Tips for a Successful Long-Distance Move

Long-distance moves can be more complex than local moves. However, you can manage them smoothly with the proper help and planning.

Start Early

As soon as you know you will move, develop a plan and schedule. Begin sorting, giving away, selling, or discarding items you no longer want as soon as possible. Decluttering is essential.

Also, get a floor plan of your new home to determine where your furniture will go. Having a floor plan will make moving day easier. It also will help you keep only items that will fit in the new home.

Research Movers

Research, interview, and obtain estimates from two or three reputable movers. Reputable movers will have a DOT number. The best movers will also have completed several long-distance moves similar to yours.

Reputable movers will provide free estimates. Be sure you understand each estimate and the process and terms the mover outlines. Once you have the estimates, reserve a date with one of them, preferably four weeks ahead of the moving date.

Make Travel Plans

Make travel arrangements for your family and pets, such as airfare or hotels. If you plan to travel by air, check airline requirements for your pet. Most airlines require a pet health certificate from a veterinarian. Also, ensure that pets are current on their vaccinations.

If you are flying, you must also arrange to ship your car to your new home.

If you are traveling with children, pack a separate box of snacks and toys to occupy them during the long trip.

Plan Around the Delivery Window

Moving companies often provide a delivery window for long-distance moves. Depending on the distance and time of year, the window could be only a few hours or several days. Set aside items you’ll need during that delivery window and transport them with you. Items would include

  • A change of clothes
  • Prescriptions and other medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper plates and utensils
  • Diapers
  • Dish soap and bathtub cleanser
  • Bath soap, towels, and washcloths
  • Blankets
  • Chargers
  • Items to entertain until you hook up the TV
  • Snacks
  • Pajamas
  • Bedding
  • Formula
  • Pet food
  • Canned or boxed food

Update Documents

Check to see what documents you will need to update and when. States have different requirements for motor vehicle registration, driver’s and professional licenses. Also, carry essential documents with you rather than packing them in the moving van.

Handle Mail and Utilities

Arrange for disconnecting utilities at your old home and connecting them in your new home. Also, arrange for the post office to forward your mail to the new address.

Know Your Move-In Situation

Research the move-in situation at your new home. Look at the parking regulations, for example. Or, if you are moving into an apartment or condominium building, research regulations for using the freight elevator.

Say Goodbye

Allow time to say a proper goodbye to friends in your old neighborhood. Plan a gathering and encourage your children to plan gatherings with their friends. Visit your favorite sites in your old town, and arrange a ritual to say goodbye to your old home. Take plenty of photographs.

Let the Pros Help

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