Are you planning a long-distance move? Whether you’re moving to the opposite side of the country or a few states over, a long-distance relocation can bring about several challenges. To help make sure your successful long-distance move is as smooth as possible though there are a few questions you should ask and have answers for before the move. Here are five you need to ask.
#1. Is the Mover Licensed and Insured in All States?
This is something you’ll want to discuss with your moving company. If you are planning a successful long-distance relocation, you’ll likely drive through several states. When hiring a long-distance mover to drive your moving truck (if you’re doing so), you will want to know if the movers are licensed and insured in all states you’re traveling throughout. Some local movers are uninsured only by the state and not throughout the country. It could lead to big problems if there is an accident involving the moving truck outside of the state if your moving company isn’t licensed and insured to operate in the other states. So always ask.
#2. What Kind of Liability Coverage Is Provided?
The longer your move, the higher the chance of potentially damaging goods within the vehicle. Now, if the truck is packed correctly (as well as the material within the boxes), any possible damages should be held to a minimum in the first place (that is why having experienced movers work with you on loading a truck is so important). However, in the event, there is damage to what is inside of the moving truck, or if the movers drop something, you will want to know what kind of liability coverage is present. This is usually broken down into either full value protection or released value protection. Complete value protection means the mover will need to replace the lost, damaged, or stolen item. The released value will coverage a flat rate per pound, so it is minimal coverage.
#3. How Long Will the Move Take?
The packing will take as long as it needs to. That is why you need to start preparing and packing for your long-distance move earlier on. However, you’ll also want to know how long the drive will take. When using a moving company, some movers will use a pod-based truck, where different pods are dropped off at various moving sites. You will want to know when to expect your vehicle to arrive.
#4. What is the Company’s and Driver’s Contact Information?
If you hire a company and driver to move your home, you will want to know how you can contact them during the move. There might be issues with the house where you’re not able to move in during the weekend or other problems in general. Being able to contact the mover’s driver is essential in such a situation.
#5. Who Will Be Moving Your Belongings?
When you hire a mover, you would expect that mover to perform the move. But sometimes, especially when dealing with a long-distance mover, a second moving company takes over at state lines (usually due to insurance and licensing reasons). Ask ahead, so you know who’s moving your home.
These are five of the top questions you need to ask and answer before a successful long-distance relocation. The more planning you put into the move, the easier it will be. So, make sure to start preparing for your move as early as possible. And if you ever have a moving question, never hesitate to ask the team at Winter Moving & Storage. From helping you pack and loading the truck to driving to your new destination and even on-site storage, the moving professionals are just a phone call away.