As a professional local and long distance moving company, E-Z Movers understands how stressful moving can be. We offer valuable tips to make your long distance moves easier, including Cleveland moves, Cincinnati moves, and those moving further across the country.
1. Talk to reliable moving companies about long distance moves
Work with a moving company that employs experienced, reliable crews.
2. Check the movers’ USDOT
Look up the company’s USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER system.
3. Purge your household
Charges for long distance moves are usually assessed by weight. Reduce costs and stress by selling, donating, or discarding anything you don’t need.
4. Know the terminology
Some specific terms are associated with long-distance moving. Understand the meaning of bill of lading, accessorial charges, reweighs, and anything else you’re not familiar with.
5. Take inventory
Make sure you have a complete list of everything you’re moving, for yourself and the movers to check against.
6. Pack carefully
With long distance moves, damage is inevitable. Minimize risk by using proper packing techniques and packing material.
7. Drive your car
If possible, drive your vehicle(s) to your new home—it’s usually much cheaper than having them shipped.
8. Plan your trip
Make sure have both a GPS and road maps or trip planners for the long drive.
9. Arrange accommodations
If the drive to your new home will take longer than a day, arrange for lodging and food accommodations in advance. You don’t want to sleep in your car!
10. Have an emergency contact
Identify someone who can be easily reached for the duration of your travels and will be able to help you, if you experience problems en route to your new home.