Moving long distance gives you choices – flying and shipping your possessions by land or other routes or driving your vehicle and towing everything in a hitch behind you. On the other hand you can rent a moving truck instead and towing your vehicle. There are many ways this can be done, though you will have to figure out what works best for your particular situation. The following article will give you some hints you can use to make your situation easier. We begin with the following:
• Make an inventory of your belongings
You should take account of all you own, noting and documenting it so you can make use of it later on. Consider how much these items are worth to you and whether you want to keep them, or let them go. You may need to sell or donate them to free up some space for your moving vehicle.
• Photograph your items of value
This is important, as you will then have a record of the condition of your belongings before they were shipped. Having this available and on hand will let you work out an insurance with ease. If you decide on a specific insurance, make sure you get a replacement cost insurance, as this will provide the literal value of your belongings, rather than a set rate based on weight.
• Check up the costs of airfare
If you are lucky enough to have some flexibility about your moving date, you can use the so-called “flexible date” feature of booking websites so you can work out a cheaper flight. Check the baggage rules of your chosen airline. You can usually have a luggage or even two with some additional charge added to your total price. You can use the extra luggage space for items you can’t ship with a moving company, such as valuables and other belongings.
• Check the prices of moving trucks and trailers
There are a great number of choices, so doing a proper amount of research is needed to ensure you will make the right choice. Call up as many companies as you see fit and get free quotes from every one of them. This will allow you to figure out the best prices and the best customer service.
• Do some research on moving companies
You should first and foremost make sure you know how much you’d need to pay to hire a moving company offering full service coverage. This is what you should be aiming at, as these companies will cover all the details of long-distance moving that might otherwise elude your notice. You should also check on the self-moving options, which means you will be provided a container unit, letting you load up your belongings at your leisure. You will need to ensure you will be provided with a contract as well as insurance in case of damages. Ensure there are no hidden fees and fine print on your contract. Although most companies on the market are honorable, there are always bad apples you need to look out for.
• Check up your vehicle
Last, but not least – you will have to travel a long way, so making sure your vehicle is in working order is a must. You don’t want to be stuck at a gas station somewhere along the way or on the highways, right? Do a checkup with your mechanic if you feel you need to and address any issues you might have spotted.
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Another tip if you are planning on making the drive across country is to download some media before you go for the ride. I like podcasts and e-books for cross country trips, and if you are going it alone, it will help to have another voice in the background 🙂
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