Tips For Choosing The Best Interstate Moving Company


What To Look For When Moving Out Of State

Although every move will have its fair share of difficulties, a move that crosses state lines can be more complicated since it is subject to federal rules and regulations. Because of this, there are a few extra precautions you need to take when choosing movers to transport your stuff out of state. Here are some tips to help you decide which company is best for your interstate move. SEE ALSO: 5 Red Flags That Indicate A Moving Scam

Be Sure That You Need One

First, you need to determine if your move qualifies as an interstate move.  An interstate move occurs when your possessions cross a state border at any time during transport. It doesn’t matter if you’re only moving 20 miles away or if the final destination of your move is in the same state. If the truck or container carrying your things passes through a different state to get to your new residence, it is considered an interstate move and must follow the rules and regulations governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Make Sure They’re Accredited

To avoid the hassle of being scammed or having to deal with added difficulties, there are a few requirements you should have for an interstate mover. First, they should be licensed by FMCSA. You can check this by asking for their U.S. DOT number and checking at You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no complaints against them and their rating is at least satisfactory. If there’s been a complaint filed against them, or they are under investigation, go with a different company.

Ask Them Questions

You are trusting this company with all of your belongings, so you need to be completely sure about them. In order to do that, ask them questions. Find out about their crew and workers. How long have they been working there? What kind of screening process does the crew go through? On that note, also ask if they plan to subcontract any part of your move with another moving company, which happens often on long distance moves. Would you be OK with a whole different company having possession of your things at some point during the move? Another important consideration is the kind of liability coverages they offer. Although federal law requires interstate movers to offer full-value and released-value coverage, these are not regulated by state insurance laws, so you should ask for their exact policy terms to know what they are. If you don’t feel like this coverage is enough, ask if they offer any additional coverage or insurance.

Make Some Requests

After being assured of the dependability and service of at least three potential companies, compare what each has to offer. In order to do a good comparison, request these items from them:
  • The tariff: a list of their rules and the services they offer along with rates and fees.
  • A copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move: a brochure that will help you understand all the documents they will ask you to sign.
  • A timetable: so you know how long each part of the moving process will take them.
  • An on-site estimate (in writing): a more accurate quote like this will give you a better idea of the overall price you’ll have to pay.
  • A list of referrals: contact a few from the list and ask what they thought of the company’s services.
SEE ALSO: 6 Need-To-Know Tips For Relocation To A New City On Your Own Once you have a better understanding of what each company has to offer, compare your options based on cost, time, and the reputation of the company. Your more informed choice will lead to a seamless moving experience. And, with any luck, you’ll soon be enjoying your new home stress-free and with some extra cash left over from your moving budget.
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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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