Planning for a long distance move can be exhausting and overwhelming. Creating a schedule for your move and keeping your items organized can help move the process along in a stress-free way. It’s easy to procrastinate – especially when you have a whole house to pack. But digging in your heels and getting to work will help make your relocation smooth and simple. Here are some tips to help you plan your long distance move.
Start Planning As Soon As Possible
No matter whether you’re going across town or across the country, moving requires a great deal of planning and organization. To avoid complications, start planning as soon as possible. This ensures that you have plenty of time to pack and plan out the trip from your old home to your new home.
Early planning also gives you more flexibility to choose a reputable moving company whose services fit into your budget. If you wait too long to plan, you may be limited in your choices and forced to select a company that does not meet your standards or needs.
Create a Schedule
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re moving. While you’re planning and organizing, take the time to create a schedule. This will keep you on the right track and make your move far less stressful. Some moving tasks need to be completed before others, and it helps to have a plan for when these chores should be taken care of. Packing up non-essentials, like holiday decorations, can be done well in advance.
Develop a Packing System
Packing can easily turn into a chaotic mess without a plan. Develop a packing system to keep things organized. Divide the room into three sections: one section for the items you want to keep, one section for the items you want to sell and one section for the items you want to give/throw away. Pack up one room at a time to make things as simple and stress-free as possible. If you attempt to pack up different items from different rooms, you will only wind up with a big mess and more stress.
Get Rid of Items You Don’t Need
Let’s face it – long distance moves are expensive. The less items you have, the less expensive your move will be. Think about every item you pack. Do you really need it? If you haven’t used the item in a year or more, you may want to consider donating it or giving it to someone who will use it.
Transporting items you may never use again will waste you more money. Does this mean that you should get rid of sentimental items? No. But consider getting rid of any items that you never use and items that have no sentimental value.
If your budget allows, hire movers to help you at least load and unload the truck. The packing, planning and organizing of the move is stressful enough as it is. Having someone else take care of the manual labor will help ease the burden.