Regardless of how excited you may be about relocating to somewhere new, moving in general can be a stressful situation. But when you add in many miles between your old home and your new one, you can often have some extra items added to your to-do list. With that in mind, here are just a few moving tips for helping to ensure that your long-distance move goes more smoothly.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
When moving your life – and your personal items – across many miles, you will first and foremost want to give yourself ample time to prepare. Here, you will want to go through all of your belongings in order to determine what you will and won’t be taking with you.
Being realistic about whether or not you will actually use various items of furniture, clothing, and household goods – and then donating the things you know you won’t use again – can help to literally lighten your load when packing. Fewer items can also mean a cost savings with the movers.
Do Your Research
When you are considering a moving company, be sure to do ample research on the company you choose to go with. This can entail checking them out on the Better Business Bureau’s website, as well as possibly even driving by their office location in order to ensure that they are a legitimate company.
It is typically a good idea to get more than just one bid, too, prior to making your decision on who you will use. Here you may find a significant difference in the prices, although cheaper does not always mean better.
Keep Important Items with You
If you have important items such as expensive jewelry, as well as certain paperwork like birth certificates, passports, and bank / investment statements, be sure that those things travel with you and not on the moving van. This also goes for any medication that you may be taking. Having these items in your possession can ensure that they will get there safely and securely. It is also a good idea to pack a suitcase with some of your clothes and toiletries just in case of any delay from the movers.
Although the moving process can be stressful, by being prepared ahead of time, you will be able to reduce some of the possible mishaps. For more information on de-stressing your long- or short-distance move, Give us a call.