Long Distance Moving Tips Based on Experience

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What is it like to move from one region of the country to another? Is anyone part of the planning and execution of the move more difficult than others? That is the aim of this article, to ease your mind going into a long distance move.

You’re seated in your cubicle on a typical Thursday afternoon, watching the clock till quitting time. This job you have had for some time has proven beneficial, yet it has reached that point where you almost dread coming in.

On this Thursday, you begin pondering why you applied for a promotion weeks ago. Obviously the company is not interested in moving you up, as you’re certain the interview did not go well. Then, the unexpected happens.

The email comes in, and you are offered a position with more responsibility and pay. Great news!

However, it will require moving to another state, a state that is in another region of the country. What about my kids, my significant other?

An Adequate Plan is a Must

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Like any important process in life, having an adequate plan is a must when trying to have a successful long distance move.

Some people have a bad problem when it comes to procrastinating. The longer you wait to do things like schedule utility hookups at your new home or pack, the harder you will find it to have a stress-free moving experience.

Generally speaking, you should start plotting out this move at least three months in advance if at all possible. Ironing out all of the details regarding how to get your possessions from one residence to the next will reduce the amount of mistakes made when the actual move happens.

Downsizing May be a Good Idea

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If you are like most people, you are quite proud of the possessions you have acquired over the years.

Having a lot of “stuff” can be a good thing, but not when you are moving everything you own across the country. Before you begin the packing process, chances are you need to take the time to downsize.

Some people are too emotionally attached to the things in their home, which is why getting an objective opinion on what to keep and what to get rid of is vital. Allowing a trusted friend to weigh in on the culling process can help you avoid taking things you don’t need with you to the new house.

Once you have completed this process, hold a garage sale so you can make some money off of these unwanted items. The money made from this garage sale can be used to cover the cost of your move.

Keeping Everything Organized is Very Important

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Simply throwing things haphazardly into a box and taping it up is a recipe for a long distance moving disaster. Neglecting to keep everything organized will make it nearly impossible to unpack your things in a timely fashion.

Ideally, you want to pack up your things one room at a time.

As you are packing these boxes, you need to label them thoroughly to ensure they can be staged properly in your new residence.

If this is just too much work for you to take on, let moving professionals handle it for you. While you will have to pay these professionals for this help, it could be well worth the investment.

Focus on Your Family

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Hopefully you have had this conversation with them prior to your applying for the promotion.

In some instances, a long distance move may not be expected due to a layoff or lateral career move where you are given no choice outside of resigning. Communicating the move to your significant other is the easy one; the conversation with your kids will prove to be challenging.

Expect them to go through a difficult transition period. It’s important to let them work through their emotions. Again, by setting the stage as early in the process as possible, you can ease them through the move rather than it be a sudden shock.

If your long distance move is a lateral one within your company or promotion, depending on the company size, the chances that relocation assistance will be provided are good. Utilize your employer’s resources, they are there to help.

Moving Basics

Now, let’s look at 8 tips to make this long distance move a happy one:

  1. Condense the available space in the moving truck (declutter, keep stuff in the dresser drawers, and use trash bags for packing when you can).
  2. If your new home needs a new coat of paint, try to get that done before you move your stuff in.
  3. Before signing up for services such as phone, cable, and internet – ask around.
  4. Chances are good that you will not be able to move your houseplants. Be certain to replace them as quickly as possible.
  5. They make for a healthier home both in the physical and emotional sense.
  6. Give yourself a break to get acclimated to your new surroundings.
  7. As mentioned earlier; give yourself, your kids, and significant other the opportunity to have meltdowns.
  8. Even though you have decluttered prior to packing, plan on more of the same as you unpack.
  9. Budget for purchases that will be necessary after you move in.

Automobiles

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What about our vehicle(s)? Don’t overlook these moving costs. If your situation is one in which your vehicle(s) will need to be shipped, certain factors will play into the cost – two of these are the route and size of the vehicle(s).

Another factor is how the vehicle(s) will be shipped. The more common options, naturally, are open and enclosed auto transport. If you are concerned about your vehicle(s) being exposed to the elements, then the enclosed route is your best option.


Hopefully you’ve gained some helpful suggestions to implement before, during, and after you long distance move. Emotions will likely come to the surface with everyone during this transition. It is part of the process.

Eventually, everyone will settle in to their new home. During this adjustment phase, keep reassuring your family that things will get better as time goes by.

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