Moving Blog
April 14, 2017

How to Avoid Epic Failures When Long-Distance Moving Big or Special Things

If you’re moving your household and you’ve got to get something really big or special from point A to point B, your imagination may be working overtime on all the things that could go wrong. Disaster isn’t inevitable, though. There are ways around it, and we’ll get to them in a minute. First, let’s look at a few assumptions you may be making that can – and often do! – lead to disaster.

man frustrated by moving boxes aloneAssuming you’re better off “going it alone” …
As the proverb says, if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. At A-1 Freeman we say, if you want that big or special item of yours to reach its destination no worse for the journey, get help: our help.

Assuming you can bubble-wrap anything …
Bubble wrap isn’t some magical material that protects all things from damage. Believe us – it’s our job to know. Oh, sure, bubble wrap can provide a great protective barrier for many items. But if you plan on shipping artwork, antiques, electronics, or anything of great value, you need something more. And it’s available: all kinds of rugged specialty crates, boxes, and packing materials, many of which can be custom-fit to objects of almost any size and shape.

Assuming all moving trucks are the same …
Take it from us, all moving trucks are not created equal. Specialty items like yours need specialty trucks. And A-1 Freeman’s got ’em. These specialty trucks of ours have design features that severely restrict the movement of your goods during transport. That, plus your goods being packed in specialty materials, assures you that we’ll get them to your new home in pristine condition.

Assuming your valued item is so bizarre, no one could possibly know how to move it …
You’d be surprised by what our team at A-1 Freeman can move! Specialty shipments are our … uh … well … specialty. So, before you give up on your special thing, thinking it’s too special for transport, give us a call. We’re often trusted to move such valuables as large paintings in heavy frames, statuary, delicate collectibles and bric-a-brac, priceless antiques, and complex electronics – even huge things like boats! Still wary of how we might move your valuable item? Talk with us and we’ll walk you through how we’d tackle it. We think you’ll be relieved!

Now that we’ve got those defeating assumptions out of the way, let’s look longer at the positive side of the picture.

5 Reasons People Move With A-1 Freeman

These days you have many options for long-distance moving – everything from using budget U-Hauls for a DIY move, to hiring a pod provider where you pack and they drive, to acquiring the full services of a major van line. Hey, whatever floats your boat! If you’re undecided about it, though, you might consider why so many people trust A-1 Freeman for their move.

Long-Experienced Staff
Unlike a lot of online-based moving brokers, ours is a family business that’s been around since 1974. When you call us, you’re talking with real people on the other end of the line – professional people with long experience in long-distance moving. We stand behind our people, too, from our friendly customer service staff to our skillful moving crews. You’ll appreciate that our crews wear easy-to-identify uniforms and are background checked as well as drug tested – so there’s no question about who’s coming into your home. As for the quality of the work our people do? The numbers don’t lie: 85% of our moves are claims-free and 96% of our moves are praised for on-time delivery. Those are numbers any moving company would be proud to own!

Awards and Certifications
women's choice award A-1 Freeman is one of North American Van Line’s largest moving agents. North American has won, among other awards, the Women’s Choice Moving Award in both 2015 and 2016. A-1 Freeman has been named a North American Quality Award winner and also can lay claim to numerous other accolades from the van line and other, local associations. Aside from this, we have an A+ BBB rating, are an AMSA member, and are a certified ProMover.

Large Truck Fleet
Because A-1 Freeman is one of the largest North American agents in the United States, customers benefit from the vast size of our truck fleet. A bigger fleet means more-efficient routes and more flexibility in pick-up and delivery scheduling.

Global Footprint
A-1 Freeman can handle a move across town or around the world. Long-distance moving indeed! But, then, it’s that proficiency we have with international moves that makes us all the more proficient with cross-country, state-to-state, intrastate, and local moves.

Totally Responsible
With us, no detail is left to chance. We work hard to ensure that, on moving day, you’ve got nothing to worry about. One big thing we do in that regard is let you choose from a wide range of moving services so you can make your move as hands-free as you like.

And those really big or really special items of yours? Entrust them to us, and we’ll take full responsibility for delivering them safely and securely to your new home.
The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.

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