Moving to a new place be extremely stressful. You may be struggling to decide whether you should handle everything yourself or hire a professional company. It is important to note that there are several ways that you can benefit from hiring a professional moving company. 1. Professionals Can Pack for You Packing is one of […]
Whether you’re a truck driver looking for a new company or even a newbie interested in getting into the business— you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few independent truck-driving companies that provide all the benefits you need while still adhering to your independent work schedule.
Allied Van Lines:
With 85 years of business, Allied Van Lines has made itself a well-known giant in the moving industry. The company mainly focuses on household moving and relocations, so you’ll have numerous driving opportunities with this company as long as you don’t mind heavy lifting. Unlike some companies for independent drivers, Allied chooses where you will be going for your next trip. According to these veteran Washington DC movers, this could mean a short move across the city, or a long-distance drive across state lines. While many people enjoy the surprise, it may not be best for those wanting to either stay close to home or travel for months at a time.
- Fast-paced work environment
- Varied short and long distance travel
- One of the top-rated moving companies in the nation
- Driving routes fit into your schedule
- Free perks (lunch, tips, etc.).
- Can’t set your schedule
- Lots of heavy lifting
- Mandatory overtime
With over 35 years in business, Steven’s Transport knows a thing or two about moving. That’s why they offer so many career opportunities: Over-the-road drivers, dedicated drivers, regional drivers, and tanker drivers. If you don’t have a suitable moving vehicle yet but dream about traveling cross-country, they also have a leasing option that allows you to drive while you pay off your vehicle (also known as a lease purchase program). For newbies, they also have a paid training course. After taking 240 hours of training through Steven’s, you’ll be ready to get on the road in no time!
- Massive traveling opportunities
- Multiple career options
- Offers driving school
- Paid training course
- Vehicle leasing option
- Perfect for beginning drivers
- Mediocre health benefits
- Lowest pay per mile
- No paid holidays
North American Van Lines
North American Van Lines has been operating in the moving business since 1933. They specialize in corporate relocation, long distance, and local household moving. You’ll be able to choose what works best for your lifestyle when applying. They offer many perks, such as daily lunch, long-distance traveling opportunities, and team-based projects. If you enjoy traveling, then you will enjoy being on the road for two or more months at a time. Unfortunately, they do not offer paid training, but they still welcome newly trained drivers.
- Outstanding management
- Great working atmosphere with perks
- Constant work opportunities
- Long and short distance traveling
- Not much room for growth or promotions
- No health benefits
- Long work hours
Relocation can be a challenging experience. You are making a major change in your life by moving to an entirely new area. You’ll have to find a new place to stay and introduce yourself to new people. Packing can be difficult for such a large move, that’s why you’ll likely have to hire a moving company to assist you. These companies can help you sort through your items, pack them, and transport them safely so that you can enjoy a stress-free move and focus on getting comfortable in your new environment. Here is a look at the top moving companies throughout the United States.
1. American Van Lines
For over 20 years, American Van Lines has been a fixture in the moving industry. Family operated, American Van Lines places emphasis on delivering great customer service. American Van Lines offers long distance moving services as well as auto shipping assistance. Quality, integrity, and teamwork are principles that heavily influence the decision making of American Van Lines. American Van Lines promotes a healthy environment, and all moving services are done with the intention of minimizing its impact on the environment. American Van Lines runs weekly shuttles through every major city, and daily assistance is always available. American Van Lines wraps all of your items to ensure their safety, and they also keep an inventory of your items.
2. EZ Moving Van Lines
EZ Moving Van Lines has multiple seasoned moving coordinators and a dedicated team of dispatchers. EZ Moving Van Lines makes sure that every single person’s move receives the proper attention to help them relax. EZ Moving is proud of their high customer satisfaction rate. If storage is needed for any reason, you can receive one month of free storage.
3. Cheap Movers San Diego
This California company is headquartered in sunny San Diego, but provides long distance moving services across the country. Whether you’re looking for a residential or commercial move, these San Diego-Carlsbad movers can help you find the best rates on cross country movers. Cheap Movers San Diego (7465 Mission Gorge Road Suite #137, San Diego, CA 92120, (619) 738-2128) always checks licensing and insurance so you know you can trust the mover you hire. Ask about their cheap storage services as well!
4. Epic Moving Services
Epic Moving Services uses moving boxes made out of recycled material. Epic Moving Services wants to promote a healthy environment. You can choose to ship, railroad or truck to transport your goods, and Epic Moving Services will cover replacement costs in the event of your goods getting damaged or lost. Epic Moving Services tries to meet the individual needs of every client by offering custom service to meet your specific timeline. Cars and boats can be moved, and Epic Moving Services also has an available shuttle service.
5. Safe Bound Logistics
Safe Bound Logistics is committed to dependability, safety, and the best customer service. Safe Bound Logistics has different packing and unpacking options depending on your needs. Short term or long term storage options are also available to you. Safe Bound Logistics’s auto transportation carriers are well known throughout the industry. Safe Bound Logistics uses the most up to date technology to assist you with the moving process. Debris cleanup, large equipment installation, and other services are also available.
6. International Van Lines
International Van Lines is licensed by both the Department of Transportation and The Federal Maritime Commission. International Van Lines has helped thousands of movers around the World. Before your move is processed, International Van Lines will give you a detailed inventory list.
Military families have a lot more responsibilities during a move than non-military ones. In addition to the packing and logistics of a regular move, PCS orders can involve contacting base transportation, family centers, finance, and housing offices. During this time of transition, preparation is key to moving your possessions safely without damages or losses. Fortunately, service people understand equipment and supply sourcing to accomplish an objective making them suited for self-relocation during a PCS. Apple Moving (www.applemoving.com), a professional mover located in Newport News and Norfolk, handles a lot of military moves in the Hampton Roads area. Here are some of their recommendations for the supplies and tools you’ll need for your next PCS:
Don’t rush and fall short or spend needlessly on supplies. Do a written or filmed inventory of your home. Packing supplies and box sizes vary for different items, directly impacting moving truck size, and fuel cost. Note the following when cataloging your property.
- What is your current square footage? (Use web resources like Movinglabor.com for calculating moving truck size and fuel costs based on this.)
- What are the heaviest items you’ll be moving?
The number and sizes of boxes needed determine the amount of tape you’ll need. Your number of fragile items indicates the amount of bubble wrap and foam peanuts to buy. The following box sizes are best suited for the noted items:
- Small, heavier objects should go in boxes that are 6 x 6 x 6 inches or 16 x 12 x 12 inches.
- Document boxes are 10 x 12 x 15 inches. These are perfect for keeping all your important files wrinkle-free during the move.
- Clothing should be loosely packed in boxes that are 16 x 12 x 12 inches. You may want to consider packing clothing in plastic storage bins as well to keep moisture off your garments. These bins also come in handy for storing away seasonal clothing once you arrive at your new home.
- Small kitchen items, linens, and towels need slightly larger boxes of 16 x 16 x 16 inches.
- Smaller appliances, videos, CDs, and books fit ideally into boxes that are 16 ¾ x 12 ½ x 12 ½ inches.
When packing boxes, keep in mind that heavier items should go in small to medium-sized boxes. To avoid back injury, don’t pack large boxes with weighty items.
You may also want to consider the following items:
- Measure your closet space. One 24 x 24 x 36 inch wardrobe box will pack 2 feet of it.
- Utility pads or thick blankets that are at least 72” X 80” for furniture protection.
- Believe it or not, you can even buy pre-sized mattress bags which are ideal protection.
- Invest in foam pouches that are eight by 10-inch small framed pictures, dishes, etc. as these are much more protective than simply wrapping them in paper.
Investing in a simple tape gun can save you a lot of time and trouble. But there are weightier tools to consider renting or buying. Hopefully, you won’t need anything as powerful as hydraulic dolly sets with a capacity of 3950 lbs. for money and gun safes. But do keep in mind different lifting and maneuvering tools have different uses, not just capacities.
- Furniture dollies are specialized as the name implies and good for up to 1000 pounds.
- Heavy Duty Air Lifters are best for moving large appliances up to 750 lbs.
- Hi Lift Pallet Jacks have enough capacity (around 5500 lbs.) and maneuverability to save you the cost of hiring someone for the heavy lifting.
- Common hand dollies not only spare your back but reduce moving time with fewer trips loading.
The planning, supplies, and tools needed for a successful relocation may seem daunting, or expensive. But preparation and having the right tools for the job saves you time and money.
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