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Question DetailsAsked on 12/8/2016

what is the best long distance moving company?

I'm moving from Dallas, TX to Hendersonville, NC with 2 months of storage needed between moves. What's the best company to treat my possessions well but not overcharge me?

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


You can get some other opinions, and suiggestions about moving, in the Home > Moving link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

For my money - Bekins has been good for us on several very long distance moves - absolutely negligible damage, no losses, rates right in there with other nationwide movers. You can find cheaper movers, but if it comes to doing the job on the promised date, not taking weeks extra to get there because it is handled as a fractional shipment, and the issues of coverage for losses - I would stay with Bekins - or one of the other reputable major movers like Allied, United, North American. From word of mouth over the years I would say NOT Mayflower even though they are a major (have heard a number of bad reports about theft and breakage ewith them), and Atlas (which employers used several times for commercial moves) apparently does not train their packers in how to pack, because each time stuff tended to just be thrown into boxes without padding or proper packing - maybe why they tended to be the cheapest major in those cases.

Also - confirm IN WRITING where the in-transit storage will be - storage in moving company warehouse (which should be climate-controlled) is (in my opinion) much better for the goods than some unheated or damp old general storage warehouse, and mover owned warehouses also tend to have better fire protection and be less fireprone because of the restrictions on what can be shipped, so the moving company warehouses tend to not have flammables and such in them to start fires.

And be sure to get proper insurance for both the move and the storage - normal insurance with the move is usually only $0.60/lb - WAYYY below the value of almost anything you have per pound - and confirm whether insurance you buy is per-item (bad) or per-shipment - i.e. is it so much per pound for damaged items, or so much $ coverage per shipment applicable to ALL damage in the shipment regardless of the value or weight of a specific item. Also confirm which uncovered items that need special third-party insurance - guns, jewelry, collectibles, artwork, etc - basically all the high-value stuff you most want to insure. Rarely you can add a rider to your homeopwner's insurance for additional coverage - but commonly not, and usually only covers up to 1 month in storage so be careful on that too - almost certainly going to have to buy supplemental coverage from the moving company or a third party insurer.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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