Moving in itself is a huge task, but moving lost distance requires much more attention to detail and planning. There are much more logistics involved with a long distance move, so it’s important to have a solid plan in place before taking the big leap. In this article, we’ll go into detail about what a long distance move entails, and how to set yourself up for success.
Plan, prepare, and schedule
Once you’ve decided where you’re moving, start building out a to-do list. This should include a tentative timeline of various tasks. To help you organize it, moving backwards from your ideal arrival date. Which tasks are going to take the longest? How many people are involved in each task, and how quickly do they need to be done? These tasks include everything from finding movers, food and travel accommodations, packing, etc. We highly recommend writing everything down and keeping organized files. To-do lists, calendars, estimates, and receipts should all be kept in one central location, so you can easily refer back to them.
Start getting estimates
Budgeting is one of the most important parts of organizing a move. Anyone that’s moved before will tell you there are always unexpected costs, and it’s nearly impossible to stick to the exact budget you set out. However, having an idea of what your budget is will help guide your choices throughout the move. Start calling moving companies for estimates, and review what insurance options are offered. Most moving companies have limited policies, so you might need to supplement it with your own coverage. Other estimates to consider are any repairs needed on the house, boarding animals, packing supplies, closing costs, etc.
Lock in the dates
Once you establish the date of your move, start locking in dates for subsequent tasks as well. Locking in the moving date will give you a better idea of how to plan your flights or travel time in a car, hotel accommodations, etc. There are a lot of moving parts here, and it might feel overwhelming at times. Continue to reference your to-do list and mark things off as you go.
Declutter and pack
The more decluttering you can do before the move, the better. Create piles for donations, and throw out anything you no longer need. Since this is a pretty time consuming process, we recommend this be one of the first items on your to-do list. When it comes to packing, stay organized by tackling each room at once, and color coordinating boxes to represent each room. Label everything as much as you can, as this will not only help you, but your movers as well.
Tackle the paperwork
This is one task that homeowners often overlook. Make sure you change your mailing address, arrange the shut down of utilities, and sign up for your new home’s utilities in advance. Start collecting any school, veterinary, or medical bills for your home, and make sure to obtain a new driver’s license, car registrations, voting registration, insurance, etc.
Especially during Covid, it’s more important than ever to stay safe while moving. Keep masks, sanitizer, gloves, and sprays on hand that are easily accessible. Also review any precautions on packing items that could be corrosive or combustible.
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