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7 Step Guide for Moving Long Distance



7 Step Guide for Moving Long Distance

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Moving home is difficult enough without taking into consideration the possibility that you might be moving many miles away from where you currently live. Perhaps you’re moving to the other side of the country, or maybe even the other side of the world. Wherever you are going, it’s useful to know roughly what you need to do to prepare for the move. Take a look at this seven-step guide for how to move long distances.

1. Pack Strategically

How you pack before your move will have a surprising impact on how easily you are able to unpack at the other end. If you throw everything into boxes at random, it’ll be so much harder to organize your new home. Categorize your boxes, so you don’t forget where things are. An inventory takes a lot of work up front but saves time and stress in the long run.

2. Seize the Opportunity to Declutter

Since you’re emptying your current home of all your possessions, you may as well take this as a chance to get rid of unwanted junk and items that you no longer need. Invite your friends to take whatever they like from a designated box of belongings you want to discard to ensure they go to a good home. Not only will decluttering make your new home tidier than the last, but it’ll also make moving quicker and easier.

3. Don’t Rush

If you plan well enough in advance, moving doesn’t need to be rushed. Not everything has to arrive at your new home all at once. For example, if you can’t bring your car at the same time as the removal truck brings your boxes and furniture, simply find storage for it at to keep it safe while you concentrate on moving. Take your time, and you’ll be less likely to forget something important or become overwhelmed by stress.

4. Plan Travel in Advance

Make sure you know how you, your family, your pets, and your possessions are all going to get from your old house to your new one. Avoid nasty surprises by researching and booking in advance.

5. Give Yourself Time

There isn’t always the luxury of time, but if you can choose when to move, make sure you do so with enough time to prepare, pack and settle in. Avoid work commitments that could interrupt your move.

6. Visit Beforehand

Before the big day, try to take at least one trip to see your new home and visit the neighborhood to get an idea of what your new life will be like. This isn’t always possible, but it’s valuable.

7. Unpack and Settle In

When you arrive at your new home, don’t rush the process of settling in. Unpack the essentials, get comfortable and eat a good meal. Don’t worry about unpacking everything all at once. It can be unsettling to spend the night in a new place, especially if you expect yourself to immediately feel at home there. Slow down. You will have plenty of time to enjoy your new home and your new life.

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