4 Service Providers That Can Make a Cross Country Move Easier

4 Service Providers That Can Make a Cross Country Move Easier
June 09 07:45 2018 Print This Article

Few things in life are as daunting as a cross-country move. The United States stretches across 2,680 miles from one coast to the other. When you’re transporting an entire household those miles really add up. 

Going it alone can be extremely stressful, and virtually impossible. Along the way, there are a few services you’re going to need if you want to make a smooth cross-country move. 

Specialized Movers

Even if you’ve made numerous local moves, few people are fully prepared for a cross-country relocation. Interstate moves (moving out of one state and into another) requires more preparation and may involve more regulations than your standard relocation across town. 

A moving company that specializes in cross country moves has experienced movers that are accustomed to driving long hauls and can help you with the logistics. It may not seem like it at first, but hiring specialized movers can actually save you money in the long-run, especially if you hire a company like North American Van Lines that offers a number of services you can package together. The moving company’s insurance and liability coverage is another money-saver in the event anything is lost or broken during transit. No matter what company you use, you want to make sure they’re registered with the U.S Department of Transportation. 

Car Shippers

There are a number of reasons why a person isn’t able or willing to drive their vehicle across the country. For starters, racking up thousands of miles in one trip causes a lot of wear and tear. You may also have more than one vehicle, or it could be a collectible car that you don’t want to risk getting wrecked.

Whatever your reasons are, a car shipping company can provide the solution. These service providers understand that safety precautions that have to be taken and are equipped to transport large pieces of machinery. Given that many vehicles cost tens of thousands of dollars you want to make sure the mover knows what they’re doing and are fully insured.

Depending on your vehicle’s MPG, shipping may be more cost-effective than driving right off the bat. You can save even more by opting for a roll-on/roll-off service, which means you bring the vehicle to the shipper for loading and pick it up at your final destination. If the weather looks like it will be good you can also choose an open trailer to save money.

Check out this previous post for more tips on transporting your vehicle across states

Storage Provider

There are a lot more uncertainties with making a move out-of-state. Many people find a place to live temporarily while they get a feel for their new city. If this is the case, you may need to put most of your stuff in storage until you find a more permanent place. 

Storage isn’t cheap, but there are plenty of ways to minimize storage costs. For starters, downsize before you start packing. Get rid of anything that’s broken, you no longer use or you no longer want. The less you have to store the less expensive it will be. 

When you’re estimating the amount of space you need don’t forget about the vertical space. If most of your things are boxed up you can stack high and save floor space. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Storage companies are definitely willing to cut you a deal if you plan to use a unit for three months or more. 

Real Estate Agent

Finding a place to live in a new city that you aren’t familiar with is extremely stressful, especially if you have school-aged kids. That’s where a local real estate agent comes into play. They are community experts that can do a lot of the legwork for you when you can’t be there to do it yourself.

Whether you are buying or renting a real estate agent can find available homes that meet your needs, give you advice on which neighborhoods are best for your lifestyle and take you virtual tours of properties. 

The best thing about enlisting the help of a real estate agent is it’s completely free. The seller or landlord is the one who pays the agent commission.

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