Moving across state — or international — lines can seem like a daunting task, but an experienced moving and storage company can help take the load off of your shoulders. For over 85 years, we’ve gathered the top tips to take with you for a long distance move, and we’re here to share them with you.
Prioritize Your Belongings
When you’re moving your entire residence, prioritize your belongings to know what you’ll need first when you arrive. Keep a list of essentials during the packing process, and make sure the boxes are labeled for easy access. Having list will also help if you need to decide what to in a garage sale.
Determine Special Moving Needs
Unique items may need special handling by experts. Pool tables, store fixtures, pianos, grandfather clocks, fine art, automobiles, antiques, and large electronics need extra attention to ensure safety, and often smaller or local movers may not have the resources to move them. Check with your mover for specialty crating if extra protection is needed.
Better Boxes For Better Results
Besides custom crates, your regular items may need better storage for longer moves. To protect your treasures against more prolonged exposure to heat, cold, and humidity, plastic containers may be recommended. As an added benefit, these plastic containers can be useful around the house or in the garage when you arrive. Buy a few sharpies and labels to make sure each box is labeled for easier unpacking.
Transfer Your Services
Schedule shut-off dates with your trash, utilities, and local services, and setup transfers with the providers that operate in your new location. Some companies will give you credit on your account if you mention that you’d like to terminate service because of your move. There are various apps available that can make this process even easier. Check your app store for options.
Maximize Financial Upside
Moving may seem expensive, but did you know your expenses might be claimed on your tax return? Talk with an accountant, financial planner, or wealth manager to find out how to recover direct and indirect costs of relocation. Use the move as a chance to find new service providers for insurance, banking, and recurring monthly expenses.
Store The Extras
If you’re working with a trusted national mover, they likely offer storage services to ease the moving process. For your non-priority possessions (the items you won’t need every day), keeping them stored can make your new home feel more organized, welcoming, and tidy. Having a professional partner or referral can ensure safekeeping for your belongings – especially for ones that need protection from heat, cold, humidity, or sunlight.
For international trips, a quality, experienced mover will be able to help you navigate customs and immigration. This is especially important for medical records of immunizations, academic credentials and transcripts, and legal documents for identification or marriage. Ask your movers for extra support for international moves, and rely on their years of previous experience.
Plan With People In Mind
Long distance moving is complicated. And while efficiency is important, your family and close friends are the ones that matter. Plan quality time to relax with friends. Visit your favorite restaurants. Take any pets to their favorite parks. Invite others to share in this part of your life, and you may be surprised to find that they have plenty of help to offer. Talk with your family, friends, and professional network to get connected once you’re settled into your new home, and enjoy the opportunity to travel with your loved ones.
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