Things You Can do to Take the Stress Out of a Long Distance Move

Easing the Stress of a Long Distance Move

Whether you are moving around the block or planning each painstaking detail involved with long distance moving, organizing your move is paramount in reducing stress and ensuring your it goes smoothly.

Finding the right long distance movers certainly helps, but those professionals cannot do everything for you. You must take the initiative and adequately prepare.

Long distance moving leaves little room for error. The last thing you want is to find out you missed a box or important item that is now 1,000 miles away. Here are some tips to organizing your move:

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    • Pack by room: Moving methodically room by room can prevent you from forgetting anything important. It will also help you keep together boxes of materials that will go together in your next home or living quarters. If possible, begin with the rooms you use sparingly (i.e. office, spare bedroom, extra bathroom) so that you can knock out a large portion of your packing right off the bat.
    • Label boxes in detail: This doesn’t mean you need to list every item in the box. It does mean to list the room in which the box should be placed, as well as key items in the box. If the box is full of items you rarely use or generally keep in storage, label it “Rarely Used” with a few keywords of information about the contents. This will make the process of unpacking go smoothly, and you can choose to keep items that previously cluttered closet space packed up neatly in storage.
    • Color coordination: While labeling all sides of a box is helpful in the long distance moving process, color coordination can allow for fast sorting at a glance. This idea can be especially helpful when packing for many children. Find multicolored storage totes and assign a color for each person. Not only do totes hold more than the average cardboard box, but they are stronger and can be used for storage in the future.
    • Maximize space: If you are orchestrating your long distance move on your own, maximize space in every vehicle. For example, if you are driving a moving truck and towing an additional vehicle, fill that vehicle to capacity with anything that won’t fit in the truck or van. Even if you are using a professional service, consider using your own vehicles to pack as many items as possible. This should help keep your moving costs down by preventing extra trips.
    • Ask for help: There are some items that are just too heavy. This is where the convenience of a professional long distance or international mover comes in. These professionals have broken down the moving process to a science. You do not have to compromise your physical health and well being by trying to carry a bunch of heavy objects. Shop around to find a moving company that fits your needs and budget. Most importantly, use one that has a solid track record so you know your possessions are safe.

Nothing is going to take all the stress out of long distance moving, but being proactive about it will help prevent unnecessary issues. Always have a plan and stick to it.

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