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Cheap Ways To Move Out Of State by Pro Mover David Johnson

So, you’ve made the leap of faith to pack up all of your stuff and move across state borders. We hate to say it, but making the decision to move to another state was the easy part. Now comes the process of drilling down into the nitty-gritty details of how to plan for the big move.

With this guide, you’ll be prepped on everything you need to know about long distance moving, like what questions to ask your moving company, when to expect your new belongings will arrive, and just how to ensure that moving day goes as smoothly as possible.

Before you begin your moving research process, create a high-level master plan of how you’ll organize your move. For example, what’s the maximum amount of money you can spend on the move? Will you be able to transport any of your stuff in your own car or rental truck, or will you be leaving everything to the movers? Do you have any friends or family members who could help with your move? If you’re driving some of the stuff yourself, how much time can you budget to move your stuff? The key here? Stick with the big plans first so you don't get bogged down in the nitty-gritty details of the move.

Take inventory of everything that you’ll absolutely need for your new place. Your out-of-state move’s going to be expensive, and you’ll want to minimize the amount of nice-to-have’s (think: your paper mache butterfly collection from the third grade) and maximize the must-have’s like your bedroom set.

Use a pack, purge, or donate approach for sifting through your stuff. Once you’ve settled on what to bring with you to your new residence, sell your used items on Craigslist, host a yard sale, or donate your lightly used items to charity and claim a tax deduction. Hey, it might even save you a bit of money along the way.

Make sure to ask in writing whether your movers will subcontract your move to another company during the trip. If they do, your belongings will be divided across two or more trucks, meaning that your stuff is that much more liable to arrive at different times at your new place (traumatic when the trampoline and swing set arrive before the master bedroom set gets there).

Interstate movers are heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which means that they’ll need to provide a few things to stay in compliance including:

  • Motor vehicle insurance, liability insurance, and workers' compensation should anything happen to their workers during your move
  • An up-to-date registration (renewed every 2 years)
  • A U.S. Department of Transportation number, or a unique ID that is assigned to moving companies to track things like their inspections and reviews

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