Long Distance Moving Guide
Need some direction on when to do what? Follow this basic guideline to planning out your long distance move and it’ll be the easiest one yet!
2 Months before Moving Day:
Start thinking and planning where your furniture will go in your new home. Search for Free Floor Plan makers online. This way- you can know if there are items you’ll want to part with before you move, or if you will need anything additional shortly after your relocation.
Time to PURGE! Consider a yard sale- especially if it’s spring and you have larger or common household items you want to part with instead of moving them with you. Consider how much you can sell items for, how much they cost to re-purchase or how much it would be to move them with you. Local Charities would be happy to take what you can’t sell or if you’re prefer to take a tax deduction.
Get boxes from your mover. Many will offer a quantity of boxes at no cost, if you are already contracted to work with them. Has a friend recently moved or able to find free moving boxes on Craigslist? Stock up- you will need more supplies than you think!
Start getting to know your NEW hometown! There’s a lot to do when moving to a new city or town. Getting to know the schools your children will attend, the area amenities, community programs, Chambers of Commerce will make your transition much smoother.
If you are flying, taking the train, or will need a hotel for a few days until your moving truck arrives- make those arrangements now. You can always update reservations if needed; by booking these now, you’ll have more options to choose form and are likely to lock in a better price than if you waited until the last moment.
Sign the lease of your new apartment or contract on your new home. Both of these take time to process and get everything ready for your arrival so leaving it to the last minute can cause you a longer stay in a hotel than you would like.
As soon as you have your new address confirmed, reach out to your insurance company- Renters insurance, automotive insurance, even your medical insurance.
Pack your important documents& records before anything else. This will include any medical and vaccination documents as well as passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificate, will and other legal documents, stock certificates, and any expensive jewelry, priceless or one of a kind treasures MUST be transported yourself.
1 Month before Moving Day:
Put in your change of address with the Post Office – you can access that here.
It’s also time to schedule the start and stop service of your utilities of your current home and new residence. Credit card companies, creditors, and your bank should also know be aware of your upcoming move.
If you have not yet signed a contract with your moving company, do it now- schedule an In Home Survey for the most accurate estimate and strongly consider Full Valuation Coverage for a Long Distance Move.
Packing lists are a huge help at this stage. Start by packing seasonal items that are not currently in use and save the day to day items for last. Being organized NOW will save you headache of opening boxes to retrieve critical items in the coming weeks. Get your kids involved in the process- let them pack their seasonal items and toys they can live without for a few weeks. By involving them it will lessen their stress and confusion with all the changes going on.
2- 3 Weeks before Moving Day:
Stop- look around, check the lists you made… are you on track to complete everything on time? If it looks like you are behind schedule, call your mover! they can offer packing assistance and take some work off your plate. Yes, it’ll cost a little more but will be well worth your sanity in the end. Consider leaving the packing of breakable items to the professionals- items that they pack are covered against damages, unlike boxes you pack yourself.
Get 1 refill of all your family’s medications, even if you don’t need it quite yet, and transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new hometown.
How are your pets and automobiles getting to your new home? If you are using a service for either- make sure those arrangements are finalized. This is a great time to double check that you have all the insurance, titles, vaccination, registration and other paperwork on hand to provide to the car carrier or pet transportation organization.
Check to see if your houseplants can be brought into your new state- often it’s best to donate them to a friend or charity- some states prohibit moving of houseplants.
Have you come across any borrowed items while packing? Library books, your neighbor’s ladder? Return them! Make sure you have collected all of your lent items, also- or the coat you left at the cleaners last winter!
Drain your lawn mower, weed eater, blower, etc. Fuels must be fully removed prior to transport. Don’t forget to return the propane tank for your grill- that cannot go on the moving truck either.
Are you driving your car to your new home? It is recommended to get an inspection to ensure your vehicle is ready for the long trip!
The Week before Moving Day:
Clearly mark the items you are taking so there is no confusion on moving day. Also mark the Fragile or Load Last boxes as such- it really will make moving day smoother.
Touch base with your moving company. Arrange for payment, advise of any last minute assistance you need or changes to your plans. Also be sure they have multiple contact numbers for you, to reach you and plan for delivery of your items.
Pack a suitcase to hold you over in transition. Confirm your travel arrangements.
Moving Day Eve- the day before Moving Day:
Unplug refrigerator, defrost your freezer, dispose of perishable items.
Clean as much as you can, vacuum and wipe down all surfaces.
Pack the last minute items you will need immediately upon arrival.
LONG DISTANCE/INTERSTATE MOVING & STORAGE
Moving long distance and across the interstate is a great way to ensure that your belongings are moved safely across the country. Whether your move takes you from the east coast to the west coast, or from the north to the south, offers smart moving solutions to guide you through your entire moving process.
Moving long distance requires additional strategic planning, and our team of moving consultants wants to make sure that we have everything in place that you will need in order to complete your move. Once we obtain the amount of items you have to move, we schedule a time to send the containers to you so you can start packing for your long distance move.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RENT / SHIP A PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER FOR A LONG DISTANCE MOVE WITH SMARTBOX?
That’s a common question, because the kind of moving services most people use when they relocate are either the DIY, “rent a truck and drive it yourself” variety, or the traditional type of long distance moving services in which your belongings may be added to another scheduled move depending on the moving company’s schedule. Each quote we provide for our long distance moving services is unique, and will be based on the weight and size of the items you need to move or store, and how many containers you are likely to need.
ANOTHER QUESTION YOU MAY HAVE IS HOW, EXACTLY, DO YOU MOVE A PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER LONG DISTANCE?
Many people might not even know where to begin with the packing, but relax: Packing a container for a long distance or interstate move is actually easier in some ways because you can usually take more time to pack, and can pack it with the unloading process in mind. Once the container is packed up and picked up, it stays securely closed and locked until it’s at your destination and you’re ready to unpack it.
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The containers fit together perfectly on a certified, bonded transport truck and provide the perfect platform for you to pack your items in a room by room, detailed and organized way. understands that a long distance move can be an exhausting process, and when your belongings arrive at their new destination, you will have the advantage of easier unpacking because each unit contains items from a specific room. You will avoid having to spend extra energy sorting through kitchen items that may be mixed in with basement items, or bedroom items mixed in with dining room items.
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Long distance movers
Moving is never easy, even if it is just around the corner. And when it comes to long distance moves, things can get much messier. But, if you can count on help from professional long distance movers
the best ones?
There are plenty of movers that have been in business for a long time. During this time, these long-distance movers have evolved, combining the latest technology, advanced customer service and safety standards that put people in the first place. When it comes to long distance move, they have it all. They have the experience, people, technology, and they are among the best ones
What are the main qualities of long distance moving experts?
Many long distance movers have gained a good reputation in the moving industry. They continue to focus on their customers through the development of new technologies and processes so that they can provide customers with a hassle-free, simple and unforgettable experience moving long distances. We understand that leaving far can be stressful and emotional, and it is here that movers come in
Moving long distances is usually not what you associate with the word “easy”. Long-distance movers eliminate time-consuming tasks and complexity from the equation offering you the best class service for your long-distance move. Their processes are streamlined and their team is trained professionally
Each long distance move is different. Each move is associated with different needs. Make sure that the movers you check have the ability and experience to provide the services you need. As well as the flexibility that allows you to be autonomous in choosing or rejecting additional services.
The Best Moving Tips For An Easy Long Distance Move
Selling The “Junk”
Before I ever start packing a box, I like to start each move off with a fresh start. This means selling all of the “junk”. Being 3 months (or less) out from a long distance move is the perfect time to start de-cluttering and really planning what you will be taking with you onto your new home.
Designate A Sell Section:
I first start by designating an area of my home where I can begin placing all of the items I need to sell. This allows me to keep track and sort like items such as home decor, clothing, and household items. I can easily take items from that area, photograph them for online groups/sites and place them back. As these items sell, I can put sold tags or sticky notes on them and wait for their new owners to come pick them up. Being that our home is small, I keep all of our “sell” items currently in our front entry. If you are a neat freak, like myself, the clutter will likely drive you crazy but just remember, it’s only temporary.
Selling Your Household Items Online:
No need for a garage sale, selling your home items online now is extremely easy and convenient and I have compiled a few tips to get you top dollar!
Photography is important – I cannot stress this enough. I have been selling not only my own household items online for years but also furniture I have painted to sell, along with furniture we have built. When selling online, all your potential buyer has to go off of is the photo. Take high resolution photos if you have a camera to do so. If not, cell phone quality is perfectly fine too. Take crisp clear bright images. Photograph your item using natural light at the brightest time of day in your home. If your images are still dark, you can always edit them in an app. One of my favorites is PicTapGo or VSCO, just adjust the brightness and sharpness and you are set
Stage your decor – When photographing, stage your decor to show your potential buyer how that item can be used in their own home. Think of your favorite home decor catalog, you want to buy the items in that catalog because you can vision it in your own home