When you move long distance, you should consider all your options. First, who is going with you? Are you moving alone, for instance, as a single college student attending an out-of-state school? If so, the best advise is to pack light. The more you want to take with you the more it will cost to move. Look at the cost of gas to drive your new home.
Is it more economical to buy a plane ticket and ship your possessions out to you? What expenses are you willing to incur for convenience sake? Will you need a vehicle where you are going? Decide if a car is a necessity. Consider the value of your car versus the cost of gas or of transporting a vehicle. If the expense of taking your car is too great, it may be a better idea to buy a one where you are going. Do some math and look at costs and conveniences, try to find a midway point.
If you are a couple with a fair amount of possessions, there are several ways to move. Again, cost if a major factor, but so is peace of mind. One choice is to rent your own moving equipment. This can be a good idea if you feel you can pack, lift, load and transport all your personal belongings. However, moving vans charge you an initial flat fee, plus mileage, plus you pay for your own gas. For a long distance move, there may be better options.
Also consider, will there be anyone to help you unload once you get to your destination? It is a daunting task to move furniture with no extra help. So if you have too far to go, or have too much to move, look for long distance moving companies. This course is also recommended for families with children.
Look for moving companies with a good reputation and proper accreditation. Get a feel for their customer service by calling and talking to their representatives. All most all long distance moving companies have a very high commitment to your satisfaction. They will try to be as efficient and careful with your belongings as they can. If you are in a hurry, choose a moving company with storage capacities. They can keep your stuff safety in a warehouse, until you can claim it.
Moving can be either an exciting adventure, or a terrible ordeal. So do your groundwork and find the best option for you.