By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
As professional movers
, we understand that moving long-distance
across the country is quite nerve-racking, to say the least. For the success of your upcoming cross-country move to be guaranteed, the best option is for you to have a master plan of what you will do every step of the way.
Fortunately, there are various tips that can make your long-distance move a little less stressful and less chaotic. They include:
1. Create a moving plan ASAP
You are about to move everything you own many miles away. That kind of huge task requires a detailed plan! Write down every moving-related task that needs to be accomplished and then sort out the tasks in order of importance.
A moving checklist will help you manage your time perfectly and ensure everything is in the right place before and after moving.
2. Lighten your load
With long-distance moves, the cost of your move is normally based on the weight of the items you need transported. The more items you have, the more you end up paying. It is therefore a good idea to first go through your items and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
Set things aside to sell or donate and throw away items that are damaged or broken. By doing so, you will save time on packing and money on travel-related supplies.
3. Get multiple moving quotes from reputable moving companies
One of the best ways to move cross country is through a trusted moving company. However, before you hire a moving company, make sure to obtain in-home estimates from several different companies for comparison. A moving representative should be able to visit your home (or connect with you via video call) and perform a visual survey of all the items you're moving. This enables them to give you an accurate estimate for your move.
4. Ensure your mover is properly insured and licensed
It's very unfortunate that in today's world, rogue movers are on the increase. To avoid falling into one of these moving scams, check if your professional mover is licensed by looking them up in the FMCSA's database using their U.S. DOT number.
5. Update crucial documents like your license
Changing your address includes updating your information in many different areas. It gets even more complicated when making a long-distance move. You will need to update your driver's registration and license and other vital documents.
Packing is an arduous job, especially for a long-distance move. It is a challenging task that will require careful planning, time, and a lot of help, either from friends or family. If not done correctly, this is one of the most important areas in the moving process that could lead to a disaster.
The good news is, hiring professional movers to pack your items can reduce a lot of stress and give you a chance to focus on other activities. Professional packing saves you more time and ensures the safe transport of your valuable items to your destination.
7. Relax and take it easy
Moving your whole life is both a process and a commitment. Thus, the best thing to do during such times is to relax. At the end of the day, your belongings will be packed, and everything will arrive at your new home. A go-with-the-flow mind state will also help you sleep well at night.
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we understand that moving across several states can be stressful. Therefore, we are committed to moving you smoothly and safely across the country with no hiccups, no hassles, and no hang-ups. Contact us today for more information and to get started on your free quote.
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