Even if you are not so keen on transferring your address to a new location, your job, studies or other matters may necessitate you to move. There are indeed plenty of reasons that individuals have to move. Some of them perhaps is the need to have a change of scenery, or perhaps a new job opportunity has called you to your new home; either way you are about to partake in a long distance move. You may be a little frightened, sad, or hopefully even excited about starting your new life in a far away city; which is all great, but let’s not forget you have a move to plan. Long distance moves require just a tad more planning than local moves. After all, you won’t be able to easily travel back and forth from your old home to your new, the trips will be fewer and the cost of moving may be more. Not to worry, this ultimate long distance moving guide will do just that, guide you into having a successful and happy move.
Budget & Plan
In order to have a successful long distance move, you are going to need to map and plan it out while also keeping your budget in mind. After you have determined a move out date, or an ideal move out date, you can get started in preparing for your move. Planning and preparing are essentially the same thing when it comes to moving, and they also happen to be the key in having a stress free move. Keep this in mind when you start to get tired of looking at your compilation of lists and dates.
Now that you have a set or preferred move out date you can start to budget for your long distance move. Look at your finances and determine how much money you can allow yourself to put towards the move. It is very important to stick to your budget; this will prevent you from paying more than what you can afford. It is also wise to keep some emergency money aside in case sneaky fees and extra costs creep up on you; and also in case of emergencies. Because you are moving long distance you should try and keep a reasonable amount of money in your bank account in order to live more comfortably and worry free in your new home.
Listed below are a few key things to plan for when relocating:
- Change of address – notify your family, friends, services, utilities, banks, post office, doctors, and so on that you have moved.
- Pick up sturdy packing supplies. These will keep your belongings safe while on the road to your new home.
- Cancel your home services such as water and electricity before you leave.
- Always keep in touch with your moving company to keep an eye on the progress of your move.
- Save money by packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking on your own.
- Get rid of as many unwanted or unused items as possible before moving. This will save on moving costs and clear out the clutter.
- Hire a reliable and professional long distance mover. Make sure they have had plenty of experience shipping long distance and have positive feedback from past customers. Research on the internet regarding company policies, services, reviews, prices and so on.
- Keep track of important dates, appointments, and things to do; you can do this by creating lists, charts and calendars.
- DO NOT wait for the last day to start packing; start at least 3 to 4 weeks before your expected move out date.
The Long Road Ahead
If you have decided to drive your own vehicle to your new home rather than ship it and fly, then keep reading for some more tips and suggestions. Depending on how far you are traveling, and how good of a condition your vehicle is in, driving there may save you some money on your move. The downside of driving to your new home is, having to spend hours in your car trying to avoid boredom.
Not to fret, here are a few suggestions to make your long trip a bit more comfortable, so you can better enjoy your long distance move. Before you ship out try to pack around 5 outfits, one for every type of weather; this will make you prepared to handle any temperature you come across on your travels. I also suggest you pack your car as light as possible. This will save on gas money and make your car more comfortable to sit in without having a clutter of boxes and bags surrounding you.
Make a fun road playlist to keep yourself entertained during the drive; or even buy a few books on tape! You can also map out a mini road trip and stop off at must see places along your drive. This will make your move more memorable and enjoyable. Your long distance move doesn’t have to be all work and no play; make your long distance move as enjoyable as possible.
Use this ultimate guide for your long distance move. Moving doesn’t have to be dull and stressful, make the most of your time before shipping out to a new far off town.
About the Author
Tom Regev is a professional writer for the Hawaii Shipping Companies Review Site