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The Ultimate Long Distance Moving Guide

Updated on June 25, 2014

Your New Life is Just Down the Road!

Onwards & Upwards! A Move can be a wonderful jouney!

Welcome to my lens and congratulations on your upcoming long distance move! Moving is an exciting time, as it is a great opportunity to start fresh with a new job, new social groups & communities, new weather, and generally a new lease on life. This lens was created to help give you some ideas for making the intense process of cross country moving a little easier. The road is ahead is one of uncharted wonder, the possibilities are endless! I wish you a safe and happy cross country move.

Here are some inspirational quotes about moving:

"After five years I still had the impulse, every ten to twelve months, to find a new home. Spaces became too familiar, too elastic, too accommodating. Boredom and exasperation would set in. And though of course nothing really changed from one roof to another, I liked to harbor the illusion that small variations occurred within, that with each move something was being renewed."
- Chloe Aridjis, Book of Clouds

"Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things."
- Tahir Shah, Travels With Myself

"Any time there's a major change, whether it's going into a relationship, getting out of a relationship, moving to a new city, a death -- that usually provides a catalyst for an explosion of creativity."
- Lucinda Williams

"I watch out my window as the planes take off into space. Oh, that I could fly away and start fresh. But I must realize that fresh starts also come in the pretty wrapped gift called 'tomorrow." - unknown

"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." - unknown

"Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new" - John Milton

Make Sure To Know the Laws About Moving

Licensing & The Law for Long Distance Moving Companies

The Moving Business can be Shady - Know the Laws to Protect Yourself!

When your plans require you to move across state lines, an interstate move, your move will be governed by the FMCSA. When moving intrastate, or in your own state, each state has different laws and guidelines.

Visit the FMCSA website here: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lays down 5 Main Laws for moving companies:

1. Obtain a U.S. DOT number for showing advertisements
2. They are a conduit between consumers and companies - in other words they handle arbitration of complaints.
3. Every moving customer has to receive a copy of the pamphlet "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move".
4. Customers must be allowed to review their quote/tariff, which is a list of all rates and charges for the shipment before any agreement is reached.
5. Give adequate information for reaching complaint handling processes, including a phone number and email address.

For more in depth information about Moving Laws in the USA:

Moving Insurance Is a Must!

Moving Insurance For Interstate Moves

Protect Your Possessions With the Right Moving Insurance

When planning to move by hiring long distance movers, or even performing the move yourself, it is a must to protect your possessions from damage or disaster. This will cover you in almost any situation that is out of your control, due to accidents, natural disasters or just a slip of the hand. Here is a brief overview of your options for moving insurance.

Federal Law States the interstate moving companies must offer two different liability options: these options are referred to as valuation coverage.

1. Full Value Protection

This is the most comprehensive option and the one chosen by most people that hire professional cross country or interstate moving companies. This coverage states that if any item in your shipment is lost, broken or damaged in the custody of the moving company, the company must do one of the following:

  • Replace the Item with a similar one
  • Settle with cash for the cost of the replacement
  • Repair the broken or damaged object

2. Released Value

Released value is a more minimal coverage option, but it is offered at no addition charge. In this type of coverage, the move is only liable for .60 cents per pound of article. This can mean trouble if something that weighs a small amount is worth a great deal and gets damaged, such as a 1500$ computer that weighs 5 pounds, you will only be able to claim 3$ in coverage compensation.

These above polices are covered by the US Department of Transportation under Federal Law.

3. Third-Party Moving Insurance

This type of insurance can be added on to your coverage if you choose Released-Value liability. Some moving companies will offer this coverage as an option on top of your move, or you can choose to purchase it from another third party. Before making a purchase of any extra insurance, check your homeowners's insurance policy to see what your plan covers already.

Compare & Contrast Hiring Movers Or DIY

Which option is better for you and your family? Try & consider all the options first.
Which option is better for you and your family? Try & consider all the options first.

Hiring Movers vs Moving Yourself: The Debate

Pros & Cons Of Performing a DIY Move


1. The first has to be saving money, with the high rate of cross country moves today, it can cost upwards of 4000 dollars to move a 3 bedroom house with a moving company.

2. Packing yourself so you know where all your important belongings are - this can be taken care of with careful packing and labeling though.

3. You will not have to compete for timing of a moving companies' availability, you are on your own schedule.


1. Obviously, actually performing the arduous process of moving all your possessions is a problem or hassle for most, especially if time constraints or physical problems make you unable to perform this process.

2. Risk for damage & personal harm is increased - Professional movers are just that, they are pros and have a lot of practice, which you may or may not have.

3. Time - If you plan on driving all your stuff in a moving truck across the country, it will take at least a few days.

Pricing Differences:

When you consider the price of renting a moving truck, gas, hotels and food for the journey, moving is just plain expensive, no matter if you do it yourself or hire a moving company. I recommend pricing both options to see if the dollar difference of hiring movers is worth it to you. If you are moving for work related reasons, your company may be able to offset some of the cost, if not many of your expenses can be tax deductible.

Check to see what options you have for tax deductions here:

Getting Free Quotes from long distance moving companies:

It is best to get multiple quotes for your long distance move to compare as many prices as possible, this is easily done by visiting a number of moving sites online that offer this type of service. Also you can call them independently and request a quote for your move from each company.

Save a Pretty Penny With a Few Good Techniques

Tips for saving money on your interstate move:

#1 Downsize Everything - Sell or give away everything you don't need

A good rule of thumb while considering what you really need is "have I used this thing in the past three months?" If the answer is no, you should probably get rid of it. Sell it, give it away, or.... GASP! .... throw it in the trash. Long distance moving companies charge by weight (about 1$ per pound) so getting rid of the extra clutter can save you quite a bit of money if you are planning on hiring a moving company. If you are moving yourself this concept still applies, one less box is one less trip up the stairs or back and forth from the moving truck.

Places to get rid of your stuff:

- Secondhand clothes stores like Buffalo Exchange for your unwanted clothes

- Craigslist for unwanted and older furniture and other stuff that has value

- Facebook & Twitter: send out the good word for your friends to pick up your unwanted stuff

- Drop the rest at Salvation Army and help out the populace!

#2 Break down your furniture for better space usage

If your furniture comes apart, plan on taking it apart. It can save you space, make it much easier to carry, and make taking it through doorways much easier. Saving space can save money by renting a smaller truck or having a smaller space allocated for you in a moving company truck, a win-win all around. Although it does take time, it will be worth it, I promise!

#3 Deduct Expenses on your tax forms

Did you know that many moving related expenses, especially when moving for work, are tax deductible? Depending on your tax bracket, this can be like getting a 30% discount on all your moving expenses from hotels to food to packing supplies. Find out if you qualify at the IRS website here:

#4 Time Your Move correctly for better pricing

Competition raises pricing for any industry, especially in the moving industry. Since most people move during the summer months, July being the most hectic time for movers, going against the grain can keep your rate down. Also the middle of the month is less competitive, so if you have to move during the summer try to pick a time during the middle of the month. The time of year is the cheapest time of the year to move will be between April and October. Even if you are planning to move yourself by renting a truck, gas, lodging and renting a truck will likely be cheaper during this time of year.

#5 Get Multiple Quotes From Moving Companies or Rental Truck Companies

Shopping around is always a good option when you are making a large purchase, like hiring cross country movers. Here is a website that offers multiple free quotes from licensed movers, filling out the form only takes about 3 minutes - - Do this about 3 months prior to your move, if you do it sooner it will be harder to get a proper quote.

3 Nationwide Companies for Truck Rental:

Online Tools For Exploring Your Community

Connect with others in your new city!
Connect with others in your new city!

Tips on Building Your New Community & Finding the Hot-Spots

Getting Acquainted to Your New Home City Can Be Easier with a few online tools

Moving to a new place can be hard on your social life, especially if you are coming from a place where you have long-ingrained family and friend connections. With so much new ground to explore, keeping yourself busy in the first few months and finding spaces to interact with the locals, you can more easily acclimate yourself to your new city.

Great Sources for creating a new social environment for yourself: is my favorite source for finding new friends & community. From Rock Climbing, Music, to Science & art, programming to jui-jitsu, they have groups for something you are into. I have been to a few meetups and had a great time and met cool people. When you don't know anyone in a city, sites like can help you find your new community outside of work. Here are a few other options like


Give them a try to let me know what you think in the comments, I'd love to hear your stories!

Looking to find great places to eat and drink in your new city?

I use due to the real user feedback, community and ease of use. is also a great site, try their apps for your phone when you are out and about exploring, it's a great way to find a good place on the go.

Or.... ask your new friends from your Meetup what their favorite local places are!

Pack Much? Try Watching These Videos To Save Some Space & Keep Your Stuff Safe

Pack early so you can be smiling on your move day! Or at least not frowning. :)
Pack early so you can be smiling on your move day! Or at least not frowning. :)

Packing Correctly is Key

How to Pack your Kitchen the Right Way

Tips for packing up the bedroom

Tips For Packing Your Possessions With TLC

Tips for packing the Family/Living Room

Let me ask you this...

Why are you moving long distance?

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Resources For Setting Up Your New Life

These are all things you can do before you move, some right before like changing your address and forwarding your mail, the others will help you find the right place in your desired location. Choose carefully your new position.

I think a good option is renting a home or apartment for a few months before you sign a long-term lease if you are not familiar with the new city that you're moving to. This can be a little more expensive, but it can avoid being trapped in an area of town that you don't like for a year, which can be well worth the extra few hundred bucks a month.

Check out the links below.

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    • Jane Chambers profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      For the postal mail forwarding service while moving, you can check this out.

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      7 years ago

      Your guide is great! I'll follow it when I plan my removal next year.

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      Manish Thapa 

      8 years ago

      Very Helpful information on moving. Moving whether short of long is always a hassle but with such helpful article planned moving can be done which is great and the added benefit is about FMCSA.

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      8 years ago

      Nice Article. This has definitely given me insight into moving. Will remember the tips if I ever have to any long distance moves. Thanks

    • Nupur Hukmani profile image

      Nupur Hukmani 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

      We have move to different country due to my husband job. It is really a big troubke to known about a new place and its rules and regulations. But after reading this article I will definatelly go throw FMCSA as it will be a good help me every time I shift.

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      8 years ago

      really helpful tips.Moving from state to state can be quite a hustle thanx !

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      8 years ago

      Nice collection of moving hubs here...they read like an online authoritative guide, great work!

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      8 years ago

      That FMCSA resource really help me a lot, thanks!

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      8 years ago

      I like your writing style! You took a rather mundane topic (at least for me:) and turned it into something interesting in the way you've explained it all and laid it out in an easy to follow read. Keep up the great work!

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      8 years ago

      Love those inspirational quotes at the beginning! Really ads a creative touch to your writing.

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      8 years ago

      I'm in the process of getting moving quotes for a big move so your hub has really helped me out. Big up!

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      8 years ago

      I see I can deduct moving wish I would have known this earlier. Oh well, next time. Thanks for the info!

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      8 years ago

      I never knew about the FMCSA. This is great info to know as I'm planning a move soon.

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      Alice J 

      8 years ago

      Great article on moving and good supportive vids! I can tell you put a lot of thought into creating this helpful guide. Thank you.

    • SolveMyMaze profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent hub. I had no idea there were so many laws involved when it comes to moving in the USA. I agree that when moving, you really should sell or donate to charity/friends/family the things you don't use or like any more. It'll save a lot in the moving costs, and if you sell your old things, it could theoretically pay for a large portion of this expense. Plus, it gives you an excuse to buy new things for your new property.

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      8 years ago

      Oh I didn't even think about moving insurance...never ever dawned on me. I have a lot of organizing to do and will bookmark this for future reference. Wonderful tips!


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