Whether you’re moving across the country or just a few hundred miles away, it takes planning and some time to make it happen without a hitch. From the time you decide that relocating is the right choice until the day you move into your new home, there will be plenty to do.
How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move
Some moves are as simple as tossing a few things in a box and hitting the road. But if you’ve lived in the same place for a while and have accumulated some stuff, it will take some patience and planning to make a long-distance move a success. Here are a few tips to get you started and through to the finish line:
1. Start Planning Early
As soon as you know that a long-distance move is in the works, it’s time to begin planning. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating how much work is involved in getting to your destination with all of your stuff and sanity intact.
2. Keep to a Tight Schedule
Part of your plan should include a schedule that you’re going to follow as closely as possible. You might need to go home shopping and get pre-approved for a mortgage, all at the same time you are winding things up at your current location.
3. Declutter and Downsize First
A good deal of your time should be devoted to decluttering your current home and downsizing wherever possible. Even if you purchase a large home in your new location, you’ll save money on moving costs by downsizing first. This is also an opportunity to do something you’ve likely been putting off for years.
4. Research Movers Carefully
When you’re moving such a long distance, the transportation costs can be significant. Get multiple estimates for the move and research moving companies thoroughly. Instead of picking the cheapest provider, make sure you choose one that will treat you right.
5. Buy Moving Insurance
Whether you have high-value items or not, moving isn’t cheap, and there is plenty that can go wrong. Some moving companies offer limited insurance coverage, but it’s worthwhile to investigate additional coverage to protect your interests.
6. Make an Inventory List
Before you put anything in a box to go to your new destination, put it on an inventory list and even take a photo of it. This way, you won’t have to try to remember if something is missing when the moving truck is unloaded or prove that it went on the truck in the first place.
7. Update Your Important Documents
When you change your address, you also need to update your information in about a dozen different places. Make sure that various agencies and businesses (driver’s license, banks, credit cards, health insurance, etc.) have your updated information.
8. Pack Items Carefully
When it’s time to pack, organize your items so that they make sense. In other words, all of the kitchen items are packed together, etc. Also, be sure that you pack boxes with plenty of padding so that they will handle the journey well.
9. Label Your Boxes Clearly
Make sure you label every box with some important information: your name (some movers combine jobs on a single truck), the destination, and the room and items included in the box (or maybe a code that corresponds to your inventory list).
10. Know Your Move-in Situation
Communicate closely with the moving company so that you understand their delivery window. Also, make sure you are clear on any policies or procedures for moving truck parking and the use of stairways or elevators at your new destination.
Ready to Make Your Long-Distance Move a Reality?
Long-distance moves can be challenging but worth the time and effort. If you are considering a move to coastal North Carolina, find out how Creekmore Realty Group can help.
As an experienced local realtor, Chris Creekmore serves clients throughout Brunswick and New Hanover counties, including the incredibly popular areas of Southport and Wilmington. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of living in Coastal NC and the ways we can help you make your long-distance move a success.