The reputation of a moving company is one of the biggest factors in selecting a mover, but for long distance moves, it should be the biggest factor. Consider the care and effort that movers must apply. Experience and capability should take precedence over pride.
Long distance and commercial move charges are based mainly on the weight or cubic feet of your items and the distance they need to be moved.
Since full trailers by single households, discounts are always available because moving companies have to consolidate a dew household's items together into one 18-wheel truck.
In order to avoid additional charges during the move, you must: Know the layout of your new community or apartment complex Know if the area will accommodate huge 18-wheelers. Know the building restrictions beforehand. Know about walkway/elevator access.
The moving company will have no knowledge of this information, so its up to you to provide it to the best of your knowledge.
Make the movers guarantee the time of arrival - tell them to provide with two time slots - one being the anticipated time of arrival and the other factoring in unforeseen difficulties such as weather, traffic, flat tires, etc.
For the duration of the estimated slots, have someone available at your new destination to receive your items, otherwise, the items will be places into a storage facility.
This means you will have to pay for a number of extra costs:
The effort it took to place your items in storage The renting of the storage space The time, truck, and manpower that it will take for them to deliver them back to your home/apartment.
Avoid this nightmare by being at your new destination before your moves. Have the time frame to work with.