The success of your move depends on choosing a professional, trustworthy moving company, so don't make the mistake of underestimating the importance of this. Finding reliable movers is no easy task, but now you know your first stop on the road to finding professionals you can trust with your belongings. A much better way to choose a worthwhile mover is to ask friends and co-workers for recommendations; if any of them have recently used professional moving services, then they won't mind telling you the gist of their experience with the company and everything else. Thanks to the detailed explanation of the most common moving scams and red flags, you'll soon know enough to steer clear of moving companies that are as close to reputation and trust as Mercury is to Neptune.
Although movers handle items that cannot be replaced, such as valuable documents or personal and sentimental items, it is best to pack them and keep them with you to prevent them from being lost or damaged. How your mover classifies your move as local or long distance will probably determine how it calculates your estimate. These companies do not own or operate any trucks or employ movers; they simply charge a deposit and arrange for a mover to handle your move. For most moves, you can schedule them about two months, or eight weeks, in advance of your move date.
Once AVL has a complete inventory of your belongings and knows how far you're moving, it will calculate an overall estimate for your move based on the weight of your shipment and the number of days it will take to get from point A to point B. Make sure you can get a free quote from each company you are considering to get a better idea of the average cost of your move. However, with some planning and research, you can make sure your move doesn't turn into a complete nightmare. If the DOT number you've been given is accurate (which it had better be or it will be time to move again) you'll be presented with a screen full of information.