Best Long Distance Movers With Fair Costs
How to Hire Reputable Long Distance Movers
People are aware of the hard work that comes with moving their furniture but they want reasonably priced movers with a good reputation.
A consumer using Reddit reported:
“Moving is one thing I hate doing and I’m willing to pay, just not $750.00 for a small local move.”
PODS, U-Haul Or Movers?
The same is true for interstate and long distance moving companies. Consumers are no longer interested in entertaining moving quotes that cost more than $6,000.
This is why businesses like PODS or U-Haul are in high demand, the costs are more reasonable.
Are Movers Worth it?
Hiring movers is one of the best things ever if you can afford it.
Here is what you should consider before hiring movers:
Moves upwards of 1,000 miles with a budget of less than $3,000 is not realistic.
Hiring long distance movers is worth it for people with a reasonable budget and a lot of furniture. Just be prepared to spend a minimum of $5,000 for large moves and $3,000 for small out of state moves.
U-Haul VS. Movers
Be reasonable. Reputable moving companies offering a cheaper service will still cost more than renting a U-Haul. But, the final cost of renting a truck Vs hiring an affordable moving company is not too far off.
Tips For A Good Moving Experience
Here are some tips to help ensure that you will have a good experience during your local or long-distance move:
Be realistic: Don't expect the best moving experience from movers quoting you an extremely cheap price.
Avoid the Cheapest Moving Company
People in the market for a state to state moving company or for a small local mover want to find the cheapest price possible.
But at what cost?
Being in the market for movers and making your decision based on price is a dangerous game to play for you and your furniture.
At the absolute minimum, do yourself a favor and check for your mover's reviews before hiring them.
Negotiating With Your Movers
You can negotiate with your movers as long as it is within reason. Most people can save anywhere between $500 to $1000 by asking for a lower price.
Moving estimates that do not state the words “binding” are not legally binding. Without a guaranteed price, your costs can change and may not always be accurate.
Do not agree to a nonbinding estimate if you are moving on a tight budget. Non-binding estimates are not a guaranteed cost and your price can change substantially.
Flat Rate Movers
Ask your movers for a fixed price, also called a "binding estimate" which means the cost of moving service cannot change.
Paying A Deposit
Interstate and local moving companies wanting a deposit is normal. As long as the deposit is within reason and you can use a credit card. Do not pay your movers cash.
Legitimate movers will never ask for cash upfront and that includes Zelle transactions.
Cheaper moves tend to have longer wait times for delivery. Ask your movers for a delivery window or a guaranteed delivery date for an expedited long distance move.
Guaranteed Delivery Date
A guaranteed delivery date usually comes with an additional charge. While businesses like American National Movers will deliver your items fast at no additional cost.
Ask your long distance movers to add the guaranteed delivery date on your order for moving service and your bill of lading.
Verbal agreements mean nothing in the moving industry. Always get the services you are requesting and the cost in writing to hold your movers accountable.
The cost of your move does not include full coverage, regardless of whether you hire movers, PODS, or U-Haul. You must request and purchase full coverage separately.
If you do not purchase full coverage, the company will provide you with basic valuation insurance. This means, that if anything breaks, you are entitled to a compensation of 60 cents per pound.
As per the FMCSA, legitimate moving companies have a DOT number and have insurance. You can check your license and insurance here.
Moving Brokers Vs Moving Company
Both moving company brokers and moving companies can be good or bad, depending on the individual company.
Some Brokers are a legitimate option, particularly for long distance moves.
Moving Brokers arrange for Transportation of your furniture and provide the convenience of providing you with affordable moving options.
You can compare a broker moving company to a car broker. They do all the work for you with many moving options to choose from.
Are Moving Brokers Bad?
Hiring a broker is not a bad idea if they can prove themselves to be reliable, so no. - Not all moving brokers are bad.
A moving carrier is a company that provides the actual transportation of your belongings during a move. Moving carriers typically own moving trucks and employ moving staff. They are responsible for loading your belongings onto the truck, transporting them to your new home, and unloading them.
Avoid Moving Fraud
Protect your move. The FMCSA has resources set in place to help you in finding a reliable moving company.
Do Your Research
The best way to avoid moving scams is by doing your research and taking your time in hiring a moving company.
Don’t book your move last minute and try not to base your decision on what’s cheaper when hiring movers. Otherwise, you are likely to go with a bad moving option.
Sometimes a quick search for online reviews will help you avoid working with a bad moving company and even a potential scam.
Choose American National Movers
If you are looking for a moving company you can trust that will not break the bank, American National Movers is a great option.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should choose American National Movers for your long distance move:
We are licensed and insured by the FMCSA.
We have a team of professional movers who aim to provide our customers with the best service and price.
We offer various moving services, including packing, loading, unloading, and storage.
We have a long track record of providing excellent customer service.
Contact American National Movers today for a free quote if you are ready to get started with your long distance move. We look forward to helping you make your move a success!