Preparing for a long distance move takes a lot of time and resources. Unfortunately, not everything always goes as planned. While planning your long-distance move, consider that a few hiccups may occur along the way. From last-minute cancellations to logistic problems to weather emergencies.  Even the most carefully planned relocation should have a backup plan to ease the stress of the move...just in case.

As a leading moving and storage company, Preferred Moving & Storage has the experience to help our customers plan for their long-distance move. 

Here are some of the more common issues that you may face during a long-distance move and ways you can ease the stress level that may ensue. 

Planning For Unexpected Damages

Most people fear that they will arrive at their new destination with damaged items in the moving truck. Even the most knowledgeable movers may not be able to avoid unexpected damage. The movement in a moving truck can damage items that are not packed properly.

Working with experienced residential movers will help to keep your items protected during the relocation. A mover offering full-service packing will use plenty of packing paper to cushion the impacts during the long-distance move and their employees are trained to use the proper carton for various specialty items.

If you have highly valuable items, speak with your moving company about purchasing additional liability coverage.  You can expect to pay a little more, but if any damages does occur, you will be adequately covered. 

Planning For Unexpected Delays

Unexpected delays can affect the timeline for your move, which is a stressful experience for most people. Most of the delays in a relocation are related to weather events or breakdowns.  While you can’t foresee these delays, you can plan to reduce the impact they have on you and your family. Having several days worth of necessities can help just in case you arrive at your new home before the moving truck. .

  • Extra Clothing 
  • Medications
  • Toiletries & Makeup
  • Cooking Supplies - pots and pans with some utensils will give you the opportunity to cook some meals and save from having to eat out every meal
  • Blankets and an Air Mattress

Unexpected Road Emergencies

Emergencies can happen anytime during your long-distance move, especially while driving. Make sure your family is ready for unexpected road emergencies during your long-distance relocation. Take a few extra precautions before you leave to reduce the impact. Some of the items you should consider taking with you is an emergency road kit, a battery-powered phone charger, and having state and street maps available.

On-the-road car repairs are very expensive.  It is always best to have your car checked by a mechanic before you leave town.  You should consider purchasing a membership for roadside assistance. A service like AAA Auto Club or OnStar can provide the assistance you just might need to complete your trip.

Unexpected Fuel Costs

Fuel prices can change rapidly, which can make  advance planning and budgeting for your move difficult. Moving trucks use a significant amount of fuel and even a slight increase in fuel prices can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your long distance move. When you are obtaining quotes from long-distance moving companies, be sure to request a written estimate. This is an excellent way to protect yourself against unstable fuel costs.  

For your personal vehicle, you can look into gas station reward programs that offer fuel at a discount price.  You can also look into gas apps on your phone that can locate the lowest prices in the area that you are traveling through.  

Receive a Free Quote From Our Moving Company

If you need help planning your long distance move, do not hesitate to call Preferred Moving and Storage.  Our team can help with your relocation, no matter where you are heading. We will work hard to ensure your relocation goes smoothly from start to finish.

Contact us today to receive your free moving estimate. You can call and speak with one of our representatives or fill out our online form.