Moving is never a simple affair. Relocating to a new state or across the country can throw a load of new complications into the mix. You need to know what to expect as you begin researching moving companies and preparing your home for relocation.
Pack in Overdrive
Packing for a local move often seems easy compared to a long distance move. Everything still needs to be packed, but how securely each item is packed has a lot more impact during a long distance move. Open boxes and previously used packing supplies might keep your dishes safe enough if you’re just moving a few blocks away. However, during a long distance move, with all your belongings traveling by van down highways, this sort of packing is guaranteed to be disastrous. At least a month in advance, you need to purchase new, quality packing and padding materials. Research how to adequately pack fragile items, such as dishes and flat screen televisions, so they can make their journey safely.
If you prefer, our professional long distance movers can take responsibility for your packing. A professional will make sure to use new, quality boxes. For added protection against the unexpected, you should also discuss valuation plans with your mover.
Your official inventory is significant to your long distance move, especially when using a professional moving company. An inventory provides a system of checks and balances for both your family and the moving company. It helps all parties involved track the items and notice instantly if something is wrong. The mover will use your inventory to provide a moving estimate. The driver will use your inventory to verify all items make it on to the moving van and off again. You will be expected to confirm all items in your inventory have been successfully delivered at the end of your move.
No matter what, a professional moving company will create a complete inventory for you. However, when you label each box appropriately and make sure you know exactly what is in each box, this system of checks and balances is easier to manage.
Know How Movers Talk
There is a lot of jargon involved in the moving industry, such as stair carry, broker and high-value articles. Make sure you completely understand the terms a mover is using to discuss their services before signing a contract. Watch for signs of true professional moving companies and do your homework. The Better Business Bureau and review sites can be a good place to start, but there are always companies trying to scam innocent people online. The best way to know if a moving company is right for you is to speak to them directly and discuss your inventory.
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