Choosing a Moving Company
Author: Lonisa   August 22, 2014

Your new home is purchased and move-in day will be here before you know it and finding the right moving company is a major consideration. The truth is, hiring a reputable moving company can make the difference between not getting the truck loaded and a successful, uneventful move. It doesn’t matter if you are moving down the block or to a remote island, selecting the right moving company is important to making sure all your valuables get from point A to point B in one piece. Here are four things to consider when choosing your moving company:


1) What companies are out there?

There are many moving companies out there, and plenty of opinions on each one. If you don’t know which one to go with, here’s a few to consider: Island Movers, Joyce Van Lines, E-Z Movers, Big John’s Moving Inc. and Atlas Van Lines, according to

2) Cost

Movers bill you based on the weight of your shipment, the distance that you move, and other services that you require, according to American Moving & Storage Association. For instance, the AMSA shows the average cost of an interstate move is about $5,630, based on an average weight of 7,100 pounds and distance of 1,220 miles.

3) Insurance

Protecting your move is important and can save you a lot of money if an accident happens.  Under Federal law, interstate (moving out of state) movers must offer two different liability options referred to as valuation coverage: (1) Full Value Protection and (2) Released Value.  Full Value Protection and Released Value are not insurance policies governed by State insurance laws. Instead, they are Federal contractual tariff levels of liability authorized under Released Rates Orders of the Surface Transportation Board of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about moving insurance at

4) Location

It is important to know how far a moving company will take your belongings. For instance, Atlas Van Lines can help you move to the other side of town or even to another country. Meanwhile, another company may only be able to move you a few hours away.


Regardless of location, it is important to trust who is moving all your possessions, especially if it’s that crew of reluctant part-timers hobbled together from among your friends and family.  Finding the right moving company is just one of the many considerations that will need to check off when planning your move. If you moving and still trying to sell your old house, check out our free download for Great Tips for Selling Your Home.