Things you should know about long distance moving
Moving across town is a chaotic and stressful endeavor that many people hope they don’t have to repeat numerous times, but what about moving across the country-or better yet, a different country?! Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary but leaving behind familiarity, family and friends can be overwhelming. We want to help ease this transition for you as much as possible by guiding and preparing you for this journey and long-distance move. We have compiled a list below that can be used as a complete moving solution!
Plan with a complete moving solution. Long distance moves are a life changing event that needs a premeditated moving strategy. Get in contact with professional movers at least 3 months prior to your move. Some moving services get too busy during certain seasons and you don’t want to be left looking for help last minute! Research different moving companies, compare quotes and figure out what kind of transportation you will need.
Know where you’re going. Are you moving into a bigger or smaller space? Do you really need that bulky dresser or extra bedroom set? Take into consideration your new lifestyle and weather conditions. Get familiar with housing regulations, lease laws (if you have a pet), vehicle laws etc.
Take Inventory of your belongings. Empty out all your stuff and go through the things you need. You will soon see that you own a lot more things than you thought you did. Take photos and take an inventory of all the belongings you wish to pack up and take with you. This helps you keep track of your things during the long-distance move and to ensure nothing is lost in translation.
Downsize. The cost of your move will be based on the weight of your belongings. Consider selling the things you don’t need for extra cash or donating. Apply the one-year rule to your clothes. If you haven’t worn it in a year, let it go! The more things you get rid of, the cheaper your move will be and the easier the packing process.
Plan where your furniture goes. Figure out what furniture you have that can fit into your new home. You can ask for dimensions of the rooms and coordinate placement of the furniture. The last thing you want to do is pay to ship large furniture that you don’t even end up needing once you get there. No one likes to waste money!
Develop an efficient packing process. This isn’t a ‘buy your friends some pizza in exchange for packing boxes and moving small objects’ type of situation. Under normal moving conditions, this could suffice but it is strongly recommended that you enlist the help of professional movers for long distance moves. They know how to pack and transport your precious belongings with no fuss or breakage. Label your items so it’s easier on yourself when it comes time to unpack. Also, give yourself a schedule you can adhere to in order to efficiently save time and have your belongings packed with ease.
Consider the small details. Minor things like knowing when your new residence will be available and delivery dates of your belongings can cause big problems if misjudged. It can also be an expensive mistake. Have written agreements with your movers and new landlord to ensure you’re covered, ask questions and read the small print. You will thank us later!
Now that you have an idea of what a long-distance move consists of, the task won’t seem so scary and overwhelming. This is major life experience and we want you to enjoy the process! Remember to be informed, prepared, organized, downsize and research your moving/packing companies to ensure a smooth and safe transition. Happy moving and good luck with your new residence!