If there is one thing that most people dread, it’s moving—be it local or international. Moving is a complicated affair. It is disruptive and nerve-wracking. We don’t realize how much stuff we have accumulated until we make the decision to move and start packing it all up.
If local moves are a pain, long-distance moving is often considered pure agony. Below are ten tips and tricks that could make long-distance moving a positively memorable event:
1. Plan Your Move
You don’t just wake up one morning and start to move. A lot of planning and preparation is required. You will want to allow enough time to prepare and plan your move. This is even more critical for long-distance moves. Give yourself between three and four months before the actual move date. This will provide you with enough time to make crucial decisions, such as which company to use, ideal dates to hit the road, etc.
2. Make Sure the Moving Company Has the Right Sized Transportation Vehicles to Safely Move Your Stuff
Long-distance moving requires appropriate transportation vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers. You want to know that your items are properly packed into a purpose-built moving vehicle. You want to be sure that your items are moved safely and carefully, especially some of those keepsake mementos with irreplaceable sentimental value.
3. Decide Which Items You Will Move With
If you have been accumulating items indiscriminately, you might consider taking this opportunity to weed out and donate unnecessary items. Unless you have an elastic budget, you want to move with only the essentials. Moving fewer items, especially large items, can reduce your costs.
4. Label Everything
Labelling everything long before the movers come in is absolutely essential. It helps the movers to understand where to place different items and how to handle them. Since most moving companies charge by the hour, labelling helps them do their work quickly, saving you money.
When labelling boxes, indicate which boxes should go to which rooms once they arrive at your new location. You don’t want to keep shuffling boxes from one room to another.
5. Make Sure Your Most Important Items Are Properly Insured
Long-distance moving can be unpredictable. Anything could happen in a long-haul move. Having your most valuable items insured will give you much-needed peace of mind. Always remember that what could go wrong likely will go wrong. You can mitigate the impact of an unfortunate incident by insuring your items beforehand.
6. Pack the Essential Items First
These are items that you can’t do without on your first few days. As you pack these items, ensure they are appropriately and clearly labelled so you can quickly find and unpack them.
7. Hire a Trustworthy Moving Company
The ideal company should be professional and courteous. You want to hire a company that has excellent reviews and experience with long-term moves. Do your due diligence and take the time required to find the right company.
8. Pack a Bag with Essentials
Rummaging through boxes can be exasperating. Having your most essential items in a bag and within easy reach could come in handy when moving.
9. Keep Your Most Important Records Together
Documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, school records, health records, etc., should be packed together. It’s also important that you remember to label the box or folder containing your most crucial documents.
10. Don’t Procrastinate—Start Packing
Some people leave packing to the last minute. Since you will have to box everything and label those boxes too, you had better start packing now. Having everything boxed and labelled by the time the movers come saves time and money.
Moving does not have to be a pain if you follow the above tips. On the contrary, moving can be fun and go smoothly if you’re adequately prepared.