It is a scary thought moving furniture across the country; all those bumps along the winding roads. Something is bound to break. Not if you hire a professional. So save your money and do not buy a trailer. Moving is less scary than it seems in the right hands.
One of the biggest misconceptions about moving is that items shift around and slide while on the moving truck and break. But moving boxes, furniture and items are secured and packed very tight so they do not move around in the truck. Larger items are even strapped in the moving truck.
Once the items and furniture are on the truck they are safe. Furniture accidents happen when lifting and lowering items not when they are in transit. So the distance of travel time between houses really isn’t a factor in accidental damage.
Long Distance Furniture Shipment
When moving furniture across country, make sure all your items are wrapped. Tables, televisions, book cases etc. This should be an automatic practice done by higher end moving companies but make sure it is included when you receive your moving estimate.
If you are following the moving truck across the country utilize your car space to bring an overnight bag and everything else you might need right away (so you know immediately where it is). Do not worry about bringing anything fragile with you. Leave the plates, glasses and everything else that is fragile in the truck, it is safe there(and it is probably heavy also).
When planning your long distance move it may beneficial for the move to happen in multiple parts. For example you may want to coordinate some of your furniture to be delivered on the arrival date that new furniture will be delivered for a particular room. So make sure that your moving company offers storage during that period. Dumbo Moving and Storage offers a free month of storage to long distance moves. So when you are shipping your furniture across country at different times make sure to save money when you can, with storage.
Tips for Shipping Furniture Long Distance
When moving items across the country or slightly across the country there are steps you have to take before the packing begins. Finish all items of foods, food may expire or go bad in an unrefrigerated truck for a week or so. So lay off the take out and finish what is left in your closets. Also because foods and drinks may open and ruin the contents of the box they are in, some moving companies will not move such items. Donate left over items of food or bring it with you in your car.
Speaking of refrigeration, empty everything from the fridge and freezer (to avoid messes) and defrost your freezer beforehand to avoid the refrigerator leaking. Remember the priority you should have for a long distance move is moving your furniture across the country, heavy items. So when planning your move make sure that besides food you get rid of or preferable donate everything you do not need anymore.