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Tips for Tackling an Interstate Move
Any move is challenging, but a long–distance move is definitely in another category. If you are about to move to a new state, here are some things to keep in mind when planning your move.
1. Get Started Early
Planning an out of state move is more complicated and involved than just moving down the street. Most professional movers recommend getting at least a couple months’ head start on the process. This will ensure you get the best rates on moving and will keep the stress at bay.
2. Compare Rates from Multiple Companies
We always recommend that our customers compare rates from multiple movers in Atlanta to ensure they get the lowest price on their move. You can start using the form above to quickly compare rates from some of Atlanta’s best interstate movers. Once you narrow down the field, make sure to schedule an in-home estimate with 2-3 of the companies. By law, movers are required to provide this no obligation estimate to interested customers located within a 50-mile radius of their business. During the in-home estimate, a moving company representative will come to your home and review its contents. This enables them to give a more accurate estimate of your final long distance moving cost.
3. Save on Boxes & Packing Materials
Most people don’t consider the cost of packing supplies when budgeting for their move. Boxes, tape, packing paper, and more can quickly add up. Save money on your move by finding recycled boxes and using t-shirts, towels, and other items you already own to cushion your breakables instead of using packing paper. Not only will you be moving green, you’ll probably save hundreds of dollars on your move!
4. Purge Before Packing
The cost of a long-distance move is primarily based upon the weight and length of the shipment. If you’ve been living in your current home for a while, chances are, you’ve probably accumulated a few extra things you no longer want or need. Reduce the cost of your move by selling or donating these items before moving day. You’ll be glad you have less stuff when you go to unpack and organize your new home.
5. Change Your Address
Make sure you notify banks, schools, credit cards, and anyone else who needs to know that you’re moving. You’ll also want to file a change of address form through the US Postal Service in advance of your move, so your mail gets forwarded to your new home address. Now’s also the time to plan stopping, starting, or transferring your utility services (gas, electric, water, cable).