The best way to have a smooth long distance moving experience is to hire a great and reputable moving company. If you are like most homeowners, when it comes time to find a mover, you may settle for the lowest quote. However, a respectable, reliable, and responsible long distance moving company typically does not come at a low cost. It is important to keep in mind when you are searching for a company to handle your long distance move, that it requires time and ample research in order to select a company that can be trusted with all of your prized possessions.
Graebel Van Lines® has been moving families long distance for 65+ years and has the very basic guidelines for finding and hiring a proper long distance moving company:
- Reputation – Graebel Van Lines® suggests that you check how long the company has been in business. With the age of the Internet, it is easy for any company to get a truck, get a small crew, create a website filled with false information, give you an amazing deal, and then disappear with your belongings. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the long distance moving company is registered and if there are any complaints against them. You can also go online and read their consumer reviews.
- Licensing – A moving company that moves from state to state (interstate movers) should be registered by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) and with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Their website should have their US DOT number listed so that you can look it up online.
- Insurance – While you are checking a long distance mover’s licensing on the FMCSA website, Graebel Van Lines® also suggests that you check their insurance. Never use a moving company that is not licensed and insured. For a long distance move, it is also recommended that you purchase additional moving insurance if your homeowners’ insurance does not already cover it.
- Rates/Packages – Once you have found a long distance mover who is licensed, insured, and has a great reputation, find out what long distance moving services they offer/provide. Another aspect for finding a professional moving company is finding one that offers in-home moving estimates. An estimator should be sent to your home in order to lend you the best possible quote. If not, move on to another mover or you will most likely face hidden moving fees. Ask your long distance mover about Linehaul Charges and Fuel Charges for your specific move. For an easy and efficient long distance moving experience, opt for a full service moving package.
Graebel Van Lines® has been moving families and companies across state lines for over 65 years. Finding the best long distance moving company is crucial to ensuring the condition and handling of your belongings. A long distance mover should not be the lowest quote you come across, but rather the quote that offers the most, from a company that offers the most.
Graebel Van Lines® offers interstate moving packages that include specialty services, full service packing and unpacking, disassembly and reassembly of furniture, and automobile moving – making your interstate move a smooth transition.