Long Distance Moving Guide For Those Moving From Out Of State
Moving long distances from out of state can seem like a daunting task, but with the right planning and knowledge, you’ll be able to do it the right way and avoid any painful last minute expenses. Our long distance moving guide will be a great help to start planning your move.
Below we’ll go into 5 tips that will help you move long distances.
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How to Move Long Distances
1. Schedule well in Advanced
Imagine this scenario: You’ve waited until the last minute to rent a truck for your long distance move, and they’re all out of trucks for the day! Instead of having to panic and figure out what, when and where, have everything booked well in advanced ahead of time (this means months, not weeks, as peak moving season can be booked up quite fast).
You should also get packing supplies at least two weeks before, and try to get a little more boxes and tape than you need. You can always return them (as long as they haven’t been used) and you won’t be left searching around town for spare boxes at the last minute.
It’s also a good idea to already have your new home picked out ahead of time, so you don’t end up having to spend a ton of money keeping your belongings in storage. If possible, always check out the home in person to avoid any bait and switch tactics which can be common in places like New York City.
2. Have a Plan
Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing. Plan it with your family(or move with a moving service like MD Movers), friends or hire a few guys to help take the burden off your shoulders. Moving can be a back-breaking endevaor and if you have any prior injuries, it may be necessary to seek out extra help.
You can also look into hiring cleaners to take care of your home (these are called “end of lease cleaners”) who know how to get your home in tip-top shape to hand over the keys without incurring any fees or penalties.
By having a plan, you’ll avoid stress which an lead to mistakes while packing, leading to damage which can cause a headache down the road. While it may not seem like it matters, having a clean mind will ensure a clean move.
3. Throw Away, Keep and Donate
When packing, have three piles to keep, throw away and donate. You’ve likely accumulated a ton of belongings you no longer need, so now is a good time to get rid of them (or donate them if they’re able to be reused).
Call your local donation center and see if they’re able to accommodate you. While you may think it’s obvious that you can just waltz into any place and donate your items, some places have no storage and thus cannot take unsolicited donations.
4. Consider a Moving Container over a Moving Van
A moving container is a container that is dropped off at your location and then picked up once you’re finished. This can really ease the burden off of finding a truck, driving it yourself and handing it back over in one piece.
You may not feel comfortable driving a full blown truck, so it’s a good idea to look into moving containers as a suitable option. Just make sure that you prepare your belongings to be shipped carefully so they aren’t damaged during shipment.
5. Be Patient
Before you start the process to move a long distance, it’s best to be patient and think every step through. You don’t want to make a sudden decision (like moving to a location without having storage or a rental booked in advanced) and regret it later, so take your time and be patient.
With a good plan ahead of you, you won’t be backed into a corner and rushed into paying exorbitant last minute prices that will add to an already expensive long distance move. And last but not least, it’s always a good idea to ask your friends and family for any help they can, as moving is a stressful task and any help is appreciated (just remember to buy them a pizza for their troubles!).
In conclusion, a successful long-distance move requires careful planning and preparation. Schedule well in advance to secure necessary services and avoid last-minute shortages. Have a detailed plan, involving family, friends, or professionals to share the workload. Sort belongings into keep, throw away, and donate categories to declutter.
Consider using a moving container for convenience and avoid driving a large truck. Take the time to evaluate each step and avoid rushed decisions. Seek support from loved ones and show appreciation. By following these tips in our long distance moving guide, your long-distance move will be organized, less stressful, and ultimately a positive experience.
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