Long distance moving involves a lot more planning, paperwork, and time management skills than a shorter, or local, move. Take a minute to review this list of thoughtful tips before you begin the moving process!
Research at least three companies
You should feel 100% comfortable with the company you choose- meaning you trust their employees will handle your belongings with care and professionalism. Consider the 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 they include all charges in their estimate, including any extra fees or possible tax that you may be charged, so that you have the most accurate comparisons possible.
Strategize the best way to systematically sort through your house and belongings. Most moving companies price by weight when moving long distance. Are you willing to compromise on what to keep to help reduce moving costs?
- Mark donation deadlines on the calendar. Doing multiple smaller hauls once a month 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 with your SO and create a keep vs willing-to-buy-again list for major furniture pieces. If you’re worried about finding good but affordable furniture in your new location, don’t worry, we have a post to help you with that!
Moving is an overwhelming experience, but try not to don’t procrastinate! Time management is very important when planning your long distance move.
- Be comfortable communicating with your moving specialist, and schedule meetings to discuss any changes, information updates, etc.
- If you need help from friends, family, or neighbors, ask well in advance so you can plan around their availability. Respect their time and help!
- Do what you can on your own- decide which days or weekends you can devote to following the plan that you created, and or make time during the week to tackle smaller tasks after work.
Know where you’re going
Be prepared and knowledgeable of the route you’re taking to your new hometown, whether you’re flying or driving.
- If possible visit and explore the area you’re moving to, especially if you have children. Here’s why.
- Check the weather along your route, don’t be surprised by delays!
- Driving to your new location? Look on 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, and plan a budget for getting around in cabs or another car service.
It may seem obvious to some, but people are often surprised by company cost differences and the time that is needed to properly prepare for long distance moving. Remember that a long distance move requires more planning and paperwork than a local one. Start your research, strategize, sort items early, and be sure to choose a trusted company like Sorensen that has extensive resources to move you safely and efficiently across the nation.
Wishing you a swift and stress-free move,
Your friends at Sorensen.