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Useful tips for moving long distance

NY NJ MOVERS / 12-06-2016 / MOVING


Moving can be an extremely stressful task , not to mention a long distance move. In the moving industry , a long distance move is categorized by simple criteria: over 200 miles between pick up and delivery locations , or the crossing of state lines .(keep in mind that not all crossing of state lines is considered long distance , jersey city to Manhattan for example are a couple of miles away .... Not long distance )

Ok , so if your move falls into one of these categories , you have a long distance move to look forward to . Let's try to give you a few tips to fully understand what that entails and what to expect when getting a quote for a long distance move:

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What are the logistics?
At the pick up (the place you're moving from) the movers will come with a 26" foot truck , or something in that range . They will load the truck with your belongings and either unload to a storage location designated for long distance moves , or unload straight into an 18 wheeler truck (one of the big ones you see on the highway with the license plates from a state on the other side of the continent ). The long distance storage is where they keep your belongings until the 18 wheeler is fully consolidated ( = filled with your stuff along with other people's stuff that's going in the same general direction ). Your belongings will be loaded onto the 18 wheeler in the order of the deliveries along the route . * there is , of course , an off chance that your belongings will fill an 18 wheeler alone , and in that scenario you won't be waiting for any consolidation .

Licensing:
Any reputable long distance moving company must have an "MC Number" which is granted by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) . This license permits the carrier to transfer household goods from one state to another. You can also use the MC Number to get info about the company you are considering , on the FMCSA website .

Insurance:
Moving your belongings miles away may result in damages regardless of how professional the movers may be . Moving companies carry basic valuation coverage for your items and are prohibited from selling insurance (if they try selling you insurance to make an extra buck , something is stinky). It is recommended to look into purchasing additional coverage for your items .

Additional fees:
Pay attention !! Everybody hates bad surprises , especially when they come in the form of money coming out of your pocket . There are a few potential "additional fees" that might come up when moving long distance .

Storage:
If you're moving with a large gap of time between pick-up and delivery , your belongings may need to be stored . Most companies charge for that .

Shuttle service:
If your delivery location isn't 18 wheel accessible you'll probably be charged an additional fee for renting out a smaller truck to deliver your items .

Stairs:
If your delivery location doesn't have an elevator or if your items don't fit in the elevator) ...... Extra charge .

Long carry:
Pretty self explanatory. If the movers have a long carry from truck to home entrance you might be charged extra. All of these additional fees should be written clearly in your moving contract . If your moving company didn't talk about them before the move you'd be wise to bring up the questions yourself .

All the fees make sense when you think about them , nonetheless , you should be informed about them beforehand. Now that you're better prepared and aware of what lies ahead ... Go forth , and Move !!

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BY PREVIOUSLY SCREENED NY /NJ MOVERS

Useful tips for moving long distance

NY NJ MOVERS / 12-06-2016 / MOVING


Moving can be an extremely stressful task , not to mention a long distance move. In the moving industry , a long distance move is categorized by simple criteria: over 200 miles between pick up and delivery locations , or the crossing of state lines .(keep in mind that not all crossing of state lines is considered long distance , jersey city to Manhattan for example are a couple of miles away .... Not long distance )

Ok , so if your move falls into one of these categories , you have a long distance move to look forward to . Let's try to give you a few tips to fully understand what that entails and what to expect when getting a quote for a long distance move:

Try our advanced system now
Get FREE Long Distance Quotes
compare prices and Save!

What are the logistics?
At the pick up (the place you're moving from) the movers will come with a 26" foot truck , or something in that range . They will load the truck with your belongings and either unload to a storage location designated for long distance moves , or unload straight into an 18 wheeler truck (one of the big ones you see on the highway with the license plates from a state on the other side of the continent ). The long distance storage is where they keep your belongings until the 18 wheeler is fully consolidated ( = filled with your stuff along with other people's stuff that's going in the same general direction ). Your belongings will be loaded onto the 18 wheeler in the order of the deliveries along the route . * there is , of course , an off chance that your belongings will fill an 18 wheeler alone , and in that scenario you won't be waiting for any consolidation .

Licensing:
Any reputable long distance moving company must have an "MC Number" which is granted by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) . This license permits the carrier to transfer household goods from one state to another. You can also use the MC Number to get info about the company you are considering , on the FMCSA website .

Insurance:
Moving your belongings miles away may result in damages regardless of how professional the movers may be . Moving companies carry basic valuation coverage for your items and are prohibited from selling insurance (if they try selling you insurance to make an extra buck , something is stinky). It is recommended to look into purchasing additional coverage for your items .

Additional fees:
Pay attention !! Everybody hates bad surprises , especially when they come in the form of money coming out of your pocket . There are a few potential "additional fees" that might come up when moving long distance .

Storage:
If you're moving with a large gap of time between pick-up and delivery , your belongings may need to be stored . Most companies charge for that .

Shuttle service:
If your delivery location isn't 18 wheel accessible you'll probably be charged an additional fee for renting out a smaller truck to deliver your items .

Stairs:
If your delivery location doesn't have an elevator or if your items don't fit in the elevator) ...... Extra charge .

Long carry:
Pretty self explanatory. If the movers have a long carry from truck to home entrance you might be charged extra. All of these additional fees should be written clearly in your moving contract . If your moving company didn't talk about them before the move you'd be wise to bring up the questions yourself .

All the fees make sense when you think about them , nonetheless , you should be informed about them beforehand. Now that you're better prepared and aware of what lies ahead ... Go forth , and Move !!

GET FREE MOVING AND STORAGE QUOTES
BY PREVIOUSLY SCREENED NY /NJ MOVERS