Long-distance moving requires a lot more planning than local moving. When you are relocating for a distance more than 400 miles, you may want to shift all your belongings in one go. There are many things that you need to research when planning a long-distance move.
You need to ask for documentation
The worst thing that could happen is that you are overcharged for your long-distance moving because the distance travelled comes out to be higher than that estimated by the vendor initially. It would have been helpful if you could have written an estimate of the expenses that might occur from the vendor before shifting so that you don’t have to deal with the hassles later. Make sure that you take following things in writing from the vendor –
- A written estimate of the cost involved in transportation.
- Dates when the vendor shall be available for guaranteed pickup and delivery.
- Responsibility of the vendor in case of any losses or damage.
- Difference between the valuation of your belongings and the insurance value.
Does your mover work for an actual transportation company?
Many times you might find a good household broker who might come to you to provide a long-distance moving service. In that case, he/she may not be able to give you the right estimate of the cost incurred in the moving the shipments. You must contact an actual goods mover to find the cost. It should not happen that you rely on the wrong person for the information.
Seek estimate from more than 2 vendors
To find the most competitive rates, you must get quotations from at least three vendors. You may get to research several options such as add on services or flexible packages for your move, which might be advantageous. In addition to this, do check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to get complain numbers for movers in case there is any discrepancy.
Does your luggage include valuable items?
If your shipment contains items of value greater than $100, then you must notify your mover in writing. Otherwise, your mover will not be liable for any damage or losses. Also, you should not include hazardous material or perishable goods in the shipment without knowledge of the mover.
Thus, shifting long distances require more research than local shifting. You need to research your options well so that you know what services you can add or remove from the mover. You must be informed of your rights and responsibilities under the Federal Law, and the mover should make you aware of that. You should take all the necessary documents from the mover so that there is no hassle at the end. You should ask your mover to give their estimate in writing. There are dispute settlement programs as well where your mover could compensate you for the loss or damage of goods. Also, you have the right to remain present whenever your shipment is weighed.