Moving from one state to another can be quite a hectic process, especially if you don’t quite know how to go about it. There’s a chance some of your belongings could get damaged or lost along the way.
If you want to make interstate relocation an easier and less stressful process, you’d best heed the following tips:
1. Hire Professionals
There are several good reasons to hire professionals when moving interstate, instead of going DIY. For one thing, professionals do this every single day, which means they know all there is to know about packing, lifting, stacking, transporting, and even storing your belongings. They’re aware of all the possible pitfalls and all issues commonly involved in interstate removals. This assures you that the move will go as smoothly as possible and that the risk of damage or loss will be greatly reduced.
2. Choose Carefully
You can’t just go with the first removal company you come across. You need to make sure the professional you hire is credible, experienced, and well-equipped to meet your needs and preferences. Ask several prospects about the specific services they offer. Ask for price quotes and ask about insurance coverage for your belongings during transport. Ask about storage in case you need it and ask about any other fees that may not be included in their package quotes.
3. Check Insurance
As mentioned earlier, it’s advisable to ask the removal company if your belongings are covered by insurance if you hire their services. With some companies, insurance is included in the price they quote. With others, insurance is available for an additional charge. If they tell you that insurance is included, be sure to ask about the specific coverage of the insurance. It’s also a good idea to ask about possible restrictions and the general guidelines of the coverage.
4. Pack Carefully
You do have the option of letting the removalists handle everything, from the packing to the interstate transport of your belongings. If you’re on a tight budget, however, you may want to do the packing yourself. If this is the case, you’ll have to make sure you pack your things such that they don’t get damaged along the way. You may not be a professional, but if you keep some important reminders in mind, you should be able to pack your things well enough.
Remember to pack the heaviest items on the bottom and then work your way up to the lightest. Remember as well that movers typically pack the more valuable and breakable items towards the back of their truck, so be sure to label your boxes accordingly. The movers need to know exactly what’s in the boxes they carry to their truck, so they can arrange your belongings properly.
You’d also do well to make a list of everything that’s in your boxes, give the movers a copy of the list for their guidance, and have them sign your copy to indicate that they know what they’re loading onto their truck. This helps in your insurance claim in case some of your items get lost in transit.
5. Get to know Your Movers
Sure, you’ve gone through a careful screening process to make sure you choose the right removal company. Still, it pays to get to know them better once you’ve made your choice. You’ll want to make doubly sure the movers you chose are worth your money and your trust. Check references to see what other people have to say about the company. Talk to them prior to the date of relocation to find out how they plan to execute the transport. A truly credible mover won’t hesitate to tell you about their techniques and procedures.
What if, despite all your precautions, something still goes wrong on the day of the move? What do you do? You’re probably not going to travel with the movers, so be sure to give them your mobile number so they can call you in case a crisis occurs. You’ll have to discuss the next step with them so you can come up with the best way out of the difficult situation.
Interstate relocation may indeed be a hectic process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. By seeking assistance from professionals and taking all the necessary precautions beforehand, you can make the process a lot smoother and maybe even fun! Just remember that you should never hesitate to talk to professional movers and seek their advice. After all, moving is what they’re good at.