You have decided it’s time to move and choose to move out of state.  The most common reasons people make the decision are for a new job, retirement, climate, or to be closer to family.  Whatever your reason, how do you get the ball rolling?

Do you have a moving budget?  There are two ways to accomplish the relocation, DIY or hiring a professional moving service.  The most common misperception is that it is less expensive to do it yourself.  Maybe so if it’s a small move.  Do you have the ability to do this task on your own?  Hiring the right mover can actually be less stressful than the unknown of doing it yourself. 

Let’s talk about the benefits of hiring an interstate moving company:

  • Get help packing.
  • Less stress.
  • Save money.
  • Have confidence that your belongings are in safe hands.
  • Avoid injury.
  • Availability of storage.
  • Have the know-how to get the job done properly.
  • Focusing on yourself and your family.


Preparation is important:

When do I call a mover?

It’s best to plan well in advance.  Depending on the time of year, you may need a month or two in advance notice.  Summertime is extremely busy and winter months may only require less than a month’s time. 

What is the first step?

Interview up to three moving companies and get estimates.  See what services they offer.  Be sure the company meets your needs, not just the bottom line.

Moving costs are primarily based on the weight of the shipment (volume) plus packing and valuation coverage.  Now is the time to help yourself keep your cost in check. 

Think about what you have in your home.  Will it fit in your new home?  Will you even use it in your new location?  The rule of thumb is, if you have not used it in a year, you most likely don’t need it.  Think of selling unused items or donating them.  Every item has a cost to move.

Ok, your rental is up next month, or your home closings are drawing near.  Earlier, I mentioned the timing of setting up your move; let’s talk about that:

The average move takes a day to load and a day to deliver.  Professional packing of the contents of your home may take an additional day or two.  Ask your moving professional how much time these services will take.  Also, remember that the mover needs to get your belonging to the destination.  Movers can give you a guideline for the transit times.

With the above in mind, let’s think about your travel plans and plan your trip and accommodations.  Most importantly, be sure they align with the mover’s plan.

 Lastly, for your peace of mind, know you’re dealing with a reputable company.  Use only Registered Movers.  Make sure the mover you selected has been assigned a USDOT number, is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to engage in interstate transportation of household goods and has the proper level of insurance. 

You can determine if a mover is registered with FMCSA by visiting for licensing and insurance information.

New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association –

Blog Submission: Thomas Kilduff, NJWMA Chairman of the Board


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