By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Updated Post from 7/17/2017
Moving long distances
is a chaotic time for any family. Regardless of the circumstances of the move, nerves are going to be on edge, excitement is going to be flowing through your veins, and there’s going to be a ton of packing to do. There are actually not a whole lot of differences in the process that you need to follow at the origin and destination residences between a long distance move and a local one. The main difference between local and long distance moving is the distance you drive. However, there are a few other subtle differences that are present that you’ll want to be aware of in order for your move to go as smooth as possible.
- Long distance means higher cost. Sadly, this is just a fact as the more mileage you travel, the more fuel and time you’ll need. This applies to both DIY movers and moving companies alike. You’ll want to properly plan for the distance when budgeting your move.
- Packing the truck takes some extra care. Again, this seems like something that would be the same no matter how far you’re travelling, but it’s even more important when it comes to long distance moves. The longer that you drive, the more chances you have at hitting a bump in the road or take a turn a little too tight. Make sure that you’ve properly stacked the truck with all the heavy items on the bottom and that you leave as little open space as possible. Of course, if you are hiring professional movers, they will take care of this for you.
- Make sure your moving company is an interstate company. There are two terms which are extremely easy to confuse in the moving industry: interstate moving and intrastate moving. If you’re moving a long distance across state lines and need some professional moving help, you’ll need an INTERstate mover. INTRAstate is a moving company that only travels inside the same state. Make sure your moving company of choice falls into the right category!
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- When bringing onboard a long distance moving company, make sure they’re properly licensed and registered. They should have an assigned USDOT number, have the proper amount of insurance for your move, and be registered with the FMCSA. Don’t let a cheaper, unlicensed company end up costing you more in the long run.
With a little bit of research and some due diligence, you’ll be all set for your long distance move
. If you find that you need some help with it, then you can start by getting an absolutely free long distance moving quote from the professionals right here at A-1 Freeman. As a moving company, we pride ourselves in our ability to execute a smooth and seamless move no matter how long the distance is. Discover for yourself all the benefits that bringing us on can bring to your schedule and stress levels.
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