Moving and Using Professional Interstate Movers

You are moving across the state and you are at your wit’s end. Everything is piling up and you need to leave in a week. There is no need to panic. All you need to do is follow these tips and you will be moving through state lines with ease.

1. Do I need to hire a professional mover or could I do it myself? Many will rather do it themselves thinking they’ll cut costs and avoid the irritation of movers who lose boxes and furniture. On the other hand, you should consider the costs of a truck, the back breaking labor of hauling your furniture around, and your own safety. After all, you are inexperienced and you’re lifting bulky objects. Hiring professional movers could be a better option in the long run.

2. Be careful in hiring an interstate moving company. Ask your family, friends or Realtor for recommendations on a good interstate moving company. Do not just take their word for it though, go online and look for other customers, those who have used the organization. You know you are probably not dealing with a reputable firm if all their advertisement boils down to cheap printed out flyers.

3. Get printed estimates from your chosen interstate moving company. You should shop around for the best deal which would include total cost, insurance, and time for household goods to arrive. When I moved to Florida, the service was inexpensive but my household goods took 14 days to get here. Sometimes the major interstate moving companies will move loads to accommodate relocation companies. Having a written estimate means the firm is legally bound to that estimate. They won’t be capable of jacking up the rates after the move. Don’t schedule the estimate too far ahead of the move.

4. The time of year and month that you move can affect the price. Interstate professional movers will get busier by the end of the month. Business also picks up during the summer. Try to schedule your move away from these time period. If you have to move during the busy season, schedule it in advance.

5. You can do all of your packing, or you can let the mover do it for you. If you’re not comfortable letting a stranger go through your things, you should pack them yourself. Let the movers handle the bigger objects and the breakable ones.

6. Ask your moving professional exactly what type of liability insurance they offer. There are three important types of liability coverage. The minimum amount of coverage, actual money value coverage and full replacement coverage. Ask your moving professional what type they provide and the differences in the coverage.

7. What happens if there are spoiled or lost items? Accidents happen and some of your items could get damaged or lost. If this happens you need to prepare a document of all the items involved in the move, and the exact condition they were in. Documentation is important in getting compensated for the item.

8. How much will you pay? Movers charge based on the weight of the shipment, and the time it takes to move. If you asked them to pack your items then it’s a different charge. You should tip your movers and drivers, but only if you’re okay with their performance.

9. You should ask for special deals. Interstate Movers will have some different contracts if you are part of certain company. Some companies also offer to pay a percentage of moving fees to their employees.