Moving long distance can be a very stressful experience. You’re packing up your whole life and taking it somewhere far away where you might not know anyone. The best way to relieve at least a little bit of that stress is to properly prepare for your move. Here are a few ways to get yourself and your home ready for your long distance move.
Preparing for a Long Distance Move
There’s a good chance that you’re going to keep putting off packing when you’re moving long distance. After all, there are a million other things to think about, and you can always pack later. But soon it’ll be the day before your Richmond movers are supposed to show up and the house – is still unpacked. This can be avoided by packing as early as possible. You don’t have to pack all at once, either. If you fill a few boxes a day for a couple of weeks, soon everything you own will be packed up and ready to go. Packing slowly and early will save you a whole lot of stress when your moving week hits. For great tips on packing, read our ‘Packing Tips’ Blog.
Use the One-Year Rule
A move is always a good time to get rid of the things you no longer use. When deciding what to pack for your long distance move, use the one-year rule. This rule states that if you haven’t used an item in a year, you should either donate it or throw it out. If you haven’t touched something in a year, there’s very little chance you’re going to use it in two years or three. Save yourself some space on the moving truck and give away the unused item.
Hire Professional Movers
One of the first things you should do when you decide to move cross-country is find professional movers to help you. A long distance move is too big a task to undertake by yourself, and you want to be sure that you’re hiring people that you trust. Many movers will even help you pack and move your furniture, saving you from having to do too much heavy lifting. Professional movers will greatly decrease your moving stress and will help ensure that all of your belongings make it safely to your new home.
Long distance moves are tough, but following these few simple steps will make it much less stressful. Be sure to pack only what you absolutely need, and hire movers who will make your life easier. If you have any more questions about how to plan your long distance move, please contact us.