People move long distances for many reasons. Sometimes it’s for work, to be closer to family or for a change of climate and scenery. If you are planning on a long-distance move but don’t know where to start, follow these steps to make your move successful.
- Contact a Moving Company
The first thing you should do before you move is to contact moving companies to get quotes for shipping your belongings to your new home. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Get several quotes before you choose a company. Make sure to pick a company that specializes in long-distance or cross-country moves to get that expertise. You may also be eligible for discounts through your credit card or if you are a member of the armed services. It doesn’t hurt to ask and you can save quite a bit of money.
- Arrange To Ship Your Car
Moving long distance is a huge step and if you aren’t planning on driving to your new home, you need to arrange for your car to be transported. Contact a nationwide car shipping company to move your car for you. They will load it on a truck and take it to your new location, saving you the hassle of doing it yourself.
- Purge Stuff You Don’t Need
The last thing you want when you move into your new home is to realize you’ve brought with you a bunch of stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Moving and packing is an excellent opportunity to finally go through your belongings and take the time to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Donate anything that is in good condition and throw away whatever is not. This will save you both the energy of having to pack and unpack things you don’t want and the cost of having to ship those items.
- Get a Short-Term Rental in Your New Location
If you are moving someplace totally new, don’t rush into renting or buying your new home. Find a short-term rental that will give you the time to explore your new location and discover what neighborhood you want to live in. Pay attention to the available recreational activities, amenities like shops and restaurants and if you have children, the schools. Taking the time to find your new home will pay off in the long term, as you are less likely to move again if you know and like the neighborhood you are moving to.
Moving is a lot of work but it is also exciting. Once you get through the trouble of getting packed up and moved, you can focus on learning about your new town and meeting your new friends.