A move is hard enough when it takes place in the same city, but extra-long moves can be even more stressful! You are likely shopping around for the best price, quickest way, and maybe even an extra add-on of having your items packed up for you.
We are committed to helping ease some of that stress and make your long-distance move more manageable! Here are some of our favorite tips for a successful long-distance move.
Get Rid of Things That Are Not Worth Moving
Downsizing in preparation for a long-distance move is crucial. While local movers may not call for downsizing, long-distance moves are often done by weight and each extra item can cost more than you wanted to spend in the long run. If it’s old and not sentimental, you may be better off buying a new one in your new city! Be ruthless and get rid of whatever you can whether through junk disposal, secondhand sales, or donations. Check out our blog on how to sell your items, here!
Keep Track of Your Items With a Comprehensive List
The exhaustion that settles in after a move isn’t limited to long-distance moves, and that’s why we strongly recommend carving out the time to create an inventory list while you pack and prepare for your move. Future you will be thanking past you for this act of kindness!
Consider Furniture Placement Locations
Plan, where you want all of your furniture, will go once it gets to your new home, and make sure everything will fit. If your new home is smaller than your current home, there is a good chance everything will feel crowded if you bring all your furniture. Plan what items will go into each room. If you don’t have a place for an item, get rid of it before you move it. If you have large or oversized furniture make sure it can fit through the stairwells and around tight corners. King size beds for example may not fit in a new small micro-apartment!
Pack Properly and Efficiently
We recommend starting 4-6 weeks ahead of the move when possible. This allows you to take your time and stress less, setting you up for a stress-free move. But we promise you, there is so much advice available online that can benefit even a seasoned mover when it comes to best packing practices. Take a look at our blog post for 4 tips to get you packed quickly! And for your long-distance move, you are going to want securely packed items.
Above all, we recommend professional movers for your long-distance move if your budget allows it. Unless you’re planning to drive and all your belongings fit in the car, you’ll save so much time and stress by using movers instead of renting a trailer