5 Tips for Long Distance Relocation to Your New Home

Use these tips and your long-distance relocation to your new home will be smooth.

By Amandalyn Vanover

 

Everyone understands that moving can be a long, stressful, and arduous process — sometimes even more frustrating than searching for a new home in the first place. However, if you get organized with a plan before you get started with your move, then you will save a ton of frustration and headaches during your long-distance move to your new home.

 

By taking certain precautions and these five tips under advisement, you can help make the move to your new piece of real estate smooth and quicker.

 

Keep Necessities Handy

Pack an overnight bag or small suitcase with enough toothbrushes, toiletries, clean clothes, and important documents for you and your family in case you arrive to your new home before the movers get there. If you’re traveling with children, making sure you have something for their entertainment is critical! Even if you do arrive before the movers, you may not be able to find everything you need right away, so having necessities handy and accessible will prove to be the most beneficial.

 

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Check Out the Movers You Hire

Whether you’re moving inside the city limits or relocating from across the country, you will most likely not be able to pack everything inside the vehicle or truck. Hiring a reputable moving company is the next logical step. Ask friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors about any positive experiences they have had with professional movers to pack, crate, and transport your belongings. The Better Business Bureau and online review sites such as Yelp are both great places to check out the overall standing and reputation of the movers you’re considering hiring for your long-distance move.

 

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Everything Should be Labeled

While it might seem obvious to label everything, there are often items that get forgotten in the chaotic midst of packing and moving. Don’t just label all of your boxes with the contents, write what room each box should go in. Unpacking will go much quicker if all of the bedroom items are in the bedroom, all the garage items are in the garage, and all of the kitchen essentials are already in the kitchen. As for dishes, a good packing tip for your breakable kitchen goods is to pack them vertically in boxes, so that they are less likely to break. Large items that don’t fit in boxes should be labeled with removable tape with the desired location to keep from having to move them again.

 

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Time to Haul Out the Garbage

I am not talking about taking out the trash. There’s no better time than moving to decide what old things and unused items can be tossed, sold, or donated. You may have a lot of things that you have collected over the years that you really don’t want or need. Some of your furniture may be older, and odds are you will end up replacing one or more pieces after moving anyway. You can score some extra dough by having a yard sale, garage sale, estate sale or moving sale before packing up and moving to the new house. Getting rid of all these things prior to packing up and moving not only makes the actual process easier and less expensive, but you won’t need to worry about finding ways to get rid of what you don’t want later on.

 

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Phone Numbers and Important Information

Don’t wait until arriving to your new house to start looking for phone numbers of local businesses, utilities, and needed government resources. Get your list ready, forward your mail and have all of your utilities arranged to be turned on the day before you intend on arriving to the house to ensure that everything is in order upon your arrival.

 

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With these tips, your long-distance relocation to your new home will be smoother than ever.