More Americans are moving now than ever before, and much farther than in the past. A study conducted by The U.S. Census Bureau in 2015 revealed that Americans are relocating much farther than they have in the past, often to new counties and even across the country. The study found that most Americans relocated to secure cheaper housing, be closer to family or transfer to a new job.
Moving long-distance is never easy, especially when moving your whole livelihood and all your belongings. Moving cross-country can also be expensive. Depending on the route and distance, the average cost of moving is between $2,600 and $4,400.
It’s important to carefully plan your move to save on moving costs and ensure a smooth transition. Here are some ways to plan for a smoother moving experience.
How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move
- Plan Ahead – Long-distance moves are a major life event and should be treated as such. You should reach out to moving companies the minute the decision to move is finalized. Finding a moving company at the last minute is risky, but by reaching out ahead of time moving companies can lock you into their moving schedule.
- Get an Estimate – Shopping around by getting multiple estimates is never a bad idea. Have a moving representative from the companies you’re considering examine and conduct a survey on everything that needs to be moved. They can provide you an accurate price of your move and give you a sense of how the moving company operates. A company that doesn’t perform in-home surveys should raise red flags. A company that provides an onsite estimate ensures you get a reliable, upfront price estimate for your move and also sets the expectation that the price will remain fixed, with no surprise charges.
- Downsize as Much as Possible – Before you move, it’s best to cut down or get rid of things you don’t need. Not only will it save you space, but it will also help you save money on moving costs, as the more items you ship, the more you’ll have to pay. Try hosting a garage sale to sell old items and make some extra money on the side. Donate the rest to Goodwill or Salvation Army to help families in need. If you’re moving from a snowy region to somewhere warm like Southern California, ditch the snow shoes and snow blowers because you certainly won’t need them.
- Moving Expenses Are Tax Deductible – Moving expenses are tax deductible for people relocating for work. Make a note to deduct moving expenses when you file your taxes in spring and save documents and receipts that show when you moved and how much you paid to move.
- Scope Out Your Destination – Moving to big cities can be tough, especially if you’re unfamiliar with them. Consult your movers about the area you’re moving to and how to best navigate difficult roads. If you’re not able to follow them, research routes online to identify road closures so you’re not stuck scrambling to find another route in the midst of moving.
Long-Distance Moving with Arrow Moving
At Arrow Moving we have the ability to move any size household or business with our large fleet of moving trucks and excellent moving crews. Our moving crews are specialized in managing international moves and helping seniors with the moving process, ensuring we have the capabilities to assist with even the most complicated of moves.
Our moving consultant will come to your home or business to provide you with a written estimate of moving costs. We make our moves budget-friendly, and each move with Arrow Moving & Storage offers the following benefits:
- Professional, Uniformed Staff
- Full-Service Packing
- Quality Packing Materials
- Online Shipment Tracking
- Licensed and Bonded
- Unpacking and Debris Removal
- Crating for High-Value Items
- Short and Long-Term Storage
Contact one of our veteran moving consultants to get started on your personal moving plan today!Share this: