Tips for Long Distance Moves


Many of us have had the unfortunate pleasure of packing up most of our possessions and moving to another place. First, we moved off to college, then we moved away from home for good and into our first apartment. You probably did not have to hire long distance movers or buy moving pods to get your all of your stuff to your new place for those moves. But if you have decided that it is time to get out of the one horse town in which you grew up, then you might find yourself facing the prospect of long distance movers for the first time. Here are a few tips to help out with your first long distance move.

1. The first step in any long distance move should be figuring out where you are going. Scoping out your new apartment or house ahead of time will help you plan ahead. If you are moving into a smaller place, then you can be more liberal with the things you toss out or donate to charity. If you are moving to a warmer climate, then you can probably get rid of a lot of your cold weather gear and snow recreation equipment. Plan ahead at the beginning so that packing will be easier later.

2. Purge all of the stuff you never use when you begin packing for your move. Moving is the best time to trim down on your possessions, so if you never use something, then toss (or donate) it! Especially if, as mentioned above, you are moving into a place with less space than you have now. However, make sure to take into account sentimental value as well, and do not go throwing out anything that you will end up missing dearly.

3. It is important to figure out whether you want to use long distance movers for the entire process, or just use moving pods and have your stuff shipped. If you use long distance movers for the entire process, then you run the risk of your stuff taking much longer to reach its destination. Taking on a long distance move by yourself without long distance movers can be a bit daunting (if not downright impossible), though. So you might find it useful to split the difference between the extremes. Order some moving pods and get local movers to pack all your stuff into them. This means that you do not have to worry about hauling all of the stuff out of your house, and you can expect your possessions to arrive more quickly than if you used long distance movers.

4. Drive your car to your destination. There are too many risks and variables to take into account if you ship your car. While it may take more of your time and energy, driving your car is probably the best option in the long run. Think of it this way: while the long distance movers are working their butts off to get your stuff across country, you can be having yourself a road trip. Try to take a little more time off than you need and turn the trip into an adventure instead of a chore.

These tips should help ease the pain of your long distance move, whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned veteran and are on a first name basis with your long distance movers.

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