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If you’re preparing to move to another state, you have your work cut out for you.

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About Our Interstate Movers Location

The challenges of an interstate move are inherently different. You should do your best to prepare for the tasks ahead before packing your entire life in a cardboard box. To do so, you will need to find a moving company you can entrust with your belongings. 

Interstate Movers Quotes

When you request an interstate moving quote from MovingPacking, we will provide you an estimate for services that is tailored to fit your budget. Our professional moving estimators will survey your home to approximate the size and weight of your load. You'll subsequently discuss packing, protection and service options to customize a moving package that fits your specific needs. 

There are a number of key differences you should prepare for when moving cross country. Interstate moving is generally more complicated than a local move due to additional federal and state regulations. These consumer protections are constructed to hold interstate moving companies to a different standard than local movers. 

Federal and state regulations hold interstate moving companies to a different standard than local movers and it’s important that you do too. 

Rights and Responsibilities of Interstate Movers

It shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that interstate moving companies are regulated differently than local movers considering the extra distance and risk covered by an out-of-state move. 

To ensure you are aware of our rights, interstate moving companies are mandated to provide you with a booklet published by the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. 

Regulations for Interstate Moving Companies

Regulators impose a number of special standards upon interstate moving companies to keep them compliant with federal and state laws. These laws are written to ensure the safe, legal transit of your belongings. 

At the very least, you should ensure that a mover holds interstate operating authority before letting them take possession of your property. Here’s how to tell whether your movers are qualified: 

  • Moving Insurance

All interstate movers are required to have a minimum level of motor vehicle insurance and liability insurance, as well as workers compensation insurance to protect employees and customers in the event that a worker is injured while transporting your goods to destinations. 

  • FMCSA Registration

Your interstate moving company is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to transport household goods across state lines, and that their registration is up-to-date. Interstate movers are required to update their registration every two years. 

  • U.S. DOT. Number

In addition to FMCSA registration, interstate moving companies should also have a unique identifier issued by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). This number is used to keep track of things like audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, inspections, and other safety information.

Prepare for Moving Day

Here are a few additional steps you should consider taking: 

  • At MovingPacking, moving consultant will walk with you through all the stages of decluttering your house and minimize the costs involved in the interstate relocation.
  • Inquire about your estimate. You want a “binding estimate,” which means the amount you are quoted can not adjust at the end of the moving, despite any changed circumstances. For example, if the moving company miscalculates the weight of your load, you should not be charged more than what you were originally quoted for the back end of your move.
  • Consider purchasing full-value protection. Consider full-value protection if you feel the minimum liability protection is insufficient. The minimum liability an interstate moving company provides is .60 per pound, which is potentially inadequate for movers with high-value antiques and fine art.
  • Double check the details of your move. Prior to moving day, double check the details of your move with the moving company. Confirm your timeline, including when they expect to arrive on moving day and when they expect to unload belongings at your new home.
  • Write down your contact information. Write down contact information for your moving company and coordinator, so you know how to get in touch with them before, during and after the move. Also make sure they have contact information for you, including your current address, new address and how to reach you while in transit.
  • Create an inventory of your household goods. Make sure your movers sign off on an official inventory on the load day. This document will be your primary account of belongings and their condition. If items are not listed or their conditions are improperly documented on this list, they may not be eligible for claims compensation.
  • Read all documents before signing them. This includes the estimate, order for service, inventory and Bill of Lading. Also be sure to keep these documents until all charges and claims are paid and settled.
  • Most interstate movers companies will require a payment before they begin unloading.

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