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CROSS COUNTRY MOVING


  1. Cross Country Moving Takes Some Serious Thinking
  2. Cross Country Mover Cost
  3. Finding Good Cross Country Movers
  4. In-Home Estimates and Consultations
  5. List of Some Recommendations
  6. Low-Cost Moving Companies
  7. Moving Insurance
  8. Have Fun, Be Safe, & Choose Wisely

1. Cross Country Moving Takes Some Serious Thinking

When moving across the country, it is vital that you select a mover that is capable of doing the job correctly, and getting your goods to their destination in one piece. There are a lot of logistical challenges that come with long distance moving, so it is important that you select a mover that can take the challenge. 

2. Cross Country Mover Cost

Cost is perhaps one of the first, and most important things, that people consider when choosing a cross country mover. However, many people are surprised and a bit frustrated to hear that there is no definitive answer to the question of how much a cross country mover will cost. The exact cost can only be determined after the move is planned and organized. 

Many cross country mover costs depend on the situation, and each moving situation is different. A more specific cost can only be calculated after a lot of things are considered. First, a person looking to relocate must decide on a point A and point B. For most people, this is already decided when they begin the move. This is pretty much the only thing that remains constant throughout the move. The cost of cross country moving will be altered depending on a few different things. 

The distance between the starting and ending point is one of the major cost contributors. However, since there is not much that can be done to change this, it is probably best to move on. 

The amount of boxes and furniture that you have will also have an affect on your cross country move cost. Cross country movers will price your move based on the collective weight of your items. You can save money by only moving the things you need, and get rid of everything else. 

The season in which you move is also a factor that plays in to how much your move will cost. Cross country movers tend to charge more during the warmer months of summer and spring. Moving on the weekend in also very expensive, no matter what time of year it is. 

There are also other costs associated with using cross country movers that will come up during the process, such as custom packing services, trash disposal, disassembly and reassembly of certain items, and more. Some of these services may be required in order to safely and efficiently transport your goods across the country. However, keep in mind that requesting services during the move will also cause the price to go up. Sometimes, people who are moving tell their movers to do something that they do not know will be an additional charge, such as mounting a television. 

Here, we can take a look at some costs and other information associated with moving to popular US cities and states. 


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3. Finding Good Cross Country Movers

When you are trusting everything you own in the hands of complete strangers, don’t you think you should take some time to choose a cross country mover that you can trust? Choosing a reputable cross country mover can help save a ton of time and hassle. 

Look online. You can learn a lot about your perspective cross country movers by looking them up on the internet. You can also research alternative options to the mover that you have chosen, as well as look at reviews for companies that were written by real customers. If you choose a mover based on reviews, make sure they have a rating of three or more.

Be sure to check the license and insurance of any cross country mover that you choose. Check with the DOT for the proper licensing and insurance of the cross country movers. Remember, every cross country mover is required to have a DOT number and proper licensing in order to operate. 

Looking for a good cross country mover can be simplified by asking for recommendations. Ask around within your neighborhood, or give a call to some friends and family. There are also websites dedicated specifically to helping people find and book cross country movers. 

4. In-Home Estimates and Consultations

All moving companies give customers the option of choosing to have an on-site estimate in order to get a better understanding of how much it will cost to transport their goods. There are a lot of plusses to having a consultation if your home. First, the representative can give you a more solid estimate of cost for your cross country move. Also, they will inform you of any difficulties that could possibly emerge during the moving process. The cross country movers representative will also let you know of ways you can prevent any slip-ups on the day (or days) of the move. Having this face-to-face interaction can also give you a sense of what the cross country movers are like as a whole, as well as what the company values. 

5. List of Some Recommendations

To help you in having a better cross country moving experience, we have provided a list of some recommended cross country movers. These movers are licensed, insured, and have excellent customer reviews. Click on their names for more information. 

International Van Lines - Ranked one of America's top 3 international moving companies, International is a high-quality relocation service that offers excellent service. 

American Van Lines - This company offers full-service moves across the country or within state lines. In operation since 1995, they have grown to be very reputable among consumers. 

We-Pack Moving - This full-service state to state moving company offers packing, crating, and unpacking services. They have a reputation for extreme quality of service, as well as professionalism.  

Prestige Worldwide Moving - Prestige Specializes in long distance moving and relocation. They also have focus in corporate relocation, as well as high-profile storage options. 

Long Distance Van Lines - known for its "white glove" service, this Maryland based company has been in business for nearly two decades. It offers commercial and residential long-distance moves. 

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6. Low-Cost Moving Companies

Never choose the lowest price that you come across when researching cross country movers. Many companies have made it a habit to offer incredibly low prices online so that they can book more customers, then they raise the price during the actual move when it is too late to back out and they have control over your goods. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. 

7. Moving Insurance

Make sure your cross country movers keep you well informed about how much it will cost to insure your move. While moving insurance is only an option, and all moves come with a basic level of insurance, it is highly recommended that you spend the extra money to properly insure your move. Expensive electronics and antiques are too valuable to risk losing or damaging, even on accident, and the basic level of insurance provided by the moving company is never enough to cover items of such high value. 

Ask about moving supplies and other helpful information. Good cross country movers should have no hesitation when asked to provide materials or advice about how to get through your cross country move without a hitch. 

8. Have Fun, Be Safe, & Choose Wisely

Cross country moving is something that should be taken seriously. It is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the move and neglect to fully monitor the cross country movers. Choosing the correct cross country movers will ensure that your goods get across the country safely and that you are kept happy as well. There are many resources available online if you want to find more tips and tricks related to cross country movers, as well as what to avoid when looking for a cross country mover. All in all, relocating across the country is a very thrilling, yet taxing experience. It is best for you to be as informed as possible during the process.

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