Moving across town is a chore. Moving across the country is a huge undertaking that can quickly overwhelm you. Careful planning and preparation will make the move smooth and prevent major issues from popping up. Here is a guide with tips to help you with your long distance move:
1. Research the area you will move to. You need to know where the safe neighborhoods are, whether you need public transportation and the quality of local schools. If you need daycare, you need to know which ones are close to where you live and work. Research will also give you a price range for real estate and whether you can afford the move.
2. Once you've found your new home and are preparing to move, you need to notify the proper authorities of your new address. Fill out a change of address form at the post office two weeks prior to your move. You also need to let your credit card companies, bank, and subscription companies know your new address.
3. Decide what you will do with your car. Will you drive your car long distance or ship it? If you decide to drive you need to take into account the expense of gas, food, and hotel rooms. Your car also needs to be in top shape to make the drive. Often, it's cheaper to ship your car and fly to your new home.
Packing and Moving
4. Donate, sell, or throw out as much stuff as possible. The less you bring with you, the less you will have to pack, move, and make room for in the truck. Many people make the mistake of underestimating how much work is involved in moving.
5. Get help. Have friends or family help you sort, organize, pack, and move. Professional movers (such as those from Meelheims Transfer & Storage) ease much of the burden by packing and moving for you. Movers will drive across the country and move your belongings into your new place. This gives you time to tie up loose ends at your old place and fly to your new home.
Setting Up Your New Home
6. Set up your utilities in advance. Decide which services you need and pay the deposits. Certain utilities such as electricity and internet only need a few days in advance, while phone services may need a few weeks to transfer to your new home.
7. Unpack only the essentials the first day in your new home. Don't rush to unpack everything. Take your time and get used to your new home. You will most likely be exhausted from the move and trying to settle into your old routine. If you have children and pets, they will also need time to become accustomed to their new home.
This guide can make your long distance move less of a headache and ease the transition.