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Choosing A Long Distance Mover
Moving is one of the most detailed and complex undertakings you will ever experience, especially if you are going to be moving long distance. The process of packing up every single item you own, from the smallest kitchen utensil to the largest piece of furniture and seeing that it is delivered safely, in one piece, to your destination hundreds of miles away can be a daunting and intimidating one at best. It helps if you know who to go to for assistance, and this is where your long distance moving provider comes in.
Long distance moving is a bit different from a local move, and you need to find a moving company that is familiar with the starting and ending locations, as well as one with the necessary experience in performing jobs exactly like this.
For starters, make sure that the moving company you choose is properly licensed and registered, and you can do this through the gathering of company DOT numbers and visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety website. Check their record and see if there have been any safety violations. You should only consider and work with movers that have been licensed, and then, pick only those with solid histories.
Run a check on your potential mover through the Better Business Bureau, checking not only their rating but any reviews that may have been left by other clients. Many reputable movers will also be members of Moving Industry associations such as the American Moving and Storage Association.
Make sure that you have the option of moving insurance, and that such insurance is valid in both the starting and ending locations. All of your belongings should be insured against theft and damage for the duration of their trip to your new home.
You will also want to get estimates from at least three different moving companies, seeing what options are included with each fee and determining which one offers the most value for your money. You want a long distance mover that provides the services you need for a reasonable price. Don't be afraid to ask questions if there is something that you do not understand. A reputable moving company will be glad to answer any queries you may have.