“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
- Did you know, that more people are moving into Florida than out?! In fact, the ratio is approximately 3 to 1.
- Northern Moving Companies usually charge higher prices because they go back north empty.
Most Florida Moving Companies will move you for less, sometimes 45% percent less.
Most Florida Moving Companies will beat any written quote from your local moving company.
- Below is a list of some Florida Moving Companies who might offer discounts to those moving into the state from the northern states. Call and ask for their estimate brochure.
- Also, here is a Reminder List of who should be notified of your move, such as; the Post Office, utility companies, banks, magazine companies, newspapers, credit card companies, clubs, schools, your physicians & Dentist, and relatives / friends.
If you decide to move yourself, the first thing you need is to rent a truck. Have the rental company help you determine the size of truck that you will require. You’ll have to pay the rental fee, mileage, and additional fees if you rent pads, dollies, blankets, packing materials and boxes. And of course, if you break anything, you pay.
Hire a Professional
For long distances, you’ll probably want to hire a professional moving company. Get at least three estimates for your move. Contact the movers and ask for a copy of their companies literature and the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) brochure, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”, and a copy of the company’s “Annual Performance Record”.
Interstate moves are usually based on the weight of the shipment (an average residential move ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 pounds) and the distance of the move. Additional charges for packing and unpacking, disconnecting and hooking up appliances are added.
You have the option of choosing either a binding or non-binding estimate. If you know exactly what you are shipping at the time of the estimate, you can avoid surprises with a binding estimate. Although the fee may be higher that a non-binding estimate, the agreed upon price is final. There is no guarantee that a non-binding estimate is final, so choose a non-binding estimate if the exact shipment is questionable. If the cost of the move is greater that the estimate, you will have to pay the original estimate plus 10 percent. Regardless of the type of estimate you choose, be prepared to pay the driver in cash, money order, traveler’s checks, or bank check before your goods are unloaded. The most important document to have in your possession is the ‘bill of lading’. This is the legal document between you and the mover.
Upon delivery of your shipment, use the ‘bill of lading’ as the movers off load your household items making notations if there is visible damage. You have 90 days after delivery to file a loss or damage claim, but it is best to do it immediately. It takes time to settle into a new home, so unpack the kitchen first, bedrooms and bathrooms. Try different furniture arrangements. Go out and explore your new neighborhood. Meet new neighbors and may be join a social club.
For more information, the American Movers Conference offers these brochures: “Guide to a Satisfying Move” and “Moving with Pets and Plants”. Each Brochure will require a separate self addressed stamped envelope sent to:
American Movers Conference
1611 Dukes Street
Alexandria, VA 22314