Every year, nearly 12% of the U.S. population packs up and relocates. While most of these moves are local, in-state moves, approximately one in every six-people moving is headed out of state. So, if you find yourself contemplating a long distance move this year, know you aren’t alone; there are approximately 4.7 million other Americans facing an interstate move too. People move long distance for several reasons, but some of the most common are not too surprising. Many Americans are moving long distances to improve their standard of living, to start a new job or transfer locations, to be closer (or farther away) from family, or to accommodate a change in marital status. Regardless of the reason for an interstate move, moving across state lines is a challenging prospect.
While plenty of people DIY their move by renting a U-Haul and driving themselves across the country, many opt to hire a professional mover, and for good reason. Here are some reasons you might want to consider hiring a long distance moving company:
Moving is already a stressful and overwhelming time. In fact, for most people, it’s said to be the 3rd most stressful life event after a family death or divorce. On top of all the to-dos that come with any move, a long distance move comes with additional complications like finding housing from afar, swapping out insurance policies, getting a new driver’s license, familiarizing yourself with an unknown city, and more. You already have plenty on your plate to deal with, so why not hire a trusted moving professional to handle the logistics of getting all your belongings safely to your new home?
Many people who move themselves enlist the help of family or friends to help with loading and unloading the moving truck. Unless you’re lucky, you probably aren’t close friends with a whole crew of moving professionals, so trusting inexperienced people to get the job done right could be risky. Professional moving companies have trained and skilled employees who know how to get the job done the right way, so there’s less risk of something happening to your belongings. Then there’s the liability of driving a moving truck yourself. Most people aren’t familiar or comfortable with navigating streets and highways in a massive truck for hundreds or thousands of miles. Letting an experience moving company do the driving instead is far less risky; plus, movers carry huge insurance policies just in case something goes wrong.
When considering how to approach your move, think about your personal physical limitations. If you have a bad back or don’t have a whole army of friends to help you load things, you could end up hurting yourself if you try to go it alone. Movers are trained to move and lift even the most cumbersome pieces of furniture, and they have the right equipment to get the job done.
If you’re moving at the last minute, do you really have the time and energy to get everything done on your own? In the interest of time, it may be worth it to enlist the help of moving professionals to assist.
If you’re transferring or moving for a new job, make sure to ask about getting a company moving reimbursement. If your company is willing to pay for all or part of your move, why wouldn’t you hire movers?
Once you’ve decided to hire a long distance moving company, it’s important to find reputable and reliable van lines that you can trust. After all, these guys are going to drive off with just about everything you own! There are a few critical things to look for when you’re hiring an interstate mover:
Any moving company who delivers household goods across state lines is required to be registered and licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are many “rogue companies” out there that will hook you with low prices, who aren’t actually licensed and shouldn’t be trusted with your things. Before hiring a mover, take a few minutes to check their licensing status on the FMCSA site. When the moving truck arrives, confirm that the U.S. DOT # displayed on the side matches the DOT # for the company you hired.
In order to be licensed through FMCSA, moving companies must show that they carry adequate levels of Bodily Injury and Personal Damage (BIPD) insurance and Cargo insurance. Some moving brokers and freight forwarders are also required to maintain surety bonds. If your moving company has a current U.S. DOT number, then the FMCSA has already confirmed that it meets the basic insurance requirements. You may additionally request that your desired movers show proof of insurance.
We are not a moving company, but we can help you find affordable long distance moving companies you can trust. After you enter basic moving information in the form above, you’ll get quotes from up to four movers in our network of moving companies. We only work with licensed and insured movers, so if you hire one of our long distance movers, you won’t have to spend additional time verifying that they are a legitimate and reputable moving company.
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