Moving interstate can be fun if done right. But, it can be overwhelming and feel like it will not work out as you picture it in your head. Moving interstate means crossing the state line.
The most basic mistake that everyone makes is picking the first moving company they find. Without checking prices/deals with other businesses. So before you just pick a well-known company because you have seen it advertised on television or because you have seen ads on the internet. You need to pick three or four house movers and compare the prices. There might be a set price with all the companies you have chosen which could be cheaper or more, depending on each company.
Then see what specials each company has to offer. For example, one company is offering a hundred dollar discount if you are a student. Another company is offering two-hundred dollars off for being a student and, also fifty dollars off when you are the one packing your things. But both companies “normal” price is 1000 dollars.
So one company you only pay $900 to move interstate. The other company would be $750. So you would most likely choose the second company. But there are also companies like Budget. You pay to move interstate, and you drive the truck yourself. They to offer discounts, but not only are you packing, loading, and driving. But they are pretty good as well.
For example, let’s say that you are moving from Nevada to Missouri. So you chose a 12” truck with unlimited mileage. It would cost $630. But, if you only pay with a prepaid card or cash. But if you were to pay with credit card you get 150 dollars off. Also, they do student discounts at 100 dollars, which means you would only actually have to pay $380. But, if you look into any other company for moving, whether it is “professional” movers or do it yourself moving then search for deals along with the price as well.
But it is vital to keep an eye out for moving companies that rip people off. These companies will tell you a price for moving all of your stuff. But do not tell you the “fine print”. They will give you a low price, over the phone. But then once they load up your stuff, they will find ways to charge you even more. Otherwise, you do not get your stuff unloaded.
So, when you are looking for a moving company you need to make sure of a few things:
- Check the companies reputation on the DOT site.
- Make sure you get the estimate permitted and put in writing.
- If you feel the price isn’t good. Then move on to another company.
How to prepare for move
So, you are getting ready to go out of state, or you are thinking of moving out of the state you currently live you should have a plan. For example, let’s say that you needed to move to another state to take care of a family member. But it happens to be a last minute decision. Not only was it a last minute decision, but you are 20 times more overwhelmed and stressed out. You are rushing everything, and maybe even leaving a lot of things behind that you just should not have to.
But if you are prepared you will not have to leave the important things behind. You have time to get stuff sorted out; whether you are going to keep them or get rid of it. You have time to let the family know that you are leaving the state. You have a chance to prepare your kids if you have kids.
You have an opportunity to deal with any bills and miscellaneous payments that need to be cancelled or paid. You have time to inform your job, which is always a good thing to do. Now, if you are planning to move to another state may be you got a job offer. Then you have already planned some of it out. For example, you have let all family know that you are planning to move and about possibly when you are moving. You have already informed all cancellations and payment places. Your job already knows about the other job. You have already checked out moving companies.
Now, what happens when you have checked out all moving companies and you can not afford a moving company but can afford a truck that you pack and drive yourself. But, you can not fit all of your kids in the moving truck? Your best option is to fly them to a family member in that state. Then you head down in the moving truck. But you still have things you should not do while making the trip.
- Not check your items every few stops that you make to get gas.
- Have a GPS, so that you do not get lost.
- Make sure that you make your drop-off late.
So, let’s say that you make several stops on your way to your new place. But, do not check your items. Then you unpack and see that all of your glass stuff has broken. You can not get those items back, and you have no guaranteed money to replace them. Your drive time is Monday 9 a.m. To 9 a.m. Saturday. You end up getting lost, and you are not at your drop off place at 9 a.m. Saturday, you then end up having to pay more.
So, just remember to prepare everything and everyone for the move. Check the moving companies reputation with the DOT. Even check them on the Better Business Bureau website. If you know, any who has used that particular company get their thoughts and opinion of the enterprise. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is.