If you thought local moves were difficult, think again. Long distance moves contain all the same complexities we know and dread, but add-in the element of distance. Long distance moves need to be planned differently from local moves due to the additional distance-factors. You may be wondering what constitutes a long distance move and how this may differ from a cross-country move. Cross-country moves like the name suggests, are when you move from one border to another. However, this term is often used interchangeably with “long distance moves”. The department of transportation defines a long distance as any trip greater than 50 miles or 80 kilometers. Here are a few tips to help simplify your next long distance move!
Cushion, cushion, and more cushion:
Bumps and swerves aren’t the only cause of damage when moving long distances. In reality, boxes are often handled by multiple parties and inspectors when travelling long distances; sometimes resulting in damage. The best way to avoid unnecessary damage is by implementing the “rule-of-three test”. Simply put, you should pack and cushion your belongings to withstand three high drops. Your boxes will likely not be thrown three times each, but it is a good precaution to have in place. This will give you piece of mind in the event that your belongings are handled or thrown by multiple parties.
Enquire about long distance move coverage:
One of the biggest differences separating long distance from local moves is coverage. When spanning a distance of over 1000 kilometers you are bound to have something go wrong. Whether your moving truck encounters an unexpected bump, swerve, or inspection, your belongings may be at risk for damage. Glassware and fragile items are the most vulnerable, and are often unpacked-broken long after you’ve paid your movers. To prevent this, enquire with several moving companies regarding their coverage plans. Additionally, don’t be fooled by a moving company’s low introductory offer. A lot of seemingly great rates, are often filled with fine-print and exclusions. Always remember to enquire and compare, due diligence is key!
Protect your mattress and furniture during your long distance move:
Remember to protect your mattress inside a sturdy box. Otherwise, you may find that your mattress has lost its shape. Additionally, invest in protective covers. These will shield your furniture from unwanted scuffs and scratches, as well as from unexpected weather damage.
Label your boxes with your name and phone number:
Many long distance moving companies utilize their truck space to accommodate multiple households. This means that your boxes are not the only ones on the truck. To mitigate basic human error, start labelling each sealed box with your name and phone number. This will help both yourself and the movers. Additionally, your phone number will be a great way for another party to reach you, in the event they took your box by mistake. Chances are if they have your box, you might have theirs!
Pack away a move-in-kit:
Always designate one box near the front of the truck to be your move-in-kit. A move-in-kit is essentially a box filled with daily essentials like towels, soap, toothbrushes, and cookware that you will need immediately upon arrival. Having these items all in one box will help you do basic needs like preparing food and showering, while you spend the next week or so unpacking. For more information on move-in-kits click here!
Careful planning and attention to detail is what separates the good moves from the great ones. In short, remember to protect and label your boxes to ensure that nothing goes missing. Anticipate and prepare for a long distance move by cushioning your belongings and enquiring about the most applicable moving coverage. We hope these tips will make your next move a great one! Contact us today if you have questions about your next move or would like to get a free estimate!