Getting ready to move your whole household across the state or country? Well, 5 Star Moving and Storage is here with tips for long distance moves, and to help you complete this overwhelming task with less stress. Our company is part of a nationwide network offering long distance moves that will ensure your valuables are delivered to your new location in the same condition as they left. Here are some great tips for long distance moves to get you started.
- Get rid of stuff
Whenever you have a long distance move involved, weight can bring the overall price up. Consider getting rid of items that you have outgrown and don’t use anymore. For example, if your kids have grown up and you still have their childhood toys kicking around, it may be time to sell, give to someone in need, or donate. Lightening your load will make you feel better, and help your budget too!
- Get free boxes
Keep your costs down by asking your moving company for used boxes, or going to local stores for freebies. Also, be sure to utilize your baskets and containers within the home as storage for packing items.
- Get quotes and prices
Hiring a moving company is a great way to go, especially when moving long distance. Ask your local moving company for a quote on the actual drive, storage fees, packing and unpacking costs, as well as insurance and safety fees. Be sure the company has an excellent reputation and is recognized by local business associations, such as the Better Business Bureau. Planning at least three months in advance will give you a significant advantage and save some stress. 5 Star Moving & Storage can provide a checklist, as well as fair pricing and quality assurance.
- Label all your boxes
If your moving company is not doing your packing, it is essential to be well organized when doing it yourself. Label all boxes with the contents, as well as what room they need to go in, such as the kitchen or dining area. This will save you a lot of time and frustration when you start to unpack in your new place!
- Understand your rights
Most long-distance moves are regulated by overseeing companies who ensure everyone is protected. It is up to you, the consumer, to know what those rights are, and by obtaining a “rights and regulations” booklet, you can understand all these main points. For example, if some of your items get damaged during the move, there is compensation available depending on the company you hire. Ask your movers what their valuation policies include.
- Move in the off-season
Let’s face it, most people move in the summer when they are off and the weather is nice, but if you can take advantage of a low season rate, by all means, do so. This can save you up to 50% on moving costs!
This is an often overlooked item on our list of tips for long distance moves. Depending on your situation, especially if you are moving because of a work-related move, you may benefit from filing your move as a tax deduction. Check out IRS.gov for more info.
- Make a list
With any move, especially a long distance move, you will have a lot of tedious items to attend to. Do not forget to cancel subscriptions such as tv, utilities, etc. You will also need to inform your banks, gym, and any memberships you hold. Don’t forget to give your new information to any clients you may have, friends, and family, as well as the post office for mail delivery. Checking off a “to do” list will save you a lot of worries.
- Get some help
Involve friends and family in your move; it will make your move more enjoyable time and pass the time quicker. Be sure to have kids or pets out of danger when moving large items such as furniture or appliances. If you are relocating in colder weather, be sure you stay hydrated, warmly dressed, and keep your work area slip-free with cardboard or carpets.
- Check out your new space
Moves can be an intimidating process, especially if you are doing it alone, but it doesn’t have to be. Be sure that once you are settled in, you get out to explore your new surroundings and new friends. This will help you adjust quicker, and provide a more positive experience locally.
- Make some money
Also on our list of tips for long distance moves, is to take some of your more expensive items such as furniture, art or sports equipment, and put them up for sale on social media sites, auctions, or even have a garage sale. You will be surprised by how extra cash this can bring, and it is a great way to put money towards paying for the move.
- Determine your budget
By making a list of what things will cost during the move, you will avoid any surprises in the end. Write down what you can afford realistically, and work around that depending on what is most important to you. Your moving company can also help you determine where you can save extras along the way.
- Storage units
Sometimes with a long distance move, it is just not possible to move everything you own at once. Perhaps you have some large pieces of furniture that will not fit into the new place, or they have not sold in time, maybe you have another vehicle that will have to remain behind. 5 Star Moving Storage has secured storage vaults for short or long-term storage.
By following these tips for long distance moves, you’ll be well on your way to a new beginning full of great opportunities and a change of scenery. 5 Star Moving & Storage wants it to be a smooth transition right from the get-go. We offer everything from start to finish to support your long distance move. Give us a call today for a free estimate.