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Question DetailsAsked on 10/20/2013

What is the best low cost long distance moving company?

Small load of personal belongings to be shipped from Chicago to New Mexico

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for books and other printed or recorded media (check website for allowed items - included phono records, tapes, CD's, books and magazines, computer printouts, etc), the US Postal Service Media rate is usually by far the cheapest for any distance. Be sure to insure it (cheap insurance rates too), and I advise not to use boxes bigger than 1 cubic foot - larger ones are too heavy if folled with books or magazines or phono records and tend to get damaged in handling, use strong heavy-duty boxing tape to tape double-thickness not only at the seams, but also ALL edges, and over the address so it cannot be washed off. I also put the contents in a large garbage bag with lots of slack space tucked into the box before packing (in case box gets wet in shipping), then tied tightly in a knot on top, with a piece of paper with sender and destination name and address AND phone number inside in case the outside address gets damaged. Have never lost a box, out of probably 200 or more sent this way for moves for myself, for Estate shipping of inherited items to family members after, and children going off to college and back.

If you are doing a business move, your new employer will commonly allow reimbrusement (if you ask first) of professional-related books and such sent to your new office this way, IN ADDITION to your new employment weight allowance. When I changed employers I commonly sent about 500-800# of reference materials to the new office this way.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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