If you are moving from one end of the city to another, it can be hectic. But if you thought that was rough, imagine packing up everything you own to move it across to the other side of the country. This can include a lot more logistical issues like spending days waiting on your shipment to arrive and having to organize large deliveries such as your car. Here are some ways to make sure that your next long distance runs smoothly.
- Get a jump-start—One thing you are going to have to realize with a cross-country move is that it is going to take a lot longer. We don’t mean just the physical move itself from house to house. We are talking about all of the prep work as well. Many times in a short distance move, people will pack some smaller items or essential supplies in their car to take them along with them. But in this case, everything, no matter how small, is going to have to be packed! So the best thing to do here is start early and plan on cleaning house, literally. Go through your house room-by-room and clear everything out that you can. Get two trash bags—one for donations and one for the dump—and get rid of much as you can. Hold a yard sale to get rid of other items that you think you can sell as well. Whatever is left will need to be packed.
- Do some research—Another really good idea is to make sure that you do some background research on your moving company. First, make sure that you are using an actual moving company and not a broker. A broker may advertise as a moving company, charge you exorbitant prices and then subcontract your move to another company. You want to make sure that you eliminate the middleman and save yourself some money in the process. Also, check with sources like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau to find out as much as you can about the company you choose.
- Save some cash—One of the most expensive items you will have to pay for is to ship your car. Many companies will pick up your car and then take it to a shipping depot for the final shipment of your car. You can save yourself a bit of money if you cut out the shippers and take the car to the depot yourself. It will still cost you a nice chunk of change, but doing this will usually save you a few bucks in the long run.
- Be flexible—When you are moving across country, one of the things that you need to remember is that things are not going to go with the precision of a Swiss watch. You need to schedule a buffer day or so in your moving schedule for hiccups like a delay with the moving van. If you have an issue, be prepared to make alternate plans for your move like staying overnight in a hotel or sleeping on the floor in the new house.
- Be nice to your movers—It’s a simple mantra to remember with any move: take care of your movers and they will take care of you. Invest in a lot of bottled water for your movers as they are going to have to stay hydrated while moving your stuff. Contact Canadian Easy Moving for a free long distance moving quote.