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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

It’s only normal to have questions when you go new places®. Here are answers to many of the questions we hear most often. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, please let us know. We’re here to help.

Where Do I Begin?

Before you move, you’ll need to know where you are moving to, when you would like to move, and which items you want to move. Then, you can start the moving process by requesting a free online quote.

Where can I Find Local Movers?

Local moves within your community, county, or state can also be handled by your local Atlas mover. Locate an Atlas mover in your area such as J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. in Fort Myers, Florida.

How Can I Locate Long-Distance Movers?

Atlas facilitates long-distance and interstate moves across the United States, across the Canadian border, and internationally. Atlas can provide you with the relocation plan that is best for you because Atlas have over 430 movers who specialize in long-distance moves. More information about our long-distance and cross-country options can be found at Atlas Moves Any Distance.

Is There Anything Atlas Will Not Move?

J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. is not permitted by law to transport certain items, including many household cleaning chemicals, fireworks, and firearms. View the full list of non-allowable items and items you should consider moving yourself here: What Are Non-Allowables?

Will Atlas Supply Packers?

Yes, J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. mover can provide professional packing services to alleviate the stress of moving. Our packers are trained to work efficiently and follow best practices to ensure that your goods arrive safely.

Will Atlas Be Able to Transport Pets?

J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. want to make sure that every member of your family has a positive moving experience. While J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. is not permitted to transport live animals, we can recommend providers who do.

How Should I Relocate My House Plants?

The answer is dependent on a number of factors, including the type of plants, the distance they will travel, and the time of year/weather conditions. How to Move Plants is a how-to guide that will help you ensure your house plants arrive alive and well.

How Do I Get My Appliances Ready for the Move?

Before moving large appliances like your washing machine, make sure to empty, clean, dry, and unplug it. Tape moving elements like doors or knobs to keep them from moving.

Is Moving Insurance Required to Cover My Move?

Atlas takes great care to ensure that your goods are not lost or damaged. However, if something unexpected occurs, J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. recommends Full Value Protection. It is not insurance, but it does provide coverage to repair or replace anything that is lost, damaged, or destroyed while in their care.

Is My Property Insured Against Loss or Damage While It is in Transit?

All shipments are automatically provided with a minimum level of protection worth 60 cents per pound. J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc., on the other hand, recommends Full Value Protection (FVP), which guarantees repair or replacement in the event that an item is lost or damaged.

How Do I Make a Claim?

You can file a claim if an item is lost, damaged, or destroyed during the move. We will offer a settlement to compensate for this loss or damage if the claim is filed within nine months of the shipment’s delivery date.

Atlas Accepts What Forms of Payment?

J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. will collect payment before unloading your goods at your destination, or you can pay when they are loaded onto the truck. We accepts cash, credit card, and check payments.

How Do J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc Determine Moving Costs?

Atlas calculates the cost of your move based on its weight and distance traveled. Atlas’ online instant quote provides an estimate of all moving costs. To provide an accurate estimate, we will walk through your home, noting everything that needs to be transported. Here are some budgeting tips to help you get an accurate estimate for your move: Estimate Moving Expenses

Is My Estimate Legally Binding?

When moving with Atlas, you have the option of receiving a binding or non-binding estimate. A non-binding estimate provides an estimate of moving costs, but the final amount may differ. A binding estimate ensures that you will not be charged more than the original estimate. More information can be found in this guide: Important Information for When You Move.

Why Should I Hire a Professional Moving Company?

Unfortunately, there are unethical movers in the moving industry. To give you peace of mind, J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. is a member of the American Trucking Associations’ Moving and Storage Conference. This industry designation demonstrates ethical and responsible business practices.

How Long Does It Take to Relocate?

The length of time it takes to move is determined by several factors, including the size of your move, where you are moving, and the time of year. Discuss your timing requirements with J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. We strive to exceed your expectations.

When is the Best Time to Relocate?

According to data, the summer months are the busiest for people to move, while the winter months are the slowest. Moving on a weekday and booking early in the season can help you anticipate weather patterns, real estate demand, and when movers are available, regardless of the season.

Does J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc Transport Automobiles Across State Lines?

Yes, we routinely transports automobiles, trucks, campers, motorcycles, and other large or unusual items across the country and around the world. More information about our capabilities can be found at Moving Special Items.

What if I Require Storage for My Possessions?

Moving and storage go hand in hand. We provide secure storage in warehouses from coast to coast for as long as you need it.

What Should I Do With My Valuables?

When moving, we recommend taking small, high-value items and belongings with personal or sentimental value with you. Moving Personal Items & Family Heirlooms is an explanation and list of items you should transport yourself when relocating.

How Can I Keep Track of My Shipment?

You have access to the Atlas® Customer Portal as an Atlas customer, which is a free online application where you can build your profile, track your shipment, make a payment, and access moving documents.

What is the Maximum Weight?

We provide a number of moving programs to accommodate your budget and weight requirements. Military members moving under Personally Procured Move (PPM) policies will receive a payment of 95% of what it would cost the government to arrange the move. This moving allowance, or entitlement, is determined by rank, dependents, and other factors. We are prepared to assist you in meeting your needs based on your entitlements.

What Items Are Not Permitted to Be Packed? Are Firearms Allowed?

If your shipment contains firearms, you must notify Atlas prior to your move. All firearms must be unloaded, have legible serial numbers, and be packed in your Atlas Professional Van Operator’s presence. Atlas recommend that you consult this guide as you begin packing for your Atlas move.

When Will Atlas Provide a Delivery Estimate?

As an Atlas customer, you have access to the Atlas® Customer Portal, a free online application that allows you to track your order and moving date, build your customer profile, make a credit card payment, and access moving documents all in one location.

Where Do I File a Damage Claim? How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?

Fill out a claim form through the Atlas Customer Portal, a one-stop moving command center where you can easily manage your full-service move. You can also find additional claim information for both domestic and international moves on this page. Except in the following cases, claims must be received by Atlas within nine months of the shipment’s delivery date:

How Long Will This Relocation Take?

The length of time it takes to move is determined by several factors, including the size of your move, where you are moving to, and the time of year. Discuss your time constraints with J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc.

Are Moving Trucks and Other Equipment Sanitized Between Moves?


In reality, you cannot move things in an instant by yourself. Small critical items can be safely stored in a safe deposit box or secure self-storage unit. These small critical items could include important papers, artwork, and sentimental and costly jewelry. If you live in Fort Myers, Florida, you should think about warehousing storage facility. Make sure that you are dealing with professionals. Find a company with decades of experience in moving services in Fort Myers, Florida that can assist you with your move. You can also entrust these small items to trustworthy family or friends until you are ready to move them without worry. Or, even better, keep these items in your vehicle. If you choose to use a portable safe, make sure it is always with you. Locked containers are another option for transporting valuable artworks and other valuables.

If you are interested in these services, simply contact J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. at 239-694-3400 or message us online.

Since 1986, J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida, Inc. has been providing hassle-free moving services. They will provide you with a trustworthy experience, a smooth moving process, secure storage, and professional services.