Movers NYC to FL
Florida continues to be one of the states with a population influx from other states (more people moving in than out), and New York is one of the most significant contributors to that growth. It makes sense—Florida offers better weather, beautiful beaches, lower taxes, and is just a short flight away from exotic tropical destinations. Florida has overtaken New York as the third most populous state in the US. If you are moving from New York City to the Sunshine State, get ready for a tremendous change.
How do I find the best mover from NYC to Florida?
There is plenty of competition for your move from NYC to Florida, so do your research and find the right mover for your situation. The average 1,200-mile relocation of a 3-bedroom house can cost around $3,700 to $4,100, and both New York and Florida homes have some quirks that might raise that cost of moving. Every move cost is different, and the best way to get a sense of what yours will be is to talk with several moving companies.
Start by asking for referrals. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers who have moved away. Ask your real estate agent who they have worked with that has done an excellent job. Your employer may have a recommendation, even if the move is not work-related. Some moving companies have affiliations with alumni organizations or philanthropic and service groups. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Most important, only consider movers that register with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.) Those movers comply with essential regulations that help protect you from fraud.
What are the regulations for movers?
Those regulations direct the interactions between the Florida mover and the consumer in a way that helps guard against malfeasance by unscrupulous operators. For example, movers must conduct an onsite visual inspection of the household goods you want to move and provide you with a written estimate of the cost to perform the move. The estimate includes a comprehensive inventory (sometimes called a cube sheet or table of measurements) of everything you want them to ship. This rule provides you with a good filter—don’t do business with companies that hesitate to do the onsite survey or offer a verbal estimate. That practice is a red flag for a scam.
It is also important to get several Florida moving estimates. This enables you to compare them and winnow out a “too good to be true” assessment from a vendor. If you consider the lowest of the estimates you receive, ask that mover to tell you what the charges would be if the weight turns out to be higher than forecast. This information will help you evaluate the true comparability of that quote versus another. Remember that there are several kinds of estimates: non-binding, binding, and binding not-to-exceed.
A non-binding estimate allows the mover to charge a higher price if it provides an assessment of the weight that is proven inaccurate. Suppose the long distance mover estimates your shipment’s weight at 6,000 pounds and provides a moving quote of $5,000. If the bid were non-binding, and the actual weight of the load is 8,000, you will receive a higher bill—in this case, it could be 30% higher. If you had another estimate that forecasted the weight at 8,000 pounds and quoted the cost at $6,500, that is most likely a better price. It will be helpful if you ask each vendor to provide several prices based on different weight amounts.
If the estimate is binding, it is a commitment that the vendor will not raise the price if the weight of the shipment is higher than it has estimated. In this instance, the mover retains the risk. Because of that, some companies charge a fee for the extra effort involved in creating a binding estimate. Finally, a binding estimate not-to-exceed can go down if the shipment’s weight is less than predicted but can’t exceed the estimate.
The estimate type must be clear. The mover must provide you with information about insurance options and its dispute resolution and arbitration programs, in case there is a problem. It must include a copy of their tariff, which outlines the fees they can charge, both for services you request, and costs they may impose without your consent. These are limited to services necessary to complete the delivery and are called impracticable operations. Impracticable operations could be a situation where the standard truck is unable to park in front of your high-rise, and the mover must shuttle the delivery to the location using a second vehicle.
The moving company is obligated to provide you with a copy of the FMCSA publication called Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. You can also find this brochure (and other helpful resources) on the FMCSA website. It explains the moving industry jargon, so you don’t feel bewildered by the terms the movers are throwing at you. It tells you what the mover must include in the estimate, in the Order for Service, and the Bill of Lading. It highlights the differences between estimates and insurance types and tells you what to do if you experience a delay or some of your shipment is lost or damaged.
Take a close look at the insurance options. The Full Replacement Value option is specified in the estimate. This choice offers comprehensive coverage for any potential loss or damage of your belongings during the relocation. This choice has a cost associated with it, but it is probably a good idea. The second option, called Full Replacement Value Waiver, offers minimal reimbursement for any losses. The valuation is set at $0.60 per pound, per item. That means that your lightweight, 10-pound Italian racing bike you paid $1500 for will be assigned a value of $6.00 if it gets crushed by something shifting in the truck. The fact that this insurance is included in the cost of the move will not offer much consolation. Remember that even with the Full Replacement Value coverage, you must note items of extraordinary value (generally defined as over $100 per pound) on the inventory to assure their coverage. Never send irreplaceable items in the moving truck.
What’s the difference between a moving company and a moving broker?
Brokers don’t transport anything; movers do that. Moving brokers operate like insurance brokers or mortgage brokers, developing an understanding of your circumstances and what you are looking for, and then working to match you with an appropriate moving company. Like moving companies, brokers register with FMCSA and are assigned a DOT number to reference. They must have written agreements with the movers they refer to you and must have access to the mover’s tariff.
A good broker may save you time if they connect you with the right moving company. But be cautious: brokers are sometimes sham companies that conduct themselves disreputably. Watch out for signs that you are dealing with a rogue operator. For example, if the business has no local presence and answers the phone using a generic greeting rather than a specific company name, that is a red flag. If the broker asks for a cash deposit, be suspicious. Some broker scams consist of collecting deposits for moves that they fail to find movers to perform. In other cases, the deposit goes entirely to the broker, while the consumer believes that it is a portion of the overall move cost payment. Watch out for these bad apples; the reputable companies are out there.