If you find yourself facing a move that will take your belongings across state lines, you need an interstate mover to help you. You may confuse the terms “interstate” with “intrastate” but they are actually two very different things. While interstate moving involves any relocation that goes beyond state lines, intrastate moving is any move that is contained within state lines.
Let’s say you plan to move from a state outside California, such as Arizona, into San Diego CA. Or maybe you plan to move from San Diego to a city right over the state line. It may not exactly qualify as a long-distance move, which is usually at least a few hundred miles, but it does qualify as an interstate move. In this instance, you would hire an interstate mover to help with the relocation.
Finding the right moving company is half the battle. You’ll have to do your research and vet a few different movers before settling on the one that’s right for you. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Look for Referrals and Read Reviews
Search the Internet for basic information on at least three interstate movers in your area. Ask your friends, family members and coworkers if they have recently worked with a particular moving company that they would recommend, suggests Moving.com. If you have a real estate agent that you’re working with to find a new home, then ask your agent for suggestions. Check Yelp and Google for online reviews.
2. Get at Least Three Estimates
Don’t just pounce on the first quote you receive. Get at least three and compare them in detail. In general, you want to go with the one that’s middle of the road. A sky-high quote may be taking you for a ride, while a low-ball quote screams hidden fees and less-than-reputable service. When calling for estimates, ask for an in-person estimate for the highest level of accuracy. No one can give you an accurate quote over the phone while only taking your word for it. They have to see how many items you have, their relative weight, and the layout of your home. Factors that can raise the moving cost include several large and cumbersome items such as pianos and pool tables, tight hallways, narrow staircases and no access to elevators.
3. Look Out For Red Flags
When getting your estimates, keep an eye out for red flags. No mover worth its salt will ask you for a large cash deposit prior to the move. If the mover you’re dealing with demands a lot of money upfront, they may not be legitimate. Take note of how professional (or not) the movers are. Did they show up on time or late? Are they dressed in uniforms or in street clothes? Do they gladly answer all your questions or do they seem aggravated and eager to get going? Do they have their own vans and equipment or did they arrive in a rented van? Red flags may be all over the place. Keep your eye out, use common sense, and ask plenty of questions. Lastly, don’t discount your gut feeling. If you don’t feel comfortable around a particular mover, go on to the next name on the list. You want to have a harmonious relationship with your mover, not someone that doesn’t put you at ease.
4. Check for License and Insurance
Every interstate mover is issued a U.S. DOT number by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you are planning a move out of state, check the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the mover’s U.S. DOT number. You will need this number in the event you ever have to file a claim against the company at a later date.
5. Check Their Standing With the Better Business Bureau
Look the mover up on the BBB. It’s free and it will help guide you in making a wise decision. If they have a poor rating with many consumer complaints, move on. And if they’re not even listed at all with the BBB, look elsewhere for a company that is.
6. Find Out About Professional Accreditation
Trade associations will research companies before inviting them to become a member or before giving them an approved service seal. You’ll want to make sure the moving company you are considering carries the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo. Then, head over to the American Moving and Storage Association’s Moving.org site to further check their credibility and look for other approved companies.
7. Ask About Insurance
Find out if the company offers a basic insurance rate (usually 60 cents per pound) as well as extra insurance. If you have high value items, you will want to opt for more insurance either through the moving company or through a third-party insurance company. The basic insurance is very minimal, so consider adding more if you have a lot of high-end artwork, collectibles, jewelry, etc.
8. Verify the Mover’s Address
When meeting with or speaking to each mover, ask for their basic information, including address. Then, look it up online and make sure it is an actual location. Is it listed and registered under the company name? Be leery if you see a residential address for the company name, or even worse, a PO Box.
Be heeding the above tips, you can better select the ideal interstate mover for your next relocation in and around San Diego.
Contact Best Fit Movers
If you’re on the lookout for the “best fit” when it comes to San Diego interstate movers, we hope you will consider Best Fit Movers. We have been serving residents and business owners in and around San Diego for many years and would be happy to get you started with a free quote on interstate moving services. Contact us today in San Diego at 858-943-3628.