Finding Cheap Long Distance Moving Companies
Moving long distance can be quite stressful for anyone. Making sure you find not only cheap long distance companies but also reliable ones are extremely important. A simple classified ad search would show lower than normal rates. These companies if you will, often provide really low rates only to get you contracted. Once your property is on their trucks, these moving companies will often hold your belongings as ransom. Some moving companies will require additional money before they drop off your belongings. Finding cheap providers is fine, and there’s nothing wrong with shopping around for quotes, but why add stress to an already stressful situation?
Elite Moving and Storage brings decades of experience to both local and long distance moving. We’re a fully licensed moving company, bonded and provide insurance. We guarantee all our local and long distance moves. We service both residential and commercial alike. If you’re looking for some cheap long distance moving companies that provide very low rates but at the same time are extremely reliable, Elite Moving and Storage can provide just that.
What to look for when hiring Cheap Long Distance Moving Companies
- Check online reviews
- Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
- Do they have a reliable website and customer service?
- Do they have a real location?
- Do they have reliable trucks?
Online reviews have become extremely important in recent years and for a good reason. It gives consumers a sneak peek of how a business may operate. If the business is popular, it will show both the positive and negative experiences previous customers might have had. The online reviews you would read for a moving company, would give you a general idea on what to expect should you decide to hire them.
Individual movers and overnight type companies won’t have this. Make sure the moving company has its business license, bonded, and is insured. Being licensed means the business is legally allowed to conduct business and provide moving services. Being insured is equally important because should something happen to your personal property, you’d want to make sure that the moving company insures the damaged items. Do not hire any long distance moving companies without first making sure all this is in order.
Having a nice website is a must. Individual providers and smaller companies will not have this, and you should avoid companies that don’t have a website. The site should provide the phone number of the moving company, along with photos of their business and trucks. It would also be a good idea to make sure they answer their customer support phone numbers and respond to emails before hiring them.
Having a real location shows that the companies are both successful and reliable. If something happens, you can also go down to their location to get answers. The last thing you want to do is hire something from a classified ad type website, only to hand over all your belongings only to not hear from them again. Before you consider hiring one of these cheap long distance moving companies, make sure that they have a real location through Google Maps.
It’s also important to see if they have their fleet of trucks, newer ones too! The last thing you want to do is prepare for long distance moving only to have a problem happen halfway across the country because of outdated trucks used by the moving company. Worse, we’ve seen some moving trucks catch on fire resulting in people’s personal belongings go up in flames. Long story short, make sure the company you use has reliable trucks for that long-distance move.
Avoid added charges from long distance moving companies
- Pre-Pack your belongings
It’s always a good idea to pack your belongings before they arrive. To spend a day packing up your dishes, smaller things throughout the house will give the movers time to move items and spend less time trying to get things organized and packed for you. If you don’t have the time to pack, some moving companies will offer a full-service deal to where they would include this but expect to pay for it.
- Have your own supplies
Similar to how that bottle of water might cost you five dollars in a hotel room, moving companies do come with their own supplies if you don’t have what’s needed. If you don’t have these supplies, the moving company will charge you a premium for these things. Be sure to have items like packaging tape, boxes, markers to ensure you don’t have to pay more for basic supplies.
- Have your own blankets
Always have additional blankets to avoid added costs from long distance moving companies. If you have nice furniture or expensive televisions, make sure these are well wrapped. It’s always a good idea to have extra blankets on hand to double up on expensive items to avoid any possible damage. Supplying these on your own will reduce added cost by the long distance movers.
- Ask your neighbors if they could clear the area by your home
From what we see, sometimes moving companies will use an excuse saying something like “we had to park down the street, or we had to haul these heavy items several houses down to load them into and out of our trucks” as a reason to charge you more. To avoid excuses like this, try and talk with your neighbors and request that they park somewhere else for the day so that you could have the area near your home to have the items moved.
- Offer help, bring family/friends
It’s always nice to help the helpers. If you’re not able to do so, we understand. But to make their jobs easier and to avoid them having to call additional people, have friends help! Having friends and family help you on moving day will reduce cost. Some people do this, and some do not, it’s just personal preference. We have seen a few moving companies use this as an excuse to charge people more money though, so always offer help to reduce the cost of moving.
Before researching cheap long distance moving companies to help you on moving day, it’s important to ask these questions. You should always keep a few of these factors in mind before hiring a long distance moving company. There is a great deal of research you can do to help make this process much easier. We hope that these 10 tips are able to help you find not only a reliable moving company, but a cheap one too!
Elite Moving & Storage provides consumers with reliable moving services and detailed information when it comes to moving long distance. Whether it’s the next state or cross country, our moving experts bring decades of experience to all our customers. We have fast transit times and we move all our customers in reliable trucks with careful movers. Call us today for a free estimate at (888) 693-9080.