Whether you’re moving to another state hundreds of miles away or you’re relocating to a completely different country to start a new life there, moving is going to be more of a challenge than it would be if you were moving just a short distance, which is exactly why you need some tips to ensure your long distance move is a smooth one.
Below, you will find a number of useful tips to help your long distance move go as smoothly and efficiently as possible:
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Make a plan & inventory
The second you know a long distance move is on the cards, you should start planning. Write an inventory of everything you own and will need to move (spreadsheets are ideal for this) and then think about planning how you will move it all logistically from packing to calling in the removalists.
Pack box by weight, or hire a packing company
Packing boxes by weight is really important when you are moving long distance as it will help you to work out your moving costs, and more importantly, the size of removal vehicle you will need.
If you don’t relish the thought of packing for a long distance move, then Dream Movers offer a packing service, where our experienced removalists will do it all for you, taking extra care with your fragile items. We know exactly how to pack things for maximum safety and efficiency, which means hiring a professional packing service really can be a load off your mind at a time when you are already likely to be very busy and stressed out as it is. In case you want to do it by yourself, we’ve put together a quick packing guide to help you out.
If you want to ensure everything gets to the new location in one piece, our packing tips are not to be missed.
Add personal information to your boxes
If you have a good removal copay working for you, it is unlikely anything will get lost, but the fact remains that when you are moving long distance it is a little more likely that things will go wrong By clearly labelling all of your boxes with your name and new address or contact number, you will increase the odds that your lost stuff will find its way back to you again.
Get multiple estimates
Before you hire a removal company, it is really important that you take the time to get multiple quotes – at least four is ideal – so that you can choose the removal company that offers the best value. Long distance moves can be pretty expensive, so anything you can do to keep costs down should not be disregarded.
Hire a good and careful moving company
However, you should not simply go with the cheapest removal company by default. It is so important that you choose an interstate removal company that has a good reputation for being careful, efficient, and reliable otherwise your long distance move could end up going really wrong. So, check reviews and references, talk to companies, and get a feel for which movers are most likely to do a good job before you book your long distance move.
Downsize & plan where things will go in the new home
Before you move long distance, it is a really good idea that you take the time to really go through your possessions and get rid of anything you no longer really need or want. After all, there is no point in packing and lugging s bunch of stuff you do not really need across hundreds of miles.
It’s also sensible to measure your new home or have someone nearby do so, and then measure your furniture to see what is likely to fit and what you will not be able to take with you after all. This will also give you time to buy anything you may need for your new lace.
Because a long distance move can be quite expensive, it is usually a good idea to move off-season. The vast majority of people will move in the summer months, and that increases demand at this time, which means moving services tend to be more expensive. By moving in the Autumn or winter months, then, you can usually save money and get a better deal. The same applies to moving n a weekday rather than a weekend.
Now that you have read these long distance move tips, you can ensure that, when the time comes, your move will go as smoothly as possible and you will not have to stress about the whole thing as you otherwise might. Good luck.
If you need help with long distance moves, get in touch with us today!