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Making a Long-Distance Move – Follow These Tips for Moving Out of State

long distance moveTypically, there is far more to plan when making a long distance move than there is moving across town. For this reason, moving companies, like Matheson Transfer, plan the move more carefully and make sure they have extra time to accommodate for any unforeseen challenges. Here are several tips to help make sure your next move goes smoothly.

Create Your Plan of Action

Whether you are using a computer program, a sheet of paper, or a checklist you can pick up from your moving company, you must create a working plan if you want your long distance move to go smoothly. The checklist is a little like a step-by-step plan of action, and it helps to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Inventory Your Home

Take the time to inventory your home and put it all on paper. Take photographs of expensive items like televisions, furniture, paintings, and so on. This way if anything goes missing or is damaged on your long-distance move, you have everything you need to file a claim with the moving company.

Establish a Budget

Moving your household to another state can be expensive. Before you get started, you need to establish a budget. This lets you know how much you have to spend and can help you identify ways in which you can cut down on costs. Knowing your budget can also help you decide which services you can afford and which ones you can afford to pass on.

Hire a Professional Long-Distance Moving Company

Rather than trying to rent a moving truck and handle your long-distance move by yourself, consider hiring a professional moving company. Look for one like Matheson Transfer, who has a proven track record and offers competitive pricing on all moving services. Be sure they are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Look for BBB certification and a US DOT number on their trucks; this should give you the peace of mind needed for a successful move.

Organization Counts

Make sure you have everything ready to go at your new home. Be sure the power, water, and gas are all turned on and ready to go. Look for a new doctor, register your children (if you have any) with their new schools, find your local grocery stores, gas stations, and department stores. The more you have done before you move in, the easier the move will be.

Transporting Your Vehicles

If you are planning to hire a moving company to transport your vehicle(s) to your new home, it is essential for you to ensure they are serviced and washed before the move. Plan for the move to take up to two weeks and either have a family member loan you a vehicle when you arrive or plan to have a rental car waiting for you.

If you have any questions concerning your next long distance move, contact the experts at Matheson Transfer. We would be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate to get started.

How to Find Professional Movers

Whether moving a few blocks away, to another city, or to anProfessional Movers | Matheson Transfer | Stroudsburg, PA entirely different state, you want to start by identifying several professional movers. You can then begin the research process to determine which mover is best. While this requires a little bit of time and effort, it is well worth it when your personal items arrive on time and without damage.

Researching Professional Movers

To find professional movers, make a list of numerous local moving companies, preferably those recommended by family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Then look up company information using reputable sites that provide customer feedback and other ratings. Three of the best are American Moving and Storage Association, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau. With the latter, you will see if any complaints were launched against a company, the number and type of complaints, and whether anything remains unresolved.

Next, research online forums, chatrooms, and even newsgroups to gain better insight into what past customers are saying. Sometimes, a disgruntled customer slams a company. While that feedback is important, be sure to consider all comments posted over the past six months. That provides you with a fuller picture of a company’s reputation.

Narrowing your list to about three or four potential movers, you need to make contact and ask specific questions.

  • What year was the business founded?
  • As a whole, how many years of moving experience do the owner and drivers have?
  • Is the company bonded and insured?
  • Are the movers licensed or certified and, if so, from what organization?
  • What packages are offered, and what is the price for each?
  • Are free assessments and estimates provided?
  • What type of guarantee is offered?

While most moving and storage companies are honest, some spend their time scamming consumers. To avoid becoming a victim, verify that the company has a brick-and-mortar address as opposed to providing services only online. In addition, drive by the location to look at the trucks. Rather than magnetic signs, each truck should be clearly and permanently marked with the company’s name, phone number, and address.

You also need to request a moving company’s MC and DOT license numbers. As far as certification, ask for proof. A reputable moving and storage company will gladly provide any information that you request. If a company hesitates or fails to answer questions to your satisfaction, or provide proof of licensing, bonding, and certification, mark it off your list.

For information more information about professional movers or to request a free moving quote call one of Matheson Transfers professional movers today.