Planning a Long-Distance Move – What You Need to Know

Moving cross-country or to an entirely new country is much different than moving across town. There’s so much more to consider, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself fleeing back to familiar territory fast when culture shock sets in. 

Making a Big Move

As exciting as moving to a new home is, it can be just as overwhelming and frustrating. In the days and weeks leading up to the big day, you may find yourself wondering why you’re doing it as it’s a lot of work and a lot of decisions need to be made. To help you make better sense of the situation, we’ve put together a few tips that will help with the planning stage of the process. From time management to what to keep and what to toss, these tips will make moving day a whole lot easier. 

Tip #1: Consider Where You’re Going and Educate Yourself

The location and size of your new home will help you determine what to take with you and what you can get rid of. If you’re moving to a loft in the city, for example, that spare bedroom set you have now won’t be of any use. 

Think about the available space you’ll have in your new place, what kind of weather the area is known for, and your new lifestyle to figure out what to take with you. 

Tip #2: Create a System for Sorting and Packing

To make sorting your things and packing them for the move easier, create a system that keeps everything organized. For example, you could have four categories for the things you own: keep, donate, sell, trash. Go through your things and place them in one of these four categories and either pack or dispose of them, as necessary. 

When it comes to packing, try to pack everything one room at a time to make identifying and finding your things easier once you reach your destination. 

Tip #3: Use the One-Year Rule

The one-year rule is: if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. So, those skinny jeans you haven’t worn since high school and that apple corer your aunt gave you for Christmas two years ago need to go. Why pay to transport and/or store these items when you’ll probably never use them again?

Tip #4: Get Help from the Pros

While it’s entirely possible to mount a long-distance move yourself, it’s much easier to enlist the help of professional movers as they know how to pack and haul things with the least amount of damage and hassle. Just be sure you plan everything down to the minute correctly to avoid costly storage fees for your things and don’t forget to get everything in writing. 

Tip #5: Stick to the Schedule

Time has a way of getting away from you when things are chaotic and moving is definitely chaotic. Use a calendar to schedule times and activities to make sure you’re not falling behind. Take care of things like packing Christmas decorations, which aren’t time-sensitive, as soon as possible to make sure you have time for other things that are time-sensitive.