Knowing what you need and reading reviews are fundamental steps in choosing a long-distance moving company. But there is a lot involved and selecting a mover is not always an easy proposition, especially if you live in an area where there are dozens and dozens of them available.
How are you going to figure out what you need in a mover? And what is the easiest way to sort through your options to find a long-distance moving company that is going to be best for you? Here is our guide to finding a great long-distance moving company that you can depend on for your move.
Know Your Dates and Destination
Before you start any of this, you want to be sure that you have some sort of schedule and destination in place. Even if you haven’t purchased your home or signed a rental agreement yet, you can start looking just by knowing what town or city that you are moving to.
Dates are also going to play a significant role in finding the best company for your move. Do you have a particular day that you need to be ready to go by? Maybe you’re starting a new job, or you have classes to get ready for? Those dates will also be a part of your decision-making process.
Remember – you don’t have to have your entire schedule sorted out. But as long as you have some vague information that can point you in the right direction, you’ll find that it’s much easier to start looking around for the right long-distance moving company for your purposes.
Look at Reviews and Licensing
Look around online and see what people have to say about the companies that you’re considering. More often than not, you can learn a lot just by digging through reviews and determining what people have to say about the company itself.
Be sure that you know how to read reviews well – watch out for bad spelling and/or other “tells” that let you know that the review may be paid or illegitimate. Dig into what they’re saying and see if there are any common threads (positive or negative) between the reviews.
Also, look up their business license with the state and/or another locality that they work out of. You can see if they have any penalties or other problems, and they’re required to be transparent about those issues if you bring them up.
Compare Estimates Between 3 Companies or More
When you finally put together a list of the companies that you’re considering, it’s time to go ahead and find out which options are going to give you the best price and service. How do you do this? By getting estimates.
You want to get estimates from at least 3 companies so that you can get the best idea of what you’re looking at in terms of a budget. Plus, this gives you a good set of companies to choose from. Any fewer and you may miss out on the best company; too many more (we recommend 5-6 at most) and the choices get more difficult.
One big red flag is if the company doesn’t offer an in-home estimate for your move. They need to send someone to see what they’re dealing with so that they are able to provide you with the most accurate estimate possible.
Another way to compare estimates is to work with an in-between, like a moving broker or facilitator. They typically have a number of companies that they work with, and they can help you to look at multiple estimates in an easy-to-follow format. They can save you a lot of time.
Focus on Communication and Expertise
As you start getting estimates from companies, you want to be sure that you’re taking some time to observe some of the ways that they do things. For example, are they answering you as quickly as you need them to? Are you able to understand what they’re telling you and are they polite in their interactions?
If they don’t communicate well before your move, it’s likely that their movers won’t communicate well with you during your move. And that will lead to unnecessary stress that you don’t need on your plate.
You also want to ask some questions about their expertise. How do they train their teams? Do they have experience with long-distance moves? How long have they been in business? While you should be just fine hiring a newer company, you’ll have more peace of mind hiring a company with experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a moving company instead of doing it myself?
While you may be able to save money for the short-term if you do it yourself, there are a lot of reasons that you should hire someone else. For example, you’re less likely to get injured, you’ll end up saving a lot of time, and you can take care of other tasks.
What is a long-distance move?
For most companies, a long-distance move is considered to be a move that is at least 100 miles from your starting point. Some companies may lower this distance to 75 depending on the maximum distance that their company is willing to travel.
What about using a moving container instead?
There are some great benefits to filling up a moving container on your own – you can take your time and you can be in control of what goes where. But, you still run the risk of injury and delays are common with moving containers. You’re often better off hiring a moving company so that you don’t have to wait to get your stuff.
Prepping for Your Long Distance Move Easily
Once you find a company that you feel comfortable with, you’ll find that the process goes much more smoothly. Find the information that matters most and be sure that you get what you need, and then you can plan for your move in a successful manner.