How to Choose a Cross Country Moving Company


What you need to know

So you’ve got that new job or promotion or you’re just ready for a change of scenery and lifestyle and are relocating across the country. But now comes the daunting task of moving. Packing this and that. Packing day and night. Hunting tirelessly for empty boxes. Filling a truck or van with your stuff and hauling it over state after state. You do a bit of math and come to the conclusion that hiring a cross country moving company will be well worth the price. It’ll save time and your back will thank you.

Why Use a Professional Service

Aside from sparing you a lot of physical labor, a professional service has other advantage. The first of which is being experienced. Simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know. But a professional mover will know what you don’t. They’ll know the best route to take. A professional moving company will also be prepared for the unexpected. A flat tire isn’t a big deal to them but it would be a huge problem for you. Budgeting for gas is another thing. You’ll probably spend quite a bit more than you planned whereas movers have it down to a science.

Choosing a Cross Country Moving Company

Before you start calling around, assess your situation. That is to say, take an inventory of your stuff. Lighten the load by holding a yard sale and/or giving stuff you don’t need away to charity. What you want to do is take what you need with you, not a bunch of stuff that collects dust. Then, do these things to find the right moving service:

  • Look for trusted references and sources. It’s perfectly fine to ask friends and family about companies they’ve used and about their experiences. But don’t stop there. Review the local BBB rating and look up local court records for civil suits.
  • Get at least three different quotes in writing. Have at least three different companies visit your home and take an inventory of your belongings. Ask for an itemized schedule of charges so you know exactly what each service costs.
  • Compare and contrast the quotes you receive. Take some time to really analyze each quote. Make sure to go over the documents thoroughly to ensure nothing is missed.

Lastly, ask for copies of their insurance and bonding information. Make sure the company you choose is licensed and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Look a consumer reviews to narrow your choices and always listen to your gut.