How to Choose a Long Distance Moving Company

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If you are worrying sick about how to ship and deliver your possessions to your new place, the time has come to find reputable long distance movers. And that appears to be a much more difficult undertaking than it might seem.

We know that choosing a long distance moving company is a chore which is why we put together some handy tips to help you out.


10 things you really need to check out before hiring a long moving company

1. FMCSA registration

Long distance movers must hold a valid license issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Such registration is a sure sign that the company is committed to delivering quality service and meets the federal guidelines. As a customer, you can then count on higher professionalism, broader insurance options and more effective procedures when dealing with force majeure circumstances.

Another thing to check is a US DOT number which is issued to companies that provide interstate moving services. Likewise, a company that operates within the state needs a license issued by that state.

2. Insurance

You should never hire a company that is not insured. What kind of protection for your belongings a business like this can provide? Do not leave it to chance and ask to see the insurance.

3. Large deposit?

Few reputable long distance movers will ask their customers to pay a large deposit prior to moving. If you pay before your possessions are delivered, you get yourself into a vulnerable situation: you paid the money but you cannot control whether your stuff is actually delivered to the new place. Credible movers respect customers’ concerns and accept payment upon delivery.


4. Get several quotes to estimate your costs

Different long moves companies deliver different service. In the meantime, you need to make sure that movers can minimize the costs you will have to bear and will take all details into account. A website like is a great resource for getting free quotes from the industry’s most credible companies and it makes finding the right long distance moving company a lot easier.

5. Book a meeting at your home

Professional movers will never take shortcuts and estimate your costs over the phone or via email. Book a meeting and make sure they viewed your furniture and other belongings. This will leave you with an accurate cost estimation that you can actually trust.

6. Ask for your copy of a moving inventory

Experienced long distances movers will be sure to make a list detailing all the things you want to move and the weight of each item. Ask all questions at this stage, before it is too late to re-pack.

7.  Additional services

A company that is willing to go an extra mile for its clients understands the value of great customer service. If one of your candidates is open to offer you additional services to help you with your long moves that might just be your perfect match.

8. Clarify the structure of the rate

Companies move rates can vary depending on distance. Local movers typically charge per hour but companies that move stuff across the states can charge per mile or have a fixed price. Check this out before signing any contracts.

9. Liability options

Ask if your long distance moving company provides a Full Value Protection for your belongings (which is the industry’s standard). You can also opt in for an Alternative Liability which only provides minimal protection.

10. Look for customer reviews

Positive reviews are a great indicator that a company is doing its job the right way. Websites like Yelp provide unsolicited reviews that will give you a better insight into what the company is all about.


Written by

Alex Sherr is the founder of Long Distance Moving, a blog that provides moving information and resources for people who are relocating. He has more than two decades of experience in the moving and relocation industry, and he is passionate about helping people relocate smoothly and efficiently. When he's not writing or blogging, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.