When you’ve been in the moving and storage business for as long as we have, you learn a thing or two about what to expect when moving. We’ve helped our customers with all types of moves, from local to long distance, residential to commercial; we’ve seen it all. People often struggle with long distance moves and that’s usually because moving out of state is something they’ve never done before. Luckily, we’ve done it plenty of times and we have a few tips to help you move out of state with ease. Here’s what you should know and what you can expect when moving out of state.
1. How to Adjust to a Long Distance Move
If you’re preparing to move out of state, it’s important to do everything you can to familiarize yourself with your new home before you move. If you have a close friend or relative that’s familiar with the area, ask them about the best schools, places to shop, attractions and anything else you might want to know about your new home. If not, then use online tools like Google Maps and Zillow.com to do as much research as you can. You can even plan out a schedule for the area attractions you want to visit during your first few weeks there. Having a set schedule for a few weeks after you move to your new state can help you stay organized and ease you into adjusting to your new surroundings.
2. How to Move Long Distance Cheap
If you’re planning your long distance move on a budget, you’re off to a good start. The biggest cost factors associated with long distance moving are transportation and time. Proper planning and downsizing before you move will not only make the process go more smoothly, but it will also save you money. One thing you can do is get rid of some of your stuff before moving out of state. Instead of moving all of your belongings from state to state, part with as many of your belongings as you can by selling, donating or recycling them. Ordering items like furniture and decorations online and having them shipped to your new home is often much more time and cost efficient then moving all of your items long distance. This can also contribute to a sense of new beginnings in your new home since you’ll be moving in with less clutter and a fresh start.
3. How to Utilize Warehouse Storage Options
People who are moving across the country often find themselves subletting an apartment or entering into some kind of temporary arrangement while looking for the perfect new home. If this is your plan, you may want to consider putting some of your items in storage so that you won’t have to move them time and time again. Luckily, most moving companies offer long and short-term storage options for long distance moves. Make sure the long distance movers you choose also offer warehouse storage, like we do at Manassas Transfer. You can usually find this information on the moving company’s website. This is a perfect option for anyone who thinks it may take them a while to get settled in their new home state.
4. How to Plan a Move to Another State
Lastly, we can’t overstate how important planning every detail is. You will find yourself much more relaxed and prepared when you’ve taken the time to plan out each part of your long distance move. Use a day planner or Google Calendar to plan out the weeks leading up to your move. Begin planning your long distance move months in advance so you have room to add any tasks you may have forgotten. You will need to plan your moving budget, a packing routine, what you’ll leave behind and what you’ll pack, among several other things. Make sure you have all of your appointments, last minute projects and even the goodbyes scheduled out so you have everything ready for your long distance move.
Long distance moving doesn’t have to be hard or stressful. If you take the time to properly plan, consider your costs and do your research, you’ll have no problems. For more moving advice, make sure you check out our blog page.