A long distance move is a big step, so it can be difficult to know that best way to handle this type of move. Luckily, we have a lot of experience with long distance moving, so we know exactly what it takes to get the job done right. Whether you’re moving from New York to California, or anywhere in between, there a few key steps that will go a long way to helping you have a stress-free move. Here are a few tips for getting through a long distance move.
Find the Right Neighborhood — If you’re moving to a new city, you know how important it is to find the right place in the right neighborhood. If you’re planning a move, then you’ve likely already gone through the process of finding the right home but you can never do too much research on your new neighborhood.
If you have any friends or relatives in the area, talk to them or plan a pre-move visit so you can get to know your new city. They will be the ones to know all about the area you’re moving to, they can show you the best places to eat, the best routes to work and other important things about your new home.
Sublet — If you don’t already know the exact neighborhood you’d like to live in in your new city, consider subletting while making a decision. A rental property in a new city gives you the chance to get to know the area before committing to a permanent place. If you do decide to sublet, it may be a good idea for you to place a majority of your household items in storage. That way, you won’t have to move them in and out of two homes.
Downsize — Another good way to prepare for a long distance move is to decrease the amount of household items you’ll be taking. The bulk of the cost of a move comes from the amount of time the move takes and the weight of the load on the truck. By selling or donating anything that you don’t need, you can save on your move and someone else can get continued use from your items. This will also give you the opportunity to use the money you earn to fill your new home with all new furniture, decorations and other items.
Don’t forget to plan out the weeks, or even months, leading up to your long distance move. Remember that moving across a long distance, especially moving across the country, requires more planning than many other types of moves.
Following all of these steps will help you have a stress-free long distance move. If you need more tips and advice to get you ready for your move, be sure to keep checking our blog for updates.