Moving, in general, can be a daunting task: packing, storing, purging, relocating, then unpacking, and purchasing new things. It’s a lot of work. That said, moving locally is one thing, but moving across the country is quite another. Consider these important ideas as you plan for your move to make your long-distance transition as smooth as possible.

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  • Create a Checklist: No matter how organized your life is at the moment, it’s about to get pretty chaotic. There are so many dates and deadlines to keep track of, particularly if you are selling one home and then buying another. And even if no real estate is involved, there’s still the logistics of all your stuff! Don’t waste any time mulling over the myriad of tasks that loom over your shoulders. Itemize and prioritize with a proper list. Your real estate agent may be able to provide you with a practical one that works for you.
  • Compare Moving Companies: If there’s one thing we are not short on in this country, it is trucking and moving companies. Smaller, local companies line the phone books, as do larger, mass movers. Often times the smaller companies contract with the larger corporations to move your items long distances. These are things you need to know and keep yourself informed about, so that you know where all of your belongs are at all times. Some companies charge by number of boxes, some charge by weight; some include gas and travel time in the estimate, others don’t. Ask lots and lots of questions when you are researching moving companies, and research reviews of the companies in the area where your move begins and in the area where your move ends. You want to be able to trust the moving company and their processes.
  • Home Inventory: Although the moving company will inventory the boxes and furniture they load into the truck, you should certainly create your own inventory list. It’s important to know exactly what’s going in the moving truck, what’s going with you, and what (if anything) is being left behind. At the same time, as overwhelming as inventorying your entire life’s collection can be, consider downsizing, purging, and donating the things that aren’t really necessary any more. Sure, we are all sentimental. However, do you really need to move your collection of ratty race t-shirts from 20 years ago across the country one more time?
  • Pack the Right Way: Once you’ve eliminated the things you don’t really need anymore, it’s time to get packing. And, when you’re moving your things a long way, that packing needs to be done right.
    1. Select boxes of similar size. This makes packing the truck much, much easier, as well as carrying multiple boxes at once. Choose a manageable size – this expedites the actual physical moving process by leaps and bounds.
    2. Always tape the bottom and sides of each box before beginning to fill it.
    3. Line each box with bubble wrap or wadded newsprint to protect the items inside.
    4. Don’t skimp on bubble wrap and packing material when dealing with your fragile items. These can and will break easily if not properly protected.
    5. Fill the empty spaces in your boxes so that nothing has the opportunity to shift, move, and then break.
    6. Label all your boxes by room, and additionally with the words, “FRAGILE,” “THIS END UP,” and “HANDLE WITH CARE” when necessary.
  • Hold on to Your Necessities: When you’re moving across the country, depending on the situation, it’s likely that you won’t be seeing your packed belongings for several weeks, if not several months. Thus, it’s important to make sure you keep all the things you know you’ll be needing with you, close at hand. Whether it be your favorite t-shirt, your suits for work, your makeup and supplements, or the blender you use for your daily smoothie routine, make sure you have all that you need in order to cope with the task of moving. You need some of your creature comforts until you settle in your new space!



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