One of the main difference between a local move and a long-distance move is the length of time it takes moving reps to move your stuff. This means you’re going to be without all your household possessions for several days and probably closer to weeks. That’s the reason so much advance planning needs to take place in order to pull off a successful moving experience. With more unknowns and more logistics involved with a cross country move, what can you do to make interstate moving less stressful? Glad you asked, we’re going to cover 7 things you can start doing right now to get prepared!
These days, there are countless ways to move belongings long distance. The primary choice is hiring a moving company to load, transport, and unload items for you. There are also self-service moving, rental trucks, storage/crate containers, air cargo moving, uber-type moving services, and bus cargo transport. You can even move by train (it’s crazy expensive)! Regardless of the choice, ensure the company hired has a physical location, license, great references, affordable prices with no hidden fees, and (mostly) positive feedback. We suggest checking for interstate licensing information online. All household goods carriers are required to maintain valid registration through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The folks at Great Guys Moving (greatguyslongdistancemovers.com) suggests checking status of license and insurance online through the FMCSA platform.
Reputable moving services offer in-home estimates, so Moving Companies Long Distance recommends avoiding ones that don’t. Estimates are effective when moving representatives survey the home thoroughly. They can see each room’s belongings and determine a transport timetable. Estimates include but not limited to transportation, moving insurance, hourly rates, and staircases/elevator moves. Get the estimate, moving date in writing and read the contract before signing.
Since many people travel long distance continuously, you must schedule a date or delivery window around the company’s availability. This is due to customers’ varying destinations and the moving company’s customer pairing schedule centered around route and destination. Book a date in advance to reserve your spot. When booking, however, most people move in summer. Fall, winter, and spring moves are less expensive.
If the new home or apartment requires cleaning the floors or painting the walls, do this now. It’s easier to accomplish this while the area is vacant. If there are specific move-in dates, adhere to those. Those move-in dates may require move-in rules as well, so pay attention to the property manager’s date and times for clearance. Check parking space in the new destination and stairs/elevator in case movers have to move upstairs.
Inform the post office about your address change. Change the address on bank accounts, insurance providers, cell phone providers, internet providers, healthcare/dental/vision providers, workplace, and passports.
It’s common for your boxes to end up on the same truck as another person. While movers should place dividers between shipments to avoid a mix-up, label each box with your name in case mix-up occurs. Additionally, include room location to make unloading and organizing easier. An example is “Susan – kitchen.”
Financial documents, passports, birth certificates, social security card, and driver’s license are examples of sensitive documents companies should never have in their possession. Necessities such as groceries, hygiene products, oral care products, sleeping products, medicine, toiletries, jewelry, small electronics, and some shoes/clothing/underwear should be in your possession as well. Pack essential items inside the vehicle or a carry-on suitcase.
Because long-distance moving professionals are accountable for your possessions longer than local moves, nailing these tips the first time is crucial. Following these suggestions will make moving long distance less unpleasant.