The more miles you add to a move, the trickier it becomes. That’s a fact whether you’re moving to another state or moving across the country. Without an adequate plan in place, there’s a greater chance of something going wrong when moving long distance. Hiring a professional mover can make a significant difference in offsetting that risk. Here are four more things that you can do to make your long-distance move stress-free.
Create a Schedule
If you’re moving to another state, there are a lot of dates that need to line up just right: the last day at your old job and the first day at your new one (or your spouse’s first day), your child’s first day at school, the day you get access to your new home, and even your appointment for turning on your cable and utilities. Don’t leave picking the perfect moving date up to chance or you’ll be plagued by the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something important. If you’re moving with family, consult them and carefully map out major dates on a calendar until you’re aware of what is happening when.
The less stuff you have to move, the less your move will cost. And, the more you pare down your belongings, the less you have to pack and worry about getting from point A to point B. You can minimize your stuff by holding a yard sale or garage sale, taking items to a consignment shop, or simply handing them off to friends and relatives. You can also sell things on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
Have a System
You might have been able to move from apartment to apartment by throwing things in boxes (or in garbage bags) at the last minute in the past, but packing for a long-distance move is a different story. If you leave anything behind or lose anything on the way, you’re going to have a harder time getting it back. To make sure everything is in its right place, take an inventory of all the items going into each box and label the box with a number and the room where it belongs. Keep track of all of this information on a spreadsheet so you’ll be able to take inventory again when you arrive and make sure nothing is missing.
Get to Know Your New Home
If you can get access to the floor plan of your new house, use it to determine the layout of your furniture and make a final decision about what you can bring and what you have to leave behind. Want to learn more about the city you’re moving to? Check out these city guides from Atlas Van Lines.
If you need a long distance moving company, you can trust Ernie’s Van & Storage to fit your needs, schedule, and budget. We make moving long distance easy by offering full-service packing and loading. Contact us to get a free moving estimate and schedule your move today.