Planning a long-distance move may take some finesse and forward-thinking, but there are steps out there to manage it stress-free. After all, you’ve done the most challenging part of finding a home to move to, and now the process can begin.
There are many tips out there that will help you with interstate moving, from the packing process to hiring out of state movers. A simple moving process is within your reach with these simple steps.
Make a plan and schedule the second you know when you’re going to move. This plan includes specific dates to keep you on track with the entire process, from packing your belongings to your moving date. Whether you’re going to hire a long-distance moving company or will try a more DIY approach, this plan will get you to your destination in a timely fashion.
If you’re planning on hiring a long distance moving company to get you through the process, get as many quotes as you need to feel comfortable. The rule of thumb is no less than three estimates of companies you’ve found with great ratings and recommendations from friends and family. This way, you’ll have a good visual of the cost of the moving process and have a better chance of finding a company to fit your needs.
The process always sounds tedious and is not normally a pleasant one, but you need to start packing as soon as you know you’re going to move, even before, if possible. Starting the process early will allow you to look through your items and see if there is anything you’d want to donate, sell, or just toss. Remember, a long-distance moving company usually provides their prices based on weight, and the less you bring, the better for your pocket.
With a long distance move, organizing is the key. As you begin the packing process, sort through your items for donation or tossing, and the rest pack neatly into boxes. Label your boxes with their content and where they are likely to end up in your new home to help the movers unload the boxes to the right place.
An essentials kit is one of the most important things you’ll need the day of the move. Pack it with identification and moving documents along with spare clothes and toiletries for at least a day or two. Moving thousands of miles away means that anything can happen in the meantime, and you may be separated from the rest of your belongings for a bit.
Purchase any tickets for the airplane or train the moment you know when you’re movers will arrive. You’ll want to book as soon as you can to snag the best prices and get there on time. Remember, if you’ve hired a long-distance moving company, chances are you’ll get there before the rest of your belongings, so include a day or two of a hotel stay into your travel arrangements and budget.
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