An estimated 14% of moves each year in America are long-distance. In other words, most moves are in-county or in-state.
That means that not everyone will know what to expect when it comes time for their own long-distance move.
What packing tips should you know before making your long-distance move? How can you set yourself up for success when you get to your new home?
Read on for our short-but-handy guide to packing for your long-distance move.
Purge First, Pack Second
In the months before your big move, it’s time to get serious about what you want to keep in your new home and what you can part ways with. Packing for a long-distance move requires diligence and time, and there’s no point in moving things you don’t want or need anymore. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to find the right places to donate or dispose of your unwanted things.
When you’re just moving a few blocks over, it’s easy enough to just throw everything in some boxes and call it a day. After all, it won’t be long before you’re unpacking, right? With a long-distance move, it’s important that you keep things as organized as possible, i.e. by room, object type, etc, so that the unloading and unpacking process goes smoothly.
Don’t Skimp on Packing Materials
By that same line of logic, you need to remember that all of your belongings are going to be in a truck for hundreds, if not thousands, of miles. Make sure that everything–especially valuables–is packed appropriately and that you use a good amount of packing materials. This will ensure that everything arrives at your new home in one piece.
Worried about the cost or waste of packing materials? Start saving up all those ads and newspapers you usually recycle. Recycled paper can be used to wrap breakables, fill in empty space in your boxes, and reduce your overall moving expenses.
Hire the Best Movers
It can be tempting to pack everything up into a DIY moving truck and go, but we highly recommend that you hire a professional moving company. Truth be told, even short-distance moves go more smoothly with a moving company.
Make sure you take your time choosing a moving company for your move. You want to find a company that doesn’t overcharge but that also doesn’t cut corners on the job. Look at client reviews and narrow down your options before making the best choice.
Get Pumped and Prepped for Your Long-Distance Move
It’s not often that people make a long-distance move, which is why you may find yourself feeling unprepared for yours. With our short-but-handy guide, you can get pumped and prepped for a smooth long-distance move!
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