How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

Moving cross-country can be a difficult process. You are going to have hundreds or thousands of miles ahead until you arrive at your new home. Therefore, the best way to have a stress-free and successful long-distance move is to prepare yourself and create a moving checklist. This post will help you with managing your pre-move time, creating an inventory of your home, decluttering all unwanted items, and packing your belongings, to name just a few. The key factor on how to prepare for a long-distance move is to hire a reputable and trustworthy moving company with experience of moving long distances.

Take full charge of your preparation time

Managing your preparation time well is the essential step in organizing your long-distance move. Create a personal moving checklist to be on track until your move-out day. Prepare a moving calendar with personalized tasks that include to-do things related to your relocation circumstances.

Get long-distance moving estimates and hire the best one

Don’t try to move long-distance on your own by renting a truck and DIYing the whole project. Be conscious and find a moving company that specializes in long-distance moving. Get estimates from some of the best companies in your city or town and don’t hire those who can tell you quotes over email or phone. Request in-house estimates and show them what you’ll be moving so that they can calculate the costs.

Once you have quotes from several movers, compare the cost estimates in terms of price, additional services, and general conditions. Read the reviews of the moving company to check how trustworthy they are. Also, look at the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) to see if they have an active membership and if they have a proper license issued by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Finally, pick the one that better suits your budget, requirements, and expectations.

Create an inventory of your home and decide what to do with the furniture

One of the primary ways to prepare for a long-distance move is to understand what items you will be taking with you to your new home so that you can make a good plan of action. Go to each and every room in your home and make a list of household items found there. Use MoveAdvisor mobile app that provides a home inventory checklist tool. After you are done with the inventory, sort your belongings into the following categories: Move, Sell, Recycle, Donate.

Moving long distances without your furniture will be the cheapest option. It is a super-simple yet effective tactic, so assess the furniture you have and decide if you really need to move them all the way to your new home. As the long-distance moving costs are based on the shipment weight and the furniture is quite heavy, it will be a lot cheaper to leave most of the furniture behind and get new ones after the move. Moreover, you can try to sell those pieces to have some extra money.

Declutter and discard all unwanted items

Apart from total shipment weight, the cost of the long-distance move is also based on the number of items that should be moved between homes. Pack only those things that you will need in the future. If you need help in deciding, follow the 1-year rule – if you haven’t used or wore an item for more than 1 year, discard it into a Donate or Sell box. Consider selling items that still have commercial value.

Get packing supplies and create a packing timeline

One of the best methods to prepare for a long-distance move is to have a stress-free packing process. Get bubble wrap, stretch wrap, tape, packing paper, and boxes in advance. You can get free cardboard boxes if you ask around at local businesses, recycling centers, or online.

When you are ready to pack, create a timeline. Divide the packing process into meaningful mini-tasks to keep your motivation high and assign a deadline for each packing job so that you stay on track.

Start packing as soon as possible

Packing the entire home is probably the most time-consuming task and may even take several weeks to pack everything. Therefore, start the process as early as possible, ideally when the move becomes just a matter of time. At first, pack those rooms and areas that seem the hardest, such as the basement, garage, attic, or closet. Don’t forget to label all of your boxes according to rooms and items stored in each box.

Prepare essentials boxes for the first few days in the new home

When packing your belongings, think of the essential items that you’ll need the very first few days in your new home and pack them separately. Don’t forget to label them accordingly to find them easily in the pile of the boxes. Think of it as a Survival Kit with a set of very necessary and useful things to have. 

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