How to Choose a Long Distance Moving Company

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Choosing the Right Long Distance Movers: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the right moving company can be challenging, but it’s essential to ensure a smooth and hassle-free moving experience. Complaints about moving companies often stem from lost or damaged property, unexpected charges, and unprofessional behavior. To avoid these issues, follow these seven simple steps by the American Way team to select a reputable moving company.

1. Get Referrals

Start by collecting free moving quotes from various companies that specialize in long-distance moving. Ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. They could also provide referrals if you’re working with a real estate agent.

2. Follow the Rule of Threes

Refrain from settling for the first estimate you receive. Instead, ask at least three different companies to provide an in-person estimate. Seeing your belongings in person allows movers to give a more accurate estimate.

3. Watch Out for Red Flags

During the estimate, be wary of movers who ask for a cash deposit upfront or seem unprofessional. Reputable companies will only ask for payment once the job is completed.

4. Make Sure the Mover Is Licensed and Insured for long distance moves!

Some are only licensed to move locally. For interstate moves, verify the moving company’s license through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For in-state moves, check with your local consumer affairs agency.

5. Check With the Better Business Bureau

Research the moving company’s track record with the BBB. Stick with companies that are BBB accredited or have a good rating.

6. Ask About Professional Accreditation

Look for a moving company with professional accreditation, such as the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo. This indicates that the company meets industry standards.

7. Verify the Address

Ensure that the moving company’s address is legitimate. Look it up online or through the phonebook to confirm its authenticity.

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Moving Company

  • Vet the mover: Make sure the mover is insured and registered. Check with your state or local consumer affairs agency for verification.
  • Take a thorough moving inventory: Ensure the mover conducts a comprehensive inventory of all your belongings to provide an accurate estimate.
  • Get a written estimate: Obtain quotes from different moving companies and compare them to make an informed decision.
  • Beware of moving scams: Be cautious of companies that demand large deposits, operate under different names, or have vague pricing terms.

Understanding Moving Insurance and Valuation Protection

When selecting a moving company, it’s crucial to understand the different levels of liability coverage they offer. Complete (replacement) value protection provides the most comprehensive coverage, while released value protection offers minimal protection.

Understanding Your Moving Estimate

There are three types of estimates to consider: non-binding estimates, non-binding to-exceed estimates, and binding estimates. Each type has its implications regarding payment and potential overages.

Tips for Saving on a Move

Moving can be expensive, but there are ways to cut costs:

  • Prepare ahead of time by making a moving checklist.
  • Rent a moving truck instead of hiring professional movers.
  • Plan a hybrid move by hiring a moving labor-only company.
  • Choose a cheaper moving date, such as a weekday between October and April.
  • Find free boxes and moving supplies.

Questions to Ask the Movers

To ensure you’re hiring the right moving company, ask the following questions:

  • Are you properly licensed? Yes, American Way Van and Storage is properly licensed. You can verify our license through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
  • Do you have experience with my specific type of move? American Way Van and Storage has extensive experience with various types of moves, including residential, commercial, and long-distance moves. We tailor our services to meet your specific needs, ensuring a smooth and efficient move.
  • What kind of liability coverage does your company provide? We offer different levels of liability coverage to suit your needs. Our full (replacement) value protection provides comprehensive coverage, while our released value protection offers minimal protection. We can discuss the best option for you based on your requirements.
  • Do you have references? Yes, we have a list of satisfied customers who have used our services for their moves. We’d be happy to provide you with references upon request.

Hiring a Long Distance Moving Company FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about hiring a moving company:

  • How do moving companies work?
  • How far in advance should I hire a mover?
  • Should I hire movers or DIY?
  • What is the best way to get an estimate?


The Bottom Line

Hiring a reputable moving company is essential for a stress-free move. By following these tips and asking the right questions, you can find a reliable moving company that meets your needs.

Ready to Move?

To find the right moving company for your next move, check American Way Van and Storage’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All companies in our network are licensed and insured, ensuring that your move is in good hands. Best of luck and happy moving!

Check Out Client Testimonials

In most cases, the customer is always right. Therefore, checking out the testimonials or customer reviews can be a great indication if the company is professional and reputable. At American Way Van & Storage, we hold maintain an excellent reputation with our customers who use us over and over again.

Use a Professional And Award Winning Long Distance Moving Company

American Way Van & Storage are not only part of the Better Business Bureau, but we have also won over 15 awards in the moving and storage industry which sets us apart from the rest. Before selecting a long distance moving company, ensure they are part of an association and aren’t rogue traders.

Contact Us For A Free Quote

You may be looking for storage, help packing or packing supplies, all of which we at American Way Van & Storage can assist you with. If you’re ready to get in touch and receive a free, no obligation quote, you can do so by getting in touch online, or calling us directly at 937-898-7294. Simply speak to us about what you need and we will tell you how we can help. We look forward to speaking with you about your long distance move.


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