October 21, 2010

Hiring Cross Country Moving Companies

Moving to another state or across the country is a huge step.  Unlike when you make a local move, you need to rely on the cross country moving companies you choose more.  You cannot simply make multiple trips with your car to carry artwork and fragile items to the new house like you can with a local move.  You need to trust that the cross country moving companies you hire will handle and transport those items with care.  Having to rely on someone else to move more of your belongings also means that it will cost you more.  Doing your research, planning ahead and doing some comparison shopping will help you on your path.

Finding reputable cross country moving companies that will fit your budget can seem challenging when you are faced with the many other details of a long distance move.  But finding a good company is the most important step in your moving process.  That company will be entrusted with your personal belongings.  A good resource for finding reputable cross country moving companies are friends and family.  You can also check neighborhood classifieds, bulletin boards and ask your realtor for recommendations.  Do your research and check the backgrounds of all cross country moving companies you are considering.  Ask the company representatives if the company is licensed and insured.  Cross check that information with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) web site.  Then do a search with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any unresolved disputes with the cross country moving companies you are considering.  Moving is a tough business; there will be complaints filed.  You care about how those complaints have been resolved and if they were done in a timely manner.  Ask the companies for a list of references and call them. 

Planning ahead will be your ally when trying to find reputable moving companies that also fit your budget.  The more lead time you have, the more time you have to comparison shop and bargain with companies.  The more time you have, the more likely the moving date you want will also be available.  Get at least three estimates from cross country moving companies.  Compare the details of those estimates and be wary of those that seem ridiculously low next to the others.  Evaluate the customer service of the different companies.  You want a company that promptly returns your calls and whose representatives provide informative answers. Once you have done your background research and comparison shopping, you would ideally have a contract with your moving company secured 6 to 8 weeks prior to your moving date.