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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Heavy Hauling Company

Whether you’re an experienced project manager, an integral corporate member, or a neophyte in specialized transportation services, we’ve curated a quick five-pronged list on things to double check before placing an order with a heavy haul trucking company!

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1. Are You Getting the Low-Ball Bait and Switch

Your top priorities when choosing trucking companies is to (1) know what you’re getting and (2) know exactly how much it costs. Period.

Have you ever tried to conduct business with a heavy haul trucking company who promised an incredible rate for your project, and then switched your service options at the last possible second? Were they unexpectedly “unavailable?” That’s the bait and switch my friends. When working with transport companies, ensure you have a precise breakdown of services vs price. Don’t make over-the-phone commitments without having something written on paper. Or your inbox. (Insider Scoop: Remember to download a copy onto your device!)

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2. Does Your Hauling Company Offer Door to Door Service?

You don’t want your shipment to get stuck halfway, do you?

Make sure the heavy haul trucking company you employ offers door to door service— that is, ensure your shipment will be expedited to the location of your choosing. Door to door service is optimal for Heavy Equipment Hauling because it saves you logistics hassle, avoids hidden fees, and by design, offers streamlined transportation. Specifically, door to door shipping waives hidden costs typically incurred by standard shipping— like customs fees and import taxes. But the best part is: You’ll never have to make a single logistics call. Door to door transport companies coordinates your entire shipment.

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3. Does Your Heavy Hauling Company Have Reliable Insurance?

Ever quit placing an order for specialized transport services because you realized your shipment wasn’t covered? We’ve been there. Accidents happen and then you’re left to clean up the rubble. But not if you do your homework first! Make sure to ask about what types of insurance options are available for your order. Because the bottom line is: If your prospective heavy hauler can’t offer the coverage you need— no deal!

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4. Does Your Transport Company Have a Plan B?

When you sign-up for our specialized transportation services we assign a knowledgeable specialist, eager to assist with any complications, change of logistics, and everything in between.

What about the provider you’re considering?

Cementing a plan B before life kicks you where it hurts drastically cuts future expenses (and headache) of needing to order emergency transportation provisions— which are costly, and oftentimes unavailable.
If your heavy hauling company doesn’t have backup plan services, keep searching!

5. Know When You Pay

Some hauling companies will want money up front. If you’re okay will that arrangement, good on ‘ya! Make sure when employing specialized transportation you’re 100 percent clear on when payment is expected. We’ve seen some pretty dicey situations where Heavy Loads have gone awry because clients weren’t prepared to offer payment. Likewise: We’ve seen disreputable companies slap on a slew of hidden fees right before processing.

Moral of the story: Know exactly what you owe and when you owe— and hold your Heavy Haul Trucking company to it!

Insider Tip: Negotiate the price early on and cement it on writing.

(Psst: you’ll only owe us when you have a scheduled pick up.)

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8 thoughts on “5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Heavy Hauling Company

  1. You made a great point about door to door service and how they waive hidden costs with usual shipping. My husband and I are looking for an oversize trucking service that can help his construction company ship their equipment from job to job. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

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  3. Thanks for mentioning that when you’re deciding on a trucking company it’s important for you to know exactly what you’re getting and how much it costs. My brother is considering looking for a heavy haulage service next month because he’s thinking about accepting a digging project in his city. I think it’s a good investment to hire a reputable company that can list out what their services are and how much it’ll cost him to ship heavy trucks if he decides to accept the work.

    1. That sounds awesome! We hope that the project is a great opportunity for your brother, and we hope you’ll think of us when the time comes to get that heavy hauling service!

  4. I love that you mentioned that there are sometimes hidden fees with a heavy hauling company, so I am glad that you mentioned that you need to ask about them before you choose to hire them. My brother needs to find a service to ship out all of his products, so I am wanting to help him find one that he could afford to hire. When I look for one to refer to him, I will be sure to ask them about all of their fees.

    1. Hi Gus! If your brother is shipping machinery or heavy loads we’re happy to help! Give us a call. (800) 908-6206

  5. My husband is needing to get some construction equipment transported to a construction site and wants to hire help for i. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to him as he searches for a heavy hauling company.

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