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.
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?”
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.
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
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.
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.
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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