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Moving anything, right from that huge grandfather clock to the sleekest of chairs over a long distance is a giant task. No, you don’t just shove that furniture inside the truck and drive to your new home. Moving furniture over a long distance is like a war, and the way to prepare for any war is strategy. You can save a backache the next day if you put your mind to work.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
It’s your call how you plan the move, by hiring full-service movers or just a shipping company. In both instances, you need dollops of planning and a sprinkle of luck. So let’s get right into it!
Imagine moving a huge recliner cross country only to find
that it doesn’t enter the doorway of your new home. When planning on moving furniture,
the first thing you do is check if your furniture is going to fit inside your
We know you cannot go over to your new house just to measure
space if it’s in another state altogether. But you can definitely measure your
furniture and send the reading to your agent. This way, you can be assured that
your furniture is going to fit their designated places. If not, no harm in
selling off that particular furniture and buying a new one upon reaching your
new city. You’ll be saving both shipping money and disappointment.
When you hire a freight shipping company to carry your
furniture over a long distance, there are two options in front of you. They are
LTL (less than truckload) and FTL (full truckload), depending upon the quantity
of your load and the distance.
Once you know the amount of furniture you want to ship, it
will be easier to choose between the two options. We recommend going for a full
truckload if you have lots of delicate furniture to ship over a long distance.
This way, it won’t be moved from one truck to another, ensuring all delicate
pieces reach their destination without damage.
Have a look around your home. If you’re planning to sell off
some furniture and have only a few items left, then we seriously recommend not
wasting money over less than truckload shipping. When you plan to ship only a
single item or few small items, going for parcel
shipments is a good alternative. You just pack up your small furniture
item, say a tiny bedside table, and take it to the shipping store. You’ll be
charged based on the box’s dimensions and weight.
We’ll tell you where this kind of shipping comes to the
rescue. For instance, you’ve shipped all your furniture and left a small chest
of drawers, thinking it will fit inside your car. But then you realize it won’t
fit in your vehicle, just use the parcel shipping method. Another instance
where this can be used is when you’re renting all furniture at your new home,
but want to carry a particular item that has some emotions tied to it.
If you’re planning to move that grand piano or an 8-foot
pool table by yourself, you might want to consider otherwise. This isn’t a
small distance move that you can handle with a couple of friends you made at
the gym. You need people who know their niche.
Professional movers will manage the disassembling and reassembling, pack with extra layers of bubble wrap, and load these heavy, complex furniture skillfully in the truck. But it is not always 100% risk-free, your furniture can be transported with other people’s belongings. So we won’t lie, there are chances of damage. If you ask us, we suggest getting extra insurance above the coverage your mover already provides.
See also: Best Furniture Moving Companies
If you haven’t considered portable storage containers, it’s
time you do. While moving long distances, you might need to store your
furniture midway. Reasons can be anything, like evacuating your old home before
the month ends or keeping the furniture in storage until your new home
Another benefit of using storage containers for a long-distance move is that your furniture is more secure inside a storage container as it is transported cross country. You can do the loading and unloading yourself when it comes to a portable container, ensuring all the fragile furniture is under your personal care. Renting an 8-foot container is enough for a few items and will cost you around $1,500. Go for a 12-foot container if you have more furniture. Remember that rental charges vary depending on whether you want to keep the container in your driveway or a storage center. Don’t forget to budget for the delivery and pickup of the container which can range anywhere from $100 to $500.
See also: Best Self-Storage Companies in the U.S.
Say you’re hiring full-service movers. Everything looks like
it’s in place, you’re happy with the quote and the movers have a 5-star rating
on Google. But here’s the catch, have you gone through all the overhead costs
your mover is going to charge you? Remember you’re moving furniture to another
state or even further. Ask the mover for a basic classification of the costs
they added to your quote, labor charges, freight charges, hidden fees, and so
An easy way to know this in detail is by asking for the quote
in writing so you’re well aware of what you are paying, eliminating the chances
of any surprise fees later on. Be shameless here, it’s your money and moving
doesn’t come cheap!
In the end, the ball is in your court to decide which is the best option to move your furniture. Calculate the budget you need to set aside and pick an affordable moving method. If you pick traditional movers, don’t go with cheaper movers just to save on the bill. You also need to make a conscious choice to leave some furniture behind if you can’t see it being used in the new home.
Have you chucked aside the option of hiring traditional
full-service movers? Then these points will make your DIY furniture move
easier. With skills, tact, and a little patience, you can carry the large
furniture over long distances.
You don’t want to end up pulling a muscle while pulling that heavy sofa. Rent equipment that is going to make moving easier. Use moving straps while lifting heavy items so the weight is distributed evenly. Remember that whichever furniture can be slid should not be lifted. Why undergo unnecessary efforts? Get furniture sliders before you do this to avoid marks all over the floors. Sliders are made from foam or rubber, hence preventing friction. They help your furniture slide smoothly across tiles or hardwood floors. Rent a dolly if you want to move a piano, try it once and you’ll thank the one who invented it. (Trivia Alert- It was Thomas Dent who invented the Shoulder Dolly)
Moving furniture over a long distance means long routes and bumpy rides. You cannot do much once the furniture is inside the truck. Secure it beforehand by using protective materials. Bubble wrap isn’t your only ally here. Make use of furniture pads/moving blankets, paper padding, and stretch wrap. Fasten all these protective supplies in their place with tape so they don’t slide off the corners while in transit.
Take care of yourself as you move the furniture to the truck or portable container. Follow the right lifting techniques like bending from your knees and not waist while lifting anything heavy. Maintaining proper balance while carrying furniture prevents hazards, so hold it closer to your body. When you go up and down the stairs carrying furniture, maintain the pace as you coordinate with your partner on the other side. Wear shoes as you do the entire process, better to be safe than sorry!
Here comes the tricky part, and also one where you’ll be
using more brains and fewer muscles. We told you that while shipping, full
truckload is a good option for lots of furniture, so now, ensure all your
furniture sits in there. Similarly, while loading in a portable shipping
container that you rented, use every inch of space there is inside the container.
You’re paying for every mile your truck covers, so be strategic to make full
use of the space. This is a great way to save money while moving furniture over
a long distance.
Dismantle and separately pack whatever furniture you can.
The things that cannot be disassembled, like a bookshelf, can be smartly used
too. Put smaller items between the shelves, like a small table lamp or sofa
cushions. Secure glass tops and mirrors by marking ‘X’ on their surfaces with
masking tape, this prevents damage from vibrations. Before you load any chest
of drawers inside the truck/shipping container, empty the drawers of the chest
and pack the items separately. Once the chest of drawers is inside the truck,
fill the drawers with other smaller items to make full use of the space.
Nobody can resist that extra cash, right? So here are some
tips that can help you save that precious moolah!
You already know how expensive it is to ship furniture over a long distance. Why not plan a garage sale and sell off some items? There may be many small or big items you might reconsider packing and moving across the country. Take a quick tour around your home, clear out the junk and you’ll discover you never needed all that furniture, like a bedside table filled with pamphlets or expired medicines. If there’s no purpose it really solves in your new home, organize a garage sale or donate it to charity organizations. You’ll end up saving shipping money and earning some money too!
Trust us, choose an off day, like the middle of the week or mid-month to move. Lesser demand means cheaper rates. This way you can afford to avail everything from professional labor to shipping. This means that you don’t need to bend that back and focus on the long drive to your new home as the movers take care of the rest.
There is a growing trend of renting furniture rather than
owning it among millenials. We would say this is an ideal option for long
distance moves. Why waste money and effort on shipping all that heavy furniture
when you can rent furniture at the same rates or cheaper at your new property?
Nowadays, houseware giants like IKEA are stepping into rental services. If you
go for this option, the only furniture you will be shipping is something that
holds emotional value.
Long distance moves can be pretty tiring. You won’t feel
like unloading all that furniture right away. Renting a portable shipping
container helps here, as it sits in your driveway until you’re in the mind
space to unload the furniture. Give yourself rest before you get down to
sliding the furniture in its new positions.
You now know all there is to know about moving furniture
long distances. Being smart about it and planning well in advance is the way to
Can I Make Diy
Furniture Move Over A Long Distance?
Yes, with the right equipment and skill, you can move
furniture over long distances. But we won’t encourage you to as there are
several risks associated with it. You can drop heavy furniture and hurt
yourself, or strain a muscle. There are chances of losing smaller parts when
you disassemble furniture for moving. Professional movers have been there and
done that, and so are capable of handling furniture. They even prevent your
furniture from damage during the long trip to your new home.
How Much Does It Cost To Move Furniture Cross Country?
This depends on which option you choose for moving your furniture. Hiring a full-service moving company is obviously going to cost more than renting a container. A full-service moving company will cost you anywhere between $4,000 to $9,000 whereas renting a moving container will cost you around $2,000-$4,000. One of the cheapest options is going for a DIY truck rental, which will cost you something between $1,200 to $2,000. Compare your options and study your furniture. Factors like weight, space, and distance are all going to affect your moving costs.
See also: Best Long Distance Movers Near You | How to Move Heavy Furniture by Yourself | DIY Move vs Hiring Movers
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