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Is finding moving companies really this easy? Sometimes a job or family or just plain restlessness will force you to pick up and move across the country. While moving across state lines can be chance for new adventures and new sights, it can also be a daunting undertaking. Not only are you in a completely new locale, you have to get all your stuff there too! While you might be scared at the expense of hiring a moving company, we can help you find an affordable, value mover that can relieve you of any stress related to the logistics of your upcoming move. Here are some of the initial steps you need to take when planning your move:

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Step One

Come up with the budget for your move. If your move is a corporate relocation, what is the allowance your employer has given you to move? Be sure to look over the rates and full list of prices from the mover… beware of hidden costs (found in the rate sheet – upon request). Keep in mind that moving for work is a tax deductible event as long as you are moving more than 50 miles for your new job AND you work in your new location for at least 39 weeks of the 12 months following your move. The IRS allows a deduction for any moving expenses (including travel and lodging for you) in excess of employer paid expenses.


Step Two

Now that you have your budget in mind, start thinking about the size, timing, and other requirements of your move. Are you moving out of a house, apartment, or condo? Do you have room for all of your furniture and belongings in your new location, or do you need to look into storage options? Are you searching for the cheapest possible option? Are your move dates flexible? Do you need to hire a full service mover? Or is a DIY option like packing your own POD more your speed? These considerations will affect the cost of your move.

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Step Three

Shop for a moving company using Great Guys Moving’s FREE instant quote generator. Simply enter your information including a rough estimate of the size (i.e. how many rooms) and dates of your move. This enables our broad network of moving companies to bid for your move, ensuring that you receive the best deal from the best national moving companies. We want your move to be stress-free AND affordable!


Step Four

Use the moving checklists in our tips and tools section to help you ensure you get everything done before and after the big day. When it comes to moving long distances, we have the advice you need.


What qualifies as a long distance move?

A long distance move is any move that crosses state lines, otherwise known as an interstate or state to state move. Because interstate moving involves multiple states, it is subject to federal regulation. This is good news for you, the mover. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a sector of the United States Department of Transportation that regulates, among other things, interstate moving companies. All interstate movers are required to register with the FMCSA and must comply with federal rules and regulations. Before hiring a mover, make sure you utilize resources provided by the FMCSA to ensure you are hiring a credible, registered mover with a good track record.

If I'm moving out of the state, when will my items get there?

This depends on several factors, but most importantly the size of your move and how far you’re moving. Moving a 2-bedroom apartment requires much less space on a truck than say moving a house, so often times, if your belongings do not fill an entire truck, you will share truck space with other movers. This means it may take the movers a few days to even get the entire load as they go around from client to client loading the truck. Then, they will have to make a few stops on the receiving end to drop off items at each destination. So it could take as long as 7-10 days for this type of move. Also consider how long the drive is. If you are moving from New York to California you can expect the drive alone to take 4 or 5 days just for the moving company to make it over that many miles. When you hire your mover, you’ll be able to discuss timing with the them and come up with a timeline that works for your schedule.

How does insurance work for an interstate move?

Most movers carry insurance that covers your items at a set price per pound, usually somewhere around $.60/lb. This probably seems like inadequate for most items, and wouldn’t come close to replacing something like a TV or wardrobe. However, some movers additionally carry added valuation and full value insurance. Added valuation insurance covers the value of your items less depreciation, while full value insurance enables you to replace the damaged item. Check with your long distance mover before signing the final paperwork to assess the level of insurance coverage they provide. Additionally, most Renters and Homeowners insurance policies provide for coverage of your belongings during a move. Check with your insurance agent to review the terms of your policy.

Is Great Guys Moving affiliated with any national moving companies?

Great Guys Moving aggregates quotes from a large network of national moving companies. This reduces the time you have to spend researching by enabling you to receive quotes within a matter of minutes from several leading names in the industry. From full-service to pods and containers, we can help you find the best option.

When will I receive my long distance moving quotes?

Once you fill out the brief moving questionnaire, you’ll start receiving quotes from long distance movers within minutes. With rapid response from several moving companies, you’ll be able to quickly weigh your options and contact the mover that’s best suited for your move.

I live in a high-rise condo on the 12th floor, can you still help?

Absolutely! 1-story or 30-plus stories, our movers can navigate a move in any building. Most condo buildings have special rules about moving dates and elevators. For example, many condominiums don’t allow tenants to move on the weekends so as to disrupt fewer tenants. Your building may also require reservation of the elevator or elevator padding to protect the walls. Be sure to check with your concierge to make sure your movers have access to the building and elevators before you schedule your move!

I'm moving with cats, two dogs, and a parakeet. What do I do?

We’re pet lovers too! And while our drivers would love to have your pets as companions on their long distance cross country drive, I think your pets would appreciate the amenities and more frequent pit stops than what we can offer.

Can you ship my vehicle?

Yes! If you are moving cross country, chances are you don’t want your car to endure the wear and tear of a long distance move. Keep in mind that the IRS currently estimates the cost of gas and depreciation on a vehicle at 57.5 cents per mile. So if you’re moving from Miami to Minneapolis, that’s an estimated $1021 of gas expense and wear and tear on your vehicle, which might make it worth exploring your shipping options. There are several options when it comes to selecting auto transport brokers and carriers to ship your vehicle. You’ll want to make sure the company you select is adequately insured and reputable. Just like long distance moving companies, auto transport brokers and carriers are governed by the FMCSA, so make sure the company you hire is in good standing.

Are the movers professionally certified?

Absolutely! All of the moving companies found on Great Guys are fully licensed according to local, state, and federal licensing. For a full and complete list of the moving reviews for these movers, please check out Yelp, BBB, and even Craigslist to see what other consumers have to say about the service.

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