Moving Long Distance: How to Make It a Breeze

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Moving long distance cannot be compared to moving across the street or even moving a few miles up the road. You’ve got to plan and be well-prepared. A long-distance move may seem exciting until you get stuck on the road for missing out on a document that you may not have known about. Culture shock also hits in different ways. The tips shared below will make moving long distances a breeze, with as less disruptions as possible.

Start Planning Early

Moving requires proper planning. A long-distance move requires an even more detailed and elaborate plan. It can never be too early to plan a long-distance move. Start as early as possible and do not fall into the habit of procrastination. Whether you take things easy or you like moving with the flow, there is no last-minute guessing when it comes to moving long distances. Note down every moving-related task that you need to accomplish. Follow it step by step through every phase of the move and you’ll be surprised at the wonder of having an ultimate moving checklist.

Stay On Schedule

Getting organized is one thing, staying on course is another. Some moving tasks are time-bound. These include tasks such as utility installations, booking moving companies, school enrollments, and others. You cannot plan to do such tasks last minute. To keep track of your activities, schedule time on the calendar for moving-related tasks. Set up reminders on your phone to ensure that you do not forget such important tasks. This is especially important because you may also need to take time off your work to follow up on some of these tasks which may involve traveling to a new city.

Plan to Move Off-season

Most people in the US plan to move during the summer. This may not be a great idea if you are planning a long-distance move. Summers are busy. Moving companies are overbooked and they also tend to charge exuberant prices. If you’d like to save a few bucks, plan to relocate off-season. At this time, there is less demand for moving companies and the charges are relatively low. 

Get In-Home Moving Estimates

Moving long distances requires that you get the best-moving company beforehand. As part of the process of establishing the best and most reliable mover, you’ve got to get in-home moving estimates from at least three moving companies. This can be done three to four weeks before a move. The estimate should be as accurate as possible to ensure that you know the figure that you will be working with.

Tackle Your Finances

Moving long distances will have financial ramifications for you and your family. Besides the moving cost, you need to think of a new school for your kids. Buying or setting up a new home also needs finances. Even as you plan early think of ways to cut costs during the move and think of ways you can make an extra buck Plan a yard sale and use the money raised to cover some of the costs that arise from the move.

Select a Moving Company

Even after an in-house estimate you still need to settle down on one moving company that will be your partner in making the long-distance move a breeze. Check out their policies to understand whether they are the right moving company for you. Some moving companies specialize in moving corporate while others may also cover short distances. Select a moving company that is experienced in moving long distances. Make sure they have the knowledge and expertise required to handle even the most valuable items safely.

Update Important Documents

There is no telling what challenges you’ll encounter on a long-distance move. Relocating may require you to update a lot of information in different places. While rules may be the same interstate, you never know what rules apply on the other side. It is best to update important documents such as the driver’s license as soon as you have a chance. Research on what other documents you may need to be updated before you embark on the move.

Update Your Insurance

A common misconception among homeowners is that their possessions are insured by their homeowner’s policy in case there are damages during the move. Go through the specific details of your policy with the insurance provider. If a move isn’t insured, think about getting a cover. This is especially important if you have valuable items such as jewelry or fine art pieces that may be worth a fortune. While moving companies offer some level of protection, this isn’t the same as insurance.

De-Clutter

It makes no sense for you to travel up the country with items that you no longer use. Lightening up your load is a great way to prepare for a long-distance move. Before parking, purge through your house and set aside some items for sale or donations. If you have sentimental items you would love to hold within your circle, gift them to family and close friends. Broken or damaged items should also be thrown away. Decluttering will help you save on moving-related costs. For example, hiring a smaller track will mean that you pay less.

Pack Strategically

Even though you may enlist the services of a reputable packing company, it is important to ensure that you are involved in the entire packing process. Pack items per room, and ensure that they are clearly labeled to avoid any mix-ups. 

Sturdy boxes are best for packing for a long-distance move. This will help you avoid spills and damages which may come about when flimsy boxes are used. Additionally, you must pack what fits in one box. Do not overdo it. Ensure boxes are properly sealed to avoid spills during the long-distance move.

Heavy items should be packed together, while fragile items should be carefully packed in bubble wrap.

Have a Safe Box

Jewelry and other valuables including special documents should be kept in a safe box during a long-distance move. This will ensure that you prevent loss or damage. If possible, carry the safe box with you during the move. Before packing, make a list of everything you own and keep track of them when you arrive at your new residence.

Moving long distances may seem like a huge undertaking, but with research, proper planning, and organization, it is possible to sit down, relax, and enjoy the ride.