Whether you are moving to a new home a few blocks away or across the country, it is important to do your research and hire a reputable and capable relocating company.
According to Melissa Data, an estimated 40 million Americans pack up their belongings and move to a new residence each year. Their reasons can range from housing-related, family-related or employment-related concerns. While many are international relocations, a majority of people move within the same county.
Whatever your reasons for moving, you should take the time to assess moving companies before you decide to hire them. Doubtless, you have invested valuable time and money to acquire your belongings so hiring a reputable relocation firm should be one of your highest priorities.
Features to Look For
Customer Service – Learn about the methods of communication they offer customers. Reliable companies offer multiple ways for customers to reach them such as telephone numbers, cellphone numbers and email. Another important thing to determine is their physical address so you can visit them and consult with them in person if you so choose. It is also a good idea to evaluate the ease with which you can contact the moving company and how quickly they respond to your questions and concerns.
Cost – Find out the company’s pricing structure: do they charge per box, by weight or mileage? Will the mover be able to give you a discount? Does the moving company offer moving materials like packing boxes, bubble wrap and packaging tape? How much do they charge for these supplies?
Licensing – You can easily dodge scammers by checking for necessary licensing and insurance. Find out if they have active authority status with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Furthermore, professional moving companies are required to have bodily injury liability insurance, property damage insurance and cargo insurance that cover the amount of your move.
Expertise – Whichever type of move you are making, whether residential or commercial, the relocation company you hire must have the necessary knowledge to help make your move as smooth and hassle-free as possible. The company should send someone to visit you in order to inspect your possessions in order to provide estimates.
Claims – Before you even hire a mover, find out what claims process they have in place. The best moving companies provide customers with a dedicated staff member to assist you should any issues arise, instead of just giving you a toll-free number to call. Find out how quickly the company processes claims in the event that your belongings become lost or damaged during the move.
Top Moving Companies
American Van Lines
American Van Lines is a family-owned and operated local, commercial and long distance moving company based in South Florida. They provide services that are suited for corporations, households, military families and individuals, whether you are moving to a nearby location, to one across the country or even to a different country. American Van Lines’ team of moving experts is fully capable of moving entire companies or households. The company ensures a smooth transition by offering storage facilities to help those who need to safely store their belongings while in the process of changing locations. You can also trust the companies trained movers to safely handle and move your priceless piano, antique and fine arts pieces. AVL is licensed and insured, and registered with the Department of Transportation. The company also has the AMSA ProMover stamp of approval.
International Van Lines
International Van Lines was established in 2000 and is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to being registered with the Department of Transportation, it is also licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission to perform maritime transportation. The company has more than 3000 global partners and achievers over 8000 moves each year. It is ranked as one of the Top 3 Relocation Companies by Consumer Reports 2015 and has an A+ BBB rating. International Van Lines is an expert in various types of relocation: residential, commercial, government and military and logistics. The company is also an expert when it comes to long distance or international relocation. International Van Lines offers various moving solutions that include storage, packing services, and moving boxes, among others.
Long Distance Van Lines
Located in Davie, Florida, Long Distance Van Lines has more than 17 years of experience in moving individuals, families and companies all over the country. This professional moving company offers varying levels of services, from basic (you pack and unpack everything) to full moving services (professionally trained personnel pack everything for you). Aside from this, the company can take of care of safely moving specialty items for you, such as pianos, and priceless works of art and furniture. Long Distance Van Lines also offers secure, climate-controlled storage for those who need to secure their fragile and delicate items in between locations.
Rolls Van Lines
Rolls Van Lines is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The company provides residential, commercial and governmental relocation services. Rolls Van Lines offers affordable, dependable and quality local and long distance moving services, as well as storage and packing services to meet their customers’ needs. The company prides itself in their professional qualified employees as well as in their fleet of trucks that are ready for any distance and any cargo. Rolls Van Lines has storage available up to 20,000 square feet with climate control and surveillance. Rolls Van Lines offers same-day service and delivers within 5 to 21 days to most states. They offer full-value protection with every move, and additional insurance is available upon request. Customers can expect the dedicated claims resolution department to help them in the event of a crisis during the move. The company assures customers that there are no fine print contracts and hidden fees and that they are licensed, bonded and insured.