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Your Essential Long Distance Moving Tips

So you’re moving across the country: it’s going to be tough, but sometimes you just have to do it! Be it for work opportunities or a change in lifestyle, moving long distances can be exciting, but also a real drag. 

In this article we’re going to go through some of the best moving tips to help your van get off the ground with the minimum of fuss. Let’s get started!

Plan in Advance

This one may seem obvious, but planning in advance is crucial to make sure that you don’t get completely overwhelmed when it comes to moving day. Don’t underestimate how stressful it can be when you get to the day of the move and you realize that you don’t have enough space in the moving van for your expensive mattress. So make to-do lists well in advance of the date, ask your friends for your advice if it’s your first time doing such a long distance trek, and treat it as though it’s a military maneuver – it may as well be!

Take Inventory

It’s hard to plan if you don’t know what you’re bringing, so this should be the first thing you should do. Start with the essentials, and go through everything you have. With larger items, such as furniture, measure everything and try to estimate or think about how it’s going to fit in the van in advance – and be sure to get a van that is appropriate to the amount of things you’re moving!

Decide What to Do With Your Furniture

Don’t want to spring for the larger van? It may be the case that it’s easier to sell your furniture on one end, and then replace it in your new hometown. This saves you the trouble of hailing it half-way across the country.

Choose the Right Long Distance Moving Company

Be sure to check that the moving company you decide to work with is not only a long distance mover, but that they are reliable and have good reviews. The former is especially important – you don’t want to hire a truck and then realize that you’re not licensed to drive it to your destination!

Ask About Moving Insurance

Moving some expensive items? Ask about moving insurance. This can help to put your mind at ease that any unfortunate accidents during transit can be covered financially. Many brokers will offer this if you ask, but a safe bet is to ask your movers directly if they are aware of anyone.

Declutter Before You Move

This should be done well in advance. Any clothes you don’t want should be sent to goodwill, any old furniture, sold on craigslist. Doing this well in advance will mean that when it comes time to give up the keys to your old place, there’s nothing left to bother the new owners! More than that, it will make your life a million times easier when it comes to the move.

Don’t Pack Items Forbidden for Transport

This should go without saying, but when crossing state lines don’t pack anything that’s forbidden to transport – this includes flammable or otherwise hazardous materials, fertilizer, ammunition. Just use your head on this one! Be sure to check the contract with your moving company if there are any other items they are unwilling to transport, because this could get you into trouble as well!

Prepare Mentally for Your Long Distance Move 

It’s going to be a long trip, so relax in the meantime – while making sure that there’s nothing you’ve forgotten about!

Still deciding which company to go with?

Why not choose Simple moves? With an emphasis on customer service, professionalism and expediency, Simple Moves are here to help make sure your move gets off without a hitch.

So get in touch with us now at (604) 337-2915​, or get a free quote through our website’s contact form.