What To Know About Cars During Your Move

You’re getting ready for a long-distance move and besides furniture, your car is the other large items you have to decide whether to drive or ship to your new location. If someone isn’t moving across states, then they have no choice but to ship their car. But when you are moving across the state, you may be tempted to drive your car and turn this task into a road trip. If you have more than one car, own a classic car, or a luxurious car, shipping your car across the country may be the best option for you. 

Here are a few things to consider when choosing to ship your car during a long-distance move:

  1. The Timing

From California to the midwest in Kansas City, and to New York, the entire duration is 43 hours straight, so considering stops for food, gas, and rest, this will take between four to five days. In addition to the travel time, do you have these four to five days to spare on this task knowing this will subtract from the time you will have to unpack? You may need to request for additional days off from work, and consider if cross country driving is possible for you and your family. 

2. Possible Risks

For example, driving across country roads will engage you in new and unfamiliar areas in which you’ve never been exposed to. Not only that, but you may be confronted with various weather conditions depending on what time of the year this is. Driving in unfamiliar roads can lead to added extra mileage on your car and putting your car at risk for needing roadside assistance. 

3. The Cost

This element may be the first thought to cross your mind, so let’s take a deeper look at the costs. The amount of mileage you’ll attain during your drive, wear and tear, and not to mention the risk of having to expand your set budget in the case your car needs servicing. Take a moment to think if these risks are worth it? In between driving, you must stop for food and shelter so those are costs that are non-negotiable. If you are not using paid time off for this drive, you’re going to be in more of a deficit than a positive or breaking even. In the end, shipping your vehicle comes at a price regardless, so will a one time cost of a reliable transport outweigh the DIY road trip move? 

4. What works for you?

The million-dollar question sometimes overpowers all the other questions and concerns, what’s more convenient? Depending on if you’re a family of one, or a couple, versus an entire family, you will need to consider everyone’s schedule when making this decision, will your kids and spouse join you or fly separately? The cost only rises when this factors in. If you’re looking for convenience, let the professionals at Moving Pro Inc take care of transporting your vehicle safely so you can focus on your move.

Essential Tips for Moving During a Pandemic

Whether you had this move planned months ago, or it’s an unexpected and consequential circumstance of the Coronavirus global pandemic, moving during a crisis like this can be daunting, and rightfully so. Not only are you met with the usual annoyances of a move, but now you have the added nuisance of dealing with it during one of the most unusual and difficult times our country has ever gone through. We’ve come up with a list of tips and suggestions to help you prepare for and get through the process of moving, and get you to your new home safely:

If you are choosing to use a professional moving company, make sure you have a list of prepared questions that you can ask with any and all concerns you can think of. Some examples are:

  • “What precautions are you taking to ensure the health and safety of your crew,  drivers and customers?”
  • “Will packers and drivers be equipped with PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and hand sanitizer?”
  • “What precautions do you recommend I take while doing my part in keeping within safety guidelines?”

Avoid in-person surveys and quotes by doing them virtually. While we are still strongly suggested to conduct no-contact communications and transactions, traditional in-person estimates may be unnecessary if your moving company can accommodate a virtual survey. Here are some things you can do to be prepared for a virtual tour and estimate:

  • Have your phone or tablet fully charged and make sure your wifi signal is strong and working
  • Make sure there is sufficient lighting for the surveyor to be able to get a clear view of the space and contents you are packing and moving 
  • Have a tape measure on hand for any on-the-spot questions from the surveyor
  • Open all closets, pantries and cabinets so the contents inside are in view
  • Show the surveyor the path to and from the entrance of your home and where the moving truck will be parked including its surrounding areas 

Moving day has arrived, and you’re ready to have it go seamlessly and efficiently. Here’s what you can do make sure you avoid close contact and practice safety guidelines, and how you can still be accessible to the movers:

  • Make sure you’ve disinfected objects and surfaces that the crew will come into contact with, such as doorknobs, light switches, counters, cabinets, etc. 
  • Organize and label boxes and objects with special instructions
  • Maintain a 6ft distance while communicating with the crew
  • Have a set plan and schedule with the moving company and team leader ahead of time to avoid any same-day confusion 
  • Make sure you have direct contact information for the team leader and that they have your direct contact information for real-time questions and concerns 

We hope these tips will help you should you find yourself moving during these uncertain times. With the guidance and compliance of a good moving company, and your own precautionary steps to protect yourself, your family, and the people helping you during your move, you can get through a seemingly dreadful situation safely and as quickly as possible so that you can get settled into your new home.