Moving down the block is stressful enough as it is, let alone moving down across the country! That’s why it’s critical that you have an effective plan in place to help you organize all the tasks required for a successful move.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind for those who are preparing for a long-distance move:
- Make a List
A list – the oldest organizational tool known to man. Although this might seem like an overly simplistic step in the beginning, creating a list can be a very helpful tool for helping you organize your next move. Here’s why:
- A list helps you organize your thoughts into actionable steps.
- A list helps provide clear documentation for the “mission-critical” steps for your move so you’re sure not to forget them.
- Lists are final. You’ve either completed a task or you haven’t. Because of this, lists can help you can see which tasks you’ve been stalling on.
- Take an Inventory of Your Belongings
Another helpful strategy for making your long-distance move go as smoothly as possible is to take an inventory of your belongings. Moving is a time when many people discover stuff they didn’t even know they had. In fact, it has been said that the average household contains more than 300,000 items!
It’s impossible to remember all your important items, and the only way to make sure they are all accounted for when you arrive at your new home is by taking a detailed inventory.
- Decide on How You’ll Pack
After you’ve taken an inventory of your belongings, you need to decide on how to pack them.
Do you plan on packing everything yourself or would you prefer to hire a team of professionals? Do you need to purchase any packing materials – crates, cartons packing tape, packing paper?
Do you have any unique items like hot tubs or pianos that require special attention?
These are all great questions to ask yourself when planning for this step.
- Choose a Reputable Mover
Next, you want to make sure you’re hiring a reputable mover. To avoid any moving scams or poor service from your moving company, make sure they:
- Have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- Have COR certification.
- Have a solid management team.
- Have a long history of helping people move.
If a company possesses all of these qualifications, you can take comfort in knowing they’ll get the job done, and they’ll get it done right!
- Consider Your Storage Options
Lastly, especially if you’re moving to a new home that’s smaller than your current one, you need to consider where you’ll house your extra belongings. Some moving companies provide you with flexible storage options to help you have a safe place for your belongings as you get settled.
Looking for someone to help with your long-distance move?
Western Moving is based in the Edmonton area and has been helping people smoothly transition into new homes and office spaces for years. Contact them today to learn more about how they can help you with your long-distance moving needs!