Moving long-distance is a big project. Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, it’s a big moment in your life. Your to-do list may be long and you don’t have the luxury of as much flexibility as you might with a local move. Not to mention, you likely have a lot on your mind in general while making this major life change.

The best way to calm your nerves and put your mind at ease is to hire a reliable, professional long-distance mover. Having the right moving company on your side will take so much weight off your shoulders. But who should you hire for the task?

Someone Flexible

You’ll want to begin talking to a moving company early in the process. Long-distance movers aren’t as easy to come by when you’re short on time before your move. They’ll need time for planning, especially if you’re traveling across states or time zones.

Getting a mover involved early will help secure the truck you need at the timing you prefer. You’ll get a space reserved on their schedule so you can at least rest assured the mover is yours when you need them. It’s also best, however, to ensure you hire a mover that has some flexibility.

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Will you bring your sofa, or buy a new one on the other side? What about all of those boxes in the attic? Do they need to come with you, or is it finally time to part with your collection of VHS tapes?

You may find as you pack and sort your home that things you thought you’d bring are no longer coming. Or, the same is true in the reverse: maybe you thought it would be easier to part with your favorite dining set than it is, so it will come with you in the end.

Perhaps your new home won’t be ready at the time you planned, or you’ll need to do more work than you thought to wrap things up at your old one. Hire a long-distance mover that will work with you on these changes and has some flexibility to shift things around while still keeping you as a priority.

A Good Communicator

Not just a good communicator – a great communicator. After all, you’ll be loading your whole life onto a truck and waving goodbye for a while. Great communication is the foundation of building trust and peace of mind.

Hire a long-distance moving company with great communication skills. That means they’re available and responsive. It also means that they are happy to answer any questions and to clear up any concerns you may have along the way. When you’re deciding on a moving company, pay attention to how they communicate about your move.

Someone Insured and Well-Documented

Both you and your mover will hope nothing goes wrong during your move, of course. The reality though is that sometimes things happen.

Make sure your long-distance mover documents everything along the way, to start. Despite that great communication you’ve had, get formal writing to show the details of your move. That includes pickup and drop-off times and locations, as well as any items that will require special handling, special instructions for entry into your home, and any materials required such as moving blankets or extra boxes.

Once that’s covered, make sure you hire a registered moving company with clear insurance coverage. If you’re crossing state lines, your mover will have additional policies to cover any changes in requirements in a new state. Check the insurance and liability coverage and make sure it’s clear what the process will be if anything should happen to go wrong.

A Reputable Company

You’re putting a lot of trust in your moving company. Depending on how far you’re moving, you may not see them – or your worldly possessions – for a number of days. For that reason, you want to make sure your mover is well-reputed.

Check the company’s website and social media presence to see how they represent themselves. Check also places like Google Maps and Yelp for customer reviews to see first-hand the experience others have had with your mover.

Someone Who Can Offer The Perfect Move

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If you’re looking for a long-distance mover that ticks all the boxes, look no further than FlatRate. Our expert movers will help you plan and execute your move whether it’s across the state or across the country. We know how overwhelming moving can be. Let us help you – and your stuff – get to your new home-sweet-home.