“It’s all stuff.” Remember that quote as you survey your home full of belongings you treasure, when you start planning your move across the country. Then find the items you consider truly irreplaceable and weigh the cost of moving the rest against the cost of replacing items on the other end of your move.
The most expensive part of your move will be hiring movers without carefully considering reputation and reliability.
Rely on a well-known, national moving company
A key essential is to investigate reputable national moving companies. Make sure to get an in home moving estimate based on the weight of your stuff, not square footage and ask the movers for a guaranteed price ceiling on your in home moving estimate. You don’t want movers holding your stuff hostage at the end of the move. A small tip is to always ask about fees for stairs and long carries that will add to the cost. Questions are truly essential when moving and no question is ever a dumb question. Make sure to get everything in writing and create your own copy of the inventory list; you’ll use it on the other end.
If you need some help finding those national moving companies, take a look at a firm such as In-home Moving Estimate at http://inhomemovingestimate.com/how-it-works.
Make sure to find out what your homeowners and renters insurance covers in a move. It will change depending on the move and your current standing within those insurance companies and policies. Basic insurance tend to only pay about 15 cents a pound. In cases of long distance moving, it safest and best to purchase the more expensive full replacement coverage insurance, as it will have you covered on all aspects.
Purge, purge, purge
Get rid of the stuff you don’t want to pay to move. Divide your belongings into stuff worth keeping, items to sell and items to either give or throw away. Give yourself enough time to decide what’s worth moving and remember that it always takes longer than you think to make decisions such as these. Garage sales, trips to Goodwill and selling things to friends can be very time-consuming, so make sure to get a head start on sorting through everything and making those key decisions.
A tip that many don’t think of would be to realize that with this move, you would be starting fresh. Remember to do the same with pantry items and cleaning supplies; give those items to friends and food pantries and start over fresh with those items at your new place of residence.
Take Some Stuff with You
Either you or the movers will disassemble some pieces of furniture. That will leave little bits and pieces of hardware that’s easy to lose. Either put the hardware in zip lock bags and tape those bags to each piece of furniture or label and take the bags with you. Don’t leave the bags with the movers; it is easy for them to be lost in transition.
Consider taking some other essentials with you in your car:
- phone chargers
- flash light
- light bulbs
- extension cords
- trash bags
What would you grab if you had a fire? Passport, important documents, heirlooms, wedding photos and love letters; put them in a box and take that with you. Don’t leave it to someone else. You can replace anything else, but those items are essential as well as quite meaningful to you.
Remember to use you time wisely and use correct judgment when packing. The movers are there to help you as well and there are many services to answer any questions that you may have. Long-distance moving can seem tough and overwhelming for most, but remember a new and fresh start awaits and you have several people and services to help guide you along the way.