Long Distance Moving Guidelines
If you’re preparing to move to another state or across the country, you must find a trustworthy long distance moving company that complies with the strict federal and state laws governing interstate moving.
While most moving companies work within the law, you must do your due diligence to avoid falling prey to fraudulent companies. Ask friends and family for recommended movers, read online reviews, and check with the Better Business Bureau.
The United States Department of Transportation publishes a handy booklet called "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move". When you hire us, we will provide you with this booklet. It outlines your rights and responsibilities when dealing with long distance moving companies.
Key Federal Qualifications for Long Distance Movers
You should only hire qualified movers that are authorized to perform interstate and cross country moves. Interstate movers operate under stricter regulations than local mover due to the extra risk and travel distance involved. This ensures the safe transit of your belongings. We are fully compliant with all state and federal laws.
Before hiring a long distance mover, ask them for the following important credentials:
Adequate Insurance Coverage. All interstate movers must carry a minimum level of liability, motor vehicle, and workers’ compensation insurance. These cover vehicle accidents and protect workers that are injured while moving goods.
FMCSA Registration. Make sure the moving company is allowed to transport household goods between States. To do so, the moving company must have up-to-date registration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This registration must be updated every two years.
U.S. DOT Number. In addition to the above, long distance moving companies should also possess a unique identifying number from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). This number tracks safety information such as inspections, audits, crash investigations, and compliance reviews.
How to Protect Your Belongings
Proper preparation is essential to protecting your belongings from damage or loss during moving. Here are some useful tips to protect your belongings when dealing with a long distance mover:
Get a Binding Estimate - This guarantees the moving company cannot ask for extra charges after the move is over. It is different than a price quote that leaves room for extra fees.
Shop for Extra Insurance - You might need extra property insurance for your valuable items such as antiques, artwork and high end equipment. These items might not be covered by the moving company's minimum liability coverage.
Discuss the Moving Schedule - Make sure the scheduled pickup and delivery timings are clear, so you can plan accordingly for both days.
Take Inventory All Your Items - Before packing, create an inventory of all your belongings and describe their condition. Make sure your movers sign off on this inventory list before loading the items in the moving truck.
Read The Fine Print Carefully - Prior to signing any documents, read the fine print carefully. This includes the bill of lading, estimate and service order.