Moving isn’t a simple process. From packing to storage to the move itself, there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of. When you’re moving out of state, the complications only increase. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful time. If you follow four simple steps, you can make the move on your own with ease.

Find long-distance movers

While you could rent a moving truck and do it yourself, that’s the most stressful way to move. Instead, find long-distance movers who can load, transport, and unload your possessions for you. Long-distance movers know the ins and outs of moving across state lines. They know where to park a moving truck to be both legal and safe from theft. They also know the most efficient routes to get from your old home to your new one.

Hire a full-service company

If you’re going to hire a moving company, you should go all out and hire a full-service company. They can pack and unpack, move, and store your possessions for you – and it’s all hands-off for you. You get to sit back and let them handle everything. Full-service commercial and residential moving services have highly-trained employees who are fully licensed and insured. They have state of the art equipment and tools to ensure your things are packed safely, securely, and efficiently. If you need to store your things for a while, they’ll have secure facilities where your items will be stored separately from anyone else’s.

Discuss your schedule well in advance

Out of state moves require lots of coordination. Depending on the reason for your move, you may be moving on or around a holiday, which can impact both the cost and the availability of your preferred moving company. When you’re planning your move and comparing movers, make sure you discuss your schedule with them as early in the process as possible. Be clear about the timeline of your move, from when you need to pack up to when you need to be unpacked in your new home.

Compare price quotes

You get what you pay for is definitely true when it comes to moving, but that doesn’t mean you need to pay an arm and a leg, either. Find several moving companies and get quotes from all of them. Make sure they quote you for the exact same services. You want to compare apples to apples, so make sure they also detail what those services include (same size moving truck, etc.).

Moving requires coordination, planning, and preparation. Hiring the right moving company will help with all of those things. Make your move as easy on yourself as you can. You’ll be glad you did once you’re settled in your beautiful new home.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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