Long Distance Moving Guide
There’s nothing fun about the moving process, and this is especially true when moving state-to-state or other long distances. Here are five tips for making the most of your long-distance move:
- Do Your Research
The best long-distance moves begin with a plan. The most excellent long-distance moves include research and recommendations from others who have gone before you. Know someone who’s recently moved from state to state? Ask about their moving service provider and whether they would use them again. Also, ask them what they know now that they wish they knew before the long-distance move. It will be far easier for you to learn from their mistakes rather than repeat them.
Reduce the number of things you’re moving long-distance by seriously editing your closets, drawers, attic and other stashing spots. It’s also fair to ask yourself: What would be easier to replace upon arrival in our new home rather than to move across the country?
Whatever you ultimately decide to leave behind can be donated to a worthy cause or sold as part of a moving garage sale. Who knows? You might even earn enough money to subsidize your moving costs.
- Maximize Space
Get serious about cramming as much stuff as possible into your moving van or truck. This includes keeping drawers filled rather than boxing up their contents, and using soft items like pillows, blankets and clothes to fill garbage bags — which can then be used to fill open spaces in the truck.
Many self-movers often make the mistake of covering their moving van or truck’s floor with a single layer of items, which leaves the space above this initial layer empty and unused. Make sure you’re stacking as you go to maximize space because it’s nearly impossible to stack once the floor is covered.
- Improve Before You Move
Are you planning any home improvement projects at your new house? Take care of them before you move in. If you’re painting, putting in new carpet or flooring, adding new tile to a kitchen or bathroom or taking on something else, it’s far easier to do so when the house is empty. If not, you’ll end up cramming all your belongings into rooms that aren’t being improved — which forces you to move everything twice and makes your long-distance move more complicated than it needs to be.
- Be Patient
Not everything will go according to plan — it’s a fact of life when moving far away. This is especially true when moving with young children. The process is stressful, and you and your family members will probably lose patience at times. It’s also highly possible something will break, and the long journey will likely take longer than your best estimate.
However, it’s important to remember that you will eventually arrive and that you’ll eventually be moved and settled into your new home and city. A little bit of patience can go a long way.
Are you planning a long-distance move to or from York, PA? The team at CENTURY 21 Core Partners would be glad to lend support in any way possible. We know the York, PA real estate market, and we have deep experience in working with home buyers and sellers in the area. Let us provide expert guidance as you take on the challenge of long-distance moving.