Relocating can be a stressful process, but long-distance moving takes it to an entirely new level. Every year, thousands of Americans across the country need to move for a variety of reasons. However, if you’ve never had a long-distance move, it can become difficult to anticipate what you should expect. So here are a few tips and recommended guidelines to follow when you’re getting ready to move hundreds of miles.
1. Take Items That You Actually Need
It will cost more to haul extra stuff that you need when it comes to a long-distance move. While it’s certainly not advisable to purge everything and start fresh at your new location, make a list of necessary items. If you haven’t used a particular item in more than a year, consider donating it or having a garage sale. Once you think about it carefully, you’ll be surprised to discover how much stuff you don’t really need.
2. Always Plan Far In Advance
It’s not an everyday event that your family needs to move across the country. Instead, consider this moment as an important milestone in your life, and plan accordingly. One excellent idea is preparing a checklist of everything that needs to be done in the coming weeks. Whether updating your mailing address or canceling internet and electric service, it’s better to be ahead of schedule, so you don’t overwhelm yourself. If you have kids, don’t hesitate to ask other family members or friends to help babysit while you’re getting things done around the house.
3. Move During The Off-Peak Season If Possible
Sometimes you can’t control how quickly you need to move, especially if the relocation is because of a new career. However, there are certain times of the year when it can be less expensive. For example, you might not know that the majority of people typically move in the summer months. Generally, November through the end of the year is a slower time of the year, and you can save yourself a few bucks by holding off a month or two.
4. Pack Knowing The Distance You’ll Travel
Once you’ve decided what items will be taken on the trip, it’s time to get the packing underway. Especially for long-distance trips, it’s imperative to think about careful packing of your belongings. For instance, all your fragile items should be secured with bubble wrap or soft materials like used t-shirts or towels. Even if you’re planning to use our packing service, it’s still likely that you’ll transport other items in your car as well. Plan carefully as you’ll likely encounter quick turns and bends on roads that can damage your more expensive items.
Make your life much easier, and take the time to label your boxes with the contents inside. The last thing you’ll want to do when you’re unpacking is to try to figure out which box belongs in your new home. Also, this will help our movers place your boxes in the correct location, which will make it seem much less daunting unpacking on your own. For even better organization, label at least two sides of the boxes and consider designating a specific color marker for each part of the house (i.e., blue for the kitchen, orange for the dining room).
5. Stay Relaxed
While moving far away can undoubtedly test your patience, it’s essential to realize that you can’t do everything yourself. Finding the ideal flow is a little challenging, but everything comes together if you take it one step at a time. Procrastinating is not a good idea, but neither is attempting to complete all your moving tasks in a single day. A calmer state of mind allows you to put the entire move in perspective and get excited about the idea of a new adventure rather than dreading the process.
6. Let An Expert Moving Company Handle It For You
Moving long-distance is a significant life event. If you know you’re going to be moving, reach out to Jochas Moving & Delivery in advance. With more than a decade of experience, we’re the preferred long-distance movers you can count on. Because we know how important our customers’ peace of mind is, we dedicate the same amount of professionalism and care to any move, whether it’s local or across the country.
Now that you’ve read about these long-distance moving tips, you can rest assured we’ll be there for you every step of the way!