Moving across the state or country is an incredibly stressful time for most individuals. Gathering up, what in some cases is a lifetime of belongings and moving it hundreds or thousands of miles away is a daunting task. Additionally, uprooting the life of yourself and your family has its own issues in itself.
Many people who are looking to move to a place that is over 400 miles away from their current residence will seek the services of a long-distance moving company. But it isn’t often that one has to move such a great distance — so how do you know what long-distance moving company to call? In this post from the Austin Van & Storage blog, we’ll discuss how to find a good long-distance moving company for your next across-the-state or country move.
Licensed & Insured
Something that should be paramount in your search for a good long-distance moving company is whether or not they are licensed and insured. Being licensed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and insured by a reputable company is key to a moving company being legitimate. If they aren’t insured, your belongings could be uncovered in the event that anything happens to them during the move. Additionally, a moving company not licensed by the Department of Transportation is operating illegally. As you look for a long-distance moving company, keep their licensing and insurance status at the front of your mind.
As with searching for the right provider of any service, recommendations from friends and family are a great way to measure their reputation. Friends and family that have already experienced a long-distance move may have a few businesses they used in the past to recommend you. This is especially helpful if the moving company your friend or family member used frequently works in the area that you’re moving to or from. When you’re looking for a long-distance moving company, consider asking friends and family members that you know have hired a similar service for any recommendations for a company to use.
There’s nothing worse than a service provider that isn’t straightforward with its pricing structure. Any good moving long-distance moving company will tell you their pricing per mile, as well as for the labor of packing and unpacking long before you sign any contract or make any agreement. If they haven’t provided you with pricing, and dance around the answer when you ask, look for a new moving company as soon as possible. One tell-tale sign of a good long-distance moving company is a transparent and upfront pricing model.
Experienced In Your Needs
Some long-distance moving companies may not have experience in moving to or from the location you’d like to move to. In some cases, moving companies just haven’t had a lot of opportunities to move to certain states, especially those that are less populated like Wyoming or Idaho. When browsing long-distance moving companies, a good question to ask is “have you moved to this state before?” Their answer will let you know if it’s someone you want to trust in taking your belongings to that location.
Moving companies experienced in the location you move to or from will know things like the best route to take, certain state rules and regulations, and other critical information that will make your long-distance moving experience that much easier.
Looking For The Best Long Distance Moving Company in Texas? Trust Austin Van & Storage
At Austin Van & Storage, we have decades of experience moving the residents of Texas long distances. Our team of long-distance movers in Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi has moved to 49 states in North America, as well as Canada, Central America, and South America. For long-distance moving in Austin and beyond, trust the experts at Austin Van & Storage. Get a free quote when you contact us online, or give us a call today.