Long Distance Moves 101
Every move requires monumental effort for all the people involved. Just the thought of moving and relocating into entirely new territory can prove to be very intimidating for many people - and that's beside the hassle of having to contend with all the logistic requirements, fees, and whatnot that is associated with a move. Taking all these factors into consideration, the difficulty is increased exponentially when the move is cross country or long distance. Since the new place you are moving to is further off, the greater chance for something to go wrong.
With that being said, the first thing you should do when moving cross country is to have your things insured. Or at the very least, make sure that your things are under the protection of the insurance policy of a moving company. This will ensure the security of your things and give you just and ample compensation for any damages that your belongings may sustain while they are being transported throughout the duration of your move.
It is also important to scrutinize your contract properly, as there are a lot of possible added fees for cross country and long distance moves. This is so you can adjust your budget accordingly, and not be surprised by any extra fees you need to pay at the end.