Moving Cross-Country? Here Are 6 Ways We Can Help!

Moving and Packing Across The Country

Moving is no easy task and moving out of state or across the country is even more challenging. Fortunately, RT Relocation is equipped with many resources to provide safe and reliable packing, and residential and commercial moving services for long-distance moves.

Unlike a local move, a cross-country move can be a very intricate process which is why we are providing the following tips for your big move.

Choose a Reputable Cross Country Moving Company

The most important thing you should do is to choose the right moving company. Hiring the wrong company can cost you time, money and your sanity. First and foremost, make sure they are licensed and insured. It is also a good idea to check their ratings and reviews. At RT Relocation, we have the means and the staff to ensure a smooth transition to your new location, wherever that may be. All of our employees are licensed and insured, drug-tested and have completed a full background check. You can rest assured that your items will arrive secure and on time.

Also, keep in mind that services, offerings and pricing vary from moving company to moving company and there is usually no generic pricing for interstate moves. The majority of the cost for an interstate move is based on weight. In order to cross state lines, a truck must stop at a weigh station. The truck is weighed before the added shipment and after the items are loaded onto the truck. Should you choose RT Relocation, our Account Managers will explain the entire process for you and make sure you are aware of every detail of the move. Many moving companies force you into a rigid and expensive plan, but we are here to customize one that works best for you and your budget.

Plan Ahead for your Move and Travel Experience

Good moving companies get booked fast, especially during peak moving season (June through August). This is why you should schedule your move as soon as you know you are going to move. You should typically start planning for your move eight to ten weeks out. Also, be sure to make all of your necessary travel arrangements well in advance, so you don’t have any last minute hiccups or disappointments.

Make sure to check on all the logistics involved in your trip and advise your movers if there are any changes made to your itinerary.

Lighten the Load of your Home or Business Items

Since the cost of your interstate move is largely dependent on the weight of your belongings, it is best to lighten the load as much as possible. In some cases, large items you can live without might be best left behind. Also, moving is always a good excuse to declutter and get rid of things you no longer want or need. We recommend donating gently-used items or you can try selling them through a consignment store or online marketplace. For more tips on Minimizing your belongings before your move, click here.

Pack for Success with Crews That Help You Load Your Boxes

Packing efficiently is one of the most important parts of a move.  For details on how to pack and prepare for a move, click here.

Our professional packing crews will help you fit all your items safely and securely when you are moving cross country. Any long distance move requires a focus on organization, and our team strives to make sure you are as organized as possible for your move.

Packing should be a considerable part of your moving checklist when moving across the state or the country. Whether you’re moving from an apartment or home, or even an office space, the way your items are packed and organized will largely dictate the success of your move.

Cross country shipping costs can be exceedingly expensive, so it’s always best to hire professionals who can ship your items for you. Move your stuff more efficiently than ever before, from city to city or state to state. Get your boxes ready and prepared for your move, with help from our squad here at RT Relocation.

Get Moving Insurance

Acquiring moving insurance is a prudent step to take whenever planning a move. That’s not to say that the moving company you hire will do anything wrong, it’s just a smart thing to do in order to cover your bases.

Make sure to cover your bases and get yourself in the best position to succeed. Insure your stuff and get to your new home or property in the best way possible.

Clean Out Your Closet

The moving process is also a great time to take stock in your belongings. In other words, how badly do you really need those things? If you haven’t worn those items at all in the last year, you would probably be fine dumping them off at a Goodwill.
 
Why is it smart to get rid of excess belongings? Well for one thing, it’s a smaller amount of goods you need to move. Another reason is, why would you take items with you that you’re not wearing? There’s never a reason to take everything with you. Lighten your load and make life easier for you and your movers.
 

Moving at the Right Time

A cross-country move is a big deal. That’s why it’s important to schedule your move at the right time.

Pick a time of year that’s easiest for you and your family. If you have kids, it’s best to wait until they leave school for the year.

If you are moving a business, it may be less time-sensitive. Although you might want to wait until after the fiscal year ends. Picking a moving time that sits well with you and your employees is important when it comes to reducing stress and making the process as simplified as possible.

Be sure to ask the driver for contact information, provide address details and be available

When moving long distance or across the country, it can take up to a week or more for your belongings to arrive. This can be stressful and having a way to contact, or track, your belongings can help keep you calm during a stressful time. It is equally important for you to be available once the movers hit the road. Be sure to keep your phone with you at all times and be sure to meet them when they arrive at your new destination.

Other Important Moving Tips to Remember:

Change of Address – You will need to change your address. You can submit your request easily online by visiting the USPS and requesting the date you want the change to take place. Additionally, you will need to contact your bank and credit cards with your new address.

Obtain a new driver’s license – If you are moving to a new state, you will need a new driver’s license after you move. Visit the local DMV and be sure to bring all of the necessary paperwork with you. This can include an existing driver’s license, proof of residency, proof of your social security number and an additional form of ID. Be sure to check the state you are moving to for the exact paperwork you will need.

If you are ready to prepare for a move to your new home, call the professionals at RT Relocation. One of our professional estimators will call you at your scheduled appointment time in order to provide you with detailed information and pricing. To do that, he or she will take a complete inventory of every room in your home and create a full inventory list of items that need to be relocated. The list will be emailed to you for confirmation. Soon after, the estimate will be sent with the cost of your crew and your scheduled move date.

Time to hire a moving company that actually cares about your moving process from start to finish. Get your checklist going and give us a call to begin.

What is the Most Cost Effective Way to Move Across Country?

Let us help make your cross-country move seamless and stress-free – Give us a call at (203) 806-1365 or request a quote online.