Almost without exception, saving money is at the top of the list of priorities when hiring a moving company, especially for an out of state or cross country move. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as cut and dry as it seems. One reason is that the prices you receive from a moving company is an estimate–there’s simply no way of telling what delays or obstacles may come up when hauling cargo over a long distance.
As a result, you will get a variety of price quotes from movers, some of them drastically different or far apart in terms of the cost. So how do you tell a reputable moving company from a questionable one? Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you get the best available service at the lowest price possible. In the section below, we’ll review some of the best strategies and practices for saving money when hiring an out-of-state mover.
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How To Save Money When Moving Across The Country
Do Your Research – Some moving companies have more experience and a better reputation that others. In order to find these diamonds in the rough, you may need to some basic research to determine the best option for you, most of which can be done through the FMCSA website. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) regulates the moving and transport industries and is the best source of information across the industry. A good starting point for your research is to understand your moving rights and responsibilities, which should be issued to you by any mover that your partner with.
Compare Prices & Services – Once you’ve done some basic research and gathered some cost estimates from movers–and these should always be free–it’s time to compare them. Be cautious about automatically accepting the lowest bid, which can often be priced unrealistically low to get your name on the contract, only to tack on additional fees to make up the difference. This is one reason it’s important to contact a handful of options before making a decision. Costs will be different with each company, but there should be a consistent price range that emerges.
Eliminate Outliers – To guard against both the “lowball” quote and the unreasonably high estimates, it’s a good practice to discard the highest and lowest prices you’re quoted. This should leave you with a range of affordable options that have the necessary licensing, insurance and experience.
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