Frequently Asked Moving Questions
At Colonial Van Lines we believe in giving you the resources and information you need to make an informed moving decision. We understand that the moving process can be difficult and we’re here to help you every step of the way. That’s why we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked moving questions below. Read more about our Moving FAQs here or you can find more free tips in our MoveHub. If you have any questions or need further explanations on any of the items below feel free to Contact Colonial Van Lines today.
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- How to Find a Long Distance Moving Company
- Important Information
- Move Preparations
- Moving Estimates
- Moving Tips
- What to Look for in a Long Distance Moving Company
The moving industry is cluttered with many movers who are competing for your business. Many of these companies may not be licensed or only operate during high season. Fortunately for you, Colonial Van Lines is a top rated long distance moving company that operates year round. As a licensed and insured moving company, we provide services nationwide through both high and low seasons.
Being that we operate all year we focus on not just moving you but providing you with all the best resources possible to help you get moving. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our daily activities or check out our MoveHub where you can find all of the best moving tips.
Above all else, the moving team you choose should be friendly and approachable. After all, you spend a great deal of time with your movers! They should be people you like. Be sure to avoid any teams who seem contradictory or rude, or who don’t exhibit the level of professionalism you’d expect from a business partner. If you get a bad first impression from the team you’re interviewing, you can bet that feeling will continue throughout your dealings with them.
Another thing you’ll get from a professional long-distance moving company is experienced movers. Colonial Van Lines, for example, has more than 50 years of experience in the moving and storage industry. Good luck finding this in a one-man moving team!
Long distance moving companies price their services differently, depending on who they are, where they’re from, and what they offer. With this in mind, you’ll want to do some research to ensure you’re getting a fair price.
Most long distance moving companies offer free quotes, so be sure to shop around for these before you settle on any one company. To get as accurate a quote as possible, have the details (like how many of your belongings you’re moving and how far you’re going) hammered out before you call. Not sure what a fair price is? Check out average moving costs from Home Advisor.
Today, virtually anyone can brand themselves as a “mover.” All you need is a pair of strong arms and a truck bed. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons for the rise of “Two Guys and a Truck” moving companies. When it comes to long distance moving, though, it’s smart to bypass these novices for professional movers.
The answer is simple. Professional moving services come with the experience, skills, insurance, and contracts you need to enjoy a safe and straightforward move. This means that if the movers break your items, you’ll have access to coverage.
It means you have a guarantee that your items will wind up where they’re supposed to be, and that your moving team won’t just forget about your job. It also means you’ll have a foundation of customer reviews and professional services to build off, which allows you to rest easy knowing your move is in good hands.
While hiring someone on Craigslist may seem like an easy way to knock out your move, it’s bound to be more of a headache than it’s worth.
Not all long-distance moving companies are full-service movers. Here’s what a full-service mover does:
- Short and long-term storage services
- Packing services
- Corporate relocations
- Automobile moves
- Storage in transit
Even if you don’t need all of these services, it’s smart to enlist a full service moving team. Here’s why:
Not only are these movers faster and more experienced than ultra-niche companies, but they’re versatile enough to help you with any moving situation you run into. Trying to figure out how to lower costs? They’ll be able to help you. Need to store some of your items while you downsize? They do that for you.
Having a versatile company on your side makes it easy to focus on getting settled in your new location, while they handle the heavy lifting.
Finding a long-distance moving company is one of the best things you can do to streamline and simplify your move. While lots of people believe they can handle their relocations by themselves, the truth is that this is a problematic approach, and it’s often more time-consuming and expensive than the alternative.
When you hire a long distance moving company, you get access to a team of skilled professionals who understand the ins and outs of moving and are willing to work with you to help you avoid potential snafus. They also have the equipment and skills you need, which saves you from buying items you don’t need!
What’s this mean for you?
It means your move will go faster and more efficiently, with less stress for you in the process.
You can find out if a mover is registered with FMCSA by visiting the Protect Your Move Website.
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A Bill of Lading is a very important document. It is a contract between you and the mover as well as a receipt of your belongings.
Yes, as long as the moving company deems your items safe for transport.
If you are opting to pack your valuables yourself, then it is important to note that you are personally liable for those items. If you have opted to include insurance for your professionally packed belongings, you can take an extra safeguard and make sure that the mover is licensed and insured. This information should be readily available on the mover’s site and materials. If they are licensed they have to offer limited liability protection. If you may need full coverage of your belongings, additional coverage is an option with some movers.
Many moving companies do require that you pay a deposit, a portion of your total cost, in order to lock in your move date. Requiring a deposit is a typical policy for most moving companies. Pricing depends on the size of your move; the large your move is, the higher the deposit may be. Make sure you ask that question to understand each moving company’s policy regarding deposits.
You can do as much or as little packing as you would like but it is important to note that if you are packing your own items you are liable for those items. At Colonial Van Lines we offer many different packing and storage options for your move. View our full list of Colonial Van Lines Packing and Storage Services.
In the moving industry there are two main seasons, peak and non-peak season. If you have the ability to be flexible with the date of your move, it can save you money. Peak season generally runs from Spring through Summer. Non-peak season is the late Fall months through Winter.
A non-binding move estimate is an estimate that is not guaranteed. In other words, this should be considered as a ball-park estimate of your relocation cost. Your final moving costs are based on the actual weight of your items and any additional or optional services that were provided at the time of your move. If your final weight exceeds the initial estimated weight, for example, you might be obligated to pay additional charges for your move. If you need a binding estimate for your cross country move, speak with the experts at Colonial by calling 800-970-7498.
A binding moving estimate is a contract that details the exact cost based on the services you request at the time of the estimate. If you select this option, your final charges will not decrease if your final weight is less than originally estimated. If additional services are requested or required at the time of your move, the total cost will increase to accommodate the changes.
Relocating on the weekend is always a possibility but, at times, it may be more expensive. There are some companies that do not schedule any moves on Sundays so be sure to ask this question during the scheduling process. Overall, we recommend planning your move as far in advance as possible to avoid running into any scheduling issues. Keep in mind that the time of year that you move may also affect the price.
Early preparation for your long distance move is always recommended. As an industry standard, you want to give the moving companies as much notice as possible. Though there may not be an exact move date, you can contact your moving company and obtain and lock in pricing for around the time of your mover. Movers should be contacted about two months in advance to ensure a smooth moving process. This gives you time to research different moving companies, compare prices and the flexibility to schedule your move when it’s convenient for you.
Yes, Colonial Van Lines has a FREE long distance moving checklist that contains tips to keep you on the right track for your move. Colonial Van Lines FREE moving checklist.
the price of your quote depends on the size of your move as well the moving services you require. We recommend getting a free estimate, to see how much your move will cost you. Colonial Van Lines offers a FREE online moving estimate Colonial Van Lines that can be completed in a few simple steps.
We also have an app that will walk you through every step of documenting, photographing and shooting video of your rooms and furniture that needs to be moved and submitting it for a reliable and more accurate quote.
Note: When receiving a quote, don’t be afraid to ask what services are included within the quote. Be sure to also ask about any special services such as packing and storage if applicable to your move.