3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Long Distance Moving Service

Will you be moving to another city or state in the near future? Are you considering hiring a moving company to assist you with the process? If this is something that you've never had to do before, the entire prospect of moving can seem difficult and stressful. Fortunately, choosing the right moving company to perform your move isn't actually as difficult as it might seem at first. Asking the right questions will help to ensure that you've chosen the right company for you. Some questions that you may want to consider asking include:

How often do you do these types of moves? If you're just moving a standard household's worth of furniture, you can skip this question. But if you're moving anything antique or that is an heirloom, such as a grandfather clock or a set of antique dishes, this question becomes essential. Not all long distance moving services will have the necessary experience to move items that are really old and/or valuable. Before you choose a company to move your one-of-a-kind belongings, you'll want to make sure that they have experience moving items of a similar nature.

What kind of insurance do you offer? Some long distance moving services offer little to no insurance on your items, often paying by the pound for anything that's damaged in transit. One instance where this may not be ideal is if your washing machine somehow gets totaled in the move. If you are reimbursed by the pound, you may only get a few tens of dollars for a machine worth hundreds. Other moving companies will offer full insurance coverage. If the moving truck should be hit by another vehicle and your belongings are damaged or destroyed, you'll be able to get back most or all of the worth of the destroyed items. You'll want to find out exactly what is and is not covered by the insurance in order to determine if it's sufficient for your needs.

How long will it take my items to arrive? Once your household is packed up into the truck, you might expect that all long distance moving services will immediately head off to your new home. This isn't always the case. With larger companies and with longer moves, your belongings will be driven to a centralized location. From there, your items will be put onto a semi truck with the belongings of other people who are moving in the same direction as you are. The truck will then be driven off, often stopping along the way to unload as necessary. This process can add anywhere from a few days to a week or so to the moving experience. When you're still working on getting utilities turned on at your new home, it can be nice to not have to worry about dealing with boxes of stuff immediately but this is still something that you'll want to be aware of for better planning.

Contact a service, like Summit Moving & Storage Company, for more help.