Generally, Moving is never a completely worry-free process. However, it is possible to reduce anxiety by hiring a professional moving company. There are always unexpected bumps along the way. Many of the same questions are asked by clients who want to move long distances. This article will address some of the concerns and questions that clients have when moving long distances. Here are five common problems and solutions when moving long distances.
Long distance moving is defined differently by different companies. Texas Movers Group moving to consider anything greater than 450 miles between two destinations. As such, the pricing is slightly different.
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How to Pack for Long Distance Moving
Solution: There are important differences between packing for local and long-distance moves. The moving company will ensure that your belongings are safe from A to B points. Moving hundreds of miles can pose a greater risk that your items will be damaged.
Professional packing is a good option if you have the budget. Expert moving companies will use special packing and moving materials to make long-distance moves easier. Local moves are easier because the distance between destinations is shorter. There are extra precautions to take when moving long distance.
- Double wrapping furniture in shrink wrap and new/sterilized blankets
- For maximum protection, double-layered corrugated boxes are recommended.
- Specialized boxes for delicate dishware, electronics, and artwork (ask about custom crating).
The organization is crucial here. Most moving companies will label and barcode every box associated with your move. You can use a color-coding system to label each box according to its room. If you pack yourself, it is a good idea to write your name on each box.
What is actually moving?
Long distance moves require quotes that are solely based on distance and inventory. This is different than local moves which can be priced hourly depending on the company. A home inventory is a great idea before you move. This will allow you to determine what should be moved, donated, or sold.
A home inventory list with an itemized list of your belongings can be very useful. It will help you make sure that your items arrive at their destination. It’s also important to make sure that your items arrive at their destination intact before you send your movers from the destination.
Clients may consider donating any items that they no longer want or are being thrown away. Good Will and the Salvation Army can accept donations. Other services are available, particularly in metropolitan areas.
Work with a Delivery Window
When moving long distance, clients should remember that there are often windows of delivery. However, there are a few options for those who need to move quickly.
- Consolidated Shipping: This is the most basic long-distance move. Texas Movers Group Long Distance Moving labels and bar codes boxes when moving long distance. Ask potential moving companies this question. This option is cheaper and best for those who have a lot of time.
- Express Trip: Long distance moving companies can offer private trucks for an extra cost.
- Some moving companies will even offer a guaranteed date or a reduced delivery time for an additional fee.
Know Your Destination
Clients may not have seen their new house from a move-in standpoint when they are moving across the country. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Is there a specific day of the week your new location allows you to move in? Many NYC buildings will not allow moves in on weekends. Moving companies should be aware of specific service entrances.
Is a Certificate of Insurance (COI), required for the destination building? This COI is required to reserve elevators at the destination.
If there’s enough space for a semi-truck to be pulled into the new location, check with building management. A shuttle fee may be required if there isn’t. This will help you avoid hidden fees.
The ability of the relocation consultant to provide accurate estimates and your willingness to detail the scope of the move is key to getting a fair price.
Storage between Homes
Solution: Clients often need storage for long-distance or cross-country moves and it’s extremely common. This is also known as “Storage In Transit” and most moving companies like Texas Movers Group will store your items for anywhere from a few days up to several months.
It is important to find out if the storage facility used is owned by the moving company or a third party. It’s more likely that your items will be misplaced or not treated with the same care after delivery if it’s a third party. Ask if the facility has climate control and is it safe.
Long distance moving can seem daunting. With blogs like these and an experienced team of professionals, we can make it easy. We are available to help you with your project.
Texas Movers Group provides long-distance and local moving services in Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Allen, Carrollton, Richardson, Katy, Celina, Montgomery, Texas.