Pulling off any move is challenging, but moving out of state is especially tiring and time-consuming. As you plan your interstate relocation, avoid these common moving mistakes for the smoothest transition:
1. Being Unorganized
Organization is one of the keys to a successful move. Start by scheduling your moving company ahead of time, especially if you’re moving during the peak summer moving season. For long distance moves, we advise locking down a mover at least a month or two in advance. After booking a moving company, you also need to make a list of everything that you need to accomplish. Using a calendar and a moving checklist can help with this process.
2. Not De-cluttering
The less stuff you have, the easier (and cheaper) it is to move. That is why it is a good idea for you to declutter before you move. If the items that you no longer need are still in good shape, then you can donate them to a charity. You can also sell them at a yard sale. This is a great way to make some extra money before your move. You can throw out items that are no longer useful.
3. Poor Packing
You must exercise caution when packing because every state has unique regulations. You may have items, like firearms or alcohol, that you cannot move across state lines. Once you determine if items are okay to transport, make sure that your boxes are appropriately labeled. This will make things easier for you when you arrive at your destination. As you pack, also be sure that all the empty space inside your box is filled with packing paper, peanuts, or even t-shirts. Keeping things from moving around inside the box is one of the surest ways to prevent items from getting broken. Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to pack. This will make your move more stressful.
4. Not Asking for Help
The moving process can be overwhelming. This is not the time to do everything on your own. If a family member or friend offers to help you, then graciously accept. Getting help not only reduces some of the stress of moving, but it can also make the process go by more quickly.
It is also a good idea for you to hire a professional moving company. It may cost more money, but it’s worth it. A professional company not only moves your belongings for you, but they can also help with other moving chores like packing or disassembling beds and other furniture.
5. Choosing an Unlicensed Company
You likely have several moving companies to choose from in your state. However, it is important to note that all moving companies are not created equally. Some rogue moving companies are unlicensed and uninsured. If the company you hire is not insured, then you could be the one who is held responsible for any mishaps. In particular, make sure that you choose a company that is licensed and insured for interstate moves. When getting moving estimates, ask your mover for their US Department of Transportation number, then verify they are licensed online through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
By avoiding these common moving pitfalls, you’re sure to have a better moving experience. If you’re still looking for a long distance moving company, don’t hesitate to contact us! Cheap Movers Manhattan works exclusively with licensed and insured long distance carriers, making your interstate relocation easier. Request a free long distance moving quote now using the quote form.