The stress of a move can be reduced when you know that your belongings will be handled by capable movers. If you’re planning a cross-country or international move, hiring a bonded and thoroughly vetted moving company can save you a great deal of anguish.
As laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, anyone planning a long distance move should confirm their moving company has a US Department of Transportation number and is qualified to carry your belongings across state lines. Confirm that your long distance movers are fully insured. Carefully review all contracts, particularly any documentation relating to valuation. Be aware of your rights, because your are entitled to a copy of the movers dispute settlement program before signing any agreements. This will be of critical importance should you need to seek the assistance of a third party should a dispute arrive.
A professional long distance moving company should offer you access to additional insurance to protect the value of your belongings should they be lost, damaged or destroyed. While the insurance of the moving company should cover full value coverage, if your belongings are prized or rare items, additional insurance would be a great investment and a way to reduce the stress of moving. Another additional insurance option would cover replacement of a full set of items if one object is damaged. For instance, if you owned a matching living room set and one of the two chairs was damaged in shipment, your set could be covered by supplemental insurance while the moving insurance would only cover the damaged item. Other services above and beyond replacement insurance include delay payments, for which you are compensated on driver-related delays, and increased wait time at destinations. If you are not able to meet the movers at the appointed delivery times, confirm that they will extend the delivery time in an emergency should you need that flexibility.
Careful handling and securing of your possessions withing the shipping vehicle are paramount. In addition to reviewing the status of the transport company as regards being on the road, carefully check any and all references. If you have antique furniture, seek out the experiences of others who’ve had to transport fragile items across long distances. As possible, inform movers of which of your belongings might be fragile or a bit more delicate than others. If your great-grandmother brought a chest from the east coast to the Midwest in a covered wagon, you don’t want it destroyed in the back of a moving van.
From bubble wrap to cardboard to loading your items on the truck, moving can be a crazy business. Taking the time to review and hire a qualified transport company with the skill set to move your one of a kind objects to your new home is a very good investment.