LONG DISTANCE MOVING TIPS
Tips for Long-Distance Moves
Many tips for long-distance moves are the same as for local moves.
Find a moving company you trust.
As with local moves, ask friends, neighbors and co-workers for moving company recommendations. Research the companies you have on your shortlist using the same criteria as for local moves.
Consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for in-home estimates. In addition to the questions for local moves, be sure to ask the potential movers these questions:
- 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.
- Will the company use third party movers or will they handle the entire move themselves?
Check their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Read about your rights and responsibilities. Finally, check the company’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.
Request 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 any contract.
You may receive a non-binding or a binding estimate. The differences are explained in the Local Moving section on this page.
When comparing estimates, remember to compare item by item. Check each specific service between movers. This allows you to make a fair comparison. Estimates should fall within a close range.
Take inventory of your belongings.
- Those handled by movers
- Items you will move yourself
- Goods that you’ll sell, donate, or throw away
Make a list of the items being moved, the number of boxes you’ll be handing off, and those you’ll be moving yourself. This helps you keep track of your belongings and locate them if misplaced or lost.
You 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. Read about packing tips here.
Utilize temporary storage.
Ideally, you’d like to relocate your belongings directly to the new home. But you may need to store some (or all) your possessions for days, even months during the relocation process. Moishe’s has millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. Let us keep your belongings safe until you’re ready to move them.
COMMERCIAL MOVING TIPS
Commercial Moving Tips
Are you moving your business but don’t know where to start? Moishe’s commercial moving tips guide you to relocate safely and efficiently.
Find a moving company you can trust.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a commercial mover. Prior to contacting a commercial moving company, ask yourself these questions:
- Do we need to move at night or on a weekend to prevent down time or accommodate elevator schedules?
- Do we need to have cubicles and office furniture disassembled and/or, assembled?
- Do we need the movers to pack our computers and other electronics?
- Do we need our files packed by the moving company?
- Do we need each employees’ personal belongings packed?
- What are the buildings requirements for moving in and out?
After you consider the many aspects of your needs, you need to find a company well-versed in the complex requirements of a commercial move. They understand business down time, packing and unpacking, and handling sensitive material and equipment.
Ask colleagues for moving company recommendations. Research the companies on your shortlist. Pay attention to the services they offer and customer reviews.
As with any move, consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for on-location estimates. After you choose a mover, look up their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory. Check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Read about your rights and responsibilities. Check the mover’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.
- Get estimates. Follow the same guidelines noted in the Local and Long Distance Moving sections above.
- Take inventory of your belongings and keep it with you.
Whether you choose to pack your offices or have Moishe’s do the job for you, Moishe’s moving can partner with you in your preparation. We will provide you with packing materials and guidance when you need it. Check our tips on the Packing page here.
Packing a business is no easy task. You may want to pay a little more and allow us to do the work for you. Give us a call to see how we can help make packing easier for you.
Utilize temporary storage.
Some of our commercial moving clients find that their new offices don’t quite accommodate their old furniture, equipment, and documents. To that end, they may need to utilize storage.
We offer millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. Moishe’s state-of-the-art system provides clients with a password protected web based inventory. All items will be barcoded and stored in a secure, fire-resistant facility.