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At Great Guys Moving, we understand that moving is hard, which is why we strive to make it easier. When it comes to moving, there are so many other things for you to worry about besides the logistics of getting your household from Point A to Point B. Hiring professionals to do the heavy lifting not only reduces stress, but frees you up to focus on the rest of your move, whether it’s finding a new house, starting that new job, or helping your family adjust. Great Guys helps our customers find affordable, dependable help for moves of any size or any distance. Using our free quote form, just submit a few details about your move, and our algorithm will start pairing you with movers from our nationwide network of local and long distance moving companies. Within minutes, you’ll begin receiving estimates from moving companies who service your moving route, enabling you to easily compare rates and save. With Great Guys, you don’t have to spend hours scouring the web or calling up movers. We’ve made locating movers simple and fast. Plus, we only work with the best moving companies to ensure that you have the best moving experience.

What to Look for in a Reputable Moving Company

When it comes to hiring a moving company, you shouldn’t settle for just anyone. After all, you’re entrusting movers with your most prized possessions, those things that make a house feel like home. When you hire a mover through Great Guys, you can be assured that you’re hiring a reputable company that you can trust. Even if you don’t hire a Great Guys mover, here are some qualities you should look for in any moving company:

  • Licensed: To legally transport household goods, a moving company must hold a valid license through either the state or federal government. Local, intrastate movers are governed by the applicable state’s Department of Transportation or equivalent. Long distance, interstate moving companies are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Federal and most state regulations require that moving companies display their DOT identification number on their website and all moving trucks. You can use this number to look up a mover’s standing with the appropriate governing authority. Don’t consider a moving company that cannot or will not provide their DOT number; any reputable company complies with the applicable regulations.
  • Insured: In order to maintain their licensing, moving companies are required to carry a certain level of insurance coverage. This requirement is in place to protect the consumer in the event that something goes awry with the move. In most jurisdictions, the required coverage reimburses the customer up to a certain amount per pound, generally around $.30-$.60. It’s unlikely that this would cover the replacement of your goods, so movers are required to offer you the option of full value protection. Alternatively, check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to see what your current policy covers, or looking into buying supplemental moving insurance.
  • Customer Service: Before you hire a moving company, take a few minutes to read reviews left by other customers on Facebook, Yelp, or Angie’s List. Keep in mind there will almost always be a disgruntled customer or two, but that in aggregate, online reviews paint a pretty accurate picture of a company’s reputation.
  • Safety Record: When you place your belongings in a mover’s care, you’re trusting they’ll safely deliver them to your new home. Before handing your things over, double check the moving company’s safety rating in the FMCSA search database or state DOT database. Here, you’ll be able to see the company’s safety rating and complaints record.

Local Movers

Local moves are defined as any move within state lines, whether it’s just down the street or on the opposite side of the state. With a local move, most moving companies charge an hourly rate for their services and will often quote a price based upon the estimated length of time and number of movers your move will require. For instance, they might estimate that your two-bedroom apartment will take three movers four hours to move. At a rate of $50/hour per mover, this would come out to a total cost of $600. A local moving company may also charge a travel fee if your home is outside of a certain radius from its office. Be wary of using any mover who offers a deal that sounds too good to be true. As with any move, you’ll want to get a written estimate from the mover prior to hiring them.

The local moving niche often has lots of smaller players, which means there are often dozens upon dozens of companies from which to choose. Browsing through all of the moving companies in online search results can be confusing and overwhelming, especially since many of these movers will only service certain zip codes and many are not appropriately licensed or insured. To make the local moving search easier, Great Guys narrows down the field, only showing you estimates from companies in your area that are licensed and insured.

Long Distance Moving Companies

A long distance, or interstate move, is any move that crosses state lines, even if that means you’re relocating ten miles from Kansas City, MO to Kansas City, KS. With a long distance move, movers typically quote a fixed rate based upon the weight of the shipment. When you request an initial quote, the moving company will calculate the anticipated weight of the shipment based upon the number of bedrooms in your home or apartment. Later, most companies will send an estimator to your home to perform a walkthrough and provide a more detailed and accurate estimate. Make sure to get the estimate in writing and understand the type of quote you’re given. There are three basic types of estimates:

  • Binding estimate: A binding estimate is structured as a true flat rate arrangement. After surveying what needs to be moved, the moving company provides a quote for their services that won’t change even if the actual shipment weight is higher or lower than its original estimate.
  • Binding not-to-exceed: With a binding not-to-exceed arrangement, the mover provides a quote based upon the estimated weight of the shipment. If the actual shipping weight exceeds the original estimate, you don’t have to pay more than the initial quote. However, if the actual shipping weight is less than the original estimate, you’ll pay a reduced amount. This is the most favorable type of contract for the consumer.
  • Non-binding: With a non-binding estimate, the company will adjust the final price based upon the actual weight of the shipment, whether that’s more or less than the original quote. To prevent companies from low-balling estimates and then charging customers egregious final amounts, the law prohibits movers from charging more than 110% of the original agreement.

Great Guys enables our customers to receive quotes from interstate moving companies in one easy place. Rather than you having to call a list of movers, our algorithm automatically pairs you with reputable, licensed long distance movers who service your zip codes.

As mentioned before, interstate moves are regulated by the FMCSA, which offers lots of helpful resources for the safety and education of consumers. The FMCSA Protect My Move portal allows you to easily look up long distance movers by name or U.S. DOT number to check their registration status, complaint information, and safety record.

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