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Professional Moving Tips: Planning A Long Distance Move

Moving can be complicated enough, even when it’s a local move. If you’re planning a long distance move, that can raise a new set of complications and things you’ll need to consider. Today’s blog will deal with helping you prepare for a long distance move. Let’s get started with a few helpful tips:

Time is money – If you give yourself plenty of time to plan your move, you should be able to find movers or moving resources with some flexibility. This will give you choices, and you’ll be more likely to find service that fits your budget.


Keep your essential items handy – A long distance move means that you can go days or sometimes weeks without seeing your belongings. Make sure you keep the items that you can’t go without close by, so you won’t be stuck without them. Pack a suitcase with a few changes of clothes, a towel or two, your toiletries, a lap top, the book you’re reading, any chargers that you might need, and whatever else you’ll need to survive until your belongings arrive.

Make sure that you (or somebody) will be there to receive your belongings – A lot of times, customers plan their long distance move, have their items en route to a new destination, but then the customer themself will stay in their original location for a few extra days. Sometimes it’s due to work obligations or just generally waiting for the right time to travel. Regardless of the reason, make sure that if you can’t be there at the time of delivery, somebody that you know and trust will be there to receive your items.


Keeping these things in mind, we also have a few helpful tips on how to save money on your long-distance move.

Using PODS – PODS can be a great way to shave some money off of your moving costs. You can have them drop off your pod one day, pick it up a day or two later (once it’s loaded), and then they will deliver it to your destination. Shipping times can vary, so plan ahead to know the timeframe of your deliveries.

Using ABF  – ABF offers a similar service to PODS. In addition, they also offer another service that’s a bit cheaper than the door-to-door delivery. You can reserve space in one of their trucks that moves cross-country, and bring your belongings to them directly. This means if you have movers, or you’ve rented a truck, you just bring it to their facility (the closest one to Boston is in West Bridgewater or Worcester) and load it into their truck. You will need to arrange to pick up the items from the ABF that they deliver it to when it arrives as well. Many of our customers find that this is one of the best ways to save money for a long distance move.

Driving your own rental truck – For certain move scenarios, this can be a great way to ensure that you’re there for delivery and cut costs off your move. If you need to move a vehicle along with the household, most rental companies can help get you set up to tow a car or vehicle as well. There are a few things that you need to keep in mind for this method.

  • Fuel Economy – Moving trucks are not built for their fuel economy. Most will average about 7-10 MPG when fully loaded. Find the national cost of fuel (usually diesel for trucks, but not always) to calculate your cost.
  • Tolls – A rental truck goes through tolls as a commercial vehicle. That means the tolls are more expensive than they would be for your personal car. If you are towing a vehicle, the tolls could increase even more.
  • Accomodations – If you’re move is far enough away that you won’t be able to reach it in a single day of driving, you’ll need to consider overnight accommodations. You should also factor in food for your trip. You can save some money and time by packing a cooler to bring with you in the truck.
  • Time – Maybe you don’t have twenty hours to get from Boston to Florida, and you were planning on flying down. You need to consider how long your trip will take, and figure out if you’re able and willing to take on that much driving yourself.

Know that whatever choice you make, there are moving companies that can help you with all the heavy lifting, and whatever else you need them to do. Most companies (including ourselves) offer load or unload only service, packing, and even full-service door-to-door moving, no matter where you’re moving to.

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