pays $.60 per pound, which often isn’t sufficient to cover the value of the item lost.
- In-Home Estimate: Always be sure to schedule an in-home estimate before signing a moving contract. Ideally, you would request in-home estimates from multiple moving companies. During the estimate, a representative from the moving company walks through your home and takes a detailed inventory of everything you are moving. Based on this detailed list, the mover can better estimate the volume and weight of your shipment, enabling them to give you a more accurate moving quote.