The logistics of your move increases exponentially with the distance you are moving. A simple cross-town move may seem like a stressful nightmare right now, but it’s nothing compared to the difficulties involved with moving to another nation. Whether you are moving next door or moving to Antarctica, each move can be broken down into specialized tasks according to distance. By understanding the type of your move and the complexities involved, you can plan a low-stress moving experience for you and your family.
Any move with a distance under fifty miles is a local move. A short-distance move has tremendous advantages, especially when it comes to cost. You may be able to forego the expense of movers and even a moving truck, allowing you to do the work yourself. As you move, try and score a gap between your move-out date (the date you need to be out of your old place) and your move-in date (the date you’re permitted to move into the new one). You can use that time to your advantage, moving in piece by piece, allowing yourself time to get the move done right. You can especially appreciate the extra time you have to clean up your old home and get that deposit back—a hefty addition to your moving budget.
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Long distance or interstate moves will more than likely require a moving company. While the risk of mishandled items and moving scams goes up, it’s easier to verify moving companies. It’s easy to check and see if a company has an interstate moving license on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association website. Just request the US DOT and MC number from a moving company while you’re on the phone with them and verify it on the FMSCA website.
An international move requires exceptional preparation and care. Utilities, doctors, creditors, and other organizations need to be notified. Tariff and customs laws need to be taken into account. Consolidating your possessions—getting rid of everything you don’t need—becomes vitally important in order to cut costs. The moving date should be set months in advance—at least three months. The expense of an international move is often quite prohibitive. It may be difficult to verify the reputation of an out-of-country moving company. Whatever the situation, it’s vitally important to start preparing for an international move as early as possible—ideally, at six months early.
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