Long-distance moving is a challenge and one that’s not your typical moving experience. It might be that you’re planning to move to another country or just a few hours away from where you currently are. Anywhere that’s over an hour or so away is likely to be considered a long-distance move and it’s something that you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared for properly, in order for everything to go as smoothly as possible. Here are six tips for moving long-distance.
Budget Your Money Carefully
When it comes to moving long-distance, one of the biggest things to think about is money. A move of any kind can be expensive but if you’re budgeting and keeping an eye on what’s being spent on what, you can save a lot through just being money-savvy. For packaging materials, do your best to try and get most of it for free. It’s likely that you’ll be able to get a load of boxes and bubble wrap from local shops who might be chucking it out in their bins. It’s worth getting friendly with the locals and seeing whether anything can be put aside. Make sure you ask friends and family too if they’ve got anything lying about that they can give to you. At the end of the day, packaging materials are going to take up a lot of clutter and some people will be happy to get rid of them for free.
Try to set up a spreadsheet of what you have available to spend and what you’ll need to fork out in order to make the move happen. Anything you can cut or reduce in any way is definitely going to help you save some money.
Start Organizing Your Home Early
Moving requires a lot of organization on your part and the more you’ve got sorted, the better. So with that being said, when it comes to your move, start organizing the home as soon as you possibly can. Try to arrange things into the boxes so that they’re ready and this can be done with things that you probably don’t use that often and don’t mind packaging up. You want to also think about decluttering what you have too.
There are many of us who are hoarders when it comes to our stuff and so it’s important to try and get rid of as much stuff as possible so that you’re not taking anything you don’t want, with you to your new place.
In order to make the move easier, try to label up everything correctly so that the movers will know where they need to place it once they’ve arrived at your new home.
Use Movers Who Specialize In Long-Distance
When moving properties, you want to put your faith in someone or a company you trust when you’re having to get professional help. Of course, there might be friends or family members to help but when it comes to the van or vehicle you use, you may need to source this from a company who specialize in moving.
Movers are available far and wide but when it comes to long-distance you might want to find someone local to your area but that does long-distance routes. Otherwise, there may be national ones that you can take advantage of but this might affect the cost of having to come to you to pick everything up and then drop it off at another location.
Forward Your Mail
Mail is something to be considerate about when you’re moving home. You want to do your best to make sure that you’ve changed your address to the new one on anything that you receive in the post. However, if it’s something you’ve forgotten about and it was actually important, you risk not being able to receive it after you’ve vacated your old address. That’s why it’s important to add a forwarding address when you move in order for your mail to be redirected to your new property.
That way, you can receive everything you may have forgotten about and you can then inform those companies and businesses of your new address.
Get Help When Packing
With packing, it can be a bit of a nightmare if you’re limited on who can help. However, there’s likely to be plenty of friends and family outside of your household who will probably be more than happy to help out and to assist in getting you all packed up and moved into your new home. The more hands you have, the easier the work will be and the sooner you’ll be moved in,
Try to get the team in whether that’s your parents, best friends or perhaps even some friendly work colleagues. The more that can help, the better it is for you and your household. It might even be that you get someone to look after anyone in the home that might get in the way, like young children or perhaps a pet running around your feet.
Remember To Breathe
It’s important to breathe when it comes to moving long-distance. The challenge of moving alone can be stressful and it can often lead to a lot of tension and stress in the build up and the eventual move. It’s good to just take moments where you can to breathe and to find some calm in all the craziness that might be going on around you.
You don’t want to get too stressed out when it comes to the move as regardless, it should be an enjoyable experience all around. These tips should be helpful in getting your move as successful and fuss-free as you possibly can do.
Moving long-distance can be difficult and it can be something that’s hard on the household, not just for the move itself but the lifestyle changes that are going to be had too. Make sure you’re looking after yourself and your family during the move and rely on others where it’s needed to pitch in and help if possible.