Tips for Long-distance Moves
On the move but don’t know how to begin? Let Moishe’s guide you with some tips to help you relocate safely and swiftly.
Find a moving company you can trust.
Ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers for moving company recommendations. Then research the companies you have on your shortlist paying attention to the services they offer and customer reviews. The best moving companies have the best reputation.
Then consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for in-home estimates. Be sure to ask the potential movers these questions:
- How long has the company been in business?
- What type of protection does the company offer against loss or damages? Under federal regulation and at no additional cost to you, moving companies offer 60 cents per pound per article for damaged or lost items. This means if your movers damage a 10-pound stereo that costs $1,000, you would only receive $6 in compensation.
- What are the pickup and delivery processes?
- Will the company use third party movers or will they handle the entire move themselves?
Once you’ve decided on a company, look up their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. You can also learn about your rights and responsibilities. Finally, check the company’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.
At Moishe’s, we provide customers with a comprehensive move estimate. This means that we include itemized charges for labor, truck, packing materials, travel time, and valuation coverage or insurance. Make sure you agree with all charges in the written estimate before signing a moving contract.
Moving companies can provide you with a non-binding estimate or a binding estimate. A non-binding estimate is based on actual weight of items moved and is beneficial when you don’t have an itemized list of what you’ll be relocating. A binding estimate is based on a fixed price determined by the moving company prior to the move.
When comparing estimates, remember to compare apples with apples and compare each specific service between movers. This will allow you to make a fair comparison. Estimates between moving companies should fall within a close range. And if an estimate is too good to be true, it probably is.
Take inventory of your belongings.
Divide your belongings into three categories: items to be handled by movers, items you will move yourself, and goods that you’ll sell, donate, or throw away. Once you’ve decided on what needs to be moved. Write a list of those items and the number of boxes you’ll be handing off to movers and those you’ll be handling yourself. This will help you keep track of your belongings and to locate items if misplaced or lost.
You will save money if you pack most of your items. Moishe’s packing for long-distance moves guide will lead you through the process. If you have further questions, give us a call and we’ll help make packing easier for you.
Utilize temporary storage.
Ideally, you’d like to relocate all of your belongings from your old to your new home. But in reality, you might need to store some or all of your possessions for days or even months while during the relocation process. Moishe’s offers millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. Allow us to keep your belongings safe until you’re ready to move them.