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Your Essential Long Distance Moving Tips

Moving is often seen as a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need to move to a new apartment that is far away from where you are now, the best thing you can do is take things one step at a time. There are so many things to do when relocating, so it would be good if you started planning ahead of time. That being said, this article covers the essential long distance moving tips, to help make your relocation run smoothly.

1. Plan in Advance

The earlier you get started the easier it will be to organize, pack and get everything where you want it before your move date. Before you start packing, consider these essentials:

  • know your destination address and how to access it without getting lost. 
  • Understand local driving laws, especially those regarding curbside weights. 
  • See that there is enough fuel for your vehicle or make other arrangements if necessary. 
  • Making sure all personal papers and important items are packed and ready to go before finalizing the moving date. 
  • Some moving companies typically do not deliver on weekends or holidays, so plan accordingly.

2. Take Inventory

Nobody wants a moving surprise – so the first rule is to take inventory. It’s a good idea to make a list of all the items that will be moving with you. It helps to have the physical items on hand. And it’s important to visually note how much space they’re going to take up when packed.

Once you start taking inventory of your belongings, write everything down, including the serial numbers. This is important because it helps the moving companies keep track of your items. It also gives you a detailed list of what was moved so you can make any adjustments to your new items.

3. Decide What To Do With Your Furniture

Furniture isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to your move. Depending on where you’re moving and how far the distance will be, you may have some flexibility in which pieces of furniture you take along. Whether you decide to sell your used furniture or donate it to charity, the key is to get rid of outdated or unwanted items.

4. Choose the Right Long Distance Moving Company

The key to finding the right long distance movers is checking client testimonials, visiting local businesses or utilizing social media. Here are other tips to help you determine which long distance moving company will be the best choice for you.

  • Consider the service type you require
  • Check the reputation of the company
  • Do an in-depth research on their past work
  • Seek for recommendations from relatives and friends
  • Get a detail cost analysis
  • Make sure to check their insurance coverage
  • Ask for a clear written invoice with estimates and charges included
  • Make time for an in-person meeting with the agent
  • Take a walkthrough of the property with the relocating team

5. Ask About Moving Insurance

If you’re moving across the country (or even just down the road), make sure you check with your mover about getting a good deal on moving insurance. Moving has its fair share of disasters, and you might just need moving insurance to get yourself out of a jam.

 A lot of companies offer it as a separate option or included in their basic plan because sometimes an unexpected event can occur along the way that prevents you from reaching your destination. If you’re traveling further than 500 miles, ask about coverage for weather delays, flight cancellations, car breakdowns or other issues that could cause problems while traveling.

6. Declutter Before You Move

Clear the decks before you move to avoid stress and chaos. Before you pack any boxes, gather all of your moving supplies and begin to get rid of the extra stuff that you don’t need. This way, you’ll be able to truly focus on what items matter most when it comes time to organize and load them into the truck.

7. Don’t Pack Items Forbidden for Transport

Always check with your mover for a complete list of prohibited items because the list varies depending on the mover you choose. For example, some long distance movers won’t help you pack breakables or valuable items. Also, don’t pack liquids, flammable items or anything else considered hazardous.

8. Prepare Mentally For Your Long Distance Move

Put your nervousness on hold and move forward with confidence. Long distance moving can be emotionally overwhelming and it’s important to prepare yourself mentally for the possibility that you may experience sadness, anger or stress. 

Once you recognize any of these emotions, remember that they are perfectly normal, and work through them to calm yourself down. If this happens during your long distance move, be sure to receive immediate support from friends, family and colleagues.

9. Book A Long Distance Mover

Don’t waste another minute packing, researching prices and trying to find the best deal. Simple Moves helps customers move across multiple locations. Request a free quote or simply call us at  604-210-4117 and let us get you a mover picked out according to your budget and timeframe.