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Moving can be a hectic and stressful experience in the best of situations, but fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to ease the burden. These tips are especially helpful if you are moving long-distance. Moving long-distance involves a lot more planning and work. Use these tips as a checklist to keep you on track throughout the process.

Become Familiar with Your New Location

Moving to an unfamiliar town or city can be a little unsettling. One will feel much more comfortable arriving at their new home if they have already taken the time to get to know their new neighborhood. Ideally, it is good to visit the location before the big move, but time and money, as well as the distance, may not allow for this. Instead, one can take advantage of the internet and search for familiar restaurant chains and retailers in the area before the actual move. Once they arrive, new residents need to get out into the community. This could be done by joining a local club or gym. The quicker one becomes familiar with their new surroundings and it’s residents, the quicker they will feel at home.

Plan Ahead

Many people make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to make plans when it comes to moving. They pick one weekend on the calendar and assume everything will fall into place. Sadly, this often ends up in disaster. The best way to approach a long-distance move is to plan ahead. This means to start packing and reserve any trucks or containers from the moving company at least three months prior to the moving date. Certain times of the year, such as the summer months, are popular times for relocating. Planning ahead ensures that the moving service you choose can fit you into their schedule.

Use a Moving Container

Most people immediately think of renting a truck for a long-distance move, but using moving containers long distance can make more sense. Containers are often cheaper and less stressful than renting a truck. The service provider drops a container off at the current location. Once the container has been filled with furniture and other belongings, a driver takes it to a local yard. From there a freight company takes it to a yard near the new location. A local driver then drops it off at the new home. The person relocating doesn’t have to worry about driving a large rental truck or making several trips back and forth.

Don’t Waste Space

You don’t want any wasted space inside of the container. Take inventory of everything that will be moved before reserving the container. You want one that suits your needs perfectly. Empty space inside of a container or moving truck is wasted money. On the other hand, reserving a container that is too small will result in frustration. Having a clear idea of how much room you need for all of your belongings helps you avoid these problems, and it makes it much easier for the service provider to give you an accurate quote when it comes to the total cost of the move.

Downsize Your Belongings

Because the major cost of moving is determined by how many things are being relocated, it is best to downsize before the big move. Relocating items, only to throw them away upon arrival, adds to the cost and work involved in the moving process. Go through everything well in advance, and decide what to keep. Items that you no longer use or want can be sold in a garage sale or donated to a local charity. Consider your new home too. Think about how you will arrange the furnishings and which pieces will fit in nicely. For example, you wouldn’t want to move all of the furniture from a guest bedroom into a home that doesn’t have an extra bedroom available.

Stay Organized While Packing

While it is tempting to simply start tossing items into any available box, this can lead to mass confusion upon arrival at the new home. Carefully label each and every box. Mark it according to which room the items inside will belong in. That way, each box can be carried directly to it’s proper location. Have a detailed list attached to the outside of the box stating exactly what is inside. This makes it quick and easy to find necessities like a TV remote or coffee maker at your new house.

A little planning and some guidance will help you eliminate much of the stress involved with a long-distance move. Think about your new home, your new city, and your time frame before jumping into action, and you should have a fairly pleasant experience.