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Planning a Long Distance Move

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Planning a Long Distance Move

Three short tips by a moving expert for a swift and smooth long distance move!

Weather moving due to job relocation, new job, or just for the sake of changing up your daily scenery, long distance moving is both exciting and frightening. There is no doubt that moving long distance takes more work than moving just down the street, but that doesn’t mean you have to be afraid or avoid the situation. There is a way to keep yourself on track without piling on the stress or procrastinating until the last few days. You simply need to organize yourself and keep your priorities in check. There are a few ways to go about moving long distance but we find that by following the short list below will keep you on track in the most effective way.

Planning a Long Distance Move

First, do your research!

You must know about the area you are moving to. Do not just make a decision based on the house. Make sure you look at the neighborhood surrounding it, the school system if you have children, pets (if choosing an apartment or loft) and of course the price. Try to get a detailed description (pictures are even better) of the house/apartment you are considering since you probably won’t be able to go look at the house itself if it’s that far away. Knowing the area and the house details will help you determine what needs to come with you during the move and what can be left behind.

Second, keep a schedule and a checklist!

With at least 6 weeks to spare, make sure you create a checklist of what needs to be done before the move. No task is too small! Also, keep yourself on a schedule. For example, organize your checklist like this: Six weeks before the move, one month before the move, two weeks before the move, one week, the day before. This will keep your stress level down immensely.

Third, the one-year rule!

This rule is so basic yet often overlooked due to personal connections. This rule implies that when packing for your move, ask yourself “have I used this item more than three times in the past year?” If the answer is no or “well…I’ve used it twice” or “but what if I need it”, get rid of it! Donate it or give it to a friend or neighbor who will get some use out of it.

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