Year after year, more and more people relocate across states and countries. Whether it be for job placement or a change of scenery, it’s important to be prepared for a big move. Luckily, there are a few helpful tips to help your move run smoothly and be stress free.
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best things you can do before packing a single box is to plan ahead to ensure everything runs smoothly throughout your moving process. Some of these things can be done months prior or even weeks before moving day. However, the sooner the better. Forbes.com recommends calling around before signing up for future services to ensure they are still available in your new area. Take time to research which moving company will be best for your needs if you decide to use one.
2. Insure Your Belongings
Because you are moving a long distance, the likelihood of your belongings getting damaged in transit are higher. It’s important to insure your belongings correctly. Know your insurance policies in detail. You want to make sure the things you want bring actually make it to their destination, and if they don’t, you want to make sure they can be replaced or fixed.
Remember, the less you have, the less you have to pack, and the less transportation you’ll need. Get rid of your unwanted or unused belongings. You can have a yard sale, donate, or simply throw things away. You want to be able to take as much as you can with less transportation. This will save you more money. Plus, you could potentially make money in the process!
4. Pack Smart
Chances are you won’t be able to make multiple trips if you’re moving a long distance, so it’s important to pack your moving truck wisely! Remember to pack your heaviest belongings on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. You can pack some of your belongings in the empty drawers of your furniture. Yes, it will make it heavier, but you’ll save more space in the truck!
5. Stay Organized
Staying organized will ensure that the move will run smoothly and lessen the chances of things going wrong. Make a time sensitive to-do list to keep yourself on track with the moving process so you aren’t rushing to get everything done closer to your moving day. The Chicago Tribune suggests labeling and grouping boxes so you know exactly where everything will go when you get to your destination.
At the end of the day, do what makes your move easier for you.