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According to the United States Census Bureau, over 10% of the people that moved in recent years ended up in a different state, which means that the number of people moving across the country was even smaller. For such a big move, it’s no wonder that the amount of people undertaking this task is relatively small.
What drives a person to move across country? Often it can be work, better housing, better general economic conditions, family related reasons, or any combination of those factors together. Whatever the reason may be, it must be mighty compelling if it causes you to make a move of such a grandiose nature. Moving across the country can mean changing schools, changing jobs, changing just about everything, so if you’re thinking about it, make sure you’re ready for that change.
Here are some things to think about if you’re moving across country:
Tips for Moving Across Country
The first and most crucial step to any move is to have a comprehensive listing of everything going from Point A to Point B. This is especially true for moving across country, because when you increase the distance between your old place and your new place, there is even more margin of error and a chance for belongings to get lost. Make sure to create a detailed inventory of every item you would like to move. That way, you can keep the move organized and on-track with nothing falling to the wayside. Decide at least a month in advance about which items you want to keep and what things you want to get rid of. This way, you can decide if/where to donate those items that you no longer want or need and prevent the addition of extra, unneeded items to your inventory.
If you have a piano, pool table, custom furniture, antiques, etc., be sure to hire a moving company that has individuals who are trained in how to move such items and be sure to familiarize yourself with the special cost requirements of transporting bulky items.
Remember to change all address information, notify schools/work/banks of the move, and to have your utilities shut off with new services started at your destination. Plan your grocery shopping so that your fridge is empty—or as close to it as possible—come moving day. These are all little things that can make a big difference when you’re moving across country. The last tip is to give yourself ample time to prepare for you move that way you can take care of all of the little things and nothing slips between the cracks.
A proper, professional moving company should provide all packing materials need for your move. It is highly advised to hire a moving company which provides its customers with this amenity, as it can be a crucial factor in making a move across country a successful one. However, in the event that the moving provider you hire does not provide its customers with the tools they need for success, you need to know what goes into a successful transportation of your household goods. Gather the supplies necessary at least a month in advance, if your moving service provider does not provide these items for you. Below, you’ll find a list of supplies that are necessary for any move. If you’re packing your own boxes, take the time to learn how to pack, that way your items will be safe throughout the transition.
Packing Supplies for Moving Across Country
- Permanent Markers for labeling boxes.
- Cardboard Boxes, fully intact with all flaps, and multiple sizes to accommodate the varying types of items.
- Packaging Tape (make sure to use ample amounts on seams so that your boxes stay closed).
- Packing Paper; though newspaper can work, it can also leak ink onto your belongings.
- Moving Blankets: these will protect the exterior and corners of your belongings.
- Bubble wrap/packing peanuts are both optional, and used for additional padding in conjunction with packing paper.
Choosing a Company for Moving across Country
Whether you’re moving across town, or moving across country, hiring the right moving company is a difficult process. It requires ample research, and a certain amount of digging to uncover the true nature of a company. When choosing your mover, be sure to go beyond simple search engine results, and try to arrange face-to-face meetings where you can examine the company and its employees first-hand.
User-driven reviews like Yelp should be taken with a grain of salt, as there are reputation management firms nowadays, whose whole job is to create user-driven reviews to boost ratings. You can also consult the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, FMCSA, which regulates long distance moving companies in the United States. They will have insurance information, as well as, any history of mishaps or issues on their website, which will help you make an educated decision.
Additionally, if at all possible, insist on getting an on-site estimate from your prospective moving company, which will not only provide you with the most accurate quote for your move, but also give you a chance to evaluate the company’s estimator. Start your search at least two months in advance, as hiring the right moving company will only occur if you do ample research and take the time to make a good decision. Furthermore, be sure to check out Acclaimed Movers and Storage, as they are experts on moving across country, and can help make your move an effortless and enjoyable experience. With Acclaimed, you have the peace of mind that your move is in dedicated, professional hands who will never pull the wool over your eyes or hit you with hidden fees. Dedicated to offering a stress-free, luxury moving experience, the only finger you’ll have to lift during your move is to call Acclaimed to get your quote and get moving.
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