Moving long distance is not a job to be taken lightly. You don’t just wake up one morning and say, “Let’s move three thousand miles away tomorrow – it will be super easy.” It just does not work that way. It takes careful planning and thoughtfulness to pull off a long distance move without a hitch.
If you’re getting ready for a long-distance move, the first thing you need to determine is whether you are going move with the help of an affordable rental truck such as a U-Haul or if you want hire a moving company. For most moves that are a few thousand miles, you may want to consider a moving company.
Things to Know for a Smooth Long Distance Move
Pack your belongings securely – How you pack your belongings for your move will determine what condition they make it back to you in the end. It is best to purchase moving supplies such as high quality moving boxes and not use boxes that may be compromised (like boxes from stores). Additionally, boxes should be packed to the top or filler should be used to take up any extra space since extra space allows your belongings room to move around and get broken or damaged. Each box should be sealed properly. Take into account that movers may move your boxes in all directions.
Mark each box appropriately – You probably know that it’s good to mark each of your moving boxes with the room whose content it contains. However, that’s not all that you should mark on your moving boxes. Moving companies typically move more than one family’s possessions at one time. Because of this, it is wise to put your name or some type other identification on each and every box that the company is shipping for you. If one of your boxes gets mixed up, the shipper or another family will take notice of it and you will be able to recover your belongings.
Some odd items also need to be boxed – Not only do your normal belongings need to be boxed, but you need to get a box or crate for your mattress and box springs. After all, you do not want a lot of dirty items stacked directly against the thing you sleep on! A box will protect these items from getting dirty and it will also protect their shape.
Make sure to organize as you pack – Organizing as you pack involves grouping your boxes together if the boxes require special care. This is especially important for boxes that contains fragile items. Make sure to mark these boxes accordingly. Speed up packing by boxing by room or category.
Do not put things you will need on the moving truck – As the moving truck will take some time to get to your new home, be sure to take things that you will need with you. This should include a “First Day” box. These types of boxes can include kitchen items, hygiene products, bedding, clothing, personal effects, baby items, children’s items, and anything else that your family needs to make things run smoothly for a short period of time.
There are things not to send on the moving truck – It is not wise to send any types of liquids or food on moving trucks. This includes non-perishable food. First of all, the food can get damaged. Second of all, you run the chance of attracting bugs. Liquids are also not a good idea as they are easily damaged and this can make a mess out of your other belongings.
Always get moving insurance – When you are moving so far away, a number of things can happen. Moving companies can help you decide what kind of coverage is best for you and your belongings.
Know what your “Delivery Window” is – Moving long distance is not an exact science and it depends on many variables. Because a moving company normally moves several families at once, the timeline can vary. Everything from weather, traffic, and loading and unloading times come into play. That is why most moving companies cannot give a moving date but a window of time of when to expect your belongings. This can vary sometimes for weeks not including weekends and holidays.
Steps for a Long Distance Move
- Start planning your move as soon as possible
- Keep a tight schedule
- Get lots of estimates
- Ask for references
- Get moving insurance
- Having an inventory list can help in case of loss
- Get rid of what you do not use
- Keep your “First Day” box with you
- Pack boxes securely to avoid breakage
- Organize and label as you pack
- Make sure your family name or identifier is on every box
- Move off season to save money
- Know your delivery window
- Movers expect to be tipped for good service
Hopefully these tips for moving long distance are helpful.
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