Moving is always stressful but moving many hundreds or even thousands of miles doubles the stress! In this quick guide, we gathered the best tips ever to help you get organized the best way possible and hit the road with peace in your mind.
1. Plan Account Updates and Cancellations
Moving to another state or even country always requires updating some or all of the following:
- bank accounts
- service subscriptions
- accounts in government organization
Your list can be shorter or longer than this, but you need to write it down, in any case, to ensure you don’t forget anything. Make sure you close all the accounts that can’t be used in a new region/country and thoroughly plan how and when you need to update bank and government accounts.
2. Make an Inventory & Downsize
You may think that you remember everything you have, but it’s always a false sense of confidence. The only true way is to make a written inventory of everything you have. Create an Excell spreadsheet and list all the items you have and their quantities. Once the list is ready, take some time to decide which items can be thrown away, donated, or sold. This way you will reduce the number of boxes you need to transport and save up on moving service.
Pack & label the boxes
Once your inventory is ready and downsized, you need to pack the boxes by room and purpose and label them all to simplify unpacking as you arrive. You should also write your name on all the boxes to avoid confusion if your boxes are being transported with another family’s belongings.
3. Get Moving Estimates
Long distance movers NYC and other cities may offer different pricing, so you need to get estimates from them all to choose the most affordable option. You should get estimates as early as possible and not later than 4 weeks before the move. It’s also recommended to plan a move off-season as summer moving tariffs are usually the highest.
Hire a reputable company
While the price estimates are important, the reputation of moving companies is even more important. We recommend choosing a company with the best reputation to ensure the best service quality for the money you pay.
Consider a moving insurance
At this step, you need to figure out what your moving and auto insurance covers and consider purchasing more comprehensive insurance to ensure that you get a refund if any valuable items get lost or damaged during transportation. Most companies offer limited default insurance, so don’t skip this step.
4. Follow a Strict Schedule
Moving always involves a list of time-sensitive actions, such as school enrollment or utility installation. That’s why you need to schedule everything in advance and follow your schedule strictly to avoid complications and unnecessary expenses. While making a schedule, always consider unexpected issues and designate extra time to be able to solve them with minimal negative effects.
5. Protect Your Belongings
Even if you hire the best moving company and purchase a comprehensive insurance plan, you need to invest time and effort in protecting your belongings for the long journey. This involves packing everything thoroughly enough to ensure that the items don’t get damaged because of your lack of carefulness. Make sure that you wrap all the furniture in thick plastic film and put all the fragile items into boxes with a soft protective filler.
Now you are ready to prepare for your long-distance moving trip with the sense that it will bring you only positive emotions. There’s never too much planning and precautions when it comes to moving your home to a brand new place that’s thousands of miles away.