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Making a big move can be stressful, I mean really stressful. The #1 thing that helps is being organized and then totally nailing your plan of action. Early last year we made our big move from Rhode Island to Florida. It was a huge thing for us and honestly one we really did not plan for. It was a quick decision. Kind of like if we don’t do it now, we never will… let’s just go. And, that’s just what we did! Today I want to share some things we did to make the experience as smooth as possible and also things that I would do differently if there’s a next time.
10 Long Distance Moving Tips
If you plan for a big move the right way, you can focus on all of the exciting parts about moving. So, before you start planning, make sure to read these Tips to Ease the Moving Experience from Nationwide. You’ll get things to add to your pre-move checklist to include everything you’ll need to do once you finalize your plans.It will set you off on the right foot. Here are 10 tips that I learned on our long distance moving journey.
1. Make a checklist. When things start to get more real and stressful, it’s easy to overlook important details. Plot out your entire move first before jumping in.
2. Purge. I can’t say enough about the importance of this. One of the most taxing parts of moving is the bulk of it all and let me tell you, you will pay for it. It’s worth taking a day to completely purge any and everything you no longer want. And I mean everything. Don’t bring it with you to deal with later, trust me. The less you need to transport, the better for your wallet and sanity.
To get rid of unwanted items, give them away to family members or donate. To save time, we rented a truck and took a few hours to drop off items that our friends and family members wanted. It saves so much time vs. waiting around for them to come pick them up. We also found a local charity that had a team that came and picked up other donation items.
If time is on your side, you might consider having a yard sale, using a local selling app or Craigslist to sell unneeded items.
We were able to greatly lighten our load and moving costs by doing this first.
3. Consider your Hauling Options. Now that you’ve purged, you’ll have a better idea of how much you need to get from point A to B. There are various ways to hire help when you’re making a big move. Between traditional moving trucks that you can rent or hire, there are also options like PODS which can be pricey but really convenient if time is on your side. Take the time to compare all of your options because the timing and pricing can be very drastic from one choice to the next.
4. Pay Attention to Fine Print. Whether you hire moving help or rent trucks to DIY your move, make sure to read and follow all the fine print on any contracts you sign to avoid headaches and extra fees. For example, the moving company we hired would not allow for any liquids to be shipped. So we had to discard a lot of health and beauty products in the last minute.
5. Get Your Timing On Point. I hate to admit this, but when we finally arrived at our new home in Florida we were without almost EVERYTHING that we owned. We knew it could be *up to 2 weeks* before we got our shipment, but you always hope it will be faster. It probably won’t be. Make sure to understand what could happen if you’re without your essentials. You may plan for inflatable beds and other things.
6. Label Boxes by Room. I’m sure you’ve heard this one, but you really need to do it. Once you get everything into your new home things are going to get chaotic again. If you hire help, this will also make the job easier. It’s way better to know what’s in each box and having them set in the matching room is another sanity saver.
Get tips on how to pack your boxes to save the most room here.
7. Keep your Medications & First Aid with You. Never pack up any necessary medications. It’s an easy mistake to make. Add this to you’re moving checklist to prevent any emergencies while you’re traveling to your new home.
8. Over-Pack for your Travels but make sure it will all fit. Whether your hitting the open road to get your family to your new home or flying out, make sure to pack extra clothes, personal items, snacks and refreshments because anything can happen. It took us an entire day longer to drive to our new home, having extra fresh clothes was a big help. To be extra prepared, consider packing up your car or suitcases to make sure everything fits before your big day.
9. Plan for your Final Cleaning. After the moving company took the bulk of our items away, one of the challenges we experienced when moving was getting the home we were leaving in perfect condition before we hit the road. The cleaning was no biggie, but trash day had come and gone and we were left with cleaning supplies, mop and a vacuum that simply wouldn’t fit in our car. Either hire someone to do the cleaning for you or have a friend or family member let you borrow their supplies so they can take them away when you’re all done.
10. Don’t forget the Pets. Don’t forget that pets will have their own needs when it comes to making a long haul. Make sure to secure your plans in advance so that there’s nothing to stress about later.
Get more moving tips and get in the know by visiting In The Nation. You’ll find awesome tips for every step of your move including what to do when you get to your new home.
Have you moved long distance or considered it?