You know the feeling: You mention the fact that you’re about to make a long distance move and everybody groans because they know how many things can go wrong. Can you wish for a miracle? Why not? But proper planning for your long distance move can make a miracle more likely if you adopt these 5 tips.
- Get several moving cost estimates
Unless your cousin owns a moving company, it’s wise to get several estimates from local businesses because you’ll discover movers to be unique. Request a visit from an estimator. If the mover says no, that’s your cue to move on to the next resource on your list. You want a mover who sees for himself what’s going to be relocated so you’re not stuck with overage charges or additional headaches.
- Verify the reputations of movers on your short list
It’s no secret that movers have been known to take advantage of vulnerable people—some even overbook and leave consumers stranded. That’s why checking the backgrounds of the companies contending for your contents and cash deserve a critical look. No private investigators required! Use free Internet resources like the Better Business Bureau, your State’s Attorney’s fraud division, Yelp and Angie’s List to spot movers you can trust to care for your precious cargo.
- Scale down to save big
Even if your new digs could be called “sprawling,” why move everything you own and pay extra to cart items that are going to continue to languish at the back of closets, cabinets, attic and garage, just as they do now? Conducting a purge can be hard for pack rats, but you will take pride in your effort once you haul things you don’t use or need to local charities, thus saving yourself the expense of moving them. Establish a rule of thumb: If you haven’t worn, used or displayed it for a year, donate it and get the tax write off for in-kind contributions.
- Put a label on it
If you don’t label boxes for your long distance move so they wind up in the correct room once you’ve arrived at your new home, you’re going to have regrets. There are many clever ways to mark boxes so contents are identified. If you’ve no idea how to go about this, no worries. Above is a Pinterest page to scan for a variety of ideas, one of which may have your name written all over it (pun intended).
- Rely on professionals
Not every long distance/cross country residential moving company takes regulation seriously, but Suddath is all about following protocols for customer protection, peace of mind and efficiency. They are known for following Federal Motor Carrier Safety guidelines, understanding every family’s need for valuation equity and being delighted to tailor moves to customer specifications (they are are particularly proud of their repeat business record). In a situation like this, it’s better to sit back and let the pros handle everything.
It’s no fun to move—-but it can be stress-relieving and reassuring to know that with the right help and research you can take out (most of) the pain.