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Long Distance Moving Guide

Need some direction on when to do what?  Follow this basic guideline to planning out your long distance move and it’ll be the easiest one yet!

2 Months before Moving Day:

Start thinking and planning where your furniture will go in your new home. Search for Free Floor Plan makers online. This way- you can know if there are items you’ll want to part with before you move, or if you will need anything additional shortly after your relocation.

Time to PURGE! Consider a yard sale- especially if it’s spring and you have larger or common household items you want to part with instead of moving them with you. Consider how much you can sell items for, how much they cost to re-purchase or how much it would be to move them with you. Local Charities would be happy to take what you can’t sell or if you’re prefer to take a tax deduction.

Get boxes from your mover. Many will offer a quantity of boxes at no cost, if you are already contracted to work with them. Has a friend recently moved or able to find free moving boxes on Craigslist? Stock up- you will need more supplies than you think!

Start getting to know your NEW hometown! There’s a lot to do when moving to a new city or town. Getting to know the schools your children will attend, the area amenities, community programs, Chambers of Commerce will make your transition much smoother.

If you are flying, taking the train, or will need a hotel for a few days until your moving truck arrives- make those arrangements now. You can always update reservations if needed; by booking these now, you’ll have more options to choose form and are likely to lock in a better price than if you waited until the last moment.

Sign the lease of your new apartment or contract on your new home. Both of these take time to process and get everything ready for your arrival so leaving it to the last minute can cause you a longer stay in a hotel than you would like.

As soon as you have your new address confirmed, reach out to your insurance company- Renters insurance, automotive insurance, even your medical insurance.

Pack your important documents& records before anything else. This will include any medical and vaccination documents as well as passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificate, will and other legal documents, stock certificates, and any expensive jewelry, priceless or one of a kind treasures MUST be transported yourself.

1 Month before Moving Day:

Put in your change of address with the Post Office – you can access that here.

It’s also time to schedule the start and stop service of your utilities of your current home and new residence. Credit card companies, creditors, and your bank should also know be aware of your upcoming move.

If you have not yet signed a contract with your moving company, do it now- schedule an In Home Survey for the most accurate estimate and strongly consider Full Valuation Coverage for a Long Distance Move.

Packing lists are a huge help at this stage. Start by packing seasonal items that are not currently in use and save the day to day items for last.  Being organized NOW will save you headache of opening boxes to retrieve critical items in the coming weeks. Get your kids involved in the process- let them pack their seasonal items and toys they can live without for a few weeks.  By involving them it will lessen their stress and confusion with all the changes going on.

2- 3 Weeks before Moving Day:

Stop- look around, check the lists you made… are you on track to complete everything on time? If it looks like you are behind schedule, call your mover!  they can offer packing assistance and take some work off your plate.  Yes, it’ll cost a little more but will be well worth your sanity in the end. Consider leaving the packing of breakable items to the professionals- items that they pack are covered against damages, unlike boxes you pack yourself.

Get 1 refill of all your family’s medications, even if you don’t need it quite yet, and transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new hometown.

How are your pets and automobiles getting to your new home? If you are using a service for either- make sure those arrangements are finalized.  This is a great time to double check that you have all the insurance, titles, vaccination, registration and other paperwork on hand to provide to the car carrier or pet transportation organization.

Check to see if your houseplants can be brought into your new state- often it’s best to donate them to a friend or charity- some states prohibit moving of houseplants.

Have you come across any borrowed items while packing? Library books, your neighbor’s ladder?  Return them!  Make sure you have collected all of your lent items, also- or the coat you left at the cleaners last winter!

Drain your lawn mower, weed eater, blower, etc. Fuels must be fully removed prior to transport.  Don’t forget to return the propane tank for your grill- that cannot go on the moving truck either.

Are you driving your car to your new home? It is recommended to get an inspection to ensure your vehicle is ready for the long trip!

The Week before Moving Day:

Clearly mark the items you are taking so there is no confusion on moving day. Also mark the Fragile or Load Last boxes as such- it really will make moving day smoother.

Touch base with your moving company. Arrange for payment, advise of any last minute assistance you need or changes to your plans.  Also be sure they have multiple contact numbers for you, to reach you and plan for delivery of your items.

Pack a suitcase to hold you over in transition. Confirm your travel arrangements.

Moving Day Eve- the day before Moving Day:

Unplug refrigerator, defrost your freezer, dispose of perishable items.

Clean as much as you can, vacuum and wipe down all surfaces.

Pack the last minute items you will need immediately upon arrival.

 

LONG DISTANCE/INTERSTATE MOVING & STORAGE

Moving long distance and across the interstate is a great way to ensure that your belongings are moved safely across the country. Whether your move takes you from the east coast to the west coast, or from the north to the south, offers smart moving solutions to guide you through your entire moving process.

Moving long distance requires additional strategic planning, and our team of moving consultants wants to make sure that we have everything in place that you will need in order to complete your move. Once we obtain the amount of items you have to move, we schedule a time to send the containers to you so you can start packing for your long distance move.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO RENT / SHIP A PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER FOR A LONG DISTANCE MOVE WITH SMARTBOX?

That’s a common question, because the kind of moving services most people use when they relocate are either the DIY, “rent a truck and drive it yourself” variety, or the traditional type of long distance moving services in which your belongings may be added to another scheduled move depending on the moving company’s schedule. Each quote we provide for our long distance moving services is unique, and will be based on the weight and size of the items you need to move or store, and how many containers you are likely to need.

ANOTHER QUESTION YOU MAY HAVE IS HOW, EXACTLY, DO YOU MOVE A PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER LONG DISTANCE?

Many people might not even know where to begin with the packing, but relax: Packing a container for a long distance or interstate move is actually easier in some ways because you can usually take more time to pack, and can pack it with the unloading process in mind. Once the container is packed up and picked up, it stays securely closed and locked until it’s at your destination and you’re ready to unpack it.

UNLIMITED MILEAGE ON GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

The containers fit together perfectly on a certified, bonded transport truck and provide the perfect platform for you to pack your items in a room by room, detailed and organized way. understands that a long distance move can be an exhausting process, and when your belongings arrive at their new destination, you will have the advantage of easier unpacking because each unit contains items from a specific room. You will avoid having to spend extra energy sorting through kitchen items that may be mixed in with basement items, or bedroom items mixed in with dining room items.

 

Need long distance movers?

Interstate Moving begins with a good plan

Did you know that interstate moving, or a long distance move requires proper planning to make it a smooth, stress-free experience? While it definitely may appear like a big project to move, it really is simple. It’s simple when hiring professionals who they know what they’re doing – that’s where Roadway is here to help. Starting with the quote process, our long distance moving company partners with you to gather all the information you need to make a decision and that we need to complete your long distance move on budget and on time. Using this information, our long distance movers can help answer any question you may have, as well as providing an estimated cost. To make things a little easier for you, you can start the process by requesting a free long distance moving quote from Roadway, right here on our website.

Long Distance Moving Insurance Options – Less to worry about.

The reason it’s important to use accredited long distance movers is because accidents happen. And if they do happen, it’s important for you to make sure you’re protected. And this is what separates good moving companies, from great moving companies. This is why we’re dedicated to moving people the right way. Roadway Moving is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured NYC long distance moving company with years of experience. We have several different long distance moving company insurance options to make sure your possessions are covered. Get a free long distance moving quote and you will be contacted by one of our relocation agents.

long distance storage options to keep your things safe until you need them.

Planning a long distance move? Roadway has you covered! One of the main things people tend to worry about is where they can store their items during a move. This is why Roadway offers long distance storage for an extended, or short period of time – and don’t worry, your items are completely safe with us.  Our long distance moving facilities are specifically designed to accommodate storage for every kind of need. Whether you have a small amount of boxes, or need to store an entire apartment, we have the space to take care of the job

 

Long distance movers

Moving is never easy, even if it is just around the corner. And when it comes to long distance moves, things can get much messier. But, if you can count on help from professional long distance movers

the best ones?

There are plenty of movers that have been in business for a long time. During this time, these long-distance movers have evolved, combining the latest technology, advanced customer service and safety standards that put people in the first place. When it comes to long distance move, they have it all. They have the experience, people, technology, and they are among the best ones

What are the main qualities of long distance moving experts?

Many long distance movers have gained a good reputation in the moving industry. They continue to focus on their customers through the development of new technologies and processes so that they can provide customers with a hassle-free, simple and unforgettable experience moving long distances. We understand that leaving far can be stressful and emotional, and it is here that movers come in

Moving long distances is usually not what you associate with the word “easy”. Long-distance movers eliminate time-consuming tasks and complexity from the equation offering you the best class service for your long-distance move. Their processes are streamlined and their team is trained professionally

Each long distance move is different. Each move is associated with different needs. Make sure that the movers you check have the ability and experience to provide the services you need. As well as the flexibility that allows you to be autonomous in choosing or rejecting additional services.

 

The Best Moving Tips For An Easy Long Distance Move

Selling The “Junk”

Before I ever start packing a box, I like to start each move off with a fresh start. This means selling all of the “junk”. Being 3 months (or less) out from a long distance move is the perfect time to start de-cluttering and really planning what you will be taking with you onto your new home.

Designate A Sell Section:

I first start by designating an area of my home where I can begin placing all of the items I need to sell. This allows me to keep track and sort like items such as home decor, clothing, and household items. I can easily take items from that area, photograph them for online groups/sites and place them back. As these items sell, I can put sold tags or sticky notes on them and wait for their new owners to come pick them up. Being that our home is small, I keep all of our “sell” items currently in our front entry. If you are a neat freak, like myself, the clutter will likely drive you crazy but just remember, it’s only temporary.

Selling Your Household Items Online:

No need for a garage sale, selling your home items online now is extremely easy and convenient and I have compiled a few tips to get you top dollar!

Photography is important – I cannot stress this enough. I have been selling not only my own household items online for years but also furniture I have painted to sell, along with furniture we have built. When selling online, all your potential buyer has to go off of is the photo. Take high resolution photos if you have a camera to do so. If not, cell phone quality is perfectly fine too. Take crisp clear bright images. Photograph your item using natural light at the brightest time of day in your home. If your images are still dark, you can always edit them in an app. One of my favorites is PicTapGo or VSCO, just adjust the brightness and sharpness and you are set

Stage your decor – When photographing, stage your decor to show your potential buyer how that item can be used in their own home. Think of your favorite home decor catalog, you want to buy the items in that catalog because you can vision it in your own home

Moving Tips You Can’t Do Without

Finding a professional moving company has become easier with the wealth of information and resources available online. From company reviews to license verification for movers and statements of insurance a moving company must provide a number of verifiable checks that a person seeking moving services can use to protect themselves. Before you move consider that you are purchasing a service and the cheapest moving company may not be the best choice after all. Do a little research and understand what you are purchasing before you hire a long distance movers.

Be thorough and investigate a company. Ask them for references and see what they can produce. If they have no happy clients that are willing to speak to you then be cautious. Happy customers are not that difficult to find for a good moving company but excuses for not having one are pretty easy to make up and unscrupulous movers have been known to say just about anything.

Ask for an in house estimate so the mover can actually come to your home and inspect your items for a proper move cost quote. When dealing with a moving company you must verify their license and insurance information before you make a deposit and be sure you are dealing with the actual movers and not a moving broker. A broker will take your deposit and then find a moving company for you. They have no trucks and they will not be picking up your things on time. The break down in communication between brokers, drivers and homeowners will cause nothing but problems.

Before you start packing it’s a good idea to create a spreadsheet and assign numbers to each box. Stick a label with the corresponding number on each box this will help you keep track of your items and make it a lot easier when you unload. If you have decided to pack your own boxes make sure you choose good quality moving supplies don’t go for the cheap options. While you may initially save money in the long run you may end up paying for it. It’s common for items to get damaged in boxes that are not well supported and give way under pressure. A lot of people decide to pack their own personal items and leave the heavy stuff for the movers. If this is the case it’s recommended to separate the items out beforehand or pack them before the actual moving day, this will prevent items getting mixed up. Disconnect any items like washing machines and fridges well in advance. You will have to defrost the fridge in advance otherwise you may risk damaging items in the van with water damage. Notify the moving company in advance of any heavy items like pianos and large sofas as they may have to send more men to help with the move.

On the day of the move make sure you don’t disconnect your phone without advising the moving company of alternate number to be contacted on. It’s vital that the moving company can reach you. To assist the moving men make sure the access to your house or apartment is clear of obstructions. When all the goods are loaded on the truck go back inside and check everything room to make sure nothing has been missed. Upon delivery direct the moving men to drop off your boxes in the correct room; this job would have been made easier since you have the spreadsheet listing where everything goes. Document any damaged items on the delivery receipt and make sure you and the driver sign the documents, otherwise claims for losses or damages may be voided. If there are any damaged items you must also contact the moving office as well. You can read more useful moving tips from the people of the USA, who express moving advice for people moving. Moving can be very frustrating process but if you take the time to plan well in advance you can reduce the stress for all parties involved.

Regardless of the method used, plan ahead and your move will be much easier. These moving tips will help prepare you for a much smoother move, whether you are using moving pods, filling up a rental truck, or waiting for the moving guys to show up.

Home Information Packing Services Explained From The Point Of View Of A Conveyancing Solicitor

WHAT IS PICK AND PACK?

Your logistics company undoubtedly has a supply-chain management. This allows your services and goods to move from supplier or retailer and into the hands of your customers. This is known as the supply chain.

Pick and pack is a part of the greater supply-chain management. It’s one cog in the wheel that keeps the whole thing moving flawlessly. This order fulfillment is popular among eCommerce or Internet brands that have customers all over the world. That’s because of the way items are prepared, which is hinted at in the name.

With pick and pack logistics, the warehouse employees at the eCommerce company will work from master cartons. There will be many of these cartons on each shelf of a warehouse. The workers will take the relevant items from each master carton. This is the picking part of pick and pack.

 

BENEFITS OF PICK AND PACK

International Forwarding (IFL) has many customers who take advantage of our experienced pick and pack fulfilment services. Goods are stored in our secure warehouse facilities at competitive rates and individual orders can be shipped directly to your customers from there. Tailored inventory reports are available and all consignments benefit from our online track-and-trace systems. We can also supply pallets and other types of packaging to suit individual requirements.

If you’re thinking of using a pick and pack service, here are some of the main advantages:

  1. SAVES TIME

Turning your consignments into orders that are ready for shipping to customers takes time and care. Outsourcing order fulfilment to trained experts in picking and packing means you can get on with your business and let them get on with the work.

  1. SAVES ON STORAGE COSTS

At IFL, items can easily and securely be stored at our warehouse, ready for pick, pack and dispatch at the right time to suit you.

  1. PERSONALISATION

We work with many brands who have been pleasantly surprised at how our expert picker packers can work to often quite specific requirements for fulfilment and onward distribution. We can often integrate their system into our warehouse systems.

  1. FLEXIBILITY

If you’re using one company for freight forwarding, it’s much easier to use the same company for logistics and cargo handling. Look for a company that offers such flexibility and is willing to work with you to get this part of your supply chain right – and it means you’ll only have to deal with one supplier.

  1. TAKES THE PAIN OUT OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

A more efficient supply chain is in everyone’s interest and can help you manage your resources better. It particularly suits small and medium-sized enterprises. Pick and pack is just part of our suite of cargo handling and supply chain solutions.

 

Types of Picking and Packing Methods in a Warehouse

There is a range of different picking methods utilised by order fulfilment hubs, which depending on the size and type of your business may work for you. Take a look at these different methods which may improve the quality and productivity of your supply chain.

Discrete Order Picking

The simplest method of picking and probably the most common. It requires an individual to pick a single order, one at a time as and when they receive it. However, though this method is uncomplicated and easy to employ it is not time efficient and so would be best suited to smaller warehouses.

Batch Picking

As the name suggests, this requires the order fulfiller to pick multiple orders at one time. While it still requires workers to choose items for an individual mandate, it is more efficient than discrete order picking as it reduces travelling time, especially if the orders required share the same or similar SKUs. This method is often employed in warehouses with larger e-commerce activity. However, unless the order-picker has access to automated picking services such as a conveyor belt or a forklift, this method can be ineffective if the customer orders are physically large or heavy.

Zone Picking

This method requires the warehouse to be divided into several zones, of which order-pickers are then explicitly assigned. Order-pickers are then responsible for picking and packing SKUs within these designated zones. If there is an order with multiple items, employees in each zone will pass packages to one another until the final product has been packed. The packing This method is more efficient than both discrete order picking and batch picking but only allows for one scheduling period per shift. Meaning that if the worker finishes their turn and there is no-one on shift after them, orders are placed into the queue until the following change.

Wave Picking

This is another commonly used method in order fulfilment warehouses. It is similar to discrete order picking in the sense that one order is being pulled at a time by the order-picker, but unlike discrete order picking, wave picking has a scheduling window. This method helps to increase time efficiency and maximise productivity within the pick and pack company by scheduling picking at the most appropriate times of the day. There are other methods used in warehouses which have also proved to be successful, such as multi-batch picking, or zone-batch-wave picking, but those mentioned above are the most commonly used.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WAREHOUSE PICKING?

Many industries stand to benefit from a bonded warehousing pick and pack service, including retailers, manufacturers and eCommerce stores. Just some of these benefits include…

  • Fast delivery: Being able to offer customers and clients fast and efficient delivery services will make them more likely to place an order with a business.
  • Positive reputation: If a customer has a positive delivery experience they are not only more likely to become a repeat customer but they will begin to further associate the company with reliability and dependability.
  • Stock management: Having a dedicated pick and pack service ensures inventory data is constantly updated. This ensures any bulk orders made can be fulfilled, as the company will have a clear idea of the stock they have available.
  • Stock protection: Storing your stock in a bonded warehouse ensures it can be stored safely. During a pick and pack service, the warehouse team will be able to identify any anomalies in stock, should they occur, preventing customers from receiving sub-par products.

 

Why would a company take advantage of pick and pack services?

Unless you’re a retail behemoth like Amazon, operating your own pick and pack operation can be very costly and time consuming. Outsourcing to a warehouse eliminates the need for individual businesses to invest in or maintain their own warehouse space (and the workforce to manage it). With the help of an outside logistics specialist, you can focus on your core competencies without the additional stress of managing every moving part of your own supply chain. Using sophisticated inventory management software, a company like Commercial Warehousing can keep a constant eye on stock levels and guarantee prompt delivery to your customers.

Pick and pack services are especially advantageous for smaller companies. Large warehouses receive more comfortable shipping rates because of their high volume of orders. They also have their own customer service teams who specialize in shipping. So if you’re running a small business, a third party pick and pack service can allow you to offer the same level of service, security and shipping speed as a larger competitor.

Ultimately, pick and pack services help ensure that customers receive their orders intact and on time. And since how your product arrives can determine how much trust your customers place in your company, choosing a responsible, hardworking warehousing company can be one of the most important business decisions you make.

Choose The Best Local Moving Company

Tips For Hiring Quality Movers

Moving insurance and valuation protection

All moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of the goods they transport. However, there are two different levels of liability. You need to be aware of the charges that apply and the amount of protection provided by each level.

Report any problems

You have nine months to report any problems to the moving company and file an insurance claim. So if you’re opening boxes a year later and find shards of glass, you’re out of luck.On moving day, try to open each box and sift through it to check for damage. Note any problems on the mover’s copy of the bill of lading before signing it.

Don’t accept the “guaranteed” quote

There are three kinds of moving contracts.

Avoid a blank moving contract

Never sign a blank contract. Get absolutely everything in writing. The mover’s estimate and any extra fees should be listed, as well as your pick-up and delivery dates.Read your contract and make sure all of your belongings are listed. If your laptop isn’t labeled on the inventory form you sign before the driver leaves, you can’t expect it to be in the box when he arrives. You can’t file a claim for something that doesn’t appear on the inventory list.

Beware of extra fees

Do you live in a two-story house or are you moving into one? Moving to or from a 10th-floor apartment? If so, you’ll likely be charged extra for the movers’ having to negotiate stairs and elevators. Have a narrow street that won’t fit a moving van? Expect a surcharge for the transfer of your belongings to a smaller truck for delivery. Make sure to ask your mover about any additional fees that may apply to your situation.

 

How to Choose a Moving Company

Verify the Address

Ask for a business card or pull up the mover’s website and then look up the listed address online or through the phonebook. Make sure the moving company’s address is listed and registered under the company names. Be wary of any address listed under a residential name.

Ask About Professional Accreditation

Trade associations vet companies before giving them a membership or approved seal. Look for a moving company carrying the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo. You can also search for approved companies directly from the American Moving and Storage Association’s Moving.org site.

Check With the Better Business Bureau

Research the moving company’s track record with the BBB, which you can do free online. Stick with moving companies that are BBB accredited or at least have a good rating. If the moving company isn’t listed with the BBB, consider looking for one that is.

Make Sure the Mover Is Licensed and Insured

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, verify the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the company’s U.S. DOT number; you’ll need it if you have to file a claim against the company later.

Watch Out for Red Flags

Keep an eye out for red flags during the estimate. For example, most reputable moving companies won’t ask for a cash deposit before you move. If the mover seems hungry to get the money upfront, it might not be a legit business. Also, during the estimate, note how professional or unprofessional the movers seem. If they show up late, seem unsure of their abilities, or can’t answer your questions, look for another company. And be wary of any movers who show up in a rented moving van. A professional company will own its own equipment.

 

Tips for Hiring Movers – How to Find a Good Moving Company

Types Of Moving Services Provided And Extra Fees

As you begin your journey to find a mover, it’s important to really think about what your move involves and whether a moving company provides the services that meet your specific needs.

Reputable Movers Offer Free In-Home Estimates

A key indicator when trying to figure out how to find a good moving company is if they provide a free estimate. A quick online quote or an estimate given over the phone is a good starting point, but a reputable moving company will offer a more accurate quote via a video or in-home estimate.

Trusted Moving Companies Are Qualified, Licensed And Insured

When searching for movers, it’s important to look for the ones who are fully licensed and insured. These precautions mean that not only is the company legitimate, but if something goes wrong during the move, there is insurance as backup.

Read Online Reviews From Real Customers

Finding out information about the mover from their website will give you an idea of who you’re dealing with, but the true assessment comes from the reviews of real customers.

Years Of Experience And Community Involvement

The amount of experience in the moving and storage industry that the company has will speak to the quality of the services they provide.

 

Steps to Hiring a Mover

On moving day, get a written copy of the mover’s inventory list, provide the movers with specific directions for getting to your new home, and make sure you have a number where you can reach the movers throughout the move.

Now you can select a mover. You should feel confident about any company you’ve run through the checks above. Confirm the dates and details of your move, and make sure you get a signed order for service and a bill of lading.

Next, make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move you legally. (Yes, there are movers who solicit business without the legal authority to do so.) Go to safersys.org, the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and enter the company’s USDOT number and click on “Search” (you can also search by name or MC number). If you have an accurate DOT number, you’ll be shown a screen with lots of information on the company.

Now check out the contenders in more detail. Take the information you’ve gathered and get back online. First, make sure they’re incorporated in your state―and confirm how long they’ve been in business―by checking your secretary of state’s office. Some have searchable databases of businesses online; if not, call the number in the government pages of the phone book.

When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids. Be wary of any company that comes in much lower than the others. Look at high bids to see where the extra costs are coming from. Call and ask questions if you don’t understand anything. If you have several reasonable-sounding bids from reputable companies, don’t be afraid to negotiate to get the best possible rate. Especially in a market where there’s lots of competition, most movers will work with you on pricing.

 

How to Choose a Reliable Moving Company

Hire a local mover. If you hire a moving company based in your area, you’ll avoid being tricked into doing business with an unscrupulous mover operating solely over the internet, says Scott Michael, president and CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association, a trade group that represents companies that handle local, interstate, and international moves. Consider visiting the company’s office and checking out its equipment, he says.

Get estimates. Get at least three written in-home estimates, Hutt advises. Be suspicious if an estimate is unusually low or if the moving company provides an estimate over the phone or online without sending a representative to scope out the job. It may be a sign of scam.

Verify credentials. For moves between states, a mover must have a number issued by the Department of Transportation. It serves as a license that identifies commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce. If the mover you’re considering is licensed, it must provide the DOT number on its website and in its advertising, says Kurt Larson, a spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation that oversees truck and bus safety. The mover also must have a carrier number from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Read reviews and complaints. See what other customers are saying about the company by searching the web with the company name and such terms as “complaints” and “reviews.” Find out whether the company has a report with the Better Business Bureau, which has reviews of more than 20,000 moving-related companies. Look at the letter grade the BBB has assigned the mover and read about any complaints, reviews, and government actions.

Be wary of large deposit requirements. A moving company shouldn’t require a deposit of more than 20 percent of the estimated cost of the move, Michael says. Many won’t require any payment until your belongings are delivered, he explains. Put any deposits or other payments on a credit card, so you can contest the charge if there’s wrongdoing.