A long distance move can seem daunting, but with proper planning and organization it can be done with minimal stress. If you give yourself ample time to prepare, and stick to a budget, a long distance move doesn't have to be any more difficult than a local move. If you want your long distance move to go smoothly, use the following tips:
Clean, Organize, and Get Rid of Things You No Longer Need
Before you pack even one box, take a few days to clean and organize your home. This will allow you to assess everything that you own, and make decisions about what you want to take with you. If you have clothes, furniture, or any other personal possessions that you haven't used in a long time and no longer need, sell them or donate them. There is no point in packing and paying for unneeded items to be moved to your new home. To make the moving process less stressful, start this organization of your belongings as far in advance as possible so you don't feel rushed.
Consider Your Packing Materials Carefully
Over the course of a long distance move, your belongings will be bouncing around in the back of a moving truck for hours or even days. With this in mind, it is important to pack carefully in order to minimize any possible damage. Look for sturdy boxes, and don't forget to use a lot of padding material in boxes that hold breakable items.
Make an Inventory, and Label All of Your Boxes
Over the course of packing up your whole house, driving hundreds of miles away, and then unpacking, it is easy for things to get lost or misplaced. To prevent this from happening, it is useful to write an inventory of everything that you are moving. If you don't want to list every item, at least write down the number of boxes that you have so you can account for all of them when you get to your new home. To make unpacking easier, you should also label all of the boxes so you can easily put items away in the room they belong in.
Know Your Moving Costs in Advance
Using a moving company, like R & R Movers, to transport all of your belongings in a long distance move is a lot easier than trying to do it yourself, but it is not inexpensive. Knowing the costs upfront can lessen the sticker shock, and you can plan for the fees of the moving company when creating a moving budget. Your best bet is to find several reputable moving companies in your area, and request a "not to exceed" estimate, so there will be no surprises after the movers unload all of your boxes.Share
3 November 2014
When I met my husband twenty years ago, he was playing a guitar in a band. Over the past twenty years, my husband has accumulated a large collection of guitars that we simply don't have the space for. Instead of pushing my husband to get rid of the ones he doesn't use anymore, we decided that some of them could be moved to a storage unit up the road from our home. He went through a lot of work preparing the guitars before putting them in storage to make sure that they would remain in perfect condition while being stored. Our blog will help you prepare and store your guitars safely.