If you’ve ever moved before, you know moving requires more than just packing up your belongings and loading them into the car. Long-distance moves come with a special set of challenges that are hard to navigate on your own. 

Homeowners planning a long-distance move should plan ahead to make their move as smooth and seamless as possible. This is crucial if you’re moving in the summer, because a lot of South Florida long-distance moving companies are booked to capacity from June to August!

You want to make sure you’re choosing a reputable moving company that is capable of delivering the moving and storage services you need. Consider the following points before making a final decision on a moving provider.

Choose a Licensed Mover

Families moving across state lines need a moving company that’s licensed to transport their household items—that’s right! Interstate moving companies need to have a license to move your belongings from one state to another. 

How can you be sure your moving provider is licensed? By choosing a moving company that is an agent of a major van line, such as Bekins Van Lines. If your provider is not associated with a van line, ask if they are licensed. 

You should also research their online reviews and ask neighbors if they’ve ever done business with them in the past. 

Time Your Move Accordingly

Making sure your departure and arrival times line up can be one of the most stressful aspects of moving across state lines. If for some reason you’re not able to complete your move on the same day, consider short-term storage as an option. 

Ask moving providers if they offer safe and secure storage solutions before committing to a moving company. 

Consider Value Protection

Not all homeowners know that by law, moving companies are required to provide basic valuation coverage. This type of coverage, otherwise known as released value protection, provides damage reimbursement on an item based on its weight—not on its replacement value.

If you’re moving items that are high-value, such as fine art or jewelry, make sure to ask your moving provider if they offer full-value protection. You could also transport these valuables yourself if they are small enough to fit in your vehicle. 

Determine What Goes

Moving is a great time to reconsider what you actually need to own. Do you have excess clothes you need to get rid of? Are you sick of your old furniture taking up unnecessary space? Now is the time to clear out! 

Reduce your moving expenses by down-sizing on personal items that no longer serve you by donating or selling them online. 

Call Bekins of South Florida to Get Started on Your Long-Distance Move Today!

As an agent with Bekins Van Lines, you can be confident we’re able to handle all aspects of your upcoming relocation.

Bekins of South Florida are Fort Lauderdale long-distance movers, Miami long distance movers and West Palm Beach long distance movers that are trained in a variety of custom-crating and furniture-padding techniques that are guaranteed to keep your items safe while on the road. 

Call us today to learn more about our comprehensive long-distance moving services!