Long Distance Moving Tips
Advice for long distance moves
Whether this is your first long-distance move or your tenth, knowing the best way to plan and execute it can help reduce stress and improve your experience. To help you prepare, we created a list of long-distance moving tips — from creating a moving budget to making travel arrangements — that will simplify the process.
Tips to follow when moving long distance
While moving does require a lot of work and organization, it doesn’t have to be a complicated or overwhelming process. Check out this comprehensive guide to moving long distance, and use the tips below to get started:
As soon as you know you’re moving, start planning. Long-distance moves mean relocating your whole life hundreds or thousands of miles away and create a lot of changes all at once. Planning early can help reduce some stress and ensure the move goes smoothly from start to finish.
Create a budget
Since long-distance moves cover many miles and require extra time and resources, it’s a good idea to create a moving budget before getting too far into the planning. Write down all of the expenses you may incur, factoring in any costs that apply to your situation — the moving company, airfare, fuel, hotels, moving supplies, vehicle shipping services, etc. — to help keep you on track and within budget.
Move during offseason
Moving rates tend to be higher during summertime when many people are relocating and moving equipment is in high demand. If your dates are flexible, try moving during offseason from October to March (you may be able to save hundreds of dollars!). Get more tips about moving long distance in the winter.
Think about the layout of your new home
Before you pack, think about our new home’s design and only take the furniture and items you’ll have room for. For example, if the new living room is shaped differently, you may not be able to fit a couch, loveseat and a recliner. Or if the bedroom is smaller, the bed may take up more space than you want. There’s no point in paying to ship unnecessary stuff that won’t fit.
Complete some tasks remotely
Because you can’t regularly visit your new city, long-distance moves can become challenging when completing tasks you have to be present for (like closing on a home, registering a vehicle, updating your driver’s license, etc.). But some things can be done remotely. Think about what those tasks could be — maybe hiring painters to paint your home or scheduling a delivery for new furniture (just make sure someone can be there to let the workers in), or enrolling your child in school. Whatever tasks you can complete remotely, do so! It will make settling in easier.
Check on parking permits
Parking permits are sometimes required if you plan on parking the moving equipment on the street, at an apartment or in a residential area with a Home Owner’s Association. Your new city’s planning office or police department should be able to determine whether a permit is needed and give you instructions for obtaining one.
It’s also a good idea to check whether the permit needs to be posted before your items arrive. If so, make arrangements to get there before the moving equipment, or ask a new neighbor, friend or family member to post it for you.
Book travel arrangements ahead of time
With a long-distance move, it’s best to plan travel arrangements and routes prior to moving day. Whether that means buying plane or train tickets or booking hotel stays, scheduling things in advance will make getting to your destination easier. If driving, consider mapping out your route and stops before hitting the road — think of fuel, food and entertainment.
Cancel memberships and update your contact info
You’ll want to cancel any local memberships (like to the gym and library) before moving — especially if they require you to do so in person. Since you’ll be moving to another state, it will be very difficult to take care of these after the move. It’s also a good idea to notify the United States Postal Service, credit card companies, and any other transferable services of your upcoming address change.
What other tips are helpful?
What other tips and tricks have you used to make long-distance moving easier? Let us know in the comments below. If you have any questions about your upcoming move, call 800-413-4799, and we’ll be happy to help!