Whether you’re moving state to state or coast to coast, a long distance move can be stressful but there is a better way! With uShip you can save time and money on your next big move. This is because uShip allows you to quickly place all of your household items in a single listing on our marketplace. From there, your listing will be available for bids from customer-rated interstate moving companies. This unique process ensures you are not only getting a great moving experience, but that you aren't overpaying for it! Customers save an average of 50% by listing their moves in the uShip marketplace.
Easing Your Long Distance Move with uShip
So what do you need to do to ensure a painless long distance move? The first thing to note is that there is a difference between local and long distance moving companies. You’ll want to be certain to list all the details of your move to ensure you only receive bids from national movers. The next step is to take a complete and detailed inventory of the items you need shipped. Particularly the number of items, such as boxes, crates, dressers, etc. along with their approximate weight and dimensions. If you aren’t sure about the actual weight or dimensions of your items that is OK, just make a best-guessed estimate. The more information you provide, the more confident moving companies are about giving lower prices. It’s also a good idea to notate items that require special attention, such as a safe, piano, fine china, or any other valuable or fragile items so that moving companies can prepare themselves with any necessary specialty equipment.
Next, you’ll want to decide whether you would like white glove moving service or if you’d prefer a more traditional moving experience, and include that in your listing. Be sure to provide your specified moving dates to make sure only available interstate moving companies are bidding for your business. Completing these extra steps helps long distance movers better plan for your move and ensures that you will be get the best bids specific to your moving needs.Take a look at our cost-to-move page and view real-world past moves step-by-step to get more familiar with uShip moving process.
Getting to Know Your Moving Company
Once you get a few bids that best fit your budget the next step is to do a little research on each prospective moving company. uShip simplifies this step by providing each mover’s transport history, safety records and customer reviews in their profile, when available. For established moving companies you can read reviews from past customers just like you! Customers can reward great movers with a 5-star rating and a written testimonial about their positive experience. Check out our guide below for more insight and tips on choosing a moving company.
Moving insurance is a must have, especially for a long distance move. You want to make sure your items and yourself are protected throughout the moving process. To help with this step, uShip has created a detailed guide of the must-know information about moving insurance (link below). Don’t accept a moving company's bid without knowing how you are covered and don’t be afraid to ask them about their coverage, its expected.
After your research is done, you can then accept your favorite long distance mover’s bid with confidence and move on to thinking about how you’re going to get everything packed up and prepared for the movers’ arrival. Listed below are a few guides full of tips for packing up the different rooms in your home. Also, take a look at our Ultimate Freight Guide for information on shipping some of your household items as LTL freight and see if this method is right for you.
Finalizing Your Move
It is now time to plan that garage sale (check out our guide below for tips on how to hold a successful garage sale). The easiest time to plan a garage sale is after you’ve nicely packed up all of the items you know you want to keep, leaving behind only the items that can be sold or thrown out. Garage sales are an excellent way to get rid of your clutter and make some last minute extra cash for your big move. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Lastly, take a look over our moving checklist for tips on completing those last-minute details such as filing an address change, disconnecting or transferring utilities, closing current accounts and more. Yes, moving out of state can be a stressful experience but with uShip on your side you can ease that stress and have peace of mind knowing your long distance move is guaranteed to be safe and secure. Happy moving!
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