Midwest Moving Guide

Midwest moving with American Way

The U.S. is in the midst of one of the biggest home relocation booms in history. With nearly one in eight Americans leaving California, the Golden State always dominates these headlines. States like Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin have seen plenty of migration this year. National Van Lines outlines some unique features about the Midwest on Seven Things to Know Before Relocating to the Midwest. What it does not explain is how to move to or out of the Midwest. Check out our Midwest moving guide to help you plan a smooth relocation.

Midwest Moving Tips

Whether you’re moving out of the Midwest or moving to it, you need to plan for a successful move. The cheapest method is to rent a truck, recruit your friends, and gather boxes at a liquor store. A DIY move can be cost-effective, but it is not always a viable method.  Ask yourself these questions to see if a do-it-yourself move is right for you.

Do You Have Enough Supplies?

You can always reuse old boxes as containers or get packaging from the store, but you don’t get the security of professional containers. Choose this option if you don’t need the extra protection. Reputable moving companies offer top-of-the-line packaging supplies and containers to secure your possessions.  Most services will only make you pay for the supplies used for packaging your goods.

Midwest moving supplies

Are your friends or family willing to help?

As we age, our pool of friends willing to labor all day lugging heavy items in return for pizza and beer is likely to decrease. Packing and moving are exhausting tasks. Instead of compensating your friends with a pizza and beer, save the money and hire professionals. Moving pros have the experience and tools to move your household goods quickly and efficiently. Sure, your uncle’s a great accountant, but does he know the best way to package and transport delicate porcelain dishes? Give professional movers the liability for your prized possessions. If your items are irreplaceable, it makes sense to invest more to make sure your things arrive undamaged. The last thing you want is damaged goods and a newfound resentment for your friend or family member.

Finding the Best Midwest Movers

The cross-country moving industry is highly regulated, and there are several tools available that can help you find the best Midwest movers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a database that allows you to see if your prospective movers are licensed and insured. 

They also have a contacts database that can help you find local agencies. If your move does not go as planned, the FMCSA can also help you file a complaint claim.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another resource that is perfect for researching long-distance movers. It is easy to investigate complaints; most will deal with lost or damaged items. 

To stay in good standing with the BBB, a moving company must act in good faith to resolve customer complaints promptly.

The customer service benchmarks set by the General Service Administration (GSA) is another tool you can use to find the best Midwest mover. The GSA will include only registered household goods movers that means you can compare scores and filter out rogue movers who do not comply with the GSA.

Combined with word-of-mouth references and Yelp reviews, there are plenty of tools available that can help you find a perfect mover for your long-distance needs.

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Are You Moving Out of the Midwest?

Are you interested in moving out of the Midwest? Whether you’re moving for a new job, a new school, or a new home, use this cross-country checklist to get you to your next destination.

If you’re moving because of a new job, check out these job relocation tips.

Moving Cross-Country

Moving in the midwest with American Way

If you move into a new home in a different state, cross-country movers are the most convenient option. The expertise of professional movers outweigh the cost of packing and unpacking your storage container or truck.

  1. The most apparent advantage of hiring cross-country movers is that you will not have to do the heavy lifting. Professional movers will quickly move your household items out of one house into another. Don’t break a sweat!

  2. Professional movers are also less likely to damage your property. They come equipped with extra protection like moving blankets, door protectors and rug runners.

  3. Everything is labeled and organized because they have proven systems for moving your possessions from point A to B.

  4. Even when using professional movers, you still have the option to pack yourself. You lose some of the protections you receive when professional movers pack your house from top to bottom. Movers are naturally not liable for items you packed. After all, they cannot vouch for the condition of your self-packed items. Nor do they know if you used enough packing materials to protect your stuff.

  5. Purchasing consumer moving supplies can seem like a cost-benefit option, but high-quality moving materials guarantee unmatched strength and security for your items. Reusing old boxes or other non-standard packing materials can make packing difficult because of the condition of the containers. Cardboard boxes don’t hold their durability, especially after years in your garage. Moving professionals come with dollies, hand carts, high-quality tape, wardrobe boxes, specialized crates for dishes, and new boxes for an additional cost. You don’t pay for anything you don’t use.


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