Although you might have moved yourself from your studio apartment or 2-bedroom home into another within the same city or state, moving long distance is much more complicated. You might be tempted to tackle moving far away on your own, but there is too much that can go wrong when you don’t use the services of a professional moving company. Whether you’re renting a house or an apartment across the country, there’s a process to hiring a professional mover, which can be daunting if you’ve never done it before.
Why Choose a Moving Company?
Expenses in a Self-Move
When moving a long distance, you’ll run into expenses you didn’t expect with a do-it-yourself move. For example, you could end up with extra insurance costs, tolls on the road and the costs of fuel. This trip won’t happen in one day even with an extra driver with you. This means that there will be extra expenses for food and a place to sleep overnight.
Risks When Moving Yourself
When moving items, you’ll need to consider who will pack and place all the boxes and furniture into the truck and unload it at your destination. If you have friends that can help, there’s safety and property damage to consider when you don’t hire professionals.
Along with the risks to your helpful moving crew of friends and family, you’ll have to worry about the risks of a long drive in the truck. When you don’t use professionals to load the truck, the weight won’t be distributed evenly, which can cause serious risks on the road. Accidents on the road are a very real concern when you have to drive hundreds of miles too.
Associated Costs for Long-Distance Movers
Learning to budget for a move starts with the knowledge of the exact costs involved in hiring a long distance mover. First, it’s vital that you know how the costs are calculated. A knowledgeable consumer is one who makes good decisions regarding price.
The weight and bulk of the items you bring have a direct impact on the costs. It might be hard to get an exact amount during quotes until the mover can see the items you’ll be bringing. If you can sell unwanted items before the move, you’ll be making money as well as saving on costs.
Distance of the Move
The amount of miles between your old home and the new one is the only cost that you can’t reduce with planning. The miles between the two locations will never change.
Services like Packing
You can choose to pack the home yourself or have the movers do it for you. Assembling furniture isn’t included in the basic costs of most moving companies. For every extra service, there will be extra costs. Keep this in mind when choosing services. You’ll want to make your move easier, but budgeting for your move makes the move itself less stressful.
Steps to Hiring
You should never hire a mover or any other contractor without checking previous customers’ reviews on the process. You can avoid a terrible mover by paying attention to the reviews.
Once you have a few potential movers to contact, have information in hand about the home for the quotes. The mover will need to know the amount of large furniture and boxes to be moved. These quotes will be estimations until the mover you choose can get into the home and do an evaluation.
Ask about Licensing
The moving company should be insured on the road as well as with regards to your possessions. If there’s a problem on the road, you don’t want to be left without all your belongings and no reimbursement for the loss.
Keep Copies and Notes during Quotes
When you’re calling moving companies, keep detailed notes about each company. Print out the quotes they send to you, and add it to a moving binder. That will help you have everything organized during the process.
Potential Questions During Contact
- How many years have you been in the business?
- Are you insured? Do you have liability coverage?
- How do you guard against damages to my property?
- What happens if I have a dispute?
Did You Know You Should Tip the Workers?
Many people don’t know that you should tip workers as well as offering them some refreshments while they’re packing and moving your belongings. If you feel that your movers have been professional and done a great job with your move, you can tip them approximately $25 per worker. Make sure that each worker gets his own tip, and it’s not given to one person to distribute.
Overall, using a moving company for your long-distance move makes sense financially and for your peace of mind. Unless you’ve been a mover yourself, the process can be incredibly overwhelming, and it’s best left up to professionals with years of experience.