Are you preparing to move across the country?
Whether you’re relocating for work or going to college, packing up your stuff and starting a new life across the country can be stressful. However, you don’t have to spend days packing and worrying.
By preparing well in advance, you can enjoy a smooth journey. For example, if you’re moving because of a new job, you’ll likely have a lot of stuff with you when you arrive in your new city. If so, it’s best to wait and ship things to your destination.
Read on for tips on how to prepare for a long distance move.
Making a Moving Plan
Begin by researching the area you are moving to. Find out what the costs of living are, job opportunities, schools, and the climate. Create a list of everything you need to do and start checking off tasks.
Create an inventory of all the items you are taking and have an accurate total of the weight you are moving, as this will affect the cost. Create an emergency plan, including important documents, emergency contacts, and emergency cash in case something goes wrong.
Finding the Right Moving Company
Do your research and, ask around for recommendations from friends and family, and read online reviews to find the best flat rate moving services. Make sure they take the time to come out and physically inspect your living space to see exactly what you will be moving for.
Ensuring that the company is properly licensed and insured and obtains a written estimate, contract, and inventory list. Confirm the exact date and time the company will be picking up your belongings and that you have all of your personal items packed and ready to go on the scheduled day.
Categorizing and Decluttering
All items that are no longer needed should be discarded. Separate items that will be kept, such as clothing, sentimental items, and furniture, from those that will be given away or sold. Research places to donate items, such as charities and consignment stores.
For large pieces of furniture, research moving companies that offer services for long distance moves. Use clear labels and a color-coded system to make it easy to find and unpack items upon arrival.
Arranging the Necessary Logistics
Research different moving companies to determine the best option for the out of state move, as well as estimate the costs. Sorting out the necessary paperwork for the cross country move, such as licenses, registrations, and paperwork for the new living space, is essential.
Notify all banks, credit cards, employers, insurance companies, and medical providers of the change of address in advance.
Securing Travel, Lodging, and Insurance
For an out-of-state move that requires driving, you should keep in mind the cost of gas, tolls, and parking and ensure the vehicle is up to date on maintenance and has auto insurance for long distance travel.
If flying, check airline luggage restrictions and find out if paying extra for bigger bags may be worth it. Consider moving insurance to protect your belongings if something happens during transit.
Start Planning Your Long Distance Move Now
With careful planning and organization, you can make it a stress-free experience. Be sure to consider your budget, create a timeline, and get the assistance of a professional mover.
Take the time to plan for a long distance move and make it a positive experience.
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