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I’m Moving Out of State, Now What?

As most people know, moving is exhausting, and many of us are bound to go through the process at least once in our lives. Although people are less likely to make a long distance move, there are still 7,268,000 Americans who move to a different state every year, according to statistics.

If you’re looking to make the trek across the country or the next state over, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional moving company to ensure a smooth transition. Here’s how to hire the best of the best.

Look for important requirements. Don’t just assume that a long-distance moving company has all of the federal requirements. Moving scams are real and in order to avoid them, you should do your research. For starters, professional long-distance movers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Make sure they have FMCSA licensing and have a U.S. DOT number on display.

Check out their reputation. Read as many reviews about as many professional long distance moving companies in your area as possible. Reviews or recommendations from friends, family and others in your community are helpful when trying to sift through a lot of options. Make sure the moving company is reasonably priced for the amount of miles that need to be traveled and packing requirements.

Ask plenty of questions. Not feeling like you’ve had a genuine and professional conversation with a potential moving company can be a red flag to look elsewhere. Movers should be able to answer any questions you have regarding extra charges or additional services that they provide. Need packing materials or junk removal? Full boutique moving companies such as Mastodon Moving, LLC will see your move through from start to finish.

Save yourself the time and hassle by hiring a moving company if you plan on moving to or from the Boston area this year. Mastodon Moving, LLC will never hire subcontractors, so no one but the best full service movers in the area will be handling your belongings. See our other post if you need help preparing for your long distance move.

How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

Long distance moves can be both exciting and stressful. It’s always a great feeling to be heading somewhere completely new: new job, new climate, new faces, and a new home. However if you don’t prepare yourself and your belongings appropriately, the long distance move could be more burdensome than it has to be. Here are a few tips that have helped other long-distance movers.

Consider Professionals. We understand that part of the long-distance moving process is the traveling from point A to point B. Yet you aren’t going to want to be doing all that driving in a U-Haul. Trust us. Instead, take a few necessary possessions and drive your car; let a professional moving crew handle the heavy stuff.

If you’re really set on driving all your belongings to their new home yourself, then at least hire a moving company to empty your old place and back your belongings properly so they won’t get damaged en route.

Pack Properly. As just mentioned above, it’s best to pack your belongings in such a way that reduces damage. The further away you’re moving, the more your stuff is subject to shift during the journey. Purchasing packing materials such as boxes, packing paper and tape from your local moving company will minimize traveling risks.

Remove Clutter. This should be done weeks or even months in advance, depending on how long you’ve been living in your current place and how much stuff has accumulated. Go through one room at a time and be honest with yourself: Will you really use that item in your new place? Those who are moving to a different climate may not need certain clothes anymore. Be sure to call up a donation center for items that can be used by someone else.

Drive, Don’t Fly. Sure, flying might be faster, but definitely consider driving your vehicle over to your new place. Opting for a car transportation company could be risky, and you’ll be left hanging out to dry if your vehicle doesn’t arrive on time. Create a memorable experience by driving to your new home and make stops along the way to places you’ve never seen before. We have a wonderful, diverse country — go explore it!

Mentally Prepare. Moving is always a difficult time mentally; you may be leaving friends and family, or even a home that meant a lot to you. According to the United States Census Bureau, 36.5 million people moved between 2012 and 2013, so you aren’t alone when it comes to making this tough life transition. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to say goodbye to those who matter most to you. Don’t forget that professional moving companies like Mastodon Moving LLC are operated by caring individuals who are approachable if you are having any problems on moving day.

Moving from the state of Massachusetts to the West Coast or down South? Let Mastodon Moving LLC know. Our full service moving company will pack up your current home and be there at your new destination to unpack your belongings!

5 Things to Know for Moving Day

Perhaps you’ve moved a few times in the past, but each time you catch yourself thinking “Next time, I’ll be more prepared and organized.” Here are a few tips and tricks to get you more mentally prepared for your next move.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    As soon as you and your family make the decision to move, get started on the packing and organizing. Settling things far in advance, such as a change of address and forwarding mail, will prevent you from needing to make those changes when problems occur down the road.
  2. Decluttering
    Recruit friends or family and pick a room a week to go through. Assess each item and decide whether or not you can see yourself using it in your new space. Figure out what can be tossed, donated, or put in storage for later use. Don’t forget to ask others if they have any use for lightly-used items.
  3. Purchase Moving Materials
    Be sure to buy moving boxes in every size, bubble wrap, sharpies for labeling, and packing tape. Using moving boxes is a great way to stay organized and they can be stacked in a corner as you begin to pack up the house over a long period of time. Many professional moving companies can also provide these materials.
  4. Make a Floorplan
    Drawing a floorplan of your new place and handing out copies to your movers will decrease the amount of time it takes to get settled and organized. Full-service moving companies have no problem setting up furniture exactly where you want it, but having a floor plan can reduce the amount of thinking effort you need to do on moving day.
  5. Hire Professionals
    Sure, it can be great to get friends, families, and neighbors to help you and your family move, but that’s such a hassle — and an accident waiting to happen. Professional movers are professionals for a reason: they know exactly how to wrap expensive pieces of furniture or kitchenware and they will always come prepared with padding and other materials to keep your floors, walls, and ceilings safe from nicks and scratches.