A Guide to Planning a Long-Distance Move


Moving over a long distance requires a lot of planning, patience, stamina and grit. But it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. In fact, it can be quite positive if you have the right movers on your side. Do your research and your move will go smoothly. You have many options when planning a long distance move, with those options depending on three main things:

  • How much stuff you’re moving
  • What your budget is
  • Your personal preferences

If you’re driving your family in the car instead of flying out to meet the movers, you’ll also need to consider:

  • Age of the car and how much mileage it has
  • How many people and items it has to hold
  • Whether or not it can handle a long trip without breaking down

Make any repairs ahead of time or sell your vehicle and buy another one in your new location. If you’re relocating for work, ask about a company car.

Hiring a Full-Service Moving Company

When it comes to moving your belongings, your best bet is to hire a reputable full-service moving company, one that’s licensed and insured with plenty of experience in long distance moves specifically. A lot of moving companies are proficient in local moves but don’t have the resources to pull off a full long-distance move.

Choose a few moving companies to start with and ask these questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • How much experience do you have moving clients long distance? How does that compare with the number of local moves you perform?
  • Do you have up-to-date licenses? Are you legally allowed to cross state lines?
  • What kind of feedback do you routinely get from clients?
  • How do you describe the value you provide for the price you charge?
  • What are your policies when it comes to damaged or lost goods? What are your policies for re-scheduling or canceling service?

Moving Across State Lines

Once you move over a state line, the process gets a bit more complicated. That’s because interstate moves are more complicated due to varying state laws. You should know what you’re responsible for when you cross over into another state. That’s why it’s so important that your chosen mover be licensed for interstate and long-distance moves. Not all movers are!

Your long-distance movers should know all about state and local laws and ordinances that may be relevant to your situation. Both your departure and arrival towns often have different parking rules, which is a major consideration when loading and unloading. Some states even have laws that restrict what you can bring in, such as firearms, fruit and certain pets like ferrets.

To-Do List for Interstate Moves

Here’s what to do if you’re moving to a new state over a long distance:

  • Forward your mail. Fill out a change of address form with the United States Postal Service.
  • Obtain a new driver’s license and plates. You will need a new plate within 30 days of moving, so do this as soon as you can.
  • Transfer your utilities
  • Get a license for your pets

Contact Olde World Movers

For the most experienced movers in Texas skilled in all kinds of long-distance moves, contact us now in Euless or Frisco for affordable rates and to book our services.