7 Tips to Help with Long Distance Moves

If only long distance moving was as easy as packing a suitcase! We know preparing for a move is hard, but preparing for a non-local move can be even more daunting. These 7 tips will help get you prepared for your next cross-country or out of state move:

1. Start early

Unless you’re pulling a last minute move, you’ll likely know well in advance there’s a long distance move on the horizon. To avoid stress, start packing early and in small doses every day. Frantically throwing things into random boxes is guaranteed to cause you a headache once you’re moved in at the new place. Packing is a crucial piece ensuring that your items make the trips in one piece so don't rush this part!

2. Create a packing routine

Start packing things you won’t need immediately, such as items in your attic, garage, basement, or old college textbooks (better yet, get rid of them!). Zone out work areas in each room and pack room-by-room. Don't pack items which you need in the interim as it will only lead to more stress if you are unable to locate your toiletries!

3. Label or color code every box

There’s a method in madness and that comes in the form of labeling. Take the time to put a label on every box with its approximate content and room destination. It’ll save so much time later on, especially when your long distance movers are also doing the unpacking. If you prefer, create a color code for each room. This will be a big help when you move in to your new home!

4. Use bubble wrap liberally

Bubble wrap, contrary to popular belief, is not for entertainment purposes of endless popping. You can use bubble wrap to pack all kinds of things imaginable, from dishware, pictures, large mirrors, lightbulbs, and electronics. To take your packing up another notch, use professional grade moving pads with plastic wrap to seal them in. These creates the most safety from all elements, including small spills.

5. Prep your appliances

Long distance moving is not the same as moving across town. Since your appliances are one of the most expensive things you’ll ever own, it’s important to treat them with care to ensure they survive the move. The preparation process involves cleaning out your appliances, removing and packing glass trays separately, removing grease from the oven and range, and drying out your refrigerator and freezer completely.

6. Stuff those boxes

Packing each box tightly, provided it’s secured at least once with a packing tape, means there is less space for items to move around and be damaged.

7. Delegate

As dedicated as you may be to the art of packing, some things are better off delegating to professional long distance movers. They can wrap furniture with quilt pads at no charge and have the expertise to move dressers with contents secured.

If you're not up for the late nights packing plus the heavy lifting, Totable Moving can assist with all your packing and long-distance moving needs. Click here to get started on your estimate. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions about your upcoming move!

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