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To help prepare for the journey ahead, here are three things you might overlook that should be kept top of mind during your long-distance moving preparation.

Moving Realities: 3 Things You Might Overlook on Moving Day


The truth is, long-distance moves aren’t always easy. From finding a reputable moving company to switching your subscriptions and utilities services on time, a lot goes into a long-distance move, and many people accidentally skip a step or two in the process.

To help prepare for the journey ahead, here are three things you might overlook that should be kept top of mind during your long-distance moving preparation.

Logistics Preparation

Before your long-distance relocation, you’ll want to sit down and consider the logistical aspect of your move. Do you plan on driving pets? Are you hiring movers, or are you self-moving? It’s recommended that you start planning for a long-distance move at least three to two months in advance. This gives you enough time to think through the logistics.

Have a Plan

Start by outlining your plan and preparing for the drive ahead. Give yourself plenty of time and prepare for any unnecessary delays. You never know what may happen when you get on the road. You’ll also want to have a small emergency fund for unexpected expenses. Lastly, pack a small bag like you would for a trip. This way, you don’t need to dig through your moving boxes for toiletries or a change of clothes. 

Know the Route

If you’re moving long-distance, you likely plan on driving yourself. Take some time to assess the route you plan to take. Consider how long you want to drive each day, where you want to stop, and if there are any stops you’ll want to make.

You’ll want to avoid booking hotels just in case you have to change your route while on the road. Google and Apple Maps will tell you if there are any unexpected closed roads or highways and provide alternatives. 

Time of Year and Road Conditions

While mapping out your route, consider the time of year and the road conditions. Moving during the colder months makes you more susceptible to road closures and snow storms, and during summer, you may encounter unbearably high temperatures.

Prepare Your Vehicle 

If you plan on driving to your new destination, don’t forget to take your vehicle in for a tune-up. If anything is wrong with your car, it should be fixed before you hit the road. This will give you peace of mind and help you avoid any unwanted delays.

Have a packing strategy to ensure your belongings are safe and secure while traveling.

Packing Precautions

You may feel tempted to throw all your belongings into moving boxes and call it a day. However, if you don’t take the proper packing precautions, some of your belongings may break in transit.

Have a packing strategy to ensure your belongings are safe and secure while traveling. Here are some packing and moving day tips to help you get started:

  • Start small: Pack smaller items you don’t use every day. Start with the items in your closet, garage, or junk drawers.
  • Go room by room: Packing room by room helps streamline the process and breaks the packing phase into smaller, more manageable tasks. 
  • Label the boxes: Labeling will help simplify unpacking when you get to your new home.
  • Have an essentials box: Consider packing a box filled with the everyday items you use. This way, you can grab clothes, toiletries, and other essentials without looking through multiple boxes. 
  • Put heavier items at the bottom: When stacking the boxes into a moving van, you’ll want to put the heavier ones on the bottom. This prevents the boxes from breaking and keeps fragile items protected.

Packing can get stressful, especially if it’s your first time moving long distances. If you decide to self-pack your current home, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of friends and family members. Give yourself plenty of time to pack up your house before moving day.

Documentation, Paperwork, and Services

Many individuals get so wrapped up in packing, loading, and unpacking that they forget about their important documentation and paperwork. Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need to do with documents for your long-distance moving preparation:

Have a Document Box

While packing your belongings, keep a separate box with important paperwork, documents, and permits. Ensure this box won’t get thrown in the back of a moving van. Instead, keep this box in your possession throughout your relocation.

Take Inventory

Take inventory of all the documents, permits, and paperwork in your document box. This will provide peace of mind and ensure all your belongings are right where they should be.

Switch Utilities and Services

Switch your utilities and services to your new address two weeks before moving day. Don’t forget to get your mail forwarded to your new address as well. If you have any gym memberships or clubs you belong to, don’t forget to cancel those before you hit the road. Lastly, if you have little ones, transfer their transcripts to their new schools.

Consider creating a checklist of utilities and services you switched and which you haven’t done yet. This way, you don’t skip any in the process.

Long-Distance Moving Preparation

Even though long-distance moves can be stressful, it’s important to remember just how exciting this experience is. You and your family are about to embark on a new journey and make a new home in a different state or city. 

While you prepare for the relocation, consider working with a long-distance moving company. Long-distance movers can assist with packing, loading, and unpacking. They’ll also help transport your belongings so you can focus on other tasks you need to complete before the big day.

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