Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring Long Distance Movers

When you are moving to a new home, obviously you will need to move all your stuff. As excited as you are about moving there are a lot of things that you need to take care of before being able to relax in your new home. So, are you up for the job? Or, will you be hiring long distance movers to reduce your stress and make things easier? This piece reminds you of what to take into consideration.

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Maybe You Can’t Do It Yourself

Moving is a big deal! There are legitimate reasons why you can’t do the entire moving process yourself. You may be all alone. It’s a big job for one person. Or maybe your wife is in her 8th month of pregnancy. Perhaps you have an injury that would make the job almost impossible.

Sure, back when you were young with fewer personal possessions, it was a simple task. But time marches on. At this point, moving to another state means hiring long distance movers to simplify your transition. Yes, it will cost some money but it will certainly make your relocation a much more pleasant process.

The Distance

Are you moving to someplace nearby? Or is it on the other side of the world? If it is not that far, you can enlist the help of your friends and hire a rental van so the task would be accomplished immediately.

If you are relocating to Kentucky from California, you’ll definitely want to hire the best movers possible. They will take care of the transportation of all your things in one trip. It’s one less thing to worry about and you can focus on is getting your family safe to your new home.  

The Price

We all know that moving costs money. Just how much it costs depends largely on how much “stuff” you need moved. It’s always best to learn this up front.

Talk with multiple moving companies to get a good idea of what long distance movers typically chart. It’s definitely smart to plan ahead and not wait until the last minute. There’s a good chance you can save money by shopping around. Then you can use those savings in your new home. 

When calling moving companies, get recommendations from friends and family. When you sign the paperwork, you will want to be working with trustworthy movers. Remember that price is not the only thing that should sway your decision. They should also do a good job. After all, when a mover’s rates are too low, that could be a warning sign. Ask tons of questions! Then get the best out-of-state moving quotes for free.

The Experience

Long-distance movers have multiple drivers who are experienced with large trucks. The best drivers have years of experience and are true professionals at their job.

Ask if they are licensed and insured. A regular driver’s license won’t cut it. They’ll need to have a commercial driver’s license (or CDL). And the driver by himself isn’t going to get the job without help. There will a certain number of movers depending on the company and the rate you are paying. Having great online reviews doesn’t hurt either so scout everywhere when you’re trying to find the perfect moving company. 

The Cleaning

Don’t forget about cleaning. Experienced Realtors should share with you the rules for your state in terms of the condition of the home you’re selling. There are rules for leaving a rented apartment as well. It’s all part of the moving experience.

Some moving companies actually offer cleaning services as well. As you’d expect, that comes at an additional fee. But if you’re up for it, that’s one less thing to worry about.

The Insurance

We talked about this briefly before but you definitely want to make sure the movers are insured. Don’t even consider a company with little or no insurance. There are minimum amounts of insurance required by law. This varies from place to place so make sure you ask about it during your interviews.

You can never really tell when an accident is going to happen. It can happen when you least expect it. Insurance is there to make you give you peace just in case something unexpected happens.


Now that you know what to keep in mind when hiring movers.

  • Plan ahead.
  • Make a list.
  • Ask tons of questions.
  • Read online reviews.
  • Pick the best moving company.

Now you can tackle the job with confidence and soon you’ll be all settled in your new home. 

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.