By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
If you are planning a cross-country move, then you may be feeling both excited and nervous at the same time! A long-distance move
certainly takes a lot of planning and effort. Fortunately, there are ways that you can reduce your stress, and make the transition less chaotic.
Here are 7 tips to keep in mind:
This is the most important factor in a successful move - especially a long-distance move. You must be organized to ensure that all your valued possessions make it to the destination, that you arrive at your new home at the right time, and that you have the means to hit the ground running after the move has been completed.
Trying to transfer every single one of your current possessions to your new residence can add a lot of stress to your move. It can also add a lot of unnecessary expenses.
Instead of trying to take everything with you, purge items that are hardly used. (A good rule of thumb is: if you haven't used it in a year, then you don't really need it.) You can try to sell these possessions before the move, or simply give them away, either to family and friends or to a reputable charity.
3. Keep Your Most Valuable Possessions Close to You
During the actual move, it's a good idea to pack your most valuable, treasured, and essential items in a separate bag or container, and keep them near at hand in your vehicle, instead of the moving van. These items could include valuable electronic devices, fragile heirlooms that have been handed down through the generations, or even essential personal items, such as toothbrushes and hair combs. Your moving company will give you a list of items that should be transported with you and not on the moving van. Pay close attention to this list.
4. Make Travel Arrangements Far in Advance
Trying to cobble together travel arrangements at the last second can be a recipe for disaster. Whether it's airplane tickets, hotel reservations, or coordinating with a moving company, try to nail down all the logistics of your move at least a month in advance. That will mean a lot less pressure on you when the big day comes.
5. Make Sure Your Mover is Licensed and Insured
Moving scams are an unfortunate reality in today's dog-eat-dog world. Avoid the danger of hiring a shady mover by inquiring about the moving company's license beforehand. You can check on the status of an interstate mover on the FMCSA's website by typing in their U.S. DOT number.
Reputable moving companies should be able to provide you with the proper documentation.
6. Document the Condition of Each Item Before You Head Out
On occasion, accidents do happen mid-move. Thus, it is wise to itemize your possessions, and document each one's current condition pre-move. (Some people take pictures or a video of each item.) You'll have solid evidence that the mover was at fault if his/her negligence or recklessness caused damage to your personal property.
7. Shop Around
It's a good idea to get quotes in writing from multiple moving companies and compare rates. Also, dig into the company's reputation among previous clients as well. Some fact checking and price comparing can help you to make the best decision for your big move.
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we offer reliable, high-quality service at reasonable rates. We know a long-distance move can be a real hassle, and we're here to help make it easier. Contact us today to learn more!
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