No one said moving is easy, and when you’re moving long-distance, it can be even more stressful. Luckily, we’ve been in the long-distance moving business for over a decade, and we’ve learned a lot of lessons.
Today we’ll give you our top three tips for keeping you sane during your long-distance move.
Make a checklist
Who doesn’t like a list? Not only does a moving checklist keep you organized, but it’s also a proven fact that crossing an item off a list offers a sense of peace and provides motivation. Not sure where to start? You can find printable moving checklists online that will give you some insight.
The more specific you are with your list, the better. Think about what items you need, what you need to do before your move, what you need to do the day of your move, and what you need to do once you’re in your new location. Your list will help minimize that what-am-I-forgetting feeling and save you precious time throughout the moving process.
Start planning early
Making a checklist and planning early go hand-in-hand. Because you’re moving long-distance, think about items you need to be kept with you, items you need to get to right away after you arrive at your new space, and items you don’t need at all.
You may not see some of your belongings for days, even weeks. So, remember to take time for packing well, be sure you have all of the appropriate packing materials on hand, so you don’t have to run to the store numerous times. You don’t want to feel rushed when you’re packing your belongings because that’s when things get damaged. It’s simple to avoid that by packing early.
Packing early also gives you the time to label your boxes correctly. Don’t let this slip by. Get yourself those Sharpies and label your boxes with room, contents, your name, fragile, the number of the box, etc. This will really help you when you arrive at your new home.
If you no longer need or want some of your belongings, take the time to dispose of them properly (donation, trash/recycle, yard sale, etc.). Getting rid of unnecessary items will save you a lot of time and money, so go through your things wisely. Decluttering is also known to help with chaos. That’s a win-win.
The sooner you start packing, figuring out all the logistics, and getting rid of belongings you no longer need, the better you’ll feel. For long-distance moves, we recommend starting the process six to eight weeks out.
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Know what your move will cost you
This is a tough one because there are a lot of things to consider. Are you packing yourself, are you getting insurance, are you hiring a moving service, what packing materials do you need? The list can get overwhelming (which is why you’ve created a long-distance moving checklist!).
Having an estimate of your costs will help you figure out how to prioritize and save, so get this estimate figured out early on.
If you’ve decided to hire moving professionals for any part of your long-distance move, most often, your price will depend on the weight of your items and the space they take up. At Eden’s Moving Services, we offer boxes, packing, moving, and storage at competitive prices.
When you hire a professional moving company, you should feel confident that you’re getting exceptional moving knowledge from a team who can give you peace of mind and help take some stress away from you, saving you a ton of time to do more important things (like saying goodbye to friends and family or planning that big farewell party).
We can’t promise your long-distance move will be easy, but it can certainly run smoother if you follow these tips. You don’t have to do it alone, though. Hiring moving professionals is a great way to hand over some control and give you that extra bit of relief.