10 Ways To Make Your Long-Distance Move More Efficient

There are a lot of decisions you need to make when taking on a big relocation, so here are ten ways to make it a little easier on yourself.

Andrew Charles, Partner
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Moving long-distance can be overwhelming, and that is why preparation is critical. By taking the proper steps, you can make your move a breeze and prevent many of the problems other movers face. By using tools like a moving cost calculator, you can be financially aware and budget accordingly. Other tips, like selling large items, can save you from high moving costs. Overall, there are lots of decisions you need to make when taking on a big relocation, so here are ten ways to make it a little easier on yourself.

1. Decide what to keep

One of the best ways to prepare for a long-distance move is deciding what to bring with you. It may be tempting to bring everything, but it can be a big hassle. Instead, try selling some of your furniture in a yard sale or online on a platform like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist and take that money with you to purchase new furniture.

The less you take with you, the more you save on moving costs and the easier your move will be.

2. Make a checklist

Staying organized is key to making your process as smooth as possible. Fortunately, finding a moving checklist online is easy and will help you stay on track without forgetting anything along the way. Your list can be organized to tackle different tasks at different points leading up to the move, up to 2 months out, depending on the preparation time you have.

3. Find packing hacks

For the items you do want to keep, finding packing hacks online is a great way to streamline packing and unpacking. A lot of moving hacks, like putting trash bags over your hanging clothes, will save you money and prevent you from buying extra moving supplies that you don’t need. Other tips, like putting small items in your shoes, will save you space and allow you to move more for less money.

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4. Measure hallways and doorways

Big pieces of furniture often won’t fit through tight doorways and hallways, which is why it’s essential to measure them before moving. You may need to disassemble your furniture to get it in your new home or sell furniture that is too heavy or difficult to move to the new location.

5. Compare estimates

Moving with professional help is much easier if it is within your budget, and price comparing online will allow you to determine the best plan for you. Make sure to compare several companies, so you know you are getting the best service and the best deal. Getting these estimates in advance will also allow you to budget the rest of your move more efficiently.

6. Pack essential items separately

Consider packing the items you will need immediately, like toiletries and basic outfits, separately. Additionally, you may want to keep sentimental or expensive items close to you, so they are less likely to be damaged or lost.

Don’t forget you will likely also need some cleaning supplies and other valuable tools for your moving day.

7. Protect your items

Protecting your belongings is vital with any move, but especially when traveling long distances as there are more chances for things to be broken. Take extra care by wrapping up dishes and other fragile items in t-shirts, bubble wrap, and newspapers to make sure they are extra safeguarded against bumps along the way.

8. Pick the right time

If you have control over the time of year you will move, avoiding a summer move can save you a ton of money. Summer is the season most people move, and moving during other seasons can automatically make your move cheaper by avoiding peak mover pricing.

Consider planning your move in the middle of the month for even more savings.

9. Check every cabinet twice

It is easy to forget cabinets that you don’t often use when rushing to get out of the house. After you believe you’ve packed everything, recheck all cupboards and crevices to make sure nothing was missed. Then, when you or the movers have taken everything out, check for any lingering items one more time. It can be especially hard to reclaim anything left behind when you’re moving far away.

10. Avoid packing liquids or perishables

Food and liquid items can attract bugs and other critters that you definitely don’t want near your things. Liquids also run the risk of leaking on your items and damaging them. Make sure to bring necessary liquids with you, rather than packing them with the rest of your belongings. On top of this, most storage units don’t allow food of any kind.

By following the tips above, you can ensure your move goes smoothly and efficiently. Taking the extra time to make lists, budget, and prepare will help you avoid unnecessary problems and stress. Moving long-distance can be scary, but it is often extremely rewarding when done right.