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While you will likely make many moves during your lifetime, it is important to note that interstate moves can get a little bit more complicated and moves within your state. Whether you decide to rent a moving van and pack and move your own items, or you decide to work with one of Moving 123’s interstate moving partners, moving day will be upon you before you know it. Therefore, it is suggested to start your moving process at least two months in advance. Tips for an Interstate Move • Decluttering – Start the decluttering process as soon as you decide that you will be making a move. This may mean sorting older and lesser used items into three piles: one to donate, one to recycle, and one to discard. Getting through the decluttering process will save you substantial time and resources once you begin the packing process. • Cleaning – After the decluttering process, many homeowners discover that their house requires some serious cleaning. The process of decluttering and sorting is sure to expose dust bunnies in long forgotten corners of the house, and you may come across floor stains that you had either forgotten about altogether or never knew were there in the first place. Depending on the requirements for selling or vacating your existing property, this might be a good time to do your own cleaning or hire a professional cleaning service that can make sure you leave your existing home in good condition for the next owners. • Packing – Once you have reduced the number of items you will need to pack through the decluttering and follow-on cleaning process, it is time to think through how you want to approach packing. You can either take this process on yourself or work with a packing and moving company that has trusted professionals well-experienced in helping families move across the country. The Difference Between an Interstate Move and an Intrastate (In-State) Move The deep-seated differences of interstate moves versus intrastate (local) moves are relatively self-explanatory. With an interstate move, more time is spent on the road as you work your way from your existing home to your new home or residence in another state. This means that moving companies need to take extra precautions to ensure that they are following interstate moving laws, which includes securely loading and measuring the weight of the items within the truck. Further, interstate moving companies must provide you with a Rights and Responsibilities When You Move booklet, that is published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Many homeowners planning a move across states take advantage of the opportunity to download this document from the internet, to ensure that they are properly informed of their rights and what they need to be prepared for in their upcoming move. This document provides detailed policies and procedures that you should be aware of before contracting an interstate moving company. Important Regulations that Interstate Moving Companies Must Follow Federal and state agencies monitor interstate moving companies quite closely to ensure that American consumers’ property is protected while in transit. Interstate moving customers accept a great deal of risk and responsibility when loading all of their belongings onto one truck. As such, government regulations have been designed to minimize this risk. These regulations ensure that the companies that own and operate these moving trucks are aware of and abide by certain rules and laws. Therefore, before hiring any interstate moving company, homeowners should make sure that their mover retains interstate operating authority. Here is how to tell if your interstate mover is qualified: • U.S. DOT. Number. The United States Department of Transportation provides a U.S. DOT number designation to interstate moving companies that abide by required standards of safety and financial obligations. The Department of Transportation also closely investigates a moving company’s service record and adherence to consumer protection regulations. • Registered with the FMCSA. Registration with the FMSCA is required to transport household goods across state lines. The FMCSA requires that interstate moving companies renew their registrations every two years, thus ensuring ongoing compliance and adherence to these regulations. • Insurance. Interstate moving companies are required to hold BIPD (bodily injury property damage) and cargo insurance policies at a minimum. Finding the Right Interstate Moving Company When seeking an interstate moving company, you’ll have the opportunity to interview many qualified companies. Most movers you come across will be fully-qualified and registered, and will ensure that they are operating within the bounds of the law. But there are scam artists out there that are looking to steal money and property from unsuspecting movers. When you work with Moving 123, you will only receive recommendations on reputable partners, thus alleviating your risk for criminal activities. When movers to take the time to plan and educate themselves on the moving process and reputable moving partners, they can avoid moving scams and the resulting tremendous headache that those con-artists represent. Therefore, if choosing to select an interstate mover on your own, be wary of those companies that provide you with exceptionally low bids. These too good to be true bids, really are too good to be true and are used to hook unsuspecting mover. Take time to research your prospects’ reviews on the Better Business Bureau as well as Google and Yelp to find evidence of past performance. Any reputable moving company will freely provide information about remediation and fair compensation if your possessions are damaged or lost. A genuine interstate moving company will also take care to share with you insightful information about their dispute settlement program and how to access company claims forms. By law, moving customers have nine months from their move date to file a claim of damaged or lost goods. If a moving company expresses any hesitation to provide insight into their customer reviews, their history with dispute compensation, and claim forms or fails to provide evidence that they hold authentic and valid operating authority with the U.S. Department of Transportation, you should make the determination that this is not the right moving company for you. How Much It Costs for an Interstate Move Many factors go into calculating exact moving costs such as the number of belongings being moved, the distance from your old home to your new one, costs for packing and unpacking, special requirements provided by homeowners, the move date, and so much more. Though this can vary with extreme highs and lows, the average cost of an interstate move is $3,500 USD. This estimate is based on a typical load weight of 7,000 lbs., which is based on seven rooms, and a travel distance of 1,000 miles. The best way to find out a more precise estimate for your move is to contact Moving 123 with the key details for your move. In addition to the factors mentioned above, Moving 123 will also need to know the square footage of your existing home and the number and type of rooms. This will help provide an estimate of the number of boxes that will be needed and the size of the truck that will be required to transfer your items across the country. Get Your Interstate Moving Quote from Moving 123 When it comes time for a move, we know that for many families, especially those planning a move across the country, are up late planning and organization for their move so as not to cut into the work day more than necessary. As such, our support line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure you can get the information you need when you need it. Give our professionals at Moving 123 a call at (855) 511-2130 to get an interstate moving quote. Or, feel free to fill out the Contact Us form on our website. One of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible to answer your questions.

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