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3 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Making an Interstate Move

1. Not Researching Your Mover Thoroughly

In an age where we rely on reviews a great deal, it is natural to do the same for movers. As you read the reviews, look for customers who had a move similar to your upcoming move. Experience in long-distance moving is critical to providing you with the correct guidance and service. Just because a mover has good local moving reviews does not mean they are equally competent with long-distance moves. Online reviews are an excellent first filter, but you need to dive deeper.


Confirm the USDOT license as well as the state DOT license. All interstate (long-distance) carriers must be licensed with the US Department of Transportation. If the USDOT and State DOT numbers are not present on the website, ask the moving company to provide them to you. Then, check with the issuing authority to verify the company license.


Check on the mover’s membership or affiliation with organizations. AMSA provides the Certified ProMovers, and the BBB provides ratings for companies. If a mover is not registered or certified with key industry associations, you should keep looking.


Obtain referrals from the moving companies on your shortlist. Like online reviews, you want referrals for customers who have had a relocation similar to your upcoming move. This is your opportunity to see if the mover is a good fit for you.


Some simple questions can go a long way in helping to decide. Ask previous customers these questions: Did they arrive at your home on time? Did they have enough movers to handle the workload in the time they estimated? Were they courteous, and did they treat your home respectfully? Were there any issues, and if so, how were they handled? Was their quote accurate to the final cost? Were they helpful in planning your move?


Properly researching prospective movers will take time, but it will make for an easier move. So, take the time and learn about the mover you select.

2. Not Planning Your Move

As you research moving, you will notice that there is no end to “moving checklists”. There is a good reason for this: Planning is an indispensable part of a smooth moving experience. We all have different ways of organizing a move. You may find the perfect checklist already exists, or you may be more comfortable creating a personalized checklist. Either way, be sure to start your planning early.


A good plan not only keeps you on track but is a great way to minimize stress. As you get closer to the move date, it is natural to start second-guessing or wondering if you missed something. By operating with a checklist, you can easily track what you have completed and what you still have to do. This helps keep you settled as you get deeper into the moving process.

3. Moving More Than You Need

We all have them; things you haven’t used or even seen in months, or perhaps, years. If they simply disappeared, you’d not miss them. But, once you see them again, it is difficult to get rid of them. Perhaps one of the hardest parts of moving is the process of reducing your belongings.


Reducing the items you move helps in two ways: 1) It lowers the cost of the move. 2) It saves time and energy when you move into your new place.


When you go through reducing your belongings, consider the items you think you may want to replace. Is there older furniture, cookware, or appliances that you’ve wanted to replace? If so, perhaps not moving them and finding new items for the new home is a possibility.


Before you start reducing your items, find places that will accept donations, where you can sell them, or if friends and family are interested in any of the items. Knowing what types of things various organizations accept, you can sort your donations for easier delivery or pickup.


 It is important to start going through your items early in the moving process. If you begin the process a couple of months before the move date, you’ll feel less overwhelmed.

Research, Plan, Reduce

No move is without stress. By adequately researching, planning, and reducing, you will help your long-distance move proceed with fewer issues and less tension. For more information on long-distance moving and how we can help you, submit a contact request or call one of our locations.

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