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Things To Consider For Your Cross Country Move

Moving can be an indicator of an exciting time in a family’s life. It could be the product of a new (or better) job for a family member, a desire to find a better neighborhood or region, or a life event, like a marriage, that causes the move to occur. 

Moving in general, regardless of the exciting reasons behind it, can be a bit stressful. Moving clear across the country, therefore, can be downright overwhelming. 

Long distance moving is probably one of the toughest types of moves, second only to international moving. To make your cross country move less stressful, we have worked with our team on a few things that you should consider should you face a cross country move. 

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Hire Experience Cross Country Movers

All movers are not created equal. 

Some specialize in apartment moving, downsizing, or commercial moving only. Then there are those who are experienced movers who have years of professional practice in successfully moving homes and businesses across the country. 

Mastodon Moving is one of those companies who has been helping people take the stress out of moving locally, state-to-state, or even clear across the country. Our team promises something that not all movers can offer. The same team that packed up your home in one state will be the same group who will unpack you in your new home, no matter how many thousands of miles away that new address is. It’s something that sets us apart from our competitors and allows us to know exactly what special needs each item may have when loading into the new home, because we were the team that loaded it in the truck to begin with. 

Compare Moving Companies 

While you may be able to Google “long-distance moving companies” and come up with a short list of businesses in your area that could move your home, check the details before you hire one of them. 

Ask questions about hidden expenses as well as request a cost calculation. Knowing what items in your home will be difficult to move or cost you more to move than to sell could change your strategy for moving.  Ask about any large items or high value items that may cost more or require special storage, crating, or wrapping for safety purposes. All of this research can help your moving experience be much less stressful. 

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Create a Home Inventory 

We are not suggesting you write down every item in your home, but rather take an inventory of items that you will be bringing with you and those that you may be able to donate, sell, or put out with the trash. 

Remember, moving long distance may mean a change in climate and a change in thought process. For instance, will you really need your snow blower in San Diego if you are moving from Maine? Probably not. 

Make a list of items that are high priority to bring with you such as personal items, furniture, artwork, children’s items, seasonal items, and the list could go on and on. 

While making this list, however, you may find that you are willing to let the buyers of your current home have the 10 year old refrigerator and the air conditioning units you have stored in the garage rather than haul them into the moving truck. Your new home may have better appliances or central air that will allow you to offer some items to the new owners of the house or donate them to a worthy charity. 

Make Advance Plans for Children & Pets 

If you think moving is hard on you, think about the anxiety your children and pets may be going through not knowing the details or being able to control any of the outcomes. 

Therefore, it is imperative that you make plans to alleviate some of the stress. To do this, you may need to make a trip or two to your new home to introduce your child(ren) to the new neighborhood, school, or house. Just seeing what is yet to come can put some children at ease and let them know that the move is a good thing and not something to be feared. 

For pets, you may want to arrange for care during the packing and moving portion of the event. This can be a very anxious time for your pet and they can sense that something is about to happen. Read our blog on moving with a pet for more ideas on comfort measures. 

A Final Word…

Moving long distances is undoubtedly going to be stressful. Choose your moving company carefully and arm yourself with knowledge about what the move will be like to make your change in location a happy one. 

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7 Ways to Cut Moving Expenses

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to making a move from one location to another. Hiring movers, decluttering the house, finding a new job, enrolling the children in a new school, and packing all the items you have accumulated over time in your current location. The list can be endless and the expenses can add up rather quickly. 

As professional movers for over a decade, we understand the eagerness to try to save or cut costs on moving expenses. Our list for your today comes from our experiences with many families who wanted to keep to their budget while still having professional movers take care of their valuable possessions. 

#1 Purge Your Home of Clutter 

The less your movers have to move from one location to another, the lower your overall costs will be. For this reason, as well as for your own sanity, it is a good idea to declutter your home of items that are no longer useful to you. 

From books to toys and clothes to seasonal items that are no longer used, box it all up and donate for a tax deduction or find a family that could use your items. Not only will there be less to move, but your home will be more organized and neat once you have fewer items to unpack at your new place. 

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#2 Sell Gently Used Items 

As you declutter your home, you may find clothing items, furnishings, and seasonal decor that you can consign or sell on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist

Not only will you be making a little cash, but again, it will mean less for your movers to pack and move. 

#3 Get Multiple Quotes for Moving 

Part of your budget crunching should include finding the best movers for your job. Don’t just go by price alone. Talk to them and find out about any hidden fees, insurance, and long distance moves.

Getting multiple quotes can help you understand what the overall cost of moving will be and allow you to meet the leadership at the company. 

#4 Get Creative with Moving Supplies 

If you are moving an entire home or apartment, you will need moving boxes of varying sizes as well as packing materials to keep your items safe for the move. 

Use social media sites to ask family and friends, who may have recently moved for their boxes.  Look online for department stores that are giving away wardrobe boxes or storage boxes that they use for their company. Many stores allow customers to take boxes such as Costco and BJ’s. Just be sure to call and ask for them to be put aside. 

In terms of tape, labelling supplies, and markers, comparison shop or shop in bulk because most people do not have extras after their move. In this case, more is better. 

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#5 Pack Yourself

At Mastodon Moving, we do offer packing and unpacking services. However, we have many clients who want to organize their items and pack themselves. Doing this can save money and help you have a better sense of what will need to be unpacked in your new home. 

#6 Look for Tax Deductions & Business Reimbursement

If your move is due to work, examine whether the move itself can be used as a tax deduction or if perhaps your company will reimburse for the move. 

According to TurboTax, “if you move to a new location because of work, you could qualify to use “the IRS Form 3903 to claim the cost of your moving expenses as a deduction on your federal income tax return. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct eligible moving costs from the taxable income they report on Form 1040.”

#7 Research Utility Shut Down Dates 

As you get closer to your actual moving day, start calling your utility companies, including cable, water, electric, and heating to find out if it is better to shut off utilities at the end of the month or if they can prorate your cut off date. 

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Why Hiring a Professional Moving Team is Best

Moving is a huge undertaking. Most people who are changing their address, whether it is making the move into a first home from a rental apartment or downsizing from a well-loved home to something more manageable, wouldn’t even consider making the change without a professional moving team to help safely get possessions from one location to the next. 

Some homeowners, however, make the choice, either due to budget or simplicity to ask friends and relatives to help them. This is a huge task. 

While this action may save a little money, in the long run it may be a dicey choice at best. Here is why…

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Experience

How many times have your friends or cousins packed an apartment or house? Do they know how to safely pack breakables, high value items, and sentimental keepsakes? Do they understand the need to prep the floors, as our team does? Do they have the right equipment and know-how to get awkward furniture pieces into or out-of tight spaces? 

Chances are that the professional team you hire will have years of experience in packing, unpacking, prepping the house, and in safely getting items to and from the truck without damaging the home or the items themselves. 

Insurance Protection 

Professional movers have a license and liability insurance that not only protects the possessions they are moving but also the people doing the moving in the case of an unforeseen accident.

When family and friends help complete a move, instead of professionals, the damage that occurs to a home or items being moved falls to the owner. If boxes shift in the moving van and cause damage, the professionals are insured to repair or replace the belongings. 

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Proper Supplies and Equipment 

Our team here at Mastodon Moving has a wide variety of moving supplies to make your move go smoothly. This includes boxes, crates, dollys, palette jacks, lifts, wrap, packing buffers, straps, and the list could go on and on. 

By asking family members to help with a move, you could risk having boxes being overpacked or lost in the shuffle. Our team will prep your house, help you box appropriately, label, and move all of your items, whether it is across town or across the country. We have years of experience with packing items and specialty vans that can protect your valuables, furnishings, and keepsakes. 

Storage Capabilities 

Relocating can be a multistep process depending upon where you are moving and if “signing days” coincide from one location to the next. Many homeowners find that they need storage accommodations for a few days or weeks until they can settle into their new digs. 

Mastodon Moving offers storage that is safe and climate controlled to keep your items until they are ready to be unpacked. If you are considering a move in the future and are weighing whether to hire professionals or using family and friends, consider these scenarios as well as this article from Consumer Affairs