Searching Through National Moving Companies for Your Long Distance Move
Moves are stressful and that is no longer news. However, long distance moves are a lot more stressful and therefore requires that more care be taken to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. To this end, we shall be looking specifically at companies that fall into a particular category. We call them National Moving Companies.
When we talk about national moving companies, we are referring to companies that operate throughout the country. They have the capacity to move you and your goods from any part of the country to any other part. We can therefore simply refer to them as nationwide movers.
These are different from local movers who may only be able to operate within a given state or a specific region. When you are doing a really long distance move, these are the kinds of companies you look for both for efficiency as well as affordability.
In this article, we will be looking at some important factors to consider when making a choice of any such company to work with. We shall also give you a head start by sharing some of our recommendations for your consideration.
Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a National Moving Company
A company that operates nationally, which is across several state lines, has to meet certain important criteria. We will list and briefly discuss some of the most important ones here.
There are specific licenses that any such company ought to possess. Such a company MUST have a USDOT number. This simply means a United States Department of Transportation number. This is issued by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) which operates under this department of transportation.
Thankfully, you can easily confirm if the number that any company shows you is authentic or not. This can be done on the FMCSA managed website.
A company’s reputation should precede it. You should attempt to find out what people are saying about the company. The reviews you find online, offline or on rating sites like BBB (Better Business Bureau) should be positive enough to give you the confidence to work with them.
More than just having a license and having a good reputation, the company should also possess the capacity to handle the type of job you want them to take on. Be sure that whichever company you choose will have what it takes to properly execute your job.
This of course is an important consideration. While you may not necessarily be going for the cheapest option, you at least need to be sure you are getting a very competitive price and very good value. This is one of the main reasons why you may need to get a couple of quotes for the purpose of comparison. Three to four quotes should be enough to help you make an informed decision.
A company that will operate across state lines must meet the federal regulations for moving insurance. It is important that you have access to proper insurance cover for your stuff. This could be the released liability cover which should come as part of your payment or the full value protection which attracts additional payment.
The difference between the two is that while the moving company is obligated to replace anything damaged or lost in the course of the move to the tune of 100% its replacement value for the full value protection, the release liability only requires that the company pay cash for the items based on current market value, repair damaged items or replace lost stuff with items that look like new.
For more on this aspect of insurance, you can read this article here.
A Few Recommendations – 5 Top Companies to Consider
Like we promised earlier, we will now give you a few recommendations that you can start with. The five companies we will be listing are among the most highly rated in the country.
American Van Lines
American Van Lines offers a complete moving solution for corporate customers. They move stuff locally, nationally as well as internationally for the military, commercial and corporate entities. They also offer storage services. You can only access their services if your stuff weighs at least 3000 pounds. You will also be required to make a deposit of about %50 of the total cost. This cost begins at about $2,500 per bedroom for a cross country trip.
This company specializes in servicing corporate clients for long distance moves as well as storage facilities. They also offer assembling, disassembling as well as packing services. To book a move with them requires almost 50% deposit with an interstate move starting at about $2,500 per bedroom.
International Van Lines
This is a full service company that offers some of the most comprehensive services. Any kind of move you need is covered. This includes international, national or local ones. It also covers both commercial and residential customers. You can enjoy packing services, car shipping, ocean and air freight as well as a bouquet of other services. You can get a detailed quote for whatever services you may need from them.
Interstate Moving & Relocation Group INC.
Your local, national and even international moves can be handled by this company. This covers both commercial and residential relocations. To reserve their services, you will need a deposit of 33% of the total cost. You can get their services from $1800 per bedroom for a move cross country.
National Moving Group
This company offers both commercial and residential moving services across state lines as well as cross country. They also offer, auto transportation, storage and even packing and unpacking.
You can check out a lot of other companies as well on this website: https://www.bbb.org/us/category/moving-companies
Before choosing any company, be sure you understand what you need done. You may first want to consider your budget to know what you can afford to spend. You can then make a choice based on this.
Long distance move, though really stressful, can be well-managed to reduce this stress. One area in which you do not want to make a mistake is in the choice of the company to work with. This can either drastically reduce your stress or astronomically increase it. Choose wisely!