Your Guide To Preparing For A Long-Distance Move

preparing for a long-distance move

Whether it’s for work, family, or other reasons, moving to a new state signals a new exciting chapter in your life. The practicalities of moving, however, can also be fairly stressful and expensive — the average cost of an interstate move is roughly $4,300 for a move distance of 1,225 miles and shipment weight of 7,400 pounds, the American Moving and Storage Association reveals. That’s why it’s important to get organized and plan your move carefully to save on expenses and make your interstate move as stress-free as possible.

Declutter Your Belongings

At the very beginning of your moving process, downsize as much as you can. Having fewer belongings may help lower the total cost of your moving estimate. So, give yourself time to get rid of unwanted clutter. Label three boxes with either “toss”, “sell”, or “donate” and aim to tackle one room a day. Items in good condition can be sold online, taken to a consignment store, or donated to a reputable charity. Take into account the size of your new home. If it’s a smaller space, you’ll find it easier to part with items you don’t really need like extra pan sets or clothes you don’t wear. Streamlining your belongings also makes packing and unpacking an easier job.

Hire an Interstate Moving Company

Moving hundreds of thousands of miles across country alone is no easy feat. And the farther you have to move, the more expensive it’ll be. If you’re making a long-distance move from Washington to a new home in Iowa, for example, you’ll end up having to pay several hundred dollars for a rental van, gas, and moving equipment as well as food, overnight stays, road tolls, and parking. Hiring a moving company is cost-effective and simplifies the process. Although affordability is an important factor in choosing a moving company, cheaper companies may not be reliable. So, be sure to get several estimates and look at reviews before making a decision.

Purchase Valuation

Homeowner insurance doesn’t typically cover your possessions during a move. So, it’s sensible to purchase valuation from the moving company. There are two main options to choose between — both legally required. A basic carrier liability is free and reimburses sixty cents per pound for a damaged item. However, this doesn’t cover the full cost of expensive items. A better option is full replacement value protection, which covers repair costs, reimburses current market value, or reimburses replacement costs for a similar item. Ask your mover about the valuation options they offer and how they determine replacement value. You should also ask about the claims process in case you end up needing to make one.

Lastly, you can also cut down on moving costs by packing some of your own belongings, such as, shoes, clothes, and books. Leave furniture, appliances, and other items which need special care and protection to the movers. With these tips, you can make your interstate move easier, safer, and cheaper.

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