Houston Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
August 11, 2023

Taking the Stress Out of Your Long Distance Moving

getting ready to moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

If you are planning a cross-country move, you might be feeling equally psyched and anxious at the same time! A long-distance move to Houston undoubtedly takes a large amount of organizing and effort. Fortunately, there are ways that you can decrease your anxiety, and make the move simpler for yourself, as well as your family.

Here are 7 tips to keep in mind:

1. Plan!

This can be the most important aspect in a successful move - particularly a long-distance move. You'll need to be well-organized to make sure that all your beloved things make it to the final destination, that you get to your new residence at the proper time, and that you have the means to hit the ground running once the move has been accomplished.

2. Downsize

Attempting to transport every single one of your existing belongings to your new home could add lots of tension to your move. It may also add a large amount of pointless costs.

Instead of working to take all the things along with you, compose a list of all the stuff you possess that happen to be rarely used. (An effective guideline is: if you haven't used it in a year, then you don't actually need it.) You can attempt to sell these belongings before the move, or merely give them away, whether to relatives and buddies or to a good nonprofit.

3. Keep Your Most Precious Belongings Near to You

During the actual move, it's wise to pack your most important, prized, and vital items in a separate bag or carton, and keep them nearby at hand in your vehicle, instead of the moving van. These things can include valuable electronic devices, delicate heirlooms which were passed down throughout the years, or perhaps critical personal items, including toothbrushes and hair combs. Your moving company in Houston will provide you with a list of items that need to be transported with you instead of on the moving van. Give consideration to this list.

4. Make Travel Preparations Far beforehand

Hoping to cobble together travel arrangements at the last second can be a recipe for disaster. Whether it is plane tickets, hotel accomodations, or coordinating with a moving company in Houston, always endeavor to nail down all the logistics of your move at least 30 days ahead of time. That will mean a lot less pressure for you once the big day arrives.

5. Make Sure Your Mover is Insured and Licensed

Moving scams are an unlucky fact in today's dog-eat-dog arena. Avoid the threat of getting a questionable moving company by questioning regarding the moving company's license beforehand. You can verify on the standing of an interstate mover using the FMCSA's website by typing in their U.S. DOT number.

All reputable moving companies in Houston will be able to provide you with the right documentation.

6. Document the Condition of Each Item Before Heading Out

Occasionally, incidents do happen mid-move. Therefore, it is wise to itemize your belongings, and document every one's actual condition pre-move. (Some individuals take pictures of each item as well.) You'll possess solid evidence that the mover was at fault if his/her carelessness or recklessness triggered damage to your personal belongings.

7. Check Around

It certainly is recommended that you obtain estimates from an array of moving companies and compare prices. Not only that but burrow into the company's reputation among prior customers as well. Some fact checking and cost comparing can help you to make the best decision for the big move.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston, we offer reliable, top quality service at sensible rates. We understand a long-distance move generally is a true hassle, and we are here to help make it easier. Get in touch with us today to find out more.


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