Long Distance Movers | Tips for Hiring the Best Long Distance Movers
If you plan on moving across the country, selecting the best long distance movers to help you in this stressful task can be quite easy. Knowing what it is to look out for and what to avoid can help you when searching for long distance movers. Elite Moving and Storage brings decades of experience to the table to help you with your long distance move. Whether you’re here because you need a reliable moving company to help you with your move or you need just some tips to do it on your own, we can help.
5 Tips for Choosing the Best Long Distance Movers
When trying to find long distance movers you can rely on, it’s important that the company you do choose has all the required credentials to get you from your current location to your new location without any problems arising. Here are just a few of the few things you should look for when looking for the best long distance movers to help you.
- Do they have experience?
- Are they licensed bonded, insured?
- Have you checked their online reviews?
- Does their website look good?
- Do they have a reliable fleet of trucks?
Try and stay away from the “flight by night movers”. When we say this, we’re referring to classified ad type deals or people who might just be starting out. These types of movers, won’t guarantee their work and they might lack experience. When trying to find experienced movers, go with a company that’s been around for at least a decade. Odds are, they’ve been around the block and know a thing or two about moving which will prevent any possible problems from arising when helping you on moving day.
Smaller type companies or those “fly by night movers” we mentioned above, might not have the proper credentials to legally move you. Not being licensed, bonded or insured can result in many problems. If the moving company you hire manages to break any items, will you be paid for the broken items? If something gets broken at the property you move into, will you or the company have to pay for it? It’s also required to have a business license by the federal and state government to conduct business in your area. Bonded means that the company guarantees that they will perform the work done to ensure all parties are satisfied, this is typically included in the contract. You can easily search a US DOT number to check the license status of a moving company online.
Did you know that reading online reviews is one of the first things consumers do before making a purchase decision? There’s a reason for that! When trying to find the best long distance movers, looking at online reviews of the companies you’re considering would provide insight on what to expect. Also, don’t limit your search to only online reviews. Try to do a search on sites like Yelp, BBB, Google Reviews and more! If the company has been around for more then a decade, odds are they’ll have online reviews.
The individual providers almost never have a website. When trying to find the best moving company, looking at their online website might give you an idea of how big they are and more information about their company. The website should also have pictures of their trucks, possibly their business location (which you should Google), and more.
When looking for long distance movers, it’s important that the company you do hire has its own fleet of new (or semi-new) trucks. If you end up using a private individual, you wouldn’t want them coming to your place with a flatbed. Some companies will actually buy outdated trucks from previous movers and pass them off as their own. For example; here at Elite Moving & Storage – all our trucks are no older than two years old. So, if you wanted the best long distance movers and hired a company who had a fleet of reliable vehicles, odds are you wouldn’t run into any problems during the move.
What are the best long distance moving options I have?
- Full service
The full service move consists of a professional company moving your items to your new home, without you having to do anything. All the best long distance movers will help you get from point A to point B without you having to lift a finger. Some moving companies will want you to have most of your stuff packed prior to them showing up. It’s always a good idea to ask this question prior to them showing up.
- Pods or Freight Containers
When moving things long distance, the pod or freight container option might work well for some people. What would happen here, is you would typically request a container from one of these companies. They would essentially drop it off on your property and give you a few days to pack the container. When they pick up the container on the scheduled pickup date, they would ship the container by truck, rail or boat to your new residence.
- Truck Rental
Depending on the length of the move, many consumers will opt for the rental truck option. Usually done through companies like U-Haul, you would go rent a larger truck and have to pack and move your belongings on your own. This can be quite costly, so sometimes it would be a good idea to just hire professional movers. The truck rental option can work well for some given you don’t mind doing the hard labor on your own.
How does Elite’s long distance movers process work?
- Reach out
Don’t be shy, give us a ring! Elite Moving & Storage is available 24 hours a day by calling (888) 693-9080. If you don’t feel like calling, you can fill out one of our online request forms and one of our agents will get in touch with you shortly.
- Provide your information
We’ll need additional information, such as when you expect to move and where you’re moving to and from. We’ll need to know more about your home, if it is accessible for our trucks if you need any additional services during the move, things of that nature.
- Home or virtual estimates
In order to give you the most accurate quote possible, we need to visually see what we’re moving. This can be done one of two ways; we can have our estimators come to your home to provide you with the quote, or through your smart phone. Either way, we can provide you with a quick quote once we can see what we’re looking at. Don’t be fooled by any companies who provide quotes, sight unseen.
- Get your quote
Once our estimators have a visual idea of what the move will consist of, we’ll email or verbally provide you with your quote. Should you decide to move forward, your moving coordinator will be your primary contact from pickup to drop off. So should you have any questions, you would contact your moving coordinator.
- Be ready for the move
Should you be happy with the quote, just wait for us to come! We’ll schedule a pickup date and time so that we can begin the process of picking up your belongings. It’s really that easy, let Elite Moving & Storage help you from the beginning to the end!
We hope that we were able to explain the process of long distance moving and what to expect. Planning your long distance move doesn’t need to be stressful. Whether you’re looking for the best long distance movers or something local, we’re confident that we can help. We’re available 24 hours a day should you have any questions or if you wish to speak with a knowledgeable moving consultant. We’re available 24 hours a day by calling us at (888) 693-9080.