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Any interstate move can be challenging, whether it is all the way across the country or just up the coast from Florida to Virginia. If you are one of the three million Americans moving to another state this year, you may be wondering how to find the right moving company to help you get from here to there.

How do I find the best moving company from Florida to Virginia?

Every move is different, but your move is unique to you, and you want to find a Florida moving company that will understand your needs and work with you to help you through the challenge. Perhaps you are moving to a smaller home, and considering temporary storage? You might be relocating your office or a local business in addition to your home. You want to find a great moving company to handle all these possibilities for you.

Can I find a company to handle everything?

Of course. There are all kinds of moving companies—big and small, local, and national. Most movers are small companies, with some acting as agents of national chains or franchise owners. No matter what size business you engage, it will register with the FMCSA or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration if it is performing interstate moves. FMCSA regulates how interstate movers do business, to protect consumers from fraud. You can find information about moving companies on their website, including their safety history and any consumer complaints. You will also find helpful resources about moving, including a publication titled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This guide explains the terms that movers use, what information they are required to provide to you, what to look for, and what you are responsible for and should do to protect yourself. It details the different types of estimates, insurance choices, and relevant documents like an order for service, bill of lading, mover’s tariff, and more.

What services are included in a move?

What services you contract for depends on what you need. When you meet each mover, talk about the kind of move you are considering. Every reputable mover will come to your residence to do a physical survey of your intended shipment. This is not only required by the FMCSA; it is an essential component of developing an accurate estimate. If you consider a company that tells you the in-home survey isn’t necessary and asks you to waive the requirement, you should be suspicious of their intentions. Choose a mover that wants to do a thorough job. As you walk through the house to assist the company representative in building the inventory list, you can discuss options. Make sure you understand the type of estimate you are getting from the moving company (it makes a big difference if it is binding or non-binding; more information is in the FMCSA website and the pamphlet on moving) and that you ask about their dispute resolution and arbitration programs.

One of the services to ask about is packing. Some consumers want to have the apartment movers do this part, while others prefer to complete their own packing. Engaging the movers to pack has advantages—they know how to do it fast and effectively. Moving professionals pack boxes so that the loads are balanced; they how much to put in each box and how to ensure that your valuables are protected. That is a plus, and of course, giving them the job saves you from endless hours of wrapping dishes in newspaper. The downside might be that they will pack everything, and you miss out on an opportunity to be selective about what you take and what you leave behind. Moving can be a perfect time to go through your possessions with a discerning eye, discarding, and donating the things that you don’t need.

Speaking of downsizing, take a close look at your furniture if you are moving into a smaller home or moving from a one-story ranch-style into a more compact floor plan. Will your furniture fit? If you have large or bulky items, talk with the mover about the best way to move them. You mover will advise you about moving your piano or pool table and about specialty crating for fragile paintings or sculptures. Most of the time, it is more cost-effective to move furniture than to replace it, but there are exceptions.

If you are moving out of your current home before your destination home is available, you may need storage, referred to in the industry as SIT or Storage-In-Transit. The moving company you choose can arrange for this in advance. Placing your household goods into storage adds to the move’s cost, so you may want to avoid it if possible. Your mover can give you a quote that includes the move into storage, the price of the warehouse itself, and the transfer to your new home when ready.

Can the mover add charges for services I didn’t request?

Only in limited circumstances. If there are conditions at the destination that require extra labor or equipment for the mover to complete the delivery successfully, the mover may charge you for that. A good example is if your new home is a townhouse that doesn’t allow the truck to park nearby for unloading, and the company must shuttle the delivery using a smaller vehicle. Or if your loft has a narrow, winding staircase that makes moving furniture tricky, and the mover was not aware. There are limits to these charges, and they will be outlined in the mover’s tariff.

What if I am moving my business and my house from Florida to Virginia?

Your mover can combine your household goods move with your office or commercial move, in most cases. Making an extra stop will add to the price, and it is essential to talk to the moving companies you are getting estimates from about the best way to load the truck, so what is coming out first gets loaded last. But there is no reason you can’t combine the move of your residence goods with the items you want to transport from your office or commercial establishment, as long as you don’t try to move anything on the prohibited list for moving companies.

What won’t moving companies move in the moving truck?

Movers won’t move plants. Regulations designed to avoid pests’ introduction into new areas prohibit them from transporting houseplants over 150 miles. They won’t take your pets in the moving truck, which seems obvious, but people try it all the time. Perishable food can’t go, so use it up, give it away, or take it with you in the car.

The moving company won’t take anything hazardous, including flammable, explosive, and corrosive items. This list includes things you might not think of, like paint, paint thinner, aerosol cans, fire extinguishers, charcoal, lighter fluid, some batteries, acid, and the more obvious ammunition, firearms, and fireworks. Don’t try to hide something dangerous and sneak it into a shipment. If anything goes wrong, the presence of a prohibited item will void the carrier’s liability for any damage you incur.

The movers also don’t want to move some things, not because they are dangerous, but because they are precious. This includes checkbooks, banking records, tax returns, insurance policies, medical and dental records, titles to vehicles, deeds to property, airline tickets, research information, school records, laptop computers,  and other critical information, whether paper-based or maintained on other media like disks. Many will also balk at assuming responsibility for irreplaceable sentimental items such as wedding albums and videos, photographs, address books, collections, and physical objects such as cash, car keys, and medicines. If you have these things, you need to transport them personally.

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