Important Long Distance Moving Tips

23 September 2016
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Are you thinking about accepting a job across the country? Are you concerned about accepting the job because you don't know how you'll get your belongings to your new home? Long distance moving can be a little scary at first, especially if you've only ever had to move a few times in your life and only for short distances. But there are a few things you can do to make your potential move easier. Some of these things include:

Visit your new city at least once: Some people get offered a job in another city and they just pack up and go without any real planning. Unfortunately, this can be quite expensive. Before you leave, you should know the basic layout of the city that you're moving to, including the location of your new job in relationship to any hotel or home that you might stay in. It's obviously best if you have a house or apartment rented ahead of time, too, or else you could wind up paying expensive storage fees while you juggle working and trying to find a place to live.

Try not to move in the summer: If you've just been offered a job, you may not have much choice as to when you'll have to be in your new city. However, if you can influence when you move, try to move during the school year. Many people choose to move during the summer, so as not to interrupt their child's schooling. Things can also be busy at the very end of spring and just before school begins, as college students move around the country. During these busy times, long distance movers may charge higher rates because of the demand. By moving when almost nobody else is, you may be able to take advantage of lower prices.

Pack extra securely: For a cross-country move, you need to make sure that everything is packed as perfectly as possible. When you hire long distance movers to move your stuff, they may show up at your home in a small local moving van. However, they will probably pack your belongings onto a large semi truck, along with the belongings of other people who are moving to similar destinations, to save on fuel costs. Since you have no way of knowing which boxes will be on the top of the stacks and which will be underneath, you need to pack everything extra securely so that nothing breaks. If you have anything especially fragile, you may want to consider bringing it with you or even shipping it separately through the mail system instead of packing it.

For more information about the long distance moving process and packing tips, talk to a mover like Affordable Transfer Co Inc.