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Interstate Moving 101

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Are you moving to a different state?


Do you live in Chesterfield, VA and want to move to a different state? Thousands of Americans choose to do so every single month. While you may have a destination chosen, don’t forget the importance of mitigating the details along the way.

If you are moving state to state, you might be lucky enough to get by without a moving company.  However, chances are there will often be just enough items that will make the move worthwhile when working with a local Chesterfield moving company.

But how are you to choose a moving company?  How should you prepare and how do you mitigate costs and expenses that will naturally happen with a move? Here at Mid-Atlantic Moving & Storage, we are here to help!


How to Choose the Moving Company

First there are two kinds of moving companies you can go with. Moving companies and moving corporations.


Moving Companies

When you are moving with a moving company, chances are you are dealing with an individual or a small business that specifically services that area. This is very important because, compared to moving corporations which have fixed prices albeit with added benefits, you can argue for the lowest possible cost then when dealing with your Penskes and your U-Hauls.


Moving Corporations

Moving corporations will often be much more expensive overall because for every move like yours there are dozens of others that will tend to be more cost-effective in the long run.  Often moving corporations can provide storage through their own program.

 If you just want to be a little mindless with your spending and your budget, going with a moving corporation makes the process easy but costly. IF the extra 1,000 to 1,500 isn’t a huge deal, then go with a moving corporation that can just streamline the process like it’s not a big deal.

But if you are wanting to save the money at the cost of a little work on your part, then you want to go with a moving company.

You should make sure

they are certified and have great user reviews either through Facebook or Google.  Additionally, you should make sure that they are locally located in Chesterfield, VA. IF you are hiring a moving company that is farther than 50-100 miles away, you are only incurring additional costs that you can be avoiding.


How to Prepare for the Move

Time is everything when you are moving from state to state. So when you are dealing with a moving company, the best thing you can do is to prepare as much as possible to make loading up the truck as easy as possible.


Pre-Package your Belongings

Pre-packaging your belongings is vital for a quick load time when the movers are at your house. The more time they spend at your house, the fewer hours of daylight they have to move while on the road.

Pack them – Pack your objects into two rubrics. You don’t want the boxes to exceed 50 pounds; you do want all the items to be packed tightly so try and buy bubbles wrap, newspapers, etc.

Tag Them – The easiest way to manage your objects for when you move in is to tag them. Make sure they are all properly tagged and coded with their corresponding rooms.


Organize the Belongings for Accessibility

Pre-packaging doesn’t mean anything if the movers cannot efficiently move the boxes into the trucks promptly.

Like Tagged Objects – The tagged items should be organized together (this makes it easier for loading the truck)

Big stuff on the Side – Equally accessible and to the side. Anything large like furniture and couches should be easy for the moving company to decide how the truck will be packed. By isolating the objects, it becomes much easier for the moving company to decide precisely where it shall go on the truck.

Completely Remove Belongings – Any objects of possible value should be removed and put to the side and if possible brought with you in a separate vehicle. This reduces the risk and cost of insurance in the longrun.


Coordinate the Movers

Finally, the movers should be just as in the know as you are and coordinating move times with them can reduce costs over time.

Set a Time – You need to make sure the times are ideal and coordinate with each other correctly. If you can beat rushes and traffic, then you are in a good place.

Prepare for Traffic – Preparing for traffic is vital. Sometimes it is more cost effective to wait and grab lunch than to try and drive during a rush hour.

Move on your Way – Once everyone is on the road, it’s time to break away from the pack and do whatever you need to do.


Managing Costs for the Travel and Distance

Firstly, the distances are a big deal. The gas mileage for trucks isn’t very good. Plus, the amount of time and days that the movers will need to spend away from their home is an additional cost that can wear them down over time and pad your budget.


Nights Spent

Every night spent will often include a budget for eating and sleeping expenses. Most of these people will try and coordinate this to be as cost effective as possible, but sometimes these can be a surprise expense.



Finally, if you are moving and your room isn’t quite ready yet, then you are risking a problem with storage. If you are having a problem with storage, then you can coordinate working with your moving company to find the ideal place for everything.


What do you need to do for Interstate Moving?


Map out your Trip in lengths of 100 Miles

You should be mapping out your trip in lengths of 100 miles. Then when you reach every 100 miles take a break and stretch your legs for about 10 minutes. When it comes to long distance moving some of us, have to drive for hundreds of miles, and you want to be sure to take care of your body.


When you are stretching, most people think it is purely about your upper and lower body. However, you want to put a majority of your stretching time to the lower back and the muscles that link to it. The lower back is responsible for how you will feel for most of the drive, and if you let it become too tired or irritated, it can affect your mood and even give you headaches.

Drink Coffee

Next, drink some coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, try a tea. But drink something that keeps you activated during your move. Most people won’t feel falling asleep at the wheel coming on, with these caffeine-based drinks, you will significantly reduce your chances of sleep driving.


Mid-Atlantic Movers

We hope this guide has been helpful to you and we hope to hear from you soon. If you would like to work with one of the best moving companies in Chesterfield, VA, then we encourage you to call us or fill out the form below. We have people waiting by the phones at all hours of the day, and we would love to hear from you!

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