Everyone has moved into a new place before. And everyone has made mistakes while doing it, and making a long-distance move gives that much more room for error. However, with just a few key points to keep in mind and use throughout the process, you can make your move go a lot smoother.
The most important thing is to be prepared. It’s a broad rule that covers all the basics.
- Budget – and stick with it. Keep in mind your budget and time frame for the journey. Your moving budget should include the cost scouting your new neighborhood, packing supplies, hiring movers, renting a truck, gas for transporting your vehicle, and any travel expenses like food or temporary lodging.
- Get to know your new place. Moving from a couple hours away or to the other side of the country prompts knowledge of a new neighborhood. If this means you need to take a trip to scout places to live or work and find the closest hospitals or shopping centers, then you should make the acquaintance as soon as possible before the big move. If possible, prep your new home for moving in (cleaning surfaces, vacuuming, etc.).
- Purge any unnecessary items before you move. This will lighten your load and prevent you from renting too big of a truck or buying more boxes just to fit things you didn’t want to keep in the first place. Toss or donate your unwanted items before you commit to packing your essentials.
- Organize your packing. Use colored duct tape to differentiate between the content in each box so that they make their way to the correct rooms in the new place. Keep coordinating items in correct boxes; don’t mix bathroom items with kitchen items. That will only slow down the unpacking process. You should also make sure your mattress is put in the truck last – that way it is the first thing unloaded. After a busy day traveling and moving you’ll want to crash on something more comfortable than the floor.
- Separate the essentials. Remember to keep a couple boxes set aside to put essentials in for the first couple nights. Those will include toiletries, towels, blanket and pillow, cleaning supplies, change of clothes, a phone charger, snacks for the road and moving munchies, water bottles, your wallet and ID, keys to the new place, etc.
- Do a final walkthrough. After packing all of your belongings into the moving truck, you’ll want to do a walkthrough of your old place to make sure nothing was overlooked and that you’ve cleaned it properly.
Hopefully you experience a smooth and successful long-distance move with these simple tips in practice. Moving isn’t easy or relaxing, but the more prepared you are, the easier it is to manage the whole process.