Choosing an interstate mover because they offer the lowest price isn't always the best idea. You also need to consider how the mover places your items in the moving truck and van, as well as how they transport your items during long trips. In addition, you want to choose an interstate mover that offers insurance coverage for your items. So before you hire the lowest bidder, keep these two things in mind.
Does the Mover Offer In-Person Estimates?
Although all movers can estimate the costs of your moving expenses over the phone or via the Internet, you want to hire an interstate mover that'll come to your current location and examine your items personally. In-person estimates give you a better idea of what your overall costs may be once the movers pack, load and transport your items.
A professional interstate mover goes through each room in your home or apartment and lists the items you plan to move. Your interstate mover generally estimates the costs of moving your items based on size and weight. For example, large and heavy items, such as stoves and beds, may cost more to load and transport than small items, such as toasters, shoes and nightstands.
Keep in mind that interstate or long distance movers weigh their trucks on certified scales before and after they load your items to obtain a true weight of what your move will actually cost. Your initial estimate can increase or decrease once the movers weigh their trucks. You do have the right to witness the weighing of your items. So, don't be afraid to do so.
If the costs are too high for you, you have the option to sell the items before you move or use another form of transportation, such as a personal work truck, to move them yourself.
Does the Mover Offer Damage, Theft and Transport Insurance?
Covering your items during transit is critical. Even if you currently have homeowners insurance, it may not cover the damages your items incur during the move. Your interstate mover should insure and cover your items if they damage or lose them throughout the trip.
The movers should also offer additional coverage for your items if someone or something else damages or steals them before, during and after transport.
If the company doesn't offer any type of moving insurance, choose another interstate mover or obtain the coverage you need from a third party insurer.
If you have additional concerns about your interstate move, contact professional interstate movers for more information.