It’s never an easy task to pack up your entire life and move. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, a good deal of Americans have never moved out of their hometown. Either things are really great where they grew up or the prospect of long distance moving is too daunting. Still, when you need to make a major life change start by hiring the right movers and be sure to begin with a plan, complete with a comprehensive checklist, in order to help make the shift a success.
Familiarize yourself with both local and national long distance moving companies. Early on, determine what your options are regarding methods of moving and storing your goods. To understand which packing and shipping methods are right for you ask questions of your movers. Understand the costs involved with various forms of moving. To figure out the costs associated with a long distance move, use an online calculator. If you plan to use a long distance moving company, be sure to discuss all movers costs up front so there are no surprises later.
Moving pods are practical when you want to pack at your own pace. They can be delivered to your current location to be filled at your convenience. Once full, they can be stored until further use, or can be shipped to your new destination.
Moving vans and trucks are practical when you have filled your boxes or portable storage containers and are ready to load and transport them. You may find it easier and more convenient to hire movers to pack, load and deliver your goods, though you might prefer to do the work yourself.
No matter which movers you choose, it’s always a good idea to keep a thorough inventory of the goods and furniture that are moving. It will not only give you peace of mind as you pack but it will also make your life easier when it comes time to store or unpack.
Some helpful moving tips include packing a “survival box” containing all of your Day One essentials. This box may include a coffee pot, basic utensils, cellphone chargers, pillows and a change of clothes. Also, if you plan to use self storage be sure to load those boxes or items into the truck last so they can be removed easily. The same applies to your survival box.
Once your belongings have arrived at your new location take a moment to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Now, get ready to start the next phase in your life!