No matter where you are moving to, it is always a large task involving tons of packing up stuff on one end, unpacking it on the other, planning, and traveling in-between. To deal with all the issues involved, it is helpful to have competent movers that will give you great service as they help you get situated. However, when it comes to relocating, there are often major differences between local moving companies and long distance moving companies.
When you are moving locally, you can usually get away with a company that is not as thoroughly vetted as you are only moving your stuff across town. But when you are moving your prized belongings out of town or out of state, you need to be absolutely sure you are dealing with professionals that will treat your stuff like it was their own.
How to Find Quality Long Distance Movers
When searching for the best moving company to handle your long distance move, there are a number of things to look at. Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right long distance movers:
1. What services do they provide?
Moving companies tend to vary widely on the types of services they offer to customers in need of a long distance move. Those moving out of town often have far more stress from all the other things to worry about; such as getting situated in an unfamiliar city, settling in at a new job, traveling to the new city with the family, and many others. For this reason, it is best to choose a mover that can provide literally end to end service if needed. This means they can show up at your door, carefully pack everything into the right size boxes using the best wrap for each item, load it all into their truck, unload everything at your new home, unpack all your items, and place them exactly where you want them. And oh, by the way, if you need to store your stuff somewhere for a month or two, they should be able to accommodate this need as well. A moving company that can accomplish all these tasks will be on your short list.
2. Can they do a long distance move on short notice?
This will not apply to everyone, but many people have long distance moves that come up at the last minute. For example, some people have family emergencies such as the need to care for aging parents with deteriorating health and have a sudden need to be in another city. Others work for large companies with multiple offices. These companies often shuffle people around to different offices like they were shuffling cards. So when a last minute move comes up, you need to make sure the company you choose has the capability to execute the move smoothly and efficiently even if you are working on a short time frame.
3. Do they offer competitive pricing?
Pricing most often an issue for people – unless someone else like your company is paying the bill J But for most people, you will need to watch the bottom line. When you compare quotes from different movers, pay close attention to what services they are including with the price they are giving you. Some companies have hidden costs that are not readily apparent, so always ask what their overall cost will be for the services you need.
4. What are other customers saying about them?
Once you have a moving company that has met all your other criteria, it is important to do a little more due diligence and check out online reviews. These days, it is usually pretty easy to find 5 or 10 (or more) reviews on a reputable company. Read the reviews carefully, especially those that go into some detail. If you have multiple positive reviews and a strong overall rating (hopefully 4.5 or above), you are likely to have a winner.