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Long-Distance Move - Hints

We suggest the following tips to ensure a good long-distance moving experience.

  • When getting an estimate, be sure that the estimator includes all the extra charges that will apply so you can compare estimates equally. When you get an estimate from A Wise Move, there will never be any hidden charges.
  • Many movers generally base long-distance moving charges on the total cubic feet of the shipment. It's almost impossible to calculate the actual total cubic feet since the mover must use an "average cubic feet" for each item. Our experience shows this method to be inaccurate, and in most cases, the customer pays for that inaccuracy.
  • Get reliable recommendations. Check out potential movers through objective sources like the Better Business Bureau, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration or the AMSA. We are listed with all of these agencies.
  • Get at least three estimates. This will allow you to make a fair, objective comparison.
  • When getting an estimate, make sure to mention all the items to be moved for an accurate assessment. Make sure that you show the estimator EVERYTHING you plan to take. Don’t forget to look in the basement, closets, garage, attic, garden, etc.
  • Be certain that the estimator has marked all items that are “going” and “not going” on the survey sheet. Keep in mind that if you decide to take more items than you mentioned during on-site estimate the total cost of your move will probably change, even if the estimate was binding.
  • The estimator will prepare an estimate that will include charges based on the list of items you mentioned and the charges of additional services that you requested. Inform the moving company of any changes with your shipment. Effective communication is a key factor for a successful move.
  • Don’t rush to book with the company that gives you the lowest estimate. It'll be easy to discard high estimates but should you receive an estimate that is substantially lower than the others, inquire as to why. Perhaps the move estimator didn't see a piece of heavy machinery such as the washing machine in the basement. If he did and he sticks by his estimate, ask him to make it binding and to put it in writing.
  • Compare apples to apples. Break down the elements of each mover's estimate and make a detailed, realistic comparison of the parts, as well as the whole.
  • Expect estimates to fall within a reasonable range of each other. A Wise Move estimates are almost always within 10 percent of the actual final cost.
  • Ask friends and co-workers. We are proud to say that a very large percentage of our new customers come referred to us from satisfied past customers.
  • Moving long distance is NOT the same as moving locally. You have so many other decisions and arrangements to make. Don't get bogged down in the details of your move when you should be focusing on the big picture and the excitement of your future.

Trust your life's possessions with A Wise Move.

A Wise Move has the long-distance experience, value and trust you need.

How to Save on your move:

Own Packing: You can reduce the cost of your move by doing your own packing. Consider a "you pack, we drive" arrangement, in which you pack boxes, and we load, move, and unload your belongings. Make sure you study the Packing section of the moving guide.

Get Rid of Things: Save on your move by eliminating as much as possible. Walk through your home carefully in advance with an eye toward finding things you really don’t need or want. Your house probably contains a lot of things that you no longer use, and have probably even forgotten about. Whether the cost of your move is going to be based on weight or time, it will cost you to move things you can really do without.

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