The internet and search engine world are a wonderful resource for services like moving. And, if you’re moving cross-country, then the top long-distance moving FAQs will be a place to start. Please note: search engine algorithms are largely based on relativity, frequency, and location. What that means is that today’s frequently asked questions about interstate moving are not the same questions as the query return page yesterday. And, certainly not the same in Los Angeles as they are in Chicago. But, if you’ve never moved your home out-of-state and hired an interstate mover, then you need to do some investigation, as its most definitely a long way from renting a van or truck to move into your first apartment in a nearby city.
Prelude to Interstate Moving FAQs
Long-distance moving is largely regarded as interstate moving as it typically involves state-to-state moving. Interstate movers are licensed and regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin (FMCSCA). In contrast, local movers are in-state moving companies that are registered with the state. It’s also important to know that some national moving companies do both. The reason it’s important is that a local moving company who is not licensed to perform interstate moving is not accurately
insured and neither are your home belongings should anything happen. While this distinction did not come up as a top five long-distance moving FAQ near our corporate offices in Pompano Beach, Florida, it is the first thing you should know if you are hiring a mover for a long-distance move that is out-of-state.
Top Five Frequently Asked Questions About Long-distance Moving
What questions should I ask long-distance movers?
A little broad, so let’s be more specific. The first question should be the one we just described. Make sure any long-distance mover you’re considering is licensed and insured to carry-out your out-of-state move. Other important questions include:
What moving services do you offer?
Are you a moving broker or mover?
How long have you been in business?
How are claims and damages handled?
Do I have to pay anything upfront?
Do you offer a virtual moving estimate?
How do we track our shipment in-transit?
What NOT to pack for movers?
This is somewhat subjective, but, as a rule of thumb, a cost-effective, efficient interstate move begins with eliminating clutter, old clothes, and weary furniture. The last thing you want to do is to pay a long-distance mover to move something that is likely going to be discarded anyway. The next item to consider not shipping is an automobile. If you have an old car and moving from California to Texas, probably best to sell beforehand. The other typical items to leave behind are perishable and non-perishable foods. The same goes for cleaning supplies or lawn and landscape products like pesticides. You should also not pack valuables like jewelry or important documents such as passports. Basically, anything you deem important that can come with you. The last item is appliances. Even if they are not sold with the home, you should consider selling appliance items like washing machines, stoves, and refrigerators before moving.
How many miles are considered a long-distance move?
While long-distance moving is typically from one state to another, in states like California and Texas, you can move hundreds of miles without leaving their borders. Local movers usually transport up to 300 miles in-state, while long-distance movers fill in after that.
Can you leave things in drawers when moving?
Conventional common sense applies here. Items like light weight sweaters will do fine, while jewelry and electronics are susceptible to loss or damage. Remember, furniture is sometimes turned sideways or vertical to accommodate stairs and doorways. Be sensible!
What do movers hate moving?
Easy! Open food, home, cleaning, lawn or landscape products. Anything that can spill and damage your freight or attract insects. Also, while your family pet is not likely going to be packed (ha-ha), best to make other arrangements for your dog and cat on moving day to keep them from nipping on the heels of your movers. They hate that!
Hopefully, you found value in these top long-distance moving FAQs. If not, your search engine is likely to post different ones tomorrow. Either way, long-distance moving is a big deal and knowledge is power. Whether it’s a corporate relocation move that your company is paying for, or a residential retirement move, the process is your responsibility. Besides, it is your stuff! We wish you good long-distance moving.
About Colonial Van Lines
Colonial is a national moving company brand headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL. For over two decades, the company has focused on interstate, long-distance moving services primarily for residential, commercial, and corporate relocation markets. With additional locations in New York, Texas, California, and North Carolina, Colonial is a top perennial long-distance moving company. You can reach Colonial at (800) 356-1855.