Long-distance moves also known as interstate moves typically involve moving across state lines. There are several differences between a local move and moving to another state that can present certain challenges.
In this blog, we’ll cover some regulations on the Federal level that will help you prepare for your cross-country move.
Differences Between Local and Long Distance Moves
The difference between a local move and a long distance move are fairly obvious and include longer periods of time on the road as well as more risk on the part of the moving company. Many times affordable movers will pad your cargo much more carefully when traveling longer distances.
The other differences that are not obvious are a variety of federal regulations that apply to cross-country movers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a small publication titled, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” This booklet must be provided to any customers hiring long-distance movers.
Other Government Regulations for Long Distance Movers
Use the following steps to determine if your cross-country movers are qualified to transfer your belongings across state lines:
- They have sufficient insurance – Long distance moving companies are required to hold BIPD as well as Cargo Insurance Policies at a minimum when performing interstate moves.
- Active registration with the FMCSA – Ensure the movers you choose are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to transport your belongings across state lines. This registration must be updated by all moving companies every two years.
- They have a US DOT number – The US Department of Transportation assigns a DOT number to cross-country movers that meet certain financial and safety standards. The DOT will also heavily scrutinize a company’s service record to ensure they are not taking advantage of consumers.
Partner with a United Moving Agent
By choosing long-distance movers that are affiliated with a large van line like United you can ensure that not only will your belongings be protected but that a larger organization will stand behind you if any problems arise during a cross-country move. At Capitol Moving & Storage, we’ve been a United Van Lines Agent for decades and are proud of our track record with this wonderful organization. If you have any other questions about moving across state lines, do not hesitate to contact us today at (860) 415-4400 or through our online contact form.