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Moving Tips: Permanent vs. Seasonal Moves

Moving Tips: Permanent vs. Seasonal Moves

Moving is a big ordeal. Whether you’re moving a short distance or traveling across the country, you’ll have a lot of planning to do in order to get you and your family settled into your new place. Even if you’re a snowbird who loves to head south for the winter and travels back north during the summer, you’ll need a plan to help you save money and get to your destinations faster and with less stress. Check out these easy moving tips for permanent vs. seasonal moves.

What Qualifies as a Permanent Move?

A permanent move is any time you move from one place to another, taking all your belongings with you and having no active plan to return. This type of move is the most common, and most people have many experiences with moving from one home to another, whether it’s for work, pleasure, or to be closer to family.

Moving across the states permanently is complex and requires a lot of moving parts, which is why it’s something people aim to do only a few times, usually. Whenever you move, you’ll have to decide what you’re packing and what you’re getting rid of before the big day arrives. Depending on how long you’ve been at a given residence, you’ll want to start packing months in advance to ensure everything is in order when the time comes.

What is a Seasonal Move?

The most common types of seasonal moves are snowbirds, college students, and work transfers. These lifestyles often lead to two or more “moves” in a given year. Additionally, most people who move seasonally have possessions in both locations and choose to travel with only their essentials when they go between.

However, this isn’t always the case. Other seasonal travelers take everything they’ll need for months at a time and ship only a few things. Before you decide that you don’t want to take all your pots and pans to your summer home, consider how often you’ll use them during your stay and whether or not it’s affordable to just buy new equipment so that you don’t have to carry it around.

Should I Own or Rent?

The next question you’ll need to ask yourself is, “should  I own or rent in my second coming?” If you are struggling to get everything you want to take on vacations into your travel vehicle and  you’re starting to worry, consider if it would be an option to buy new things at the new destination instead. This can help save you a lot of stress and doesn’t require you to pack unnecessary items.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider whether you will be renting or owning your living space, car, furniture, and more! All of these things can increase the cost of your stay but also don’t have to be a long-term commitment.

Best Ways to Save While Moving

Plan Ahead

One of the best moving tips is to start planning way ahead of time. The longer you’ve been living in a given place, the longer it will take you to go through your things and get rid of any of the unnecessary items you’ve accumulated over the years. Generally, it’s a good idea to start packing for your move up a couple of months ahead of time.

Next, you’ll need to decide if you are going to use your personal vehicle to move your things or if you’ll need to rent a U-Haul or hire a professional moving company. This step should also include deciding on your budget for the move and what changes to expect from your monthly bills as you get settled into your new place.

Additionally, if you’re planning a permanent move, you’ll have some grunt work to do, like changing your residency, address information, official documents, vehicle registrations, and more.

Lastly, you’ll need to decide if there are any items, you’re going to ship any of your things. If you’re only moving temporarily or seasonally, you’ll need to consider if having your vehicle shipped and flying to your destination is worth the cost. Generally, when traveling long distances, the added convenience, savings, and safety of shipping your car make it the most reasonable option for getting your vehicle to the destination.

Communicate with Shipping and Moving Companies

For both seasonal and permanent moves, if you’re using a moving company for your things or a shipping company for your vehicle, you’ll need to communicate with the company clearly. It’s essential to have a line of communication open with any shipping or moving company so that you can set expectations for your service and also comply with the company’s expectations to make the move easy.

An example of why it’s important to communicate with the moving company is that if you  expect the movers to come and pack all the boxes for you, but they arrive expecting to load everything into the truck immediately, you’re going to be behind schedule very quickly and may even forfeit your service.

Bottom line: communicate clearly and often, so you know what to expect from your service. This will also help you to better budget for your trip.

Ship Your Car

There are a few things to consider when you’re trying to decide if shipping your car with PAL is the right way to move for you. A few questions you should ask yourself include:

  • How far am I going?
  • How often will I ship my car back and forth?
  • What are the pros and cons of driving vs. shipping my vehicle?
  • Is it going to be cheaper to ship than to drive?

Many people end up being surprised at how affordable and safe shipping your car is with PAL. We offer high-quality services with experienced professional drivers that have clean driving records and long histories in the transportation industry. We ensure the safety of your vehicle from start to finish and provide affordable pricing so that you can save time and money on your move.

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Whether you’re planning a permanent move across the country or seasonally, Preowned Auto Logistics can get your vehicle shipped to your destination without the stress! Give us a call at 877.542.1955 and receive a custom quote for your auto transport needs.

Customer Reviews

“I took a new job that moved me and my family from Massachusetts to Texas. I used Preowned Auto Logistics to move my car in mid-May and my wife and son’s car in early June. The services was exceptional. Everything from the booking experience to the delivery of the cars was top-notch.  I would highly recommend using Preowned Auto Logistics for your future needs. Kevin Lombardi was the representative that I worked with, and he was nothing but professional and accommodating.”

– Ron Quaranto

“Pre-owned auto logistics is a great transport company. I have used them many times between Florida and Massachusetts.  They are great, responsive, and customer friendly.  Lisa Silva, my customer service rep, went above and beyond the norm to make sure everything went smooth, and it did.  Highly recommend.”

– Joel Livingston

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