Long distance moving checklist

It is safe to say that relocations can get complicated quite easily. This is especially true when it comes to long distance moves. In order to “keep your head above the water”, you will need to properly prepare for the task ahead. The first thing you absolutely need to consider is hiring a moving company, such as State to State Move, for your long distance relocation. Moving cross country, over long distances, is something that is really hard to do on your own. In order to make it easier, you may wish to create a long distance moving checklist, with the most critical items. This article will provide you with some tips that we believe are the most important when planning your relocation.

Long distance moving checklist is a must in any successful relocation!

First of all, you will have numerous tasks that you will need to perform before you can relocate.  The more you know, the easier your move will be. However, some tasks are more important than others. That’s why it’s important to strategize and prioritize. By having a solid moving plan, you will ensure you don’t miss anything of importance during the move. Here is the list of the most important tasks, along with a detailed breakdown of how to perform them:

  • Determine your budget
  • Declutter and organize a yard sale!
  • Book a professional moving company
  • Pack seasonal items in advance
  • Change address and contact utility companies
  • Pack an essentials bag for the whole family
Set up a moving budget in advance!

The first task in your long distance moving checklist – Determine your budget

There will be plenty of expenses for your relocation. You will need to set a moving budget before you start calculating what you can and cannot afford. Having this budget already set will allow you to save time you would otherwise spend on considering expensive options. And there will be plenty of options to choose from. Choosing household movers will also be influenced quite heavily by your budget. It will form the ceiling for these expenses. The first thing that you need to do, before everything else, is to determine how much you are able to spend on your relocation.

Declutter and organize a yard sale!

Decluttering before you move is a smart thing to do. That is because the price of your relocation will be heavily influenced by the weight and bulk of the items that you will be transporting. The fewer items you have, the cheaper the move will be. That is why it is really important to declutter your home before the move. It can even net you a tidy profit if you decide to sell those items. Depending on the number of items that you will be leaving behind, you may wish to consider holding a yard sale. Having a yard (garage) sale is a great way to acquire some extra funds for your relocation. Just make sure that you properly advertise your sale, as that might “make it or break it”.

Decluttering can save you quite a bit of money.

The most important long distance moving checklist task – Book a professional moving company

Moving over long distances is something that you really need the help of a moving company for. Most people choose to go with this option, though DIY (do it yourself) move is definitely something that you can do, as well. The reason for that is because of the distances, and the stress, involved.  Having a moving company by your side will reduce a lot of the stress and effort that will come your way. When you consider that moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, you start to see the value of a moving company.

The best time to book a moving company is as soon as you know you will need to move. The reasoning behind this is that booking as soon as possible gives you the best chance of getting a good deal and the date that you want. Movers can get really busy in the middle of the moving season, and their availability might be less than stellar. If you want to have the best odds of having the date you want, try to book as early as possible.

Pack seasonal items in advance

Packing is one of the tasks that will require the most time. In order to have it take less time when it actually matters, you may wish to start early. The best items to pack early are the seasonal ones. If it is summer, you will not need all those winter clothes and gear, will you? Simply pack those items earlier rather than later and you will have more time when you need it the most. However, if you don’t really want to bother with packing, you can always hire packing services from a moving company. Actually, if you can earn more money by investing the time you would spend packing into work, you may even be at a profit, even if you hire movers to pack for you! But if you are doing it on your own, make sure to prepare enough packing materials and moving boxes.

cardboard box
Pack your seasonal items such as clothes and garden equipment a few weeks before the move.

Change address and contact utility companies

You are going to need to transfer your utilities or apply for new ones. The change of address also means that you will need to manage all of your mailing subscriptions, and so on. But the main thing that you need to do is contact all the utility companies and see what the procedure to transfer them is. Usually, you will be able to do this without needing to go anywhere. But for some utilities, you will have to follow specific procedures.

Pack an essentials bag for the whole family

Finally, the last item on our long distance moving checklist is preparing an essentials bag for every member of your household. Basically, think that you will need to survive for a couple of days with only the things from the bag. Change of clothes, some toiletries, entertainment, stuff like that, all need to find their place in the bag. Make sure that everyone has what they need before you start the journey to your new home!

Long distance moving checklist
A long distance moving checklist will help you stay organized and not miss any important task you must complete

What does an ideal timeline for moving look like?

You should start preparing for the move 8 weeks before the moving date. Two months before you should start planning and organizing your move. Create a checklist of tasks that need to be completed, and make a moving budget. One month out, begin packing non-essential items and donating or selling any items you no longer need. It would also be a good time to acquire the best storage services you can find, to make your move much easier. Confirm your moving date with the moving company and make arrangements for the transportation of large items. Two weeks before the move you should finalize your packing and label your boxes clearly. Transfer all of your utilities and services to your new address. A week before you should pack a suitcase with essentials for the first few days in your new home. All that’s left afterward is to get ready for moving day!

What to do on moving day?

In order to have a successful moving day, you should know a few things first. First of all, be mentally present. You should be able to answer any questions your movers might have and ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, take extra precautions to protect your belongings during transport. However, with the right movers, you shouldn’t worry about this at all! Make sure to stay organized and follow your long distance moving checklist until the very end. Finally, stay hydrated and fueled! Moving day can be tiring, so make sure to keep yourself locked in with snacks and water. That’s especially important in complicated relocations, for example, if you are moving from Texas to New York, or are about to cover a similarly large distance.

Woman celebrating a successful move
If you follow your long distance moving checklist, you will complete your relocation feeling happy and accomplished

Settling into your new home after long distance moving

The last thing on your long distance moving checklist should be to settle into your new home! Immediately after you arrive, take some time to relax and unwind. Unpack the essential stuff like bedding and toiletries. One week after the move, start unpacking your non-essential items and organizing your belongings in their appropriate places. Finally, one month after moving check in on any new service you’ve signed up for and ensure they are running smoothly. Throughout the entire time, make sure you’re exploring your new neighborhood and meeting your new neighbors! We hope this comprehensive list has helped you. Once you are ready, contact us and set the date! We’ll make sure you leave no stone unturned and help you experience a blissful and enjoyable move!

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