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How to Prepare for a Move Like a Pro?

Posted in How-to,Planning the Move on October 28, 2022

If you are in the process of planning a move, you’re likely feeling a range of emotions – excitement, anticipation, and maybe even a little bit of anxiety. Knowing how to tackle this process from the start can help you reduce the stress – but how to prepare for a move in the best way possible? All you have to do is follow our simple guide and start getting ready for your big day.

First of all, you need to create a detailed plan and timeline. This includes setting aside time for creating a budget, decluttering, organizing, and packing. Having a well-thought-out plan can lead to a smoother and more successful relocation experience. But what should this plan contain? Hiring movers, transferring utilities, updating your personal data, and preparing your home for the relocation day – those are all essential parts of the relocation day preparations.

How to Prepare for a Move – For Starters, Get Organized

There are a lot of things to think about when you’re planning a move to another city. You need to decide where to live, how to get to your new location, and what to do with all of your stuff. It can be a lot to handle, which is why it’s so important to get organized before you start packing up your life. Here are some tips for what you should do at the start of your cross-country moving journey:

Create moving and packing binders

Relocation binders can help you keep track of everything from your important documents to your packing list. This way, you’ll have a place to keep your relocation to-do list, organize your schedule, make timetables, and hold all your move-related paperwork.

Go around the house and take inventory

Making a household inventory list helps you make sure nothing gets lost in the move, and it will also give you an opportunity to get rid of anything you don’t need or want anymore. Additionally, if you plan on taking moving insurance, relocation inventory will provide you with additional security.

Crunch numbers and create a relocation budget

Make a list of all the expenses you anticipate during your move, including the cost of hiring cross-country movers or renting a truck, additional services you may need, trip expenses, and so on. Compare these costs with the money you have at your disposal, and adjust your needs to the realistic relocation budget. If possible, set aside some money each month so that you’ll have enough saved up to cover your expenses when the time comes.

Getting organized also means making a relocating-to-another-state checklist of all the things you need to do before, during, and after the move. Once you have your list of tasks, it’s time to create a timeline. When do you need to change your address, cancel your utilities or start packing? When you plan to move to a new state, putting everything in writing will help you stay on track and make sure nothing gets forgotten.

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Packing Like a Pro Will Make Relocation Easy

If you decide against getting professional packing services, all the boxing up and heavy lifting will be on you. It’s one of the most challenging long-distance moving tasks you need to handle. Additionally, in order for your belongings to arrive at your new destination undamaged, you need to do it with the utmost care.

However, before you start putting your belongings in boxes, don’t forget about the essential pre-packing step – decluttering. Purging through your home can save time, money, and energy. It allows you to more accurately assess the packing materials and space needed for your belongings and ensures that you are only bringing items that truly bring value or joy to your new home.

Not only that it can help you save on relocation costs (fewer belongings means lower transportation costs), but decluttering can potentially lead to extra income through selling unwanted items or donating them to those in need. Overall, deciding what to keep when relocating and what to leave behind can really help you move efficiently and make relocation a more enjoyable experience.

Couple packing before cross-country moving
Relocating across the country is a good excuse to toss out all of your unwanted goods

Get All the Necessary Supplies

The first – and arguably most important – thing you’ll need for your move is boxes. If you don’t want to buy new ones, note that you can usually find these for free on websites such as Freecycle or at your local grocery or liquor store – just be sure that they are sturdy enough to withstand a bit of wear and tear.

Next on the list is padding and cushioning material. This will help keep your fragile items safe during transit and prevent them from breaking or shattering. To save money, you can use old towels, blankets, and clothes as padding for belongings that don’t need the additional protection bubble wrap and packing paper provide.

In addition to the above items, there are a few other miscellaneous supplies you might need for your move. These include:

  • Tape – for sealing up boxes,
  • Sharpie – for labeling,
  • Scissors – for cutting tape and bubble wrap,
  • A dolly – for relocating furniture and appliances,
  • Furniture pads – for protecting your furniture from scratches,
  • A toolkit – for disassembling furniture (if necessary),
  • Trash bags – for collecting trash during the packing process.

Figure Out the Way to Pack up Fragile and Delicate Items

Bubble wrap and padding materials are a must when you start packing fragile items. Begin by padding the bottom of the box with your chosen materials – this will provide a cushion for your delicate items and prevent them from breaking. Next, take each item and wrap it individually in bubble wrap or another protective material. After each item is wrapped, place it carefully in the box.

Make sure that heavy items are placed at the bottom of the box and lighter items are placed on top. You may want to use crumpled-up paper to fill any empty space in the box so that your items don’t shift during transit. Once all of your items are safely packed away, be sure to label the box clearly with the words “Fragile” or “Delicate.” This will ensure that your movers handle the box with care.

Man holding a labeled box before long-distance moving
Labeling is essential when transporting delicate items

Have a Packing Order

For a more organized packing process, make sure to pack your belongings in phases, not tackle all of them at once. First, start packing up garage items or, for example, off-season clothes and other things you don’t currently use. On the other hand, leave relocation essentials (toiletries, medicine, electronics, and so on) for last since you’ll be using them until the day of your move. Label them correctly, and make sure they don’t leave your side during the move – you’ll need them as soon as you arrive at your new home.

Bathroom toiletries that should be packed before long-distance moving
Things you use the most should be packed last

Hire Long-Distance Movers to Help You With All the Tasks

Hiring relocation experts can be expensive, and it’s possible to complete a long-distance move without professional help. However, there are several compelling reasons to consider hiring professionals to assist with your upcoming relocation.

The first and perhaps most obvious benefit of hiring long-distance movers is that they will take care of all the heavy lifting for you. Rather than struggling to lift and carry heavy items on your own, you can simply leave the job to the professionals.

On the other hand, movers have a lot more knowledge about the relocation process, even if you’re not relocating for the first time. When you move by yourself, there’s always the risk that something could get damaged in transit due to improper packing or loading. However, when you hire professionals, they will know how to properly pack and load your belongings so that they arrive at your new home in one piece.

Finally, getting cross-country moving services can help you achieve a stress-free relocation. Moving cross-country is notoriously stressful, but it can be even more so when you’re trying to do everything yourself. When you hire a relocation team, you can rest assured knowing that someone else is taking care of the details for you. This can free up your time and energy so that you can focus on other important things during your move.

Use a Variety of Services When Moving Across the Country

Uprooting your whole life and relocating to a new city is a lot of work. It’s no wonder that people dread it so much! If you’re in the process of planning a move, though, note that some relocation companies can offer you plenty of useful additional services that can make your move easier.

Besides packing services, many reliable teams can provide you with professional car shippingif you don’t wish to dive all the way across the country. They can also offer you pretty affordable storage services if you want a place to store your belongings until you settle. Therefore, if you have a place in your budget, getting as many additional services as possible is always advisable.

Before Moving Cross Country, Get Your Documents in Order

Among all of the boxes to pack and goodbyes to say, it’s important to make sure that you have all of your documents in order, especially important paperwork such as certificates, medical and school records, tax returns, contracts, and bank statements. At the same time, make sure those papers become reminders of all the subjects you need to notify about the move.

Get Other Important Details in Order

At least two weeks before you move, you should forward your mail, so you can get it immediately after settling in. While you’re at it, make sure your driver’s license is up to date and ensure that you update your voter registration data. Tasks like canceling or transferring utilities or canceling memberships should also find their way to your to-do list.

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Changing your address with USPS is one of the most important things you need to do

Prepare Your Home for Movers

Before movers arrive, it is important to have all of your belongings packed and ready to go. This includes properly labeling boxes and creating a clear plan for where items should be placed in the new home. Additionally, it is helpful to clearly communicate any special instructions or concerns with the movers and have a reserved and accessible parking spot for the relocation truck.

If you plan to relocate a lot of heavy furniture and boxes, know that they can be tough on your floors and furniture. To protect them from damage, be sure to cover them with blankets or plastic sheeting before the movers arrive. This will help prevent scratches, scuffs, and other damage during the move.

At the same time, make sure you clear a path from your front door to the truck so that the movers can easily get your belongings out of your home. Once experts are done with the work, make sure you have enough cash to tip movers – if you’re satisfied with the service, of course.

Get Ready for a Quick Move-Out Cleaning

If you’re moving out of a rental property or simply wish to sell your house, you’ll likely need to do a deep clean before you hand over the keys. Most landlords require tenants to leave the property in the same condition as when they moved in. On the other, you also need your old house to look its best once possible buyers come to see it. Take a look at the video below for some valuable tips on how to clean your home fast and efficiently:

After Proper Preparation, Enjoy the Moving Day

After all your preparation, the day has finally arrived! It’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This is an exciting new chapter in your life, and it’s going to be great. All that is left is to do a final walkthrough of your old home. Double-check that everything is packed up and ready to go – you don’t want to leave anything behind. Finally, say goodbye to your old home and get ready for the next adventure.

Milly Andrews

Born and raised in Portland, Milly has had a lot of experience moving and writing about the relocation process.

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