Moving longer distances requires a great deal of preparation if you want things to go as smoothly as possible. There are several options you can choose from in most cases, from ground to air transport, renting a trailer or moving truck or even working with a moving company. You should do your own research so you can get things done and that will require you to plan quite a bit ahead of time to make things go smoothly. The following tips will give you some tips on what to expect and a few actionable steps that you start acting on a few months in advance.
• You should begin by taking careful stock of all your personal possessions. Check out
everything, but pay close attention to the big stuff like furniture and other bulky belongings that may take some effort to move to your new home. Consider whether it would be a better idea to ship those items or to sell them instead. Heavy means money if you are hiring a mover or planning on renting a truck. Moving companies charge by weight, and the heavier and bulkier the truck you rent if that is your planned moving option can cost you in gas and higher rental fees.
• Take some photos of your belongings before the move, focusing on the things of exceptional
value. Keep a record of these things so you can follow up on them in case of accidents. Get a good, replacement cost-only moving insurance that covers your possessions. This will be the best possible solution to your insurance needs in all cases, as other options base their payouts on a weight basis instead of their actual value. You can get quotes both ways, and most moving companies will offer insurance directly from their company, but we recommend getting quotes from third parties if you hire a moving company.
Here are a few websites that offer moving insurance:
• Check out the prices of local airfare and consider whether you can use their service for
some of the belongings you want to bring along if you can. It all largely depends on the distance involved in your travels and the location of your new apartment or home, so think
wisely and choose appropriately until you work it out. In most cases you won’t be able to
bring more than a hundred pounds of luggage with you, though you could add more to that
by paying extra. You could bring some sensitive electronics if you want to as long as you give them proper protection and you declare them for example.
• Check the prices of moving trucks and trailers and see whether any of these options work for you. You should dot down all the quotes from various companies and cross-reference them
to decide on the best possible option. Make sure you rent the right size truck or you’ll have troubles fitting things where they need to go. The last thing you’ll want is making multiple trips back to the UHaul store to swap trucks because you chose incorrectly.
• Check out your moving company options – contact as many of these companies as you can and compare the prices of their service to the ones of other options concerning moving. You might be surprised to find exactly how much you can do with them, so do your research