Moving for the First Time?
Once you agree to the terms of your quote and get connected with your moving specialist, you’ll receive an Order for Service detailing the specifics of your move. If you request packing services, a packing team will come to you a few days before your move. On moving day, the movers load your boxed and labeled items into the moving van, and provide you with a Bill of Lading. This is a legal document acting as a receipt for your goods and a transport contract. As items are unloaded from the van and into their correct place in your new home, they are individually checked off of the Bill of Lading. You will finish the move with a walkthrough and confirmation with your driver.
Long-Distance Moving FAQ
Our Long-Distance Moving Services
● Packing Services: We offer packing with professional supplies to keep your items secure and unpacking to give you a hands-free move.
● Senior Moving: We are experienced in moving older adults and accommodating their needs, whether they’re downsizing or moving to an assisted living center.
● Antiques Moving: Our trained professionals are equipped with the right tools and techniques to safely move valuable antiques while minimizing potential damage.
● Piano Moving: We have expertise in moving pianos and organs of all sizes with the delicate touch they require.
● Warehouse Storage: Our warehouse storage facility offers safe and secure storage for your items with 24/7 surveillance, pest control, and flood protection.
What are the Costs Involved in Hiring Long-Distance Movers?
Most long-distance moving companies charge based on the weight of your items. It’s a strange way to calculate the cost of a move, but it comes from the fact that a moving truck is rated to hold a certain total weight, and they want to maximize their revenue over a specified distance.
This way of calculating costs does lead to a scenario where you’ll find the most common type of scam in the moving industry. It’s called the “hostage scam”. What happens is a company will come in with an intentionally low quote and then leverage a law designed to protect movers against non-paying customers. Movers have the right to not unload their trucks until they have been paid in full. But in this scam, the moving company will state that once the fully loaded truck was weighed, the actual weight was much higher than their estimate, and in turn, raise the cost of your move substantially. They then won’t unload your items until you have paid them in full, usually in a form of payment such as cash.
If you stay with an established moving company, this won’t happen, but these scam companies often try their best to confuse you by naming their companies very similar to the larger, more established companies. The country is riddled with these smaller scam companies, often, they’re not even moving companies but a subcategory called moving brokers. Moving brokers sub out their booked moves to smaller guys that own trucks and facilitate the move itself. If you check any company’s USDOT Number in the Federal Movers Database, you can see if they are listed as a broker.
At Eversafe Moving Co., we believe in total transparency. Our Price Lock Guarantee ensures the amount you are quoted is the amount you pay. Our detailed quote includes all fees and surcharges with no hidden costs, giving you a clear understanding of what you’re paying for, and, of course, we are listed in the Federal Movers Database.
What is Included in a Long-Distance Move, and What Costs Extra?
A standard long-distance move typically includes loading, transportation, and unloading of items. Extra costs are usually associated with packing and unpacking services, disassembly and reassembly of furniture, and any specialty items that require special care.
Not all companies offer packing services, and even fewer companies offer unpacking services. Usually, larger van liners are the companies that will offer unpacking services. Because van liners are often commissioned for corporate relocations, they end up charging for every service they can.
Packing is a first-class service. The cost of packing can easily exceed the cost of the actual move itself per hour. Just like an airplane has a small number of first-class seats, most customers who are paying out of pocket opt to do the packing themselves.
Packing does affect insurance coverage, however. Most companies that offer full coverage for your items will only cover items in boxes that were packed by a professional mover. This is because insurance companies can’t put themselves in a position where they would be liable for items packed improperly. This is definitely important to consider when choosing your insurance coverage.
At Eversafe, we offer a full suite of moving services. Our moving specialist will work with you to understand your specific needs and customize the services accordingly. We aim to provide a seamless and stress-free moving experience.
How are Items Protected During a Long-Distance Move?
How a moving company protects a customer’s belongings varies tremendously. How tightly a truck is packed, what kind of protection is used on the items being moved, and protecting the homes. Even the quality of moving pads can be vastly different from company to company.
Some companies don’t pad any items, and some companies only pad specific items. The three main ways to secure pads are either with shrink wrap, tape, or moving rubber bands. Shrink wrap is by far the best but also the most expensive for the mover.
At Eversafe, we not only follow standard practices but also pay extra attention to specialty items. Be it a piano, an antique, or any fragile item, we ensure they are safely packed, loaded, and unloaded at your new location. We feel it’s important to wrap every single item to be moved; it’s not our place to decide what items are more important than others. It’s also important because if an item rubs against a wall without any protection on it, the possibility of marking up the wall is much greater.
What Coverage Options Will I Have for Potential Damage or Loss?
Moving companies typically offer several valuation options to protect your belongings. These can range from basic coverage provided at no additional cost, which is called Limited Liability Valuation and covers 60 cents per pound per item, to Full-Value Protection which costs extra but provides more comprehensive coverage. With Full-Value Protection, you can have your items repaired, replaced, or receive a cash-value compensation, typically at the mover’s discretion.
Eversafe Moving Co. offers various moving valuation options, keeping your budget and requirements in mind. Our transparent and flexible coverage options ensure that your possessions are adequately protected during the move. Be sure to ask your assigned moving specialist for details.
How Long Does an Out-of-State Move Typically Take? How Is the Delivery Date Determined?
Out-of-state moves with an independent moving company usually calls for a day for loading, a day for unloading, and a day for every 500 miles. Van line agents will take longer, about 3-6 weeks in total. The delivery date is often determined based on several factors, including distance, size of the move, and the moving company’s schedule.
As an independent moving company, Eversafe streamlines the long-distance moving process. We work closely with our clients to determine a convenient delivery date, ensuring a quick and efficient move.
What Experience and Training Do Movers Have with Moving Fragile Items?
Training in the moving world can vary from no training at all to several weeks of courses, depending on what a company may provide. There are moving companies that offer a multi-week course that all of their employees are required to attend. But, most commonly, when considering the larger volume of companies, no prior training is given to most moving employees before they start on the truck. This gets even more precarious when you consider how seasonal the moving business is because, during the peak moving season of the Summer, most moving companies will be going through a rapid hiring process.
EverSafe Moving Co. employees are required to go through a multi-pronged training course. We start off by having each employee take a professional movers video course. This is proceeded by a live classroom-style course that we have developed in-house. And finally, they are given hands-on training in our warehouse in a controlled environment, all of this before any of our employees are allowed to step foot on a moving truck.
We have advanced training for our drivers and a separate classroom-style course for when our employees transition into a team leader position.
What is the Process for Filing a Claim for Items Damaged or Lost During My Move?
What most customers don’t realize is that, when insurance is arranged through the moving company, they are most likely paying for the damage out of pocket. The most common deductible that a moving company has with their insurance company is $1000. So any claim under that amount is the responsibility of the company itself.
The Bill of Lading, which is the backbone contract between a moving company and a customer, will stipulate the amount of time a customer has to file a claim after the move date. Generally, you’ll need to contact the main office of a company to inform them of the damage and to get information on how to proceed from there.
With Eversafe, the claim filing process is straightforward and hassle-free. We prioritize customer satisfaction, and in case of any damage or loss, we encourage our customers to contact us immediately. Our dedicated team will guide you through the process.
Are There Any Restrictions or Rules on Long-Distance Moves?
There are some items that movers are not allowed to carry for public safety reasons and because of government regulation, especially when moving across state lines. You should check with your mover if you aren’t sure, but some of the most common items are live animals, explosives, flammable liquids, and corrosives.
Eversafe Moving Co. adheres to all government regulations and guidelines for long-distance moves. We prioritize safety and legality, and our team would be happy to discuss any specific questions or concerns you may have regarding your move.