RESEARCH DIFFERENT TRAVEL OPTIONSWe see time and time again that long-distance movers assume that packing up the family van and traveling cross country is the cheapest option to move the family from Point A to Point B.

But, between rest stops and overnight hotel stays, expenses can pile up quickly, not to mention the uncertainty of when you’ll actually get there.

In the event that something goes wrong en route, like one of you gets a flat tire, you’ll want to make sure that you have their cell phone number handy.

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Set aside an emergency bag with the essentials in the event that your stuff takes longer than expected to be delivered.

EXCHANGE CONTACT INFO WITH YOUR MOVERIf you’re moving across state borders, you’ll want to double, and then triple, check that you’ve exchanged contact information with your mover.

Once you’ve settled on what to bring with you to your new residence, sell your used items on Craigslist, host a yard sale, or donate your lightly used items to charity and claim a tax deduction.

Hey, it might even save you a bit of money along the way.

SPOT BAD MOVER RED FLAGSInterstate movers are heavily regulated by the U. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which means that they’ll need to provide a few things to stay in compliance including: That’s a lot of jargon, but the good news is that most moving companies will clearly list this information on their website (it proves that they are a reputable business, after all).

If in doubt, check their reviews on Yelp or Moving Company Reviews.

UNDERSTAND YOUR DELIVERY SPREADIf you’re new to moving long distance, you’re probably imagining the moving truck rolling up to your new home the day or the day after you pack up the truck. If they didn’t, moving would be outrageously expensive for both you and the moving company.

While you can somewhat control the delivery spread by setting your loading date, the length of the delivery spread is subject to other variables including the move distance, time of year, and the amount of stuff you pack (more items mean a shorter delivery spread).

Now comes the process of drilling down into the nitty-gritty details of how to plan for the big move.

With this guide, you’ll be prepped on everything you need to know about long distance moving, like what questions to ask your moving company, when to expect your new belongings will arrive, and just how to ensure that moving day goes as smoothly as possible.

So, you’ve made the leap of faith to pack up all of your stuff and move across state borders.