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One of the biggest differences between a local move and a long-distance move is the amount of planning that is required. In fact, many people are often surprised by the additional time needed to properly prepare for a long-distance move. 

If you have a long-distance move on the horizon, plan for success with the following tips:


Don’t Skimp on Your Research

You should feel 100% comfortable that the moving company you choose will handle your belongings with care and professionalism. Consider the moving company’s reviews to understand a little more about the quality of service and if they stick to their quotes. For more tips on how to find a reputable moving company, read this post.

  • Compare price points, check business profiles and certifications, and ask about interstate procedures and policies.
  • Discuss insurance, protection, and liability for your belongings.
  • Be sure all potential charges are included in the estimate — including any extra fees or taxes so you have the most accurate comparisons possible.

Create a Strategy

Strategize the best way to systematically sort through your house and belongings. Most moving companies use weight to determine cost when moving long-distance, so consider what you would be willing to part with in order to help reduce moving costs. 

  • Schedule donation deadlines and put them on your calendar. Taking multiple smaller hauls once a week will be easier on you and the donation center.
  • Think about what can be packed up in advance if you know you want to keep it (holiday decor, seasonal clothing, etc.).
  • Sit down and create a “keep vs. willing-to-buy-again list for furniture and large appliances



Don’t Procrastinate

Moving can be an overwhelming experience, which is why time management is key when planning your long-distance move. If you’re prone to procrastination — as many of us are — keep in mind that it will be tempting to put off tackling the challenging portions of the process. Do your best to remain disciplined — your future self will thank you. 

  • Communicate with your moving coordinator. Schedule meetings to discuss any changes or update information as needed. Remember, your relocation specialist is there to make it as easy as possible.
  • If you need help from friends, family or neighbors, ask well in advance so you can plan around their availability. 
  • Do what you can on your own. Decide when you can devote time to tackling the tasks for your move. Block off weekends or make time during the week to knock off some of the smaller items. 

Plan Transportation in Advance

Whether you plan to drive or fly to your new home, make sure you have the route set and the plan hashed out ahead of time. Not only will this help you avoid potential setbacks or delays, but it can also help ease your moving day jitters. 

  • Check the weather along your route so you’re not caught off guard by delays.
  • Driving to your new home? Check local government sites for marked construction or events that require road closures on your route.
  • Are you flying to meet your things? Make sure you have a map of public transportation on your phone, as well as apps like Lyft or Uber. And don’t forget to budget for these expenses. 

Choose Sorensen to Go the Distance 

At Sorensen Moving & Storage, we make long-distance moves a breeze. We have extensive resources to ensure a safe, efficient move — whether across the country or across the globe. Get your free moving quote.