Shipping your household goods across the country can be a real pain. At the same time, it’s totally worth it, especially if you’re moving to a new place that’s more awesome than your last (because downgrading is just such a drag). So when you’re moving to your new McMansion with that awesome yard and pool and all that, you’re going to need a household moving company to handle your goods for you, and that means hiring one. Here are three things you likely didn’t know about household moving companies that maybe you should before you start shipping your stuff.
1. They’re often cheaper than moving yourself
This is somewhat of a misnomer, in that if you’re moving across town it’s probably cheaper to rent your own truck. But if you’re moving across the state or across the country, moving expenses climb really fast, especially when it comes to renting your own truck. Fuel is the biggest expense; most moving trucks get, at most, 10 miles per gallon, and their tanks are pretty big. You can expect to fill up at least once a day with a moving truck you drive yourself. Then there’s insurance on the truck, insurance on your goods, and motel fees – all assessed daily, pretty much. Moving with a moving company gives you a flat rate for the entire move, and they know this, which is often why household goods movers price their shipments the way they do. It’s a good idea to do some cost comparisons before choosing a company, but expect the movers to be cheaper over longer distances.
2. Most of the companies you talk to will be brokers
Just like in the auto transport industry, the household moving industry is full of brokers. These brokers talk to you, get your order booked, and dispatch your household move to an actual moving company, or carrier, that will load all your worldly possessions for you and ship your stuff. This is a great way to save some money, especially when it comes to price comparisons between a company you found online and a local moving company. Oftentimes booking with household moving brokers yields faster pickups and lower prices, since they know the trucks in your area; local companies have to dispatch the truck, then that truck has to make a complete circuit – six-thousand miles coast to coast, since they have to come back eventually.
3. There are awesome safeguards for customers like yourself
This is probably the coolest thing – it’s a shame auto transportation isn’t this great. If you go to www.safersys.org, you can search your household moving company (or the ones you’re thinking of booking with) and determine if they’re legitimate, how good a job they do, and what type of company they are. Seriously, if you visit that website, you can search by company name, and any brokers will have a (B) next to their USDOT number – a required thing for every moving company. If there’s a (B) next to it, they’re a broker; no (B), they’re likely a direct carrier. Of course if you search a company and they aren’t on that website, they’re fake, and it’s a scam. Luckily household moving scams have gotten more rare in recent years thanks to self-oversight in the industry and new legislation that helps protect customers like you.
If you’d like to get some free quotes to ship your household goods, visit this page. Not only will you see a list of articles pertaining to the household moving industry, which can provide some great information for you if you’re planning on moving, but it also grants you access to our household goods moving quote request form, in the same place as our normal auto transport form. You can fill that out and get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable household moving companies that can quote your shipment accurately, give you great prices and answer your questions, through e-mail or telephone. If you have questions about our services, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live agents, who can do the same thing – answer questions and help get you your free household moving or auto transport quotes today.