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How to plan an interstate journey?


If you ever moved before, the chances are you already know that moving is a very complicated process. However, not every relocation is equally difficult. It is not the same to move your house down the block and take all of your life`s possessions across state borders. Therefore, in a lot of cases, people find themselves lost when having to go through a long-distance move. Luckily, U. Santini Moving & Storage has all the necessary knowledge to help you easily plan an interstate journey all by yourself. Take a look!

Start planning your interstate relocation on time!

We will not dwell for too long on this item. The important thing is to warn you that this is not one of those things you can do last minute and still get away with it. If you do not start planning your interstate relocation on time, there is a high possibility you are setting yourself up for the inevitable failure. Therefore, don`t wait around for things to take care of themselves. Start searching for some reliable residential movers Brooklyn has while you are slowly ticking off the items on your moving checklist months before your interstate relocation. Time is of the essence!

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To plan an interstate journey is not an easy thing! However, with some guidance, even the first-time-movers can handle this seemingly impossible task!

How to make a moving checklist!

A moving checklist is the best thing you can do if you want to organize your thoughts and your interstate relocation. A checklist will give you a clear overview of all the things you need to do before that moving date arrives. Seeing all of your duties on a piece of paper will prevent you from getting too confident and skipping something in the process.

So, which information and tasks should a good moving checklist have? The only correct answer is – everything you can think of. Sit down one day and think of all the things that you need to do before and during your interstate relocation. Will you pack your house by yourself or will you hire some good movers New York has to offer? Are there any things you need to buy for your relocation? Do you plan to pack an essentials bag and what do you plan to put in it? These are just some of the questions your moving checklist should answer. Remember to be thorough and write down all of the details, no matter how minor they might seem to you now.

Now its time to plan an interstate journey

When moving long distance, besides packing and preparing your items for the move, you also need to plan your interstate journey. So how will you do it? If you own a car, your first thought might be to drive to your new home. However, owning a car in this situation can be more of a burden. It might be ok and even fun to drive yourself to your new home when your destination is located 100 or 200 miles. However, if you are moving to a more distant location, driving there by yourself is not recommended.

Preparing for a move takes time and energy. And you will not be in perfect condition for driving after a long and tiring pre-move process. So, you will need to find some ways to transport your car in a safe manner. Of course, the best way is to find a moving company that does car shipping. Let them handle your car and you can book a flight or a bus and get to your new home safely.

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Finding a car shipping service is one of the crucial things you need to do when planning your cross country journey

Find the perfect route

If you think that you are fit for diving, you can actually turn this interstate journey into a road trip. Naturally, in order to make this journey enjoyable, you need to plan it well. Your first task in this situation is to pick a route. And, if you are moving to New York from California, for example, you will have more than one option. So your task is to find either the shortest route or the most fun one. There are many websites online that can help you plan an interstate journey. Find one and look at your options. Our suggestion is to find a short route that has plenty of resting options and some interesting tourist attractions along the way.

Prepare food and drinks

Most journey planning websites will provide you with information regarding the length of your trip. This will allow you to prepare food and drinks for the trip. Do not relly only on rest stops that you will encounter during your trip. Your car may malfunction along the way. And if you find yourself stranded somewhere, you will want to have enough food and water until help arrives.

Visit your mechanic and do basic car maintenance before you plan an interstate journey

Now, if you are planning to drive yourself to your new home it is essential to get your car ready for the road. Do not even think about driving across the country if your car is not in perfect condition. So, make sure that you visit your mechanic shop and let them check your vehicle and, at least,  do basic car maintenance. Also, make sure that you tell your mechanics about your plans and let them give you their opinion about the possible issues your car may suffer along the way. This will give you the best insight into your car’s capabilities and, ultimately, help you decide whether to embark on this journey or to find some other way to get to your new home.

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Make sure that your vehicle is capable of crossing large distances

How to organize a DIY interstate relocation

In case you decided to tackle an interstate relocation all by yourself, and you also found a car shipping service, the second most important thing you should do is to figure out how to transport your furniture. Usually, the most common vehicle people use for a relocation is a truck. Check out the various truck rental options Brooklyn and make sure to book it on time. You need to make sure the price is affordable, and the size is just right for your needs. Again, don`t waste those precious moments, as the day of the move will be here before you know it.

Declutter before your interstate journey

One thing that can definitely help you if you are planning a DIY move is decluttering. There is no point in shipping your furniture cross country if you will not be using it afterward. Having a blueprint of your new home might help you decide what items to get rid of. Also, identify items that you haven’t been using in the previous year and items that are in poor condition. Those are also the things that you should get rid of before the move. Ultimately, having fewer items will make your move simpler and cheaper because you will probably need a smaller truck.

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Declutter and make your move simpler and cheaper

Another benefit of decluttering before the move is that you can earn some money out of it. To do this, start decluttering way before your moving day. Then, depending on the number of items, organize a garage sale, try selling your items online, or find a used item retailer and sell your items there. If you do not have time to deal with this, you can always donate your items to some charity organization or take them to recycle. Ultimately, if you are not ready to get rid of your excess items find some good storage NYC has to offer and keep them there until you figure out what to do with them.

Find friends and family members to help you

The truth is that no person can handle a relocation all on their own. There are simply too many things that need to be done, and all of the tasks should be equally distributed between you and your family members. If you have kids, perhaps you can ask them to do simple things, like pack up their toys or closets. And, for the more `grown-up` family members, you can assign more serious tasks. For example, do any of you need to make a trip to the bank and handle the family`s finances? Remember, moving is much more than simply packing and unpacking. It is adjusting to life in entirely new surroundings.

How to prepare your kids for an interstate move

Kids are usually the ones who will have the most difficult time adjusting to a long distance move. The good news is that you have the power to help them cope by paying attention to their needs. Do they have some favorite afterschool activity that keeps them entertained? Do your best to find one in your new town. If you want to plan an interstate journey successfully, you need to include the people closest to you!

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Your kids will have a hard time adjusting

Organizing an interstate move is much easier with the help of reliable movers

Reputable and reliable movers are essential for an interstate relocation. At least for those of you who are tackling this process for the first time. Efficient movers can usually make or break your move, so you should be extremely careful when choosing who gets to carry your items across the border. Coming up are some tips on how to find the best long distance moving companies Brooklyn has to offer.

  • Conduct online research and ask the people you know for recommendations. This is the best way to find a couple of reliable movers.
  • Shortlist a few moving companies you find the most intriguing.
  • Ask for moving quotes Brooklyn and compare them. How else do you plan an interstate journey if you don`t know the exact price?
  • Never choose the company with an awkwardly low estimate, as no reputable movers are drastically cheaper than the competition.

After you have set your heart on one specific company, make sure to book them right away. Reputable movers are always booked in advance, so if you wait for too long, you might lose them. That is something you want to prevent from happening.

Careful planning and finding professional help are essential

If you stuck with us and read our list of the things you need to do to plan an interstate journey, congratulations! You should be ready for this upcoming change in your life. And, if just so happens that you are moving during a difficult time, know that better days are ahead of you. There is always a silver lining.

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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