People have different perspectives when it comes to moving to another state. Some people don’t think it’s a big deal, especially if they’ve done it before, while other people constantly stress out about it. The truth is when you use reputable interstate movers, the move will likely go very smoothly since they will handle the challenging logistics. Finding the best interstate moving companies takes a bit of research, and once you’ve narrowed them down, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you can think of. Here are some of the most important questions to start with.
How Will You Ensure My Items Won’t Get Damaged?
All long distance moving services have policies and procedures in place to protect items from being damaged. Ask about everything from the packing tape, the boxes, how the items are placed in the truck and more. If the company doesn’t give specific details of how they will care for your items, then it could be a sign they aren’t very detailed when it comes to transporting them.
What Kind of Training Do Your Movers Have?
You never want to undermine the abilities of interstate movers, but it’s a legitimate question to ask what type of training each mover receives. Feel free to ask leading questions about their experience and how it relates to your situation, like whether they’ve dealt with stairs, how bulky items are handled, disassembly and assembly of furniture, etc. The worst thing that can happen is you hire interstate movers and it looks like it’s their first time on the job.
Does Your Company Subcontract Work?
Believe it or not, some interstate moving companies subcontract their work to other services. If you’re taking the time to be familiar and comfortable with one company, but then your items end up on the truck of another company, how would you feel? Asking about subcontracting is a question many people don’t think about, but are glad they ask it when they do think about it.
Do You Offer Moving Insurance?
Most long distance moving services will offer some sort of moving insurance option. These options may cover damage only, or could cover theft as well. As with most insurance, it’s up to you whether you want to risk not taking out insurance on your items. A lot of your decision will go into the value of your items being moved and how much you trust the moving company.
What Goes Into Your Cost Estimates?
The best interstate moving companies will be completely transparent about the costs associated with your move. But it’s never out of line to ask how they come up with the cost estimates. There are usually extra fees associated with an interstate move, so ask about these as well. Knowing ahead of time what goes into a cost estimate can help for budgeting purposes and to eliminate surprises.
Shetler Moving & Storage, Inc. wants you to feel as comfortable as possible with your interstate move. It may seem like there are more questions than answers as you prepare for your move, but we will take the time to answer all of them for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if you have a burning question or would like more information about moving to another state.