If you’re getting ready to move out of state, then you probably have a lot on your plate. There’s planning, packing, coordinating with the movers and that’s all before you even leave your old home. These kinds of tasks can seem even more challenging when you are dealing with moving long distance as opposed to moving within the state. An interstate move requires all the more planning because you need to get everything right the first time; no making a return trip from LA because you forgot something in Richmond, VA. That’s why we’ve decided to come up with a few tips for making sure your long distance move goes smoothly. Here are a few pointers for having a stress-free long distance move.
- Research the Area Before Moving Long Distance
Are you moving away from Richmond, VA? Or maybe you’re moving to Virginia from another state. Knowing where you’ll be moving to is, of course, half the battle, but researching neighborhoods and properties from across the nation can be tricky. First, contact any friends or relatives in the area you’d like to move to, as they likely know about the best neighborhoods, properties, schools and other vital information. If you’re not familiar with the area and don’t know anyone there, use online tools like Google’s street view and Zillow to help you look for property and learn about neighborhoods. Once you know where you’re going to stay, continue searching the internet for more information on your new home. The web has review sites for everything including homes, neighborhoods, school districts, shopping areas, local grocers and so much more. You can literally become an expert on your new city before you ever leave your old one.
- Pack Light to Save on Your Interstate Move
Less is more when you’re moving across hundreds of miles from state to state. Moving every one of your belongings out of your current home and across state lines will likely become cumbersome and expensive. The vast majority of the moving costs comes from the weight of the goods being transported and the distance between destinations. There isn’t anything you can do about the distance, but you can save a lot of money by cutting down on the weight.
To do this, part ways with as many of your current belongings as you can and start fresh in your new home. Of course, the amount that you can donate, sell or recycle depends on the needs of you and your family. It’s best to part with furniture and large heavy items like desks, shelves and cabinets. Not having these types of items will greatly reduce the weight of the load and they are usually easiest to sell. You can also usually get free delivery for furniture sets and other big-ticket items when purchased online, which you can schedule to have delivered once you’ve moved out of state and into your new home.
- Storage Options During Your Long Distance Move
Storage can be a big help to anyone moving across the country or across any long distance. For example, if you’ve decided to sublet an apartment while you search for the perfect home you probably won’t want to move all of your belongings in just to remove them in a couple of months. A storage unit is perfect in this circumstance because it gives you a clean, safe place to store your things during your long distance move, allowing you to take your time and find the perfect home. Most moving companies offer long and short-term storage options for anyone undergoing a long distance move.
- You Can Never Plan Too Far Ahead When Moving Long Distance
Use a planner or Google Calendar to plan out the weeks, or even months, leading up to your interstate move. Medical appointments, work or class projects, and even a goodbye party can all sneak up on you and become last minute affairs if you’re not careful. Remember, with the amount of distance between destinations, you’ll want to make sure that you’re completely prepared to move out of state. No checklist can be too long or too thorough in this case.
- Hire The Best Long Distance Movers
Hiring movers for your long distance move can take a load off your shoulders. Just be sure to research moving companies in advance before you settle on one. Check to see if the mover has a US DOT number on their website. This number ensures that the company is licensed and reputable. Are you searching specifically for long distance movers? This is imperative, because some moving companies might not provide services for moving out of state. By hiring the right long distance movers for your needs, you’ll have a lot more time to finish up other everyday activities that need to get done.
It’s easy to have a stress free interstate move by following the tips we’ve outlined here. For more moving tips from a moving company with decades of experience, be sure to check our blog regularly!