Cross state moving can be a very exciting, but also a very stressful time in your life. You’re leaving behind the old neighborhood, old friends and your old life for a new one, sometimes very far away. There are so many things to do, so many tasks that need to be accomplished that sometimes it seems that you will never be able to remember them all. One of the most important tasks that you have is to find a competent, dependable cross state moving company that will take care of you and your things during this stressful period.
There are a lot of different factors that make a good cross state moving company. Their people are the most important, and they need to be reliable and trustworthy. These are men (and some women) who you will be inviting into your home and handling your most precious valuables and you certainly will want people that you can trust.
Another important factor is the timing. There are a lot of variables when you are moving long distance but the pick-up, or loading, date and the drop-off or unloading date are very important. You need a mover that can give you a specific date for both so that you won’t have to worry about whether you will be out of the house after the closing date has come. On the other end, at your new home, you certainly don’t want to be waiting for days, having to spend money on a hotel, for the movers to arrive.
Picking a moving company can be a little difficult because there are so many and, if you have never moved, it is hard to decide which one is the best. A good way to start is to get a few estimates, or moving prices, from 5 or 6 cross state moving companies. If you make phone calls to the local movers in your town or city they will send out a salesperson to your home to provide this service for free. I would suggest that you get 5 or 6 but not more than that as it would get confusing and the basic services and costs are the same for all long distance movers.
The moving company salesperson will come out to your home and take a look at everything that you have. They should inspect all the spaces and places in your home, including the closets, cupboards, basement, attic and garage, and they will note everything down on their estimate sheet as they go. This will allow them to give you an estimated weight of your household goods, and allow them to also estimate the packing that need to be done. The weight and the packing are the 2 biggest costs for your cross state move and need to be estimated correctly in order to have a final estimated price when finished.
Once you have your 5 or 6 estimates then you should sit down and compare them for a number of the most important aspects; weight, packing, insurance, dates and discount. Keep in mind that the final price can and usually does vary when you arrive at your new home, so looking at just the price can be very risky.
The reason for this is simple; if the moving salesperson underestimated your weight or packing the estimated price may look better at first but, once your things are packed and then loaded onto the moving truck, the moving company will know exactly how many boxes were packed and exactly how much weight you have. If these two are more your price will be more when they deliver your goods at your new home. It’s sort of like this; if you go to the grocery store and ask for a pound of ham at the deli but they give you 1 pound and 1 ounce, you will pay for 1 pound and 1 ounce right? Yes, of course. You pay for exactly how much ham they gave you, and with a cross state mover you will pay for exactly how much weight you have and how many boxes were packed.
Do you see now why you need to compare the estimates for weight, packing and the other items? Even if one estimated price is less than the others if it is based on less weight or less packing you will get a big surprise when you arrive at your new home. Some long distance companies will offer a guaranteed price or a ‘cap’ on your price, so it might be wise to find one that does this.
Once you have picked a cross state moving company then you can concentrate on the other tasks that need to be done, like changing addresses, having utilities turned off, and so forth. Your moving salesperson is an expert so once you choose a mover don’t hesitate to call them if you have questions or need some help. The best thing to do is be prepared, and a good moving company can help you to be prepared and make your move as stress-free as possible.
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