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Moving is hard work and requires a lot of preparation and planning. Believe it or not, even a local move requires a large commitment of time, energy and effort. In fact, it may require just as much as conducting a cross-country or international move. Follow this advice in order to ensure your local move goes as smoothly as possible.
While federal agencies and laws regulate interstate movers and companies, you don't get all of these same protections with a local move. In fact, your state will likely dictate exactly what rules apply, so you should definitely familiarize yourself with those laws and rules. Believe it or not, some states don't require any type of licensing at all.
Always check out and research your potential movers thoroughly. Verify that they have the proper credentials and also check previous customers. It is also a good idea to contact the Better Business Bureau and see how their track record looks. Once you have found good movers, find out exactly what services they offer. For example, they may be able to provide packing services.
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One of the major differences between a local move and an interstate move is in how the charges are determined. Local movers will often base their charges on the amount of time and the number of people it takes to move your things. This means you might be charged by the hour and by the person.
On the other hand, this is not universally true. The moving company may base their charges on weight and mileage. In some states, you might not have a choice about the method used to calculate charges. There are other companies which may even offer you a flat fee for a local move, within a certain number of miles.
How much packing you will do might be determined by how you are being charged. For example, if you have a good flat rate and the movers will offer packing services, then you might allow the professionals to pack and move the majority of your goods. They might even handle obtaining all of the boxes and packing materials (find out ahead of time).
If you are being charged by the hour and/or by the person, you should do everything possible to make the job go as fast as possible. This will mean packing a large part of your own things. Start by gathering all the needed supplies well in advance of your moving date. You will need:
Certainly, having everything ready to go and packed will make the job much easier and quicker, whether you are moving or using professionals. Also, consider downsizing by getting rid of or even donating items you no longer need or want.
Following all of these tips should ensure that everything goes quite smooth with your local move.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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