One of the most stressful things you can do is move. It is even worse if it is a long-distance move. They are usually expensive and mentally draining. Many times you can be sure of a couple of damaged or broken items. Finding a moving company is one of the best moves you can make to reduce moving anxiety. But just looking at quotations on a long-distance moving company site is not enough. There are many things you should watch out for before making a decision.
Speaking of money, look for a company that offers binding estimates. These are companies that once you agree on a quotation, the price will not change because of unforeseen circumstances. Often many companies will bill you after the actual work is complete with a completely different price from the estimate provided. They will then cite the problems incurred during the move as additional costs. Things like traffic jams, more things in the house than your quote, or the trip being longer than described are among the most popular reasons companies increase the final invoice.
Another thing to look out for is if a company offers basic liability coverage insurance. Any reputable moving company should offer this basic insurance. Sure it may not be beneficial when your items are damaged or lost while in transit, but it helps instill trust in their services. Many companies will offer premium liability coverage insurance at an extra cost, which you should definitely consider taking.
Many companies either use moving vans or containers. If you have a lot of stuff it might be a good idea to consider container long distance moving because you can fit more things in the container as opposed to vans. If you have fewer things, vans are a great and faster option for you.
Finally, look at the reviews online. You can never go wrong with reviews, as most of them are usually unbiased. Most people only review a company when they are overly certified or disappointed. This will greatly help you make a decision. Now that we have looked at what to look for when looking for a long-distance mover let’s take a look at the top five.
International Vans Lines
International Vans lines work with over 3000 partners across the globe. This means they are better positioned to help you move across states or even to a different country. Working with partners is also advantageous for you, especially if you move across states or to a different country. The partners are more knowledgeable of the area you are moving to. Making it an easier transition for you.
International vans lines are quite versatile in what they can transport. From crane lifting to piano and art notice moving, they do it all. Their versatility also allows them to do both short distance moving and long. The commitment to do a complete job means they also have debris and trash removal services.
- Quick online and over the phone estimates
- Storage options
- Diverse moving options
- Need to put a 25% down payment
American Van Line
As opposed to many companies on this list who use partners and are basically brokers, American Van Line does everything by themselves. Because of this, their prices are fairly affordable. Many people who have used their services rave about the customer experience they had with them.
- Offer a flat rate
- Offer a binding estimate
- Background check on all their employee
- Certified piano and antic movers
- They do not have any online quotations
- Past customers have complained about frequent calls from them
Allied Van Lines
Many past customers insist that they are one of the best companies to work with regarding customer experience because they handle everything and all you need to do is watch them. With their wide range of partners from all over the world, you can be sure of an easy and fast transition.
- They do appliance connection and reconnections
- Have a very transparent pricing model
- Handles your items with a lot of care
- Have limited storage options
- Storage can be expensive, especially for smaller loads
Colonial Vans Line
Suffice their slightly outdated name; this is one of the most experienced moving companies we have today. They carry out over 20,000 moves every year meaning they have bags of experience at their disposal.
- Climate controlled storage
- Many packing options to separate the bulky, delicate, and kitchen items
- Can accommodate last-minute moves because of their big fleet
- Deposit needed before move
- You must include all the items needed for the move to get an accurate quote
If you are looking for a cheaper option, then Upack is the direction to go. Their business model is pretty simple. They bring a container called Relocubes. You pack your things. They transport them. You unpack. This process makes it cheaper for you. However, the aim of this article is to make your moving easier. Hence, we will also mention that they can help you hire moving labor from one of their partners.
- DIY kind of system can be fun for some individuals
- Instant quotation
- Not a great experience if you do not want to be involved in the moving
- You can break your items if you are not careful.
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to long distance moving. You have some great options. If you are looking for more information such as reviews and estimates, reach us today.