Whether you are headed to the East Coast for a new life in the Big Apple or you want to settle in down by the Rio Grande, carrying out a long-distance move is a big challenge. Even with the support of a Fresno long-distance moving company, you’ll still need to do your part in preparing for this relocation. 

Here are five steps to help you plan for a long-distance relocation, so your transition goes that much faster and easier.

Don’t Delay Hiring a Mover!

The first step you should take care of is always going to be hiring a long-distance mover. All too often people try to hire a moving company at the last minute only to find they are fully booked for months, especially when moving in the summertime. 

Start researching movers as soon as you know you are going to relocate and make sure you pick a company at least a few months beforehand. 

Check Out the Mover’s Licensing 

Interstate movers are required to carry special licenses to carry customer’s belongings across state lines. You should always ask movers for their licensing information so you can confirm that they are compliant. If you are considering a moving company that is an agent for a major van line, they will already be licensed because the carrier will maintain this license for them.

Look at Customer Reviews

It makes sense to check out all customer reviews for the company online too. Look at their website, Google Business, and sites like HomeAdvisor, for a broad idea of how customers feel about the movers’ services.

Consider Asking About Storage Services

When moving a long-distance away, there can also be timing issues. Essentially, the new home might not be ready to move into right away. So, you may end up having to temporarily keep your belongings in storage.

Be sure to ask any long-distance movers you are considering if they have storage solutions available. Ideally, these companies will have short-term, long-term, and temporary Fresno storage options for all potential situations. 

Arrange Protection Coverage for Your Belongings

Legally, moving companies have to provide free basic valuation coverage for all goods they are transporting. However, this ‘Released Value Protection’ only provides reimbursement based on the weight of your lost goods. 

If you want ‘Full Value Protection’ for your belongings, you’ll need to find a mover that offers this option and also pay for the additional coverage. Be sure to question potential moving companies about their coverage options ahead of the relocation.

Think About Whether You Want to Move Everything

It costs a lot of money to move all of your belongings. Consider streamlining your household to save some on transportation costs. If you are looking to downsize a bit consider making extra cash by selling your furniture online, or simply donating unwanted clothing and household items to local charities. 

Self-Transportation of Smaller Valuables

You may also want to consider transporting valuables yourself, especially if you plan on driving to the new destination. This is a great option for those who don’t want to pay for Full Value Protection coverage, while also taking some of the worry out of a relocation.

Learn More About Our Long-Distance Movers in Fresno

Are you ready to make that move to another state or along the coastline? Reach out to Courtesy Moving & Storage for help from our Fresno long-distance movers. We offer customized moving plans for any situation. Take your pick of options from our full or partial packing services, warehouse storage, and specialized moving services.

When ready to begin your long-distance move, give Courtesy Moving & Storage a call right away. We’ll set up a free moving assessment for you. If you would like to learn more about our company, fill out our online form now.