Household Movers: Where do they Ship?
Most household movers will ship to anywhere, from anywhere in the United States if they’re advertising long-distance or interstate moving services. This can be from the east coast to the west coast, vice versa, and anywhere in between. Note that the overall cost goes up based on where you’re moving to and from, their geographical locations, as well as how much stuff you’re moving. It’ll cost more for a family of four to move cross-country than a bachelor to move two states over, based on overall quantity of goods and distance between the pickup and destination cities.
Household Movers: What Can’t I Ship?
Most household movers have a list of things that can’t move. Things such as household cleaners and loaded firearms, fireworks, aerosol cans, car batteries, lighter fluid, darkroom chemicals (for all you photographers out there), fertilizer, fire extinguishers, household batteries, kerosene lamps, liquid bleach, matches, nail polish, paint thinners, paint/varnishes, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals, plants, propane tanks, scuba tanks, Sterno, weed killers, address books, check books, car titles, cash, cell phones, family photographs, laptop computers, computer backup files, and other personal belongings. It’s a long list, and you can read a full list of materials that household movers do not ship here.
Household Movers: Is My Stuff Insured?
Yes, your stuff will be insured. However, there are several types of insurance that household movers offer: one type only insures your stuff based on the overall weight of each item, and it is insured at an industry-standard $0.60/lb. This can be a good way to save some cash, but if you’re shipping expensive things along with everything else you need to make sure that they are properly secured and packed or else your $3,000 TV that weighs 50 pounds will only net you $30 in reparations. You will receive a manual explaining all your rights and roads to recourse when your mover shows up to pick your stuff up, but we would highly recommend purchasing additional insurance. You should talk to your household movers regarding which insurance policy would be best for you, but we would recommend insuring your stuff properly and spending a bit extra on it if need be.
Household Movers: How Do I Know My Company is Reputable?
If you’re worried about the safety and reputation of your hired household movers, we recommend checking out some online household moving review websites to get an idea as to what constitutes a good company and what doesn’t. Customer reviews can be a great way of weeding out unsavory moving companies, and we highly recommend doing your homework ahead of time to avoid getting scammed. The household moving industry has been deregulated since the early 1980’s, and this deregulation has paved the way for some seedy companies to show up. Be sure you know what your household movers’ reputation is before booking with them, as a bit of extra homework can go a long way towards a rewarding and satisfying household moving experience. If you’re unsure as to which companies are good and which ones aren’t, you can always look at how long they’ve been around: if a moving company has been around for a good number of years, chances are they aren’t a fly-by-night shipper and will treat your stuff with care and respect.