For those who are thinking or planning to move to a different location, a different city or even a different state, one of the first things they need to contemplate about is which, among the moving and storage companies would be able to provide them with excellent service. Several preparations are needed for one to be able to gauge which company would be perfect for the job.

First, you need to have a comprehensive listing of the moving companies in their area. To refine or organize the search, you can classify each company according to the price of their service, their tenure in the business, or according to their policies, etc. Don’t worry about how you can look for long distance moving companies, several of them already have websites, so all you need to do is log on to your preferred search engine and key in moving and storage companies.

Second, narrow the list by taking in consideration other things that they offer. Ask questions. Do they have insurance policies? How about the terms for claims or damages? Do they require an advance payment? What about refund and reservation rules? Do they offer additional service such as accessory services; packing, unpacking, appliance servicing, etc. Do they have climate controlled storage? It might seem to be very tiring but you’ll see that your hardships will be worth it in the end.

Third, know your rights and responsibilities as a customer. These are very important not only during your moving plans but in daily life as well. If you’re equipped with proper information about the law; your rights and responsibilities you will be assured that everything will work out just as you have planned.

Fourth, the bulk of your responsibility is to know the legalities and the terms of your transaction with the chosen company. Read and understand carefully what’s written in the Bill of Lading. The bill of Lading in layman’s term is the contract between you and the company. This document enlists the type and the terms of service that you have requested form the mover and on the other hand it is where your agreed charges are recorded. Never lose your copy until the move has been completed and all charges or claims have been settled.

Fifth, an inventory of the furniture, appliances, numbers of boxes, etc. are also important. So furnish a comprehensive list to the company. You can do it while packing or loading and of course keep it until everything’s unloaded.

And lastly, since you and the mover are bound by laws in your state, be ready to subject yourself to inspections, tariffs, shipment weighing if needed, etc. This way both the state and your own interest are being protected.

Moving and storage companies can easily be found. What is truly hard to find is a company that could assist you and make life less stressful for you. But if you have extensive information of the things that you have to do, ask or prepare for then you can be assured that everything will be alright.