Whether you have bought a new home in a tranquil area, desire to move to a friendlier neighborhood, or you are heading to a new city due to receiving a new lucrative job, long distance moving can be a tedious and demanding process. Not only because of the sheer fact that you have to move basically your entire house but because it can be nerve-wracking to have to organize it all and not leave anything behind. That is why you need to sit down, relax, take a pen and paper and start writing down these essential tips in order to make your new moving transition run smoothly and perfectly.
1. Make a concise moving plan
First things first, you need to have in mind that you are about to leave the place you have felt comfortable in for so long, and start a whole new adventure in a new place. This might sounds scary, but don’t let it be, thus start in time and make a clear moving plan. Write down all the things you will need to move first, find professionals who know how to disassemble the furniture and call friend and relative in advance who would help you pack. Every task that needs to be accomplished is certainly going to be checked when it is written down.
2. Throw out the redundant items
Even though many people might not admit this, but there is no single person on the planet who doesn’t own or possess something that they absolutely don’t need. That is why your first item on the moving checklist should be eliminating all the things that you no longer need or use. The less stuff you need to pack up, haul across town, unload and place on the new place, the better. You will immediately feel relief and stress-free once you clear out the clutter from your existing house, rule out the things that you don’t use and throw out the unnecessary stuff.
3. Consider hiring a long distance moving company
Having to move is already a tiring process, but when you need to move all the bulky, large and heavy items to a far-out destination that can really cause unwanted stress. For that matter, you had better find a nationwide removal service to hire who will move all your precious stuff and keep them safe during transport. It is vital to find a renowned and reputable company since long distance move can be a rather difficult and costly job. When you need to relocate with the help of a team, you need to be assured that you have entrusted your things to professionals, so finding a removal company should be your top priority.
4. Pack in an organizational and diligent manner
All the little things that you have bought along the years are starting to cause you troubles once you start packing. Glasses, books, pictures, clothes, the list is endless. One way to pack things is to organize stuff by category. Get as much as paper boxes as you can, a duck tape, paper, and a black marker. It would be useful that your first category is clothes. Sort them out, fold them diligently and put them in the box. Then label them by writing whose clothes there are and for which season, for instance (Jon’s winter clothes). In that way, you will be able to precisely know which box contains what. Don’t forget to label “fragile” on the boxes containing glass or other breakable objects.
5. Sealing and dismantling elements
Some people tend to neglect properly packing, sealing and dismantling their things when they have to move long distance. Small children love all of their toys even if they don’t play with them, so one thing that you have to consider when moving with children is properly packing their stuff. For example, put stuffed animals, sheets, blankets, pillows and similar soft things in a clear and transparent plastic bag. Place them next to fragile items in the removal truck. Next, pack your mattress and your kids’ as well in a special box in order not to get ruined, tarnished, or damaged in the move. Last but not least, if you haven’t hired people to dismantle all the bulky furniture then you had better watch some online video clips to learn how to properly dismantle that item. Risk of not binding things equally can be hazardous.
6. Wrap it up
All sharp object should be wrapped in a proper way. Cutlery and dinnerware need special attention and care. Buy loads and loads of plastic wrap that you would use to wrap up all the sharp and fragile item before packing them in boxes. Knives and forks are a must, then wrap up all glass furniture that you may have. Glass table and shelves with glass doors need extra attention. You can also place something soft in between for additional protection. When it comes to mirrors, you might want to carry them the way they are, without putting them into boxes. You can only use duck tape to mark them which would prevent slipping.
7. Avoid packing food
Your pantry might be the thing you would like to take with you wherever you go, but that may not be the smartest thing to do. Processed, packed food and food with long shelf life can be taken with you, but all other food should be either eaten, donated or thrown away. Firstly, before you head out to your new destination defrost the fridge, sort out the food, towel dry it and clean it thoroughly. Then, avoid packing liquids since bottles of tomato juice, honey and other liquids can easily get broken, cracked and burst in the transport. Actually, you should avoid packing all perishable things in long distance move since you risk getting everything wet.
8. Make an inventory list
Long distance move can represent both a nice way to once again discover an item in your house that you have long forgotten about, or it can be an easy way to lose something that you deeply cherish. One helpful tip is to make an inventory list. If you have already packed all the essentials, take a notepad, mark each item with a number or a symbol and then write it down in your notepad to assure its presence. In that way, you will know that you have brought with you all the things you have and you won’t have to worry about figuring out where stuff is once you arrive in your new place.
9. Prearrange items you need to keep with you
Avoid getting frustrated the first night you arrive at your new home and prioritize the items that you need to keep by your side. It is perfectly normal to want to keep some valuables always by your side. Jewelry, loved presents, gems, and darling pictures, but it would be a real problem not knowing where your pajamas and blankets are one you get to your new home. Therefore consider packing an open-bow where you would place all the items that you would need during the first week such as toilettes, towels, panties, and a few pots, pans and dishes.
10. Determine the best moving day
For long distance move, trucks and large trailers will do the heavy job for you so you won’t have to worry about things being shattered and broken along the way. The only concern might be the weather conditions r other unplanned mishaps that may cause the truck not to arrive on time. That is why you could carefully determine your moving day. If you are moving out while remodeling then you need to wait until the work is done to complete your move. Selecting the best moving day in advance will make it easier for you to get accustomed and get prepared for all the things that lie in front of you. Pick an earlier date. Don’t wait for the last moment to rush everything up.
A long distance move doesn’t have to emotionally drain to the entire family if you have everything sorted out and meticulously planned in advance. All it takes is a careful organization, expert help, and patience.