The Best Tips For Long Distance Moving
Moving around the country is tremendously stressful. Your job, your friends, your address – having all these things changing at the same time is overwhelming.
We are here to help. Here are 14 things to do before your long-distance move (and some products we recommend to make your life easier.
1. Make a list of the accounts you need to update or cancel
Buy a super cute magnetic notepad so you can pretend this part is fun. Add all the subscriptions, bank accounts, and government organizations that need your new address. If you can’t remember everything, check your credit card statement and mail it in. Keep the list on your refrigerator so you can add bills as you think about them.
2. Take an inventory of your belongings
Get everything out of your closets and cabinets and really see how much you have. Trust us, you own more than you think. Make a list of your belongings and take photos. Creating an inventory helps you determine how much you need to pack and ship.
3. Get estimates on the services of the moving company.
If you’re moving long distance, it takes more than a pizza box to convince your friends to help you out. You need professional help. Now that you know how many things you have, get a reliable estimate of how much it costs to rent a moving truck, hire movers, and get help.
4. Make a plan of attack for packing
Since it can take weeks to pack, you need a strategy. Start with the things you definitely won’t need before moving in: Christmas trinkets, family heirlooms,out-of-season clothing, that shawl you only wear to the beach. Pack these inboxes and bags that are organized and labelled. If you put a spatula, a cardigan and a tapestry in the same box, you will hate yourself when it comes to unpacking. Be kind to yourself and get organized from the start.
5. Wrap your furniture
Imagine arriving at your new home. You are so excited to unpack and organize your furniture. You can already imagine where that adorable vintage dressing table will go. But when everything is unpacked,her heart breaks – her favorite dresser is scratched. Someone thought it was a good idea to put the dog cage on top of the truck.
Use these mobile blankets to protect your furniture from scratches, chips and dents. Wrap your favorite pieces in a blanket, just like you’ve always wanted to be wrapped.
6. Protect your dishes
Now is the time to wrap your fragile dishes. You’ve kept that set of eight perfect matching plates and bowls since your wedding day, and you don’t want to break the streak (or plates) now. This process can be time consuming, but with the help of these foam bags, you can keep that “World’s Best Daddy” mug you bought safe.
7. Wrap the paired items together
There is nothing worse than losing a piece of something. The pieces that go together should be wrapped together so you don’t send a box of Tupperware containers without a lid across the country. Secure your paired items with this industrial strength stretch wrap. Yes, it is just sturdy plastic wrap, but it works like a dream.
8. Pack your clothes
You have prepared all your furniture, everything in the basement and kitchen items; now is the time to pack clothes. Start with off-season clothing and extra workout jerseys, pack them in labelled bags and boxes. Save your basic clothes for last,as you will want to wear them on your last days at home. Avoid crumpling your most stylish outfits with this wardrobe moving box. With a built-in bar to hang your clothes, you can move your clothes compactly but safely.
9. Protect your bed
Your bed is your happy place and it deserves to be protected from the elements. A mattress bag is the perfect sanctuary. When you arrive at your new home, exhausted from move-in day, you want your mattress to be exactly as you left it. No suspicious liquid and dirt stains, just pure relaxation.
10. Take your car to the store and ship it
Most people bring their cars with them when they move. You can decide to avoid the hassle and hire a car transport company, but if you decide to drive, your car should be ready. A few weeks before your trip,take your car to a local mechanic. Tell them you are going on a road trip and you want to make sure your car is ready to drive. They should go the extra mile to make sure your car is ready for your long distance move.
11. make sure you have working jumper cables
With a check from your mechanic, your car’s battery should be strong, but it’s better to be prepared than to get stuck on the side of a road. Get a couple of new jumper wires and make sure they’re not buried under Christmas ornament boxes.
12. Get some backup juice for your phone
Speaking of batteries, you don’t want to be stranded with a dead phone. This power bank has enough power to fully charge your phone at least two to four times, which can mean the difference between sleeping in your broken down car and calling a tow truck and a hotel.
13. Don’t injure yourself, but be prepared if you do.
You never know what kind of wild ride you’ll have on the road, so prepare for the worst.A first aid kit covers any minor injuries you or your passengers experience without stopping at any pharmacy in the country.
14. Pack your vehicle
Use your powerful and wise skills to pack your moving car and truck, but be sure to start by packing the items that you are least likely to need. Keep emergency supplies and a small travel bag on hand so you don’t have to unpack everything when you get to your new home or hotel.
All the things that come with moving across the country – like finding a job, making new friends, and finding new doctors – are stressful, but the move itself doesn’t have to be. Keep to-do lists, reduce the size of your belongings,protect your items from breaking, and prepare for road trip emergencies to ensure a smooth and safe move.