If you're facing any type of long distance move, you need to plan your schedule a bit more carefully than if you were moving somewhere in the same local area. This is because you'll have little to no chance of going back to your current home if you forget something! Note, too that your items will be in a moving truck for a much longer time during an interstate move, increasing their risk of suffering some type of damage. Note a few mistakes to avoid with a long distance or interstate move in particular, so you and your items arrive safe and sound and the entire process is as simple and painless as possible for you.
Using the wrong tie-downs
For a long distance or interstate move, it is good to tie down your furniture items, as they will spend so much time bouncing around the inside of a moving truck. However, using items like extension cords, a clothesline, twine, and other such materials as your tie-downs can be a mistake, as these will simply dig into your furniture pieces, and even more so the longer they're in the truck. Your removalist can provide the right type of cord for tie-downs for furniture; these will be soft but strong, and will ensure your furniture is secure without suffering damage.
Keeping cloth exposed
During a move, you may not think of covering upholstered furniture or putting items like drapes or bedspreads in a plastic bag or a rubber tote. However, the longer your items are in a truck, the longer they're exposed to the elements; this means dust, dirt, and humidity, which can easily damage furniture fabric, the material of your home's drapes and linens, and other such cloth items. Wrap upholstered furniture in plastic or a proper furniture covering, and pack away all your cloth items rather than just tossing them in the back of the truck.
Not removing furniture legs
Your dining room table and chairs and other such items may seem very strong and sturdy, but these pieces are not meant to absorb the impact of all those bumps and dips they'll suffer when on the road. Legs from those pieces can easily splinter or come away from the connectors, and tabletops can also absorb that impact, cracking and splintering. Remove legs from all furniture pieces where possible, and ensure that you don't stack boxes on the tops of tables, as this can cause even more impact and potential damage to their surfaces.