A move, whether within your city or cross-country, is a move and often filled with nightmares, headaches and fears. Trust me, none of these fears are unreasonable because I have been where you are right now and have suffered through sleepless nights. So, if you have decided to move west, south or north, you will first need to look for the best cross country movers. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish the task without losing your sanity or going broke.
- Never Trust The Lowest Estimate Provider
When you start looking for cross country movers from the scratch, chances are that you will send a message to every company you can find. Most of them will start calling you or send you an estimate on your mobile phone.
If a company gives you an estimate that’s too good to be true then there’s probably something fishy about it. Never opt for the service provider that provides the lowest quote without checking their background or online reviews. Chances are that they will increase their charges the last moment leaving you with two choices, pay the difference in price or have your packed household items removed from the truck.
- Not All Your Items Are Worth Moving
That may sound rude but think again. The IKEA furniture you bought 3 years ago may cost you a lot to move cross country. You can buy a better furniture at a less price once you arrive there. Furthermore, the new furniture will be most suited to the space in your new home.
The same applies for the electronics stuff. Think about the 5 year old television or example. Would it not be better to get a new, better, bigger and upgraded TV in your new home? So, make a checklist of all the possessions you have and judge them for their worth.
Please keep your emotions at bay because if you choose emotionally, you will want to carry everything and that will mean hundreds of dollars wasted in moving.
- List Your Stuff Online
The quickest way to get rid of the bigger items such as electronics and furniture is to list them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Make sure you list them a few weeks before you plan to move. As soon as you post the pictures, you are sure to get a lot of inquiries.
When people come to pick up things at your place, make sure you have on display everything that you are trying to sell. You will be amazed at how many people will end up impulse buying things that have a low price tag on them. For example, someone who came to pick the furniture may end up buying the floor rug too.
If there’s something you don’t want but can’t sell it either, consider donating to someone who may use it. Once you are done with this, you will realize how lighter and easier your move will be. Now, that you know the things you really want to move, contact the moving companies in your area.
Some of the cross country movers may offer special deals and discounts for their customers, so look out for those. Finally, always read reviews about the company to know about the experience of past clients before sealing the deal.