Long Distance Moving Guide
Long Distance Moving Guide - For those of you making a long distance
move, take a look at this for some helpful tips.
The reputation of a moving company is one of the biggest factors in
selecting a mover, but for long distance moves, it should be the biggest
factor. Consider the care and effort that movers must apply. Experience and
capability should take precedence over price.
Long distance and commercial move charges are based mainly on the weight of
your items and the distance they need to be moved. It just makes sense that
moving a sparsely furnished four-room house from San Diego to Baltimore will
be cheaper than moving a twenty-room house packed with furniture from Boston
Since full trailers by single households, discounts are always available
because moving companies have to consolidate a few households' items
together into one 18-wheel truck.
Because weight is perhaps the biggest determinant of price for a long
distance move, here is something you must know:
The weight of your items is actually measured on a scale. Only, the scale is
for the truck. Before the move, the weight of the truck without your goods
is measured. This is called "empty weight". The scales are usually located
at the nearest truck stops or at the moving companies' facilities. You are
allowed to accompany the driver to the scale during the weigh-in to ensure
that everything is in order. Make sure that your mover provides you with an
"empty weight" receipt.
In order to avoid additional charges during the move, you must:
- Know the layout of your new community or apartment complex.
- Know if the area will accommodate huge 18-wheelers.
- Know the building restrictions beforehand.
- Know about walkway/elevator access.
- The moving company will have no knowledge of this information, so it
is up to you to provide it to the best of your knowledge.
Make the movers guarantee the time of arrival - tell them to provide you
with two time slots - one being the anticipated time of arrival and the
other factoring in unforeseen difficulties such as weather, traffic, flat
For the duration of the estimated time slots, have someone available at your
new destination to receive your items, otherwise, the items will be placed
into a storage facility.
This means you will have to pay for a number of extra costs:
- The effort it took to place your items in storage
- The renting of the storage space
- The time, truck, and manpower that it will take for them to deliver
them back to your home/apartment.
Avoid this nightmare by being at your new destination before your
movers. Have the time frame to work with.
source from Getamover.com
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