Tips for Moving Across the Country

When moving across the country, you have a lot to worry about. You need to move all of your possessions from point A to point B as quickly as possible with as little time off of work as possible. This is not easy and will likely cost a significant amount of money.

This is why it’s so important for you to move smartly. Consider the following steps when planning your long move cross country.

STEP 1: Purchase move insurance

This can easily be done by purchasing move insurance. Most movers offer move insurance, but the cost is often very high. However, if you shop around you might find a great deal with low premiums and excellent coverage. If you list all of your possessions’ prices at their current value (you might want to take pictures of all your belongings and keep them in a secure place for easy reference) then you can calculate the cost of move insurance. Insurance that costs $200 or more per $1000 worth of move value is generally not worth purchasing, but if it only costs around $10 per 1000 move value then move insurance might be a smart move.

STEP 2: Make a list and move slowly

For your move, make a detailed inventory of your moveables (this is an official term) and take pictures of it all. This will serve two critical purposes: 1) you will be able to see everything you own once everything has arrived at its destination, which is very important when moving long-distance and 2) it will be easier for you to prove that you actually own all of your moveables, which can be very important if something goes missing during the move.

STEP 3: Look into moving insurance discounts

Before choosing a moving company, ask them if they offer move insurance discounts. Many movers cannot provide move insurance but many others are actually move insurance agents themselves. These companies might save you a decent chunk of change by finding the best deal possible for move insurance.

STEP 4: Hire movers who also offer military move services

Many moving companies cannot provide move insurance, even if they are move insurance agents themselves. However, some moving companies specialize in providing move insurance for military move. These are generally the best move companies to hire.

STEP 6: Pack yourself and your belongings carefully

In order for you to move successfully, pack everything in a way that makes sense. Make a list of what you move and move everything according to the list. Make sure that your moveables are packed in a way that protects them from smashing into each other during the move, as this can cause damages. Packing peanuts serve as excellent protection against smash-and-grab moves.

STEP 7: Pack your moveables one-by-one, with a helper

Packing everything in just the right way is a lot of work. In order to move successfully, pack each moveable by itself and the moveable needs the help of an additional person as you move it across country. This will save you from needing to hire movers for every moveable to move long-distance, which can be expensive.

STEP 8: Make an inventory of your moveables’ condition upon arrival

Once all your moveables have arrived at their destination, make an inventory of how they look. This is important because if anything went missing during the move there will be evidence that it was there upon arrival, which might help you resolve the issue.

Good luck on move! Everything will hopefully go smoothly and you’ll be able to move all your moveables across country successfully.