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There are limited ways to properly secure your items inside the back of one of these containers. So if you have a grandfather clock, or a top heavy cabinet, these items tend to shift during transit, and the freight company takes no responsibility for it because you loaded it
This can result in thousands of dollars of damage in the end. The only thing that is covered is if the truck is involved in an accident. There is no guarantee of how that driver is going to pay attention to pot holes in the road, truck stop parking lots, unattended containers, etc. Sometimes these drivers can be all over the map, depending on how many containers are going to an area.
The way to calculate how much stuff fits on to a container is to multiply the length times the width times the height, and then multiply by 7lbs per cubic foot. For example if you have a container that is 7ft tall and 7ft wide and 20ft long, you have 980 cubic feet, multiplied by 7 lbs per cubic foot, is a total of 6860 lbs of furniture and boxes. Typically each room of a house is roughly 1000-1500 lbs. So if you have a living room, dining room, bedroom #1, bedroom #2, kitchen, and some miscellaneous items from around the house then you have reached a 20ft container.
However without having an actual in-home estimate from these companies, what ends up happening is you usually pay more for your move. The reason is because these companies always sub-contract an owner/operator of a moving truck, and are at the mercy of that truck and crew. You are never guaranteed that you will have a professional mover show up. A lot of times you may end up with a rental truck that someone has rented to try to make a buck.
Also, when you search out a company check out their profile. If they are an actual carrier that owns trucks, find out how many trucks they own. If they only own one truck, then they are without a doubt sub-contracting out 90% of their jobs, especially if the sales person has indicated to you over the phone that they do in excess of $500,000 a year in interstate moves.
Often times your household goods load ends up sitting on that load board with no one assigned to your move, and when you call to find out when and who is your moving crew, you are answered with "the truck broke down" or "we ran into weather" leaving the move off to a bad start from the beginning, especially when the truck shows up and the stories don't match.
Brokers will not tell you over the phone that they do not intend to move you, only if you ask if they are a broker, then they will tell you that they are. A lot of times you (the shipper) really liked the sales person over the phone and have instantly trusted that person to handle your moving needs, but after your deposit has been collected, it is nearly impossible to now reach the sales person.
The only successful moves that come from this system are when you get lucky with a quality carrier that has their act together. The biggest downfall of hiring a broker is they don't come over to your house and fully inspect how much stuff you actually have. They only take your phone call and your deposit, which often times they tell you that the deposit goes to the mover, but actually they keep off the top of your move, with little to no effort.
Always check to see how much this is -- in this case if it was .55 cents per lb, then you just spent an extra $1100 that you didn't budget for.
So now your move is costing you $2100 plus any extra fuel charge attached to the move. Also, sales people over the phone are usually not movers, they haven't a clue about what it takes to get a full sized truck in front of your house/apt/condo in many cities around the country, therefore resulting in shuttle expenses to get your furniture out of a congested area and safely onto the truck. These services are often necessary, but it sure is nice to know this ahead of time for financial reasons.
There's also insurance cost for the truck, which is typically around $15 a day. Now it will take you approximately 6 days of travel to get there, with 6 days of motel stays at an average of $60 per night. So that's another $360. On top of that you will have food and other travel expenses while on the road.
If you're a good driver, then you'll probably be ok. But if you're not familiar with the interstate system, then it can be a little scary out there, semi-trucks flying by you at 80 miles an hour, icy roads, 50 mile an hour winds hitting the side of your truck, snow, fog, tornadoes etc. There are mechanical breakdowns, fatigue, other drivers' fatigue to factor in.
If this is the route that you choose to take, then it would be a good idea to take all of these variables and expenses into consideration.
This may seem like the cheaper way at first, but usually ends up being a lot more in the long run.
The experience is definitely fun and exciting if you have never done it before. You just need to weigh the pros and cons of what may work best for you. Be sure to check out the other options of moving too.
Here's what you need to look for:
If you are hiring a mover for an interstate move, or a local move, you need to look at whether or not they own the proper truck to do your move. Which means again, go to www.safersys.org (see link above) and search that company to see how many trucks they have registered, and whether or not they have tractor units.
Also make sure you have someone come out to your house if you live within range of their office. This will eliminate any variables during the move that result in costing you more money. With van lines you will usually have to deal with many different people within that organization, like the sales person, the dispatcher, the secretary, the operations, the driver, the helper -- it can be a bit overwhelming explaining yourself over and over again.
With a smaller company you may experience a more personable experience. You usually only deal with a couple people, such as the sales person who is also the dispatcher, or even the owner, who has hand chosen a few drivers to work for him/her. The driver is under direct control of the sales person/owner at all times.
Sometimes if the company is too small, they will end up renting a one-way truck and flying their driver back after performing the move, however these trucks again only hold a certain amount of furniture, and it's just not professional to do it this way. It works if the customer is fully aware that this is the way you will be moved, or if it's an extremely hot load and needs to be somewhere on a certain date and none of the other trucks in the fleet are available to do so.
One of the best ways to avoid issues during your move is to hire a company within 0-30 miles of your pick-up. What this does is help avoid your truck being late -- now your move has gotten off to a good start. Often times we hire out of state movers because they can compete better. If you go this route, make sure you give them a large window for pick-up (like 3-5 days) to allow them to get there.
Are they knowledgeable about moving? Ask questions. There are a lot of shady ones out there; it's usually easy to spot one if you follow some of these suggestions.
Use the internet as a good tool to research a company. The positive thing about hiring a mover is you don't have to do any of the work, just sit back and enjoy the luxury of someone else working for you.
Many times moving rates are very competitive with all of the previous ways we talked about, therefore giving you a hands on personalized service at an affordable price. Movers have had to drop their rates a little to keep up with all the new competition. So, if you do your shopping, and remember to hire someone close to home and who owns trucks, you will without a doubt be off to a great moving experience.
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