Long Distance Moves are never stress-free as you have your entire belongings at stake. The anxiety that comes with long distance moves is justifiable because anything can go wrong. Every time a customer approaches us for long-distance moving services, they have tons of concerns and questions. We have tried to mitigate these concerns in a series of blog articles related to long distance moves.
In our previous article, we discussed the dos of interstate moving and the qualities of the best long-distance movers. This article shows another side of the picture i.e. what to avoid during long-distance moves. We have also explored the minor details to notice that we often ignore during long-distance moves.
1. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
This is one of the common mistakes people commit during long distance moves. Procrastinating won’t do any good. Start your preparations right from the moment you decide to move. Also, look for a company that provides you with an instant quote and the date for the move. Most long distance moving companies are committed to multiple clients. As a result, they keep on delaying your move.
Braha moving is the only company that provides your desired moving date in advance. Hence you can map out your move strategically.
2. Not Changing Your Address
Amid the hassle of planning and executing the long distance moves, we often forget to update the address. The utility companies don’t do this for you. As a result, you won’t be getting your bills in time.
Every time you move your house you need to change your postal address with the United States Postal Service (USPS). To avoid losing important mail, you need to update your address 2 weeks prior to the move. You can do this:
- By Mail
- By Phone
3. Avoid Long Distance Moves During Busy Season
Every year 14% of people embark on this long-distance moving venture. There could be a number of reasons for instance new job, getting close to the family, or better education opportunities for kids. Most of these people are not aware of the secret tips that can save them money. One of these tips is moving off-season. It is the time of the year when you can avail special rates and save some expenses. U.S. Census Bureau suggests July and August are the most suitable months to move. If this time frame doesn’t suit your requirements, you can move between September and May. Try to avoid extreme weather like winter when snow can cause major accidents.
4. Storage In Transit Problems
Moving out of the old house and moving into your new house may not happen on the same date. Sometimes a problem occurs at your new place that can take days to fix. Meanwhile, you should have a reliable storage in transit solution at hand. The problem that most people are unaware of is the third-party ownership of the facility. In this case, chances are your items get misplaced or damaged due to a lack of care during delivery. Whenever you buy an SIT package always ask these questions:
- Is the storage owned by the moving company?
- What is the size of the storage unit?
- Price as per the duration of storage
- Is the storage safe and climate-controlled?
5. Don’t Work With Delivery Windows if You are in a Time Crunch
Keep in mind that the long-distance moving companies provide specific delivery windows for long distance moves. These may take a few days to weeks. If you are a person in a time crunch we have got a few options for you:
- Consolidated Shipping
- Express Trip
- Additional Cost for Urgent Delivery
6. Avoid Packing Essential Items too Early
Staring packing weeks before the move is a good idea. But we do not suggest you pack your essential items like toothbrushes, clothes, daily use kitchen items, etc. too much in advance. Most people think they won’t need anything. Thus end up unpacking the boxes for these things.
It is wise that each of the family members keeps their necessary items in a bag that can be later packed and carried in the car.
Long Distance moves related problems cannot be totally eliminated. No one is aware of the unprecedented events. But at least we can try to minimize the risk by avoiding some of the common mistakes. Braha Moving’s experts are here to guide you along every step of your long-distance move. Visit our website for further assistance.