Monday, October 3, 2016

Long Distance Moving Tips

Things you need to know when making a Long Distance Move!

Making a long distance move can be devastating and very stressful, not to mention costly.
Let us help you make your long distance transition go as smoothly as possible with these helpful ideas. With over 30yrs of experience we can help you transition to your new location with ease.

Planning your trip and trying to figure out if you should move your self or hire a professional moving company.
1.Renting you own truck, Cons on moving yourself is you would have to start by renting a truck and getting supplies such as Pads, dollies, tie downs. Not to mentions you would need to know how to pack the truck probably so the everything would fit with no damage. You would need to plan on the cost for gas, lodging, food and insurance on the rental truck. Most rented trucks , pods, ABF truck, don't have air ride trucks and this make everything shift in transit, can cause items and furniture to damage. Also if you have pads on furniture and don't use rubber bands  or tape to hold pad on the pieces of furniture most likely will fell off the furniture cause damage to the piece. There is no insurance coverage for you when you hire a moving company to load or unload your furniture on any rented trucks.  We have seen many items damage when we unload trucks for customers moving long distance with Freights trucks, Pods, ABF, and Rented Trucks.
 Think carefully before going this route
Pros on moving your self is that you would be able to time your delivery and the cost in some cases are cheaper.
Hiring Professional Moving company, Pros on hiring movers are having someone doing all the work and taking the stress out of moving, by loading the truck and knowing everything will fit and be will taken care of your belongings. They will bring the truck, tools, pads, dollies, rubber bands ,gas and wardrobes on request. Our trucks are air ride which makes for a easy transit on your furniture .
Insurance is covered at .60 cent per pound per article and is include in the flat rate that the moving company has charged you. For your long distance move the bigger companies wont give you the personal service as a smaller company like us. We make every move very personal and you can always call and check to see where the driver is , office is open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm daily.  Downside, You will need to plan about two month in advance when hiring a moving company especially in the summer months. Its best to get a onsite estimate its free. Some moving companies have a two week spread for delivery. Depending on where your moving to we can deliver your furniture within 2-5days. Keep in mind that your shipment will be delivered with a large semi truck & trailer and in some cases can't get in to apartment complex ,and storage facilities , your shipment may need to be off loaded and loaded on a smaller truck to make the deliver and extra cost may occur. 

Auto Transport:
We transport Car, Vans, SUV's , Motorcycle, Some small boats.
Keep in mind your insurance coverage for your vehicle would be own insurance policy that would cover your vehicle and you would be responsible for your own deducible.

Get a On-Site Estimates: You can start with a phone estimate if your trying to get an idea for the cost. When your ready to book your move its always best to have a representative from the local moving company come out to visual survey the items you want to move long distance. It also helps you get a feel for the moving you are considering. Keep in mind most of these estimator are salesmen and they will not be there on moving day and they haven't even touched a piece of furniture. With us at Jones Moving are estimates are done by the owners or his sons, which are always on the long distance move. We don't believe in high press sales and get your to the point. With over 30yrs of experience we know you will have a wonderful experience from start to finish. Be care of companies that give you a cheap price over the phone, they usually are Brokers and they will contract your move out to moving company in your area. This can be a problem down the road when the movers arrive and they up the price on moving day.

Research Your Moving Company: It always a good idea to check the review on the moving companies you are considering on using. Good places to look are BBB, Angie's List, Yelp, Google. Some companies hire a marketing company to write review on google and Yelp. The BBB is pretty legit.  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/updating-your-registration is the site to Federal Motor Carrier

Boxing & Packing:


  • Dishpacks- Dishes, crystal, glassware, large flower arrangements, table lamps
  • Small Boxes- Breakables, books, records, canned food, tools, and Heavy items should always go in to smaller boxes.                                                                                                                                               
  • Medium Boxes- Pots/pans, foods,games,toys                                                                                                                                        
  • Large Boxes- Bedding, linens, large toys                                                                           
  • Wardrobe Cartons- Hanging clothes, shoes and hats. Wardrobe Cartons are brought to your home on the day of the move and are returned when the move is completed.                  
  • Pictures and mirrors: Keep the box flat and wrap your picture with paper or bubble wrap. Bunch paper at the bottom of the box, tape ends of box and seal the picture inside                                                                                                                                                            I can't stress enough how important it is to use lots paper bunched up for cushions at the bottom of your box and double wraps every items-Breakable. Always top the box with another topping of paper for cushioning those breakable pieces.  You should know that No moving company will cover any damages to what you packed in your boxes.                               Labeling what’s in each box and label what room you want it to go to.                                    For any questions on packing please call 602-944-1413 we can you some helpful ideas.

Insurance Coverage for Long Distance:
1st Option is most common: We Offer 60 cents per pound per article which is Cargo Insurance and is mandated by the Department of Transportation. This is the most common coverage throughout the Moving Industry. This is included in your hourly rate.

2nd Option is a good for long distance:  We highly recommend a policy offered by  www.MovingInsurance.com this will cover you for a single piece or full household goods. If you have any questions about the insurance, please call them at 888-893-8835 or visit their website @  www.MovingInsurance.com If you choose to get a policy through moving insurance. Note: The moving company will have to I
inventory all items and it will take a little longer for your move to be completed.

3rd Option:  Check with your Homeowner or rental insurance carriers to see what they cover.
Keep in mind Boxes ,totes, tubes, would not be covered in any of these plans. Also Loose items, pictures, mirrors, paintings, art work, marble, press wood, wouldn't be covered as well.

Things we will not transport:
  • Explosives
  • Chemicals/Acids
  • Flammable items
  • Weapons
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Gas
  • Propane
 
We hope all of this information will help make your long distance move feel less hectic and overwhelming. We've here 7 days a week 7am to 7pm to answer any questions you may have.
Please Call Us or visit our website for more information on your moving. http://jonesmoverz.com
602-944-1413

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