When most individuals or families move, they are typically moving to another home within just a few hours of their current home. Every now and then you run into a situation where it is necessary to move hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. Needless to say, this can be incredibly stressful for the people making this huge jump.
As professional movers, we have helped hundreds of individuals and families make this important journey, and here is what we have learned by observing the process over and over again.
You Will Need a Day Planner
For someone simply moving to the other side of town, it would not be a complete disaster if they forgot to do something before they left. Running back to their old bank, their old school, or their old dentist’s office can be accomplished in the space of a single afternoon.
However, when you are moving across country, it becomes much more difficult to handle these tasks once you have left. This means you have to handle everything in person before you leave. You will have lots of appointments with everyone from your financial planner to your children’s orthodontist, but you will also want to make time to visit with friends or relatives one more time before leaving.
The best way to keep all of this straight is to heavily rely on a day planner.
You Have More Stuff than You Think
Plan to have a garage sale about three weeks before you move. Even if you don’t think that you will have anything to sell, most people find that they have basements, attics, and closets absolutely full of things they do not feel like dragging cross-country with them.
A garage sale is a great way to clear all of these things out, plus it will get you a little extra cash right before you leave. That is always helpful.
You need a To-Do List
Moving long distances is pretty stressful. In fact, it’s a lot more stressful than moving locally. Many people can get overwhelmed or begin to shut down in response to the stress, so it is best to get out ahead of it and come up with a workable plan.
Create a to do list and fill it with tasks to be completed beginning up to eight weeks before moving day. By accomplishing a little each week, you will not be nearly as stressed out as you might be otherwise.
Your Belongings MUST be Expertly Packed
If you are moving 22 years old, and moving to an apartment 5 miles down the road, you might be fine simply loading up your car and all of your friends cars with boxes, and moving that way.
However, when transporting all of your belongings across hundreds if not thousands of miles, the number of potholes, 90° turns, and dips in the road increase exponentially. In order to make sure that all of your belongings arrive at your new house safely, is highly recommended that you use professional movers. Ask them for recommendations on packing materials, or find out if they offer packing services. This will help ensure that your belongings get there in one piece.
Precise Labeling is Your Best Friend
After a long car ride, after all of your boxes are unloaded from the truck, the last thing you want to do is spend hours rummaging for necessary objects. The more precise you can be with your labeling, the easier your unpacking will go once you are in your new home. It’s almost impossible to get too specific – so having a box labeled something like “linen closet – third shelf” is a great idea.
People move cross-country every day. Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between your move being a giant hassle, or a giant adventure.
Niv Orlian is an online marketer and the Co-Founder of DO Online Marketing, a Chicago based company that helps local businesses such as Golan’s Moving & Storage, acquire, manage, and retain local customers online.