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6 tips for saving time and money when you move a cross country


It is always a huge task to perform when you are moving. Moving a cross country can be even more challenging than moving next door. Here, at U. Santini Moving and storage we performed thousands of long distance moves for our clients and have seen almost every mishap that can happen when you are moving a cross country.

U. Santini Moving and storage is considered a reliable long distance mover. As a reliable long distance moving company we would like to share our experiences with you and help you with some solid advice on how to perform a successful cross country move.

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Long Distance move

6 tips for saving time and money when you move a cross country:

1. Choose the best time to move – The price of a move is a flexible commodity that is influenced by seasonality, Real estate market and other factors. The summer is the busiest season for moving, so try to move in a different season of possible. Most moves happen over weekends and in the end of a month. Try to avoid these times if you would like to get a better deal from the moving company. Read more about how to time your move better on our blog post “What is the best time to move to a new home?”

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What is the best time to move to a new house?

2. Make an inventory list – Every capable moving company will create an inventory list for you. As the movers pack your stuff in boxes, they will number and label the boxes for you. Take photographs of your valuables as you pack. It will make unpacking and sorting out your belonging more efficient in your new place. Ask the movers to put the boxes in the designated areas of the home. Boxes marked kitchen go tot he kitchen, boxes marked guest room are put there etc. Marking your boxes and creating a detailed inventory list will cut down your unpacking time considerably.

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Make an inventory list

3. Research – Do as much research as possible on all aspects of your move before you make final decisions. Find out if it will be cheaper to drive to your new home or to fly there. If you intend to fly, than it might make sense to use your allotted luggage weight to bring items that you will need in the first few days in your new home, as you wait for the truck to come with the rest of your belongings. These items can be your computer and networking equipment. Making sure that you get online and in contact with your work and friends as soon as possible, bathroom and kitchen items, change of clothes etc. If you intend to drive to your new destination than you should consider filling your truck with boxes, to cut down on the cost of the move. Usually, long distance moves are charged by the pound or by the cubic foot. If you take some of your belongings in your car, you will end up shipping less and paying less for your move

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Do your research


4. Get three quotes – Do your moving industry research and get quotes from at least three qualified companies. The prices for moving cross country should be relatively similar. Every reliable long distance moving company is using the office long distance tariff as the basis for its pricing. They all need to move the same items for the same distance, so the prices for the move should be similar. Try to choose a trusted NYC moving company, don’t go with a fly-by-Night operator that promises the world and will probably end up costing as much as the others and probably more. Check the Better Business Bureau and choose a company that has an A+ rating with the BBB. A trusted long distance moving company will provide you with professional service at a fair price and will make sure that your move will be a positive experience for you and your family.

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Choose a reputable moving company

5. Get insurance for your move – A long distance move rarely leaves your old home and drives directly to your new one. Your belongings are usually part of a larger shipment on its ways to many destinations. Your belonging will probably be unloaded at a warehouse, re-loaded to a tractor trailer and driven cross country to your destination. The chances for some loss or damage are bigger in such situations. Every trusted long distance mover will offer insurance for the move. Purchase the insurance! Chances are that you will not regret it and it will help you keep a positive frame of mind as you are waiting for your items in your new destination. Read more about moving insurance in our blog post.

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Insurance protects us…











6. Start your preparations early – Just like any other big project in your life, moving takes preparations. The more preparations you will make a head of time, the easier, more efficient and less expensive your move will become. You will need time to find a reputable moving company, research your mode of transportation, find FREE boxes a head of time, pack and make an inventory list etc. Give yourself time to do all these things. The last thing you want is to be packing when the movers are in the house and and loading the truck or asking you specific questions about an expensive sofa that needs dissembling. You can get sloppy and make mistakes that will cost you in the long run. Consider taking a few days off before the move to complete your preparations. Add the cost of these lost wages days to the price of the move.

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Don’t pack everything yourself











About U. Santini moving and storage:

U. Santini Moving & Storage is the original and only family-owned moving and storage company based in Brooklyn, New York. Established in 1930, we’ve become a nationally recognized and trusted brand. Our experienced staff, fleet of trucks and extensive storage facilities have serviced customers throughout the country, especially our Brooklyn and Tri-State neighbors! Call us now to arrange for your last minute move!  You will not be disappointed. 718-768-6778.

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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We bring our professionalism and expertise to every corner of New York City. If you are looking for a tailored moving experience, our responsive team of Brooklyn movers and packers is waiting for your call. Get your quote today!