The long distance mover you eventually settle on should have a litany of qualities that set them apart from their competition, but mostly, they just need to perform the desired task: Moving you and your items across the state or the country easily. How they perform that task will help you narrow down which long distance mover suites your needs best.
Is Your Move “Long-Distance?"
Most movers define a long distance move as a job that requires carting the items over 100 miles. If this includes crossing a state or a country’s border it doesn’t really matter as the move is often calculated based off of how many miles you’re traveling. Having a set number of miles for your move ensures that the mover can give you an accurate quote right off the bat based off of the distance.
The Charging Structure
When a long distance move project is established, and after collecting the exact number of miles, the general charge will be calculated based off of the weight of the move rather than the amount of time it’ll help you to gather your things and pile them in the truck for the move. Since the move will be based on weight, it’s pretty important to ensure that you’ve disposed of all the items you, absolutely, do not need. A bit of rummaging and reconsidering can significantly decrease the weight of your move and, therefore, the price of your long distance move. Be sure to do this stage of the cleanup before the moving team comes to assess the items you’re wanting to transport.
Understanding Moving Fees
On occasion, some movers charge based on the time required for the move and then charge based off of the mileage and the fuel needed for the move. When you’re shopping for movers, be sure to inquire as to how many hours they believe the move might take and what the extra charges are that usually go hand-in-hand with their long distance moving process. Since Scott’s Oceana Moving generally conducts our estimates online, you’ll have an immediate sense of the price you’ll be looking at in writing for your move.
Estimating Your Move
Before you start hunting down your long distance moving company you should have a solid understanding of what it is exactly you want from the movers you’re going to hire. If it’s an interstate move, you’ll want a tested, safe driver who is experienced with a truck. Scott’s Oceana Moving has tested drivers that complete regular training for interstate moves to ensure that your possessions arrive safely. Determining whether your move is an interstate or intrastate determines quite a bit as both are regulated in different ways. Once you understand the regulations for the type of move, you’ll be able to make a more educated decision on your moving company choice. Moves that take you into another country or state are called interstate moves and are regulated by the FMCSA or the Federal Motor Carrier Association. If you’re moving across the state but remaining in Virginia, you can check the state requirements if you’d like and hire based off of what moving companies have stayed true to those regulations. Luckily, Scott's Oceana moving is equipped to undertake both kinds of moving and follows all of the regulations required for either type of long distance moving project.
What to Avoid
Some moving companies will employ third party movers to conduct part of your move. That means there’s more truck transferring and, therefore, more opportunity for those pieces of heirloom furniture and your favorite, beautifully ornate mirror to be broken in the hustle and bustle. Ask the company if they use third party movers before hiring a company, and then steer clear of it. If you hire a moving company, you’re hiring based on a sense of trust and built up a relationship. It’d be tantamount to breaching that trust if they were to unload your stuff to someone else after you’ve signed your contract. If the third party moving company is required because of an overseas operation, that is slightly different as it would be pretty impossible to complete your moving process once your items are flown over to Canada or another country entirely and out of the reach of our team.
Trust Scott’s Oceana Moving
We pride ourselves on our superior handling of your items because we understand the sentimentality and the importance surrounding each and every item. When you get to your new life, you’ll need those little pieces of familiar comfort to help you integrate and start up your new life comfortably. You can’t handle too much change at once, so let us keep your constants safe with our precise drivers and careful moving processes.