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How to Plan for a Long-Distance Move

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Interstate Moving Professionals

Posted On : Jul 15, 2015

Packing up your home and moving several states over can be just as exciting as it is stressful. While you might have an exciting opportunity on the other end of the trip, preparing for the move so that it goes smoothly will take a bit of effort. However, with the right amount of planning, any long-distance or cross-country move can be pulled off without a hitch. If you have a long-distance move coming up, keep in mind these tips to help plan your move and be ready for when the big day arrives.             

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  1. Get acquainted with your new home. Presumably, you will have had the chance to tour your new home before you made an offer on it, but maybe you didn’t have much time to tour the town. If you’re moving to a new location for a new job, exploring the city around your job may have taken a backseat to the job itself. If you can, visit the new location for a long weekend and take in everything your new neighborhood has to offer. Make a list of restaurants and shops to try out later.
  2. Find a long-distance mover that you can trust. Be sure to find a mover that has experience in long-distance moves and has the proper licenses and permits to move freight from one state to another. Read reviews and testimonials about the mover during your research.  Always ensure that the mover has the right amount of insurance and get a reliable quote from the mover before signing a contract.
  3. Begin the purge. Why pay to move things that you never use? When packing, consider how valuable each item is to you before putting it into a box. Clothes that you haven’t worn in a year should go to Goodwill or some other charity. If you want to get rid of some books, Half.com is a good way to make some extra cash and free up space. There may be things that you’d be happy to just give away—Craigslist and FreeCycle.org are great for finding people willing to take them off your hands for free.
  4. Research utilities, professional services, etc. You probably don’t want to wait until you arrive at your new home to schedule cable or internet installation, so look into the local providers before you get there. This is also a good time to research other professional services such as doctors, dentists, or veterinarians if you have pets. If you have school-age children, contact the new school as soon as possible to help the transition go as smooth as possible.
  5. Save money anyway you can. If you’re driving yourself across the country, it can be tempting to eat everything and stay in nice hotels. Save some money by finding budget hotels along the way and pack a few sandwiches in a cooler for picnics at rest stops. If you are moving for work, you might be able to save money at tax time by deducting certain moving expenses as well.
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