An interstate move involves moving from state to state. When it comes to interstates moves, here is are a few things to remember.
Ask about forms of payment beforehand and what the moving company’s insurance covers. Ask how the cost is calculated. Look into who you are hiring and make sure you are getting a company that meets your needs.
Here are just a few to choose from:
Mayflower– Moving families local and long distance for over 75 years.
Allied Van Lines– Allied is set up to be able to handle small or large moves.
Atlas Van Lines– North America’s second largest household goods mover.
Bekins– Over 600 trucks ready for any move.
North American Van Lines– Over 75 years of experience and an array of services from packing to storage.
United Van Lines– America’s #1 moving company
If you just decide to rent the truck yourself, make sure to rent your truck at a location that allows for one-way moves, so that you can return it at your new destination. You can hire a local company at your starting location to load it for you and then hire a different company at your destination to unload it for you. Alternatives to renting a truck include Portable On Demand Storage (PODS), Movex interstate trucking, or ABF U-Pack. With these options, you can have your items delivered to your new destination without having to worry about driving a large rental truck across country. And then, all you have to do is hire movers to load and unload it when the truck/container arrives at your door.
Interstate moves may require a bit more research and planning. As you can see, there are a lot of interstate movers to choose from. You may want to get a couple price quotes from different companies so you can compare which rates are best. Check out information about the company you are hiring and ask questions ahead of time so there are no surprises on your moving date.
There is a lot of costs to take into consideration when it comes to moving: the truck, the movers, additional insurance, the moving supplies, plus so much more. And then there always seems to be those extra costs that come up as well.
Now, the costs are going to be different depending on the type of move. You are going to spend a lot more if you are relocating to a different state versus moving locally. Each person should put together their own budget to match their needs.
A move is considered local if it is within 100 miles and staying in the same state. With local movers, you are billed on an hourly rate usually. There is a couple different ways to set up your move:
- Hire a full service company to do the entire move from the loading to the driving to the unloading.
- You can rent your own truck and then hire local movers to load and unload it for you.
- Hire a packing service or choose to pack it yourself.
The price will fluctuate depending on how much work you are planning to do on your own compared to how much work you want the movers to do.
- Piano- Most movers have additional fees for moving pianos.
- Tipping- This is not something that is expected but definitely welcomed. Tips are usually based on job performance.
- Packing and Unpacking Service
- Stairs and how far your truck is parked from the residency- Since you are billed on an hourly rate, these are things that will add to the amount of time the move will take. It is going to take longer to unload into a 3rd floor apartment with no elevator than it will to unload into a ground floor apartment.
So just prepare a budget that meets the needs for your move and then from there, you will be able to start planning the cost of your move.
Renting your own truck is the alternative to hiring a full service moving company. By renting your own truck, it will require a bit more work on your part but you will also be saving money.
There is a lot of information to take into consideration when it comes to renting a truck for your move. From picking the right rental truck company that fits your needs to considering the cost of fuel charges.
Some of the major things you will want to find out when choosing the right rental company is can you drop off the truck at a different location if you are making a long distance move. Find out what kind of insurance you should get through the rental company or what your own insurance covers. And what size truck you will need to make sure all your items will fit. There are several different truck rental companies to choose from.
- Penske-Whether your needs are for households moves or business moves, Penske covers it all. With 40 years of growing business, Penske has more than 1,000 locations and 200,000 vehicles worldwide. With this, they guarantee rental trucks will be ready for pick up. Moving is a stressful time, so Penske is here to help make things as easy as possible, eliminating some of the stress. They are prepared and equipped for those unexpected events that may arise. With Penske, the customer can select a different pick-up and drop-off location for one-way trips or use the same location for round-trips.
- Budget– Budget Truck Rental’s business is processed by a collection of over 2,800 locations, almost 1,100 employees, and about 30,000 trucks. The locations are comprised of corporate, dealer, and franchise offices. The trucks all under-go regular 10 point inspections to ensure a reliable and safe truck rental experience. The Budget moving truck organization maintains one of the most current truck fleets with trucks averaging between 2 to 2.5 years old. At Budget, you are able to do one way rentals or round trip rentals.
- Ryder– Ryder currently has a fleet of almost 126,400 trucks; however, part of the fleet is used for commercial leasing contracts, and the rest – approximately 30,000 trucks – are rented out for moving individual customer items and furniture. Ryder has over 480 truck rental locations across North America and the UK with just over 28,000 employees. All Ryder trucks must be returned to the location they were picked up from. Several different truck sizes are offered.
- Enterprise– Helping your with your car rental for vacation needs or truck rentals for your household move, this is the company that has multiple options available. For commercial use, trucks can be reserved for daily, weekly, or even monthly basis and in any quantity from one truck to a fleet of several hundred. Whether your current vehicle is in the shop and you need a one day replacement or you need a delivery done, Enterprise can provide all types of trucks to cover your needs. Rental truck sizes range from cargo van to 24′ box truck.
Just remember, some things will change depending on which rental truck company you use so make sure to ask specific questions to the company directly.
-Who can drive the moving truck?
Usually require 2 forms of ID. Additional drivers can be added to rental agreement.
-What insurance should I get?
Each person must check with their own insurance company to see what is covered as far as renting a truck. If your insurance does not cover it, you can purchase insurance for an additional cost with the rental truck location. Each plan verifies depending on which rental company you are using.
-What if I need equipment?
You can rent or buy equipment with your rental truck.
-How do I pay for my rental truck?
If booking online, a major credit card may be required to hold your reservation.
-What size truck should I rent?
|Size of Truck
||# of Rooms
|26′ moving truck
|24′ moving truck
|17′ moving truck
|14′ moving truck
|10′ moving truck
The simplest things you do end up representing your company.
- Answering Customer Questions:
For example, how you answer the phone and your tone of voice on the phone. It is important to know the company’s policies so you can answer any questions the customer may have. For example, the cancellation/return policy and the forms of payment that are accepted.
Asking questions is a way for the customer to learn more about the company, so the more effectively you can answer questions the better.
- Believe in what you are offering:
If you have confidence and believe in what you are selling, then the customer will have confidence in that product as well. Part of that confidence is being able to answer all the questions that may arise. If you are unsure, the customer is going to sense that.
Customer service is an important part of any business. It can even be the key component. There is some situations that come up that may be out of your control, but you can control how you handle each situation via customer service. How a company handles situations, reflects on that company. Familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs of the company and the product being sold. Whether it is an actual item you are selling or being a customer service representative for a company.