Moving From Florida To Michigan

Movers FL to MI

Relocating is a big adventure, but getting started can be a bit intimidating. Leaving your familiar home in Florida for the great state of Michigan is exciting, and you have a lot to do in preparation. Trading Florida’s coastal access for the Great Lakes is going to take some getting used to, not to mention that Michigan has seasons, including real winter. Before you start planning ski trips, you have to organize your move, though.

How do I find a great moving company from Florida to Michigan?

Finding the best Florida moving company for your relocation from Florida to Michigan isn’t hard, but it does take some research and planning. It’s crucial to find movers with a truck that can provide you with the services you need and the assurance that you have a trusted partner. Moving companies come in all sizes, from independents to agents of national chains and franchises. Most of them are professional, but you will need to look out for the small number of rogue operators.

Where do I start my search for a moving company?

Start by asking people you know for recommendations. If you have friends and family who have moved, they can tell you if they had a good or bad experience. If your move is work-related, your company’s procurement or human resources department may have referrals for you. Some cheap movers are affiliated with college alumni/ae organizations and other social groups.

When you get these suggestions or find companies by other means, check them out. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an excellent place to start. The agency is part of the Department of Transportation, and all moving companies engaged in interstate relocations must register with it. FMCSA develops rules governing the conduct of those moves to protect consumers from fraud and maintains a database with information on movers’ safety records and complaint history.

What does the FMCSA require movers to do?

As you start your quest to identify and engage a moving company, you will find support in a publication from FMCSA titled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This helpful resource outlines movers’ and brokers’ requirements and explains what you need to know as a consumer when moving from Florida to Indiana. The guide also defines many of the key industry terms that will help you understand what the company representatives are talking about. Some of the essential protections for consumers are these:

  • Moving companies must perform an in-person survey of the household goods that you want to move, and use the resulting inventory to create the estimate or moving quote. The rule has an exception if the residence being quoted is more than 50 miles from the moving company office, or if the consumer waives the visual inspection. Some movers may be reluctant to do the physical walkthrough and may tell you that they have the expertise to devise an accurate assessment of your shipment without seeing it. Be wary of this suggestion, as it could indicate an intention to defraud you with a lowball estimate.
  • The estimate that the moving company provides must specify whether it is binding or non-binding. This is critical information because a non-binding estimate means that the move’s cost may increase if the mover has underbid. In contrast, a binding estimate is a commitment to the price, as long as you do not add anything to the shipment. FMCSA requires movers to provide a written estimate for every delivery, and assessments must be dated and signed by both the mover and the shipper.
  • If you are working with a moving broker, the FMCSA includes requirements for those firms as well. Brokers do not transport your shipment, what they do is find a mover to take the job, based on their understanding of it. Either the broker or the mover it selects must still conduct the physical survey, create the inventory, and provide the written estimate. Brokers can only offer estimates on behalf of movers if they have a written agreement with that mover and use the mover’s tariff. A tariff is a description of fees that a moving company assesses for services.
  • Movers’ estimates also need to include a description of the two choices for insuring your shipment. This part can be a little confusing because of the way it is worded. More than likely, your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance isn’t going to cover your belongings while in transit, so the options provided by the moving company (or a third-party choice) are important. The basic coverage is Waiver of Full Value (Replacement) Coverage, and that is offered at no additional fee, so you may be tempted to choose it. The coverage is based on weight and will reimburse you for up to $0.60 per pound, by item. That will cover a coffee cup, and possibly an old t-shirt that gets lost, but if your 20-pound flat-screen television or even your 7-pound air fryer is damaged, you are out of luck. The option you can pay for, referred to as Full Value (Replacement) Coverage, is usually a better choice. It provides either the replacement of a lost or damaged item by the moving company, repair of the article, or reimbursement at market value. The estimate will include the mover’s pricing and details for this coverage, and—importantly—what limits their liability. One example of limited liability is that if you pack the box, and the box is not damaged, but the contents are, the mover is not responsible. If the mover packed the container, they would assume liability.

What are the red flags to avoid when choosing a mover?

Most moving companies are honest and reliable. In every industry, there are a few disreputable players that you must watch out for. In the moving business, there are some red flags you can look for to avoid getting scammed.

  1. Can you reach the contact person? If it’s musical chairs, and you talk to someone different every time, that is a concern. Also, pay attention to how the company answers the phone. Some shady broker and mover operations will respond with a generic greeting of “movers” instead of referencing an actual company name. It might be a distant call center instead of a legitimate company.
  2. Does the company reference and display its DOT number? The company should show up in a truck that has the DOT number and preferably the company name. If their vehicle is a rental or doesn’t look dependable, be wary.
  3. If the company asks you to sign blank or incomplete documents or tells you not to worry about the fine print, do not conduct business with them. Never sign anything that you don’t understand or that contains inaccurate information. Also, don’t allow the company to begin loading your belongings onto their truck unless you have a signed, dated estimate that you are comfortable with. If the representative tries to make any changes during the loading process, stop the work until you reach a new agreement.
  4. The moving company or broker asks for a large or cash deposit before the move. The representative who takes the deposit may imply that it will be subtracted from the total payment, but the driver then demands the entire amount.

By being vigilant and researching upfront, you can find a trustworthy partner for your relocation from Florida to Michigan.

 

Moves From Florida to Michigan: Our Top Routes

We provide reliable moving services across many routes connecting Florida and Michigan. These are the most popular routes from Florida to Michigan.

Florida to Detroit


Jacksonville to Detroit
Miami to Detroit
Tampa to Detroit
Orlando to Detroit
St.Petersburg to Detroit
Hialeah to Detroit
Tallahassee to Detroit
Port St Lucie to Detroit
Cape Coral to Detroit
Fort Lauderdale to Detroit
Pembroke Pines to Detroit
Hollywood to Detroit
Miramar to Detroit
Coral Springs to Detroit
Gainesville to Detroit
Lehigh Acres to Detroit
Brandon to Detroit
Clearwater to Detroit
Palm Bay to Detroit
Miami Gardens to Detroit
Spring Hill to Detroit
Pompano Beach to Detroit
West Palm Beach to Detroit
Davie to Detroit
Lakeland to Detroit
Boca Raton to Detroit

Florida to Grand Rapids


Jacksonville to Grand Rapids
Miami to Grand Rapids
Tampa to Grand Rapids
Orlando to Grand Rapids
St.Petersburg to Grand Rapids
Hialeah to Grand Rapids
Tallahassee to Grand Rapids
Port St Lucie to Grand Rapids
Cape Coral to Grand Rapids
Fort Lauderdale to Grand Rapids
Pembroke Pines to Grand Rapids
Hollywood to Grand Rapids
Miramar to Grand Rapids
Coral Springs to Grand Rapids
Gainesville to Grand Rapids
Lehigh Acres to Grand Rapids
Brandon to Grand Rapids
Clearwater to Grand Rapids
Palm Bay to Grand Rapids
Miami Gardens to Grand Rapids
Spring Hill to Grand Rapids
Pompano Beach to Grand Rapids
West Palm Beach to Grand Rapids
Davie to Grand Rapids
Lakeland to Grand Rapids
Boca Raton to Grand Rapids

Florida to Warren


Jacksonville to Warren
Miami to Warren
Tampa to Warren
Orlando to Warren
St.Petersburg to Warren
Hialeah to Warren
Tallahassee to Warren
Port St Lucie to Warren
Cape Coral to Warren
Fort Lauderdale to Warren
Pembroke Pines to Warren
Hollywood to Warren
Miramar to Warren
Coral Springs to Warren
Gainesville to Warren
Lehigh Acres to Warren
Brandon to Warren
Clearwater to Warren
Palm Bay to Warren
Miami Gardens to Warren
Spring Hill to Warren
Pompano Beach to Warren
West Palm Beach to Warren
Davie to Warren Lakeland to Warren
Boca Raton to Warren

Florida to Sterling Heights


Jacksonville to Sterling Heights
Miami to Sterling Heights
Tampa to Sterling Heights
Orlando to Sterling Heights
St.Petersburg to Sterling Heights
Hialeah to Sterling Heights
Tallahassee to Sterling Heights
Port St Lucie to Sterling Heights
Cape Coral to Sterling Heights
Fort Lauderdale to Sterling Heights
Pembroke Pines to Sterling Heights
Hollywood to Sterling Heights
Miramar to Sterling Heights
Coral Springs to Sterling Heights
Gainesville to Sterling Heights
Lehigh Acres to Sterling Heights
Brandon to Sterling Heights
Clearwater to Sterling Heights
Palm Bay to Sterling Heights
Miami Gardens to Sterling Heights
Spring Hill to Sterling Heights
Pompano Beach to Sterling Heights
West Palm Beach to Sterling Heights
Davie to Sterling Heights
Lakeland to Sterling Heights
Boca Raton to Sterling Heights

Florida to Ann Arbor


Jacksonville to Ann Arbor
Miami to Ann Arbor
Tampa to Ann Arbor
Orlando to Ann Arbor
St.Petersburg to Ann Arbor
Hialeah to Ann Arbor
Tallahassee to Ann Arbor
Port St Lucie to Ann Arbor
Cape Coral to Ann Arbor
Fort Lauderdale to Ann Arbor
Pembroke Pines to Ann Arbor
Hollywood to Ann Arbor
Miramar to Ann Arbor
Coral Springs to Ann Arbor
Gainesville to Ann Arbor
Lehigh Acres to Ann Arbor
Brandon to Ann Arbor
Clearwater to Ann Arbor
Palm Bay to Ann Arbor
Miami Gardens to Ann Arbor
Spring Hill to Ann Arbor
Pompano Beach to Ann Arbor
West Palm Beach to Ann Arbor
Davie to Ann Arbor 
Lakeland to Ann Arbor
Boca Raton to Ann Arbor

Florida to Lansing


Jacksonville to Lansing
Miami to Lansing
Tampa to Lansing
Orlando to Lansing
St.Petersburg to Lansing
Hialeah to Lansing
Tallahassee to Lansing
Port St Lucie to Lansing
Cape Coral to Lansing
Fort Lauderdale to Lansing
Pembroke Pines to Lansing
Hollywood to Lansing
Miramar to Lansing
Coral Springs to Lansing
Gainesville to Lansing
Lehigh Acres to Lansing
Brandon to Lansing
Clearwater to Lansing
Palm Bay to Lansing
Miami Gardens to Lansing
Spring Hill to Lansing
Pompano Beach to Lansing
West Palm Beach to Lansing
Davie to Lansing 
Lakeland to Lansing
Boca Raton to Lansing

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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