The Moves to Achieve Successful Rush Interstate Moves

keep-calm-and-no-rushIn most cases, your interstate moves will be planned affairs in that you will have an 8-week window in planning and performing every step of the process. But in case of rush moves, you may be forced to move within a shorter period, say, just 3 to 4 weeks to move from Philadelphia to New York – truly, a short period considering everything that must be done before the trucks and men of the interstate moving company hired for the purpose comes in to do their job.

Don’t despair just yet! You can achieve a rush move by keeping a level head, performing the necessary tasks as it comes along, and planning every step in a similar manner as non-rush relocations albeit with a few differences. You have to move faster, for example, but almost everything else will be similar to your other interstate moves with more time on your hands.

Sort Your Stuff

Because you have lesser time to pack your stuff, you must quickly yet efficiently sort through your stuff as soon as the relocation plan is decided upon, say, by your employer or relative. Sorting through your stuff will involve all of the following steps:

  • Make 3 piles of your stuff in each room – to keep/move, to donate, and to discard. Ask your family to do their share of the work.
  • Pack the items to be moved; use the right packing supplies like boxes, plain newsprint, and foam, among others for this purpose.
  • Donate items to charities or give to family and friends.
  • Have a garage sale for items that can still be sold; with interstate moves requiring money, you can use the proceeds as your moving fund.

Be ready with your packed items at least a day before moving day itself. Keep in mind that the interstate moving company may charge extra for delays in the schedule.

Pack Your Stuff

Of all the necessary steps in relocating, packing your stuff is the most labor-intensive for obvious reasons. But you can cut back on the time, energy and effort necessary to pack the items by purchasing all of the essential packing supplies such as moving kits. You will be able to save time on gathering free boxes from liquor and grocery stores, too.

Again, just pack the stuff that you have previously determined to be “for keeping” on your interstate moves such as personal items, important documents, and essential household goods. Leave the items like furniture, fixtures and appliances that can be bought in your new place, or are already provided in your new house, or are unnecessary in your new home. Besides, these items will add weight to the truck and, thus, add to your moving costs.

Holler for Help

Even when you pour all of your time, energy and effort into it, you just cannot do everything necessary to be ready for the relocation on time. Holler for help from your family and friends who can also take away the stuff on your “donate” and “discard” pile for their own use for their own charity activities. Hire service professionals, too, if you have the money for it.

Ultimately, interstate moves should be pleasant experiences and the decision lies in your hands!

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Moving Less Money on Interstate Moves

Moving to a new location requires moving money, too – out of your pocket and into the coffers of the interstate moving company, among other suppliers of products and services related to interstate moves. Fortunately, you can save money by applying these smart tips although it must be said that there are many things that should not be compromised such as choosing the most reliable interstate moving company despite the fees involved – it’s your stuff at stake, after all.

Book Movers as Early as Possibleless money

Keep in mind that movers will more likely charge a higher rate for contracts within short notice because of the rush nature of the job. But booking early has another benefit – you can negotiate the fees and implement other ways to pinch pennies without compromising on the important matters related to interstate moves.

Off-season Moves

If possible, plan your relocation during the moving company’s off season. Ask the staff about it so that you can plan ahead of schedule; keep in mind that you will not only be moving stuff from your old place to your new place but you must also attend to other matters like finding new schools for the kids.

Flexibility in Time

Movers may also have an off-season time wherein their rates are lower on certain times of the day. Be flexible then about the time the movers will pick up and deliver your stuff from your old place to your new place. Even several dollars in savings can be to your advantage.

Ensure Readiness to Move

Be ready to move the items on the appointed time and day when the movers will come to pick these up. Movers will likely charge extra for delays in the schedule as well as for extra services like disassembling furniture and packing small items in boxes, if these are not included in the original contract.

Ready the New Place

Many movers providing services for interstate moves will charge extra for storage-in-transit services (i.e., warehousing services) – yet another expense to add to your mounting moving bills. But when your new place is ready, then the storage services will be unnecessary and you can skip on the warehouse servicing fee.

Lessen the Load

If you cannot lessen the distance between your old and new place, then lessen the load that the movers will take on. Many movers compute their fees based on weight instead of distance anyway so lessening the load will work to your benefit. Just get rid of unnecessary stuff by holding garage sales, donating items, and giving to family and friends.

Move the Items Yourself

Larger items like boats, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles add to the weight and, hence, the expense of interstate moves. Move these items yourself by renting a trailer, which will be more economical in the long run.

Note: Large furniture and fixtures like pianos, chandeliers and sofa sets are best handled by the movers because of their expertise in this area.

Most important, be sure to discuss any and all additional charges including expedited service charge, long carry charges, and shuttle services that may apply when the move is on-going. The more you know about these charges, the better you can avoid or negotiate for these fees.