8 Tips for Long-Distance Moves

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1. Moving Estimates

Request a move representative to conduct an in-home moving estimate by doing a visual survey of all the items you are moving. This would allow movers to give you an accurate price for your move. You will get a feel for the moving company you are considering selecting.


2. Insure your Belongings

Many things can happen to your stuff over thousands of miles in the back of a truck. Moving is a high-risk industry. Be ready for something to go wrong, and get the proper coverage. Under Federal law, basic moving valuation limits a mover’s liability to only $.60 per pound. Determine well before your move if you want to purchase full-value coverage or stick to basic coverage.


3. Downsize

Moving cost for the long-distance move is usually based on the weight or cubic footage of the items you ship. Greater the load, the more you will end up paying. We recommend taking the time to go through your stuff and decide what you still use and what you can get rid of. You may no longer need certain items at your new home, so consider holding a garage sale before your move or donating unneeded items to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

We also shared 8 tips about downsizing before your move.


4. Organize your Belongings

Label your boxes while you are packing. Write on the outside of each box a list of the items that packed inside and don’t forget to mark what room the items should be placed into in the new home. Markings like each room or section will make placing items significantly easier for the movers. Listing the item contents on the box will be a lifesaver when you are unpacking and trying to locate something.


5. Move during the Off-Season

If this is an option for you, we recommend to consider that moving companies tend to charge higher prices during their busy summer moving season than they do during the fall, winter, and spring. If you are able to choose your moving dates you can save some money by moving in the off-season.


6. Separate your Personal Belongings

Keep personal documents such as your driver’s license, social security card, passport and birth certificate with you. Don’t pack anything you’ll need once you get to your new home. You’ll probably need some of your personal documents when you going to look for or start a job and will need some clothes, sleeping materials, hygiene products, and a few other things right away.


7. Know your Move-in Stipulations

In an apartment or condo, you may have certain requirements that your movers need to meet. Often times you will need to reserve the elevators of a building before moving yourself in. Other times, building managers will not allow movers into the building at certain times and on certain days. You don’t want to have your movers stuck in the truck waiting for clearance to move-in.


8. Moving Expenses are Tax Deductible

Moving costs are often tax deductible if you are moving for work. Remember to deduct your move expenses when you are filing your taxes in the spring, and you can save yourself quite a bit of money.