Moving Companies Puerto Rico to Florida

Florida is the number one target for US citizens moving to the mainland from Puerto Rico, and the number making the move has increased in recent years. The island territory’s fragile, tourism-based economy combined with infrastructure damage caused by 2017’s Hurricane Maria has encouraged more residents to consider moving to Florida. Florida offers a similar climate and the welcome of tropical beaches for those who move. As a bonus, many consumer goods, like groceries and clothing, cost less on the mainland.

How do I find the right mover from Puerto Rico to Florida?

Like moving from Hawaii, moving from Puerto Rico to the mainland requires going by ship or air. This fact will add to the cost of the move, and the time needed to deliver your shipment. Choosing the right mover for the job will help you maintain peace of mind while preparing for your great adventure. All moving companies that operate between states (or between a US territory and a state, in this case) are engaged in interstate commerce and, as a result, are regulated by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.) The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 created FMCSA, and while its central goal is the avoidance of commercial vehicle accidents causing injuries and deaths, it also takes action to protect consumers from fraud and deception.

FMCSA requires moving companies and brokers to register with them, and it maintains data regarding operators’ safety history and consumer complaint performance. The FMCSA website is an excellent place to begin your search for a moving company. You can verify that the business you are considering is a registered mover and check out their history. While you are on the website, you can peruse the helpful resources available there, including a comprehensive guide to moving titled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Are Moving, and a handy checklist called Ready To Move. These documents were developed by FMCSA to help consumers understand the moving industry and avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous operators.

What should I expect from the movers?

Interstate movers must follow the federal regulations in how they provide estimates or moving quotes. The company is required to conduct an in-person inspection of what you want to move. Don’t engage a vendor reluctant to do this and wants to provide their assessment based on your verbal or online description of the job. They must give you a written estimate and a complete inventory of everything that is included. Check this inventory carefully—you want to ensure that it is accurate so that you don’t run into any surprises later. The estimate must state whether it is binding or non-binding. The mover might charge a fee to give you a binding estimate because it is a firm commitment to the price. Binding estimates are a promise that if you don’t add anything, you won’t pay more. The mover is confident of the weight assessment and willing to accept the risk of being wrong. A non-binding estimate allows the mover to charge more if the weight is higher, so the risk remains with the consumer.

In either case, the move’s cost will also include charges for additional services you request or need. Some of these you can choose, like packing. Other services you can’t control—if you have multiple flights of stairs, you will pay for extra labor. You may not be aware of the need for these services until the end of the move if the conditions are due to circumstances at the destination. These potential charges are all detailed in the mover’s tariff, which they will provide to you.

The moving company must provide you with information about insurance choices and its process for handling claims and its arbitration program. FMCSA notes that most disputes are resolved without litigation. You have responsibilities as well. Some of the essential ones are:

  • Read everything the mover gives you, and never sign a blank or incomplete document. If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation before you agree to it.
  • Be available as agreed for the survey, and the pickup and delivery of your shipment.
  • Let the mover know if anything is changing—the size of the load, the destination, or an additional stop.
  • File claims promptly. When you accept delivery, double-check the receipt you sign. You do not want to sign anything that affirms a complete and undamaged shipment until you can check everything. If the document the mover gives you includes objectionable language, strike through the parts that are wrong and then sign it.

Carefully consider the choice of insurance, also known as valuation. Your mover will offer you a choice between full coverage and a waiver of full coverage. You may be tempted to take the waived coverage because it is included with your move at no additional cost. The reasoning is understandable: you are trying to save money where you can. But even the best mover may slip or trip, and your possessions are probably not going to be replaceable at the level of coverage provided by the waiver, or released value, protection level. Talk to your mover about the cost of the Full Value option. It may be a better choice.

What do I need to know about moving from Puerto Rico to Florida?

Shipping between Puerto Rico and the mainland is expensive due to the Jones Act, which protects US-based shipping interests by requiring that shipments between two American ports be carried by a US registered ship. With that in mind, you may want to limit what you take with you. Your mover will load your possessions into a container that will be transported by truck to a port and then shipped to Florida. From there, the load goes back on a truck to finish the journey to your new home.

In most cases, moving your household furniture is more cost-effective than selling it and replacing it after you move from Puerto Rico to Florida. There are exceptions, of course. You know what you have, and if you still have the old hand-me-down couch from your parents’ basement, you may want to pass it along to someone else and give yourself the indulgence of starting with a blank slate in your new home. Part of the fun of moving to Florida from Puerto Rico might be adding new purchases one by one. But you certainly have essential items you need to take with you—perhaps a house full, possibly only a few select pieces.

In addition to evaluating the furniture, think about the other things you are transporting. You may be shipping a car, which can be managed by your moving company for an additional fee. Your mover can provide packing services if you want them to, and they can safeguard your artwork by crafting custom crates designed to protect valuables during travel. If you are moving into temporary housing, the moving firm can arrange storage and delivery out of storage and unpacking if you prefer.  All these extra, or accessorial, services cost more.

Popular Routes

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Your Web Quotes Accurate and Are They Binding?

The estimates you get over the phone or our website shouldn’t be considered final even though they are over 90% accurate. For a final bill, an onsite inspection had to be conducted. The final bill is always in writing.  

What’s the Difference Between Local and Long-Distance moves?

If you are moving within the city or the move is less than 100 miles, the move is local. If it is farther than that, then the move is a long-distance move.  

Are There Objects That Can’t Be Loaded into the Truck?

Yes. We know you want to take your pet to the beaches of San Juan but a moving crew won’t accept the pet. Food, plants, chemicals, flammable substances, and firearms are not accepted by moving crews. 

What’s the Best Time to Move in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and How Far Ahead Should I Plan My Move?

Generally, the summer is the peak moving time in San Juan. The Christmas period too is considered peak moving time. Contact a moving company 2-4 weeks before a local move and 4-6 weeks before a long-distance move. 

Who Regulates Moving Companies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Where Can I Verify a Mover’s License?

If the company conducts interstate moves, then the company should be registered with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). The department gives registered companies a unique number called a USDOT number. This number can be used to verify licenses. The city of San Juan doesn’t regulate moving companies so moving companies in the city are only regulated at a federal level.  

I Need More Moving Supplies. Where Can I Find Moving Boxes in San Juan, Puerto Rico?

Allbrand Distributors provides moving boxes in the city. The Corner Office Business center is another option. If you still require assistance, you can contact Three Men And A Truck.

What Documents Do I Need to Have on Me on the Day of the Move?

You need your inventory list to ensure what is being loaded into the trucks are the items you want to be loaded. You need your estimates and bills so the cost is confirmed. The certificates of insurance are necessary to confirm the liability clauses of your items. You will also need an identity card like a driver’s license, so the crew can confirm your identity. If you still require assistance knowing the correct documents to have on you, contact our managers at Three Men And A Truck.  

Is it Possible to Make Changes to the Moving Arrangement?

Requesting these changes on the day of moving is very difficult but if you make your request before the moving day, it will be easier to implement.

Do I Have to Be Present During the Move or At the Destination?

Your presence at the beginning of a move is important because of documentation. At the destination, however, someone else can receive the cargo on your behalf if you give them the proper information.  

I Need to Store Some of My Belongings. Who Provides Storage Services in San Juan, Puerto Rico?

Three Men And A Truck provides storage services in the sunny city of San Juan. Whatever your needs are, we have the corresponding services for you.

A Moving Company Didn’t Honor Our Agreement. How Can I File a Complaint in San Juan?

You can file a complaint with the USDOT. You can use the company’s name or USDOT number to file a report.

I had an Emergency, and Now I Need a Last-Minute Move. Is That Possible?

It is possible to make an emergency move. Although, you should note that emergency local moves are easier than last-minute long-distance moves. If the company is fully booked, however, you won’t get the immediate service you require. Also, if the company is conducting maintenance on its vehicles, its services might be unavailable. Finally, if there is a weather constraint like a storm, moves will be impossible.    

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

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