Coast to Coast Moving & Long Distance Relocation
Moving from one part of town to another can be a decent amount of work, but shorter moves of this variety are the type that most people are happy to try to do themselves. When it comes to long distance moving, however, there are different things to take into consideration. The longer the move you’re making, the more likely that you’ll need some help and the more likely that the cost of hiring someone may be closer to what it would cost if you opted for the do-it-yourself method.
When considering coast to coast moving costs, especially when weighing whether or not to hire professional movers, it’s important to consider the full scope of costs. Even if you were to rent a U-Haul and do the move yourself, the price can easily exceed that of hiring a moving company. Here’s how it breaks down:
- Truck Rental - Renting a U-Haul or similar type of truck is not cheap. For a cross country move with a 20 foot truck, you can expect to pay upwards of $1,500 and at least another $300 for gas. There are also mileage limits that you’ll have to pay for if you exceed them.
- Drive Time - Driving a large truck from coast to coast takes several days and you’ll have to factor in costs like hotel rooms, daily meals, and potential time missed from work. This can easily add several hundred dollars to your moving costs.
- Insurance - When you move your belongings on your own, you have to absorb the cost of anything that’s damaged during the process. If you hire a moving company, insurance comes included in the price and anything damaged is covered if it’s the fault of the company doing the job.
If you add up all the potential costs, even for a do-it-yourself move across the country, you can see that can easily top $2,500 or more and require a good amount of your time and labor to get everything handled. Comparatively, it is possible that you can find an experienced and professional moving company that takes care of the heavy lifting, handles the driving, and provides insurance coverage in the same price range, all without you having to spend days on the road.
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Steps To Take To Make Your Cross Country Move Easier
There are some steps you can take to make your move easier, even if it means transplanting your life to other side of the country. Follow these simple steps and you’ll ensure that nothing gets overlooked and that you are able to maximize efficiency and minimize stress.
Plan Ahead - It goes without saying that planning ahead is immensely helpful when moving long distance. The more lead time you give yourself to prepare everything and get packed, the less loose ends you’ll have to tie up at the last minute. Having to scramble to pack up your last few items or clean up your previous residence is something you don’t want to leave for the last day.
Stay Organized - Another fairly obvious tip, but one that should be tended to carefully, is to stay organized. Make sure you have all the boxes, tape and other supplies you may need well in advance of your moving date (moving companies will usually have these available if needed). Labeling boxes and keeping things organized by room can be a tremendous time saver when loading and unloading, regardless of whether you’re the one doing it or you hire movers to do it for you.
Transfer Records - If you’re moving to an entirely different part of the country, you will likely have to make some changes regarding basic day-to-day living. This could mean using a different bank, finding new medical providers, locating a new pharmacy, and of course, updating your address with all parties that require you to do so. You don’t want to do this too far ahead of time, but it helps if you have a plan in place to make the transition easier.
Coast To Coast Moving Resources
Tips For A Successful Move - A helpful moving guide from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Many useful topics are covered here, from knowing your rights when moving to spotting fraudulent companies that you shouldn’t work with.
Moving Day Checklist - Make sure you don’t make any missteps when it comes to moving day with our handy checklist. Plenty of good advice is packed into this resource to help make your coast to coast move go smoothly.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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