Moving long distance can be a very stressful event; you are going to be moving hundreds or possibly even thousands of kilometers away from your current home. If you have a large family with young kids, the move can be even more stressful. To ensure your long-distance relocation is successful, you need to draw up a detailed moving checklist and start preparing well in advance for the relocation challenge awaiting you. The preparation stages of cross-country moving are arguably the most crucial. You need to get ready to manage your time effectively in the weeks leading up to your move. It’s the time to start de-cluttering, creating inventories, acquiring packing suppliers, and booking long-distance moving companies.
When it comes to a cross-country move, you need to resist the urge to put your DIY moving skills to the test. The risks associated with a long-distance move are too great to put your skills to the test and self-moving costs for cross country moves can soon become astronomical. To make your relocation as seamless as possible, you need to hire the services of an experienced, reputable long distance moving company. You also want to make sure that you choose a professional company that has affordable prices for long-distance moving services. Here are some top tips for preparing for long-distance moving with kids:
. Schedule your preparation time
If there are, for example, four weeks left until the day of your move, you need to create to-do lists for every day leading up to move day. Download a detailed moving checklist and ensure that all your to-do lists collectively cover all the essential moving preparing tasks. A clear plan on action can help to remove a lot of stress involved in long-distance moving preparations, so take the time to write-up a detailed schedule.
2. Obtain multiple cross country moving quotes
To get value for money when it comes to long-distance moving services, you need to compare quotes from various professional movers. However, be wary of comparing companies based on price alone. The cheapest providers might not be the most trustworthy, so be sure to also check out each mover’s reputation and experience in the industry. Think about all the things that could go wrong during a 4,480 KM trip from New York to Los Angeles. You want to hire a firm that can solve any problems that arise quickly.
3. Inventory your belongings
To prepare for a move, you need to know exactly what you need to move. Start by going through your whole house and making an inventory of all the things in each room; there are a lot of apps available that can make the inventory process more manageable. Once you have made an initial inventory, start sorting your belongings into move, donate, sell, and recycle categories. You don’t want to pay to move things that you don’t need, use or want half-way across the country. You don’t have to get rid of cherished items, but try to be more ruthless when deciding what to keep. The fewer things you need to move, the cheaper and simpler your long-distance move will be.
- Do you like your furniture?
Moving large pieces of furniture can be very expensive. Unless you have lots of high-value antique furniture, it will almost always be cheaper to sell your existing furniture and buy new items when you arrive at your new home. Think about how much lighter your moving load will be without dining tables, bed frames, mattresses, wardrobes, pianos, dressing tables, drawers, etc.
- Obtain free packing supplies
To cut down on the cost of packing supplies, try to obtain as many free moving boxes and as much packing materials, like bubble wrap and tape, as possible. Many local business, schools, and workplaces throw out dozens of large boxes each day, yet they will be more than happy to give them to you for free for your move as long as you come and collect them from the premises.
- Label all moving boxes
When planning for a long-distance move, many people spend all their time thinking about the packing and transporting stages that they forget about the unloading and unpacking stages. To make life easier when the moving truck arrives at your new home, make sure you label all of your moving boxes.