October 8, 2019

Local Moving: 7 Tips for Short Moves

Are you moving to a new home just miles from where you currently live? If so, don’t fall into the trap of thinking a short distance move is a piece of cake.

The fact is, making short moves can be as stressful as long ones. You still need to do everything in your power to prepare.

Here are seven tips that will help you with your short distance move.

1. Prepare in Advance

Because you’re only moving a short distance, you may feel inclined to procrastinate. Avoid doing this at all costs.

Start making plans as soon as possible. This includes obtaining packing materials, creating a moving budget, and outlining the logistics of your move.

2. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

It makes no sense to move unused items into your new home. They take up space and make the packing process more difficult.

Go through your closets, garage, and cabinets and gather the items that are collecting dust. You can effectively purge by having a yard sale or donating your unused items to charity.

3. Look for Free Boxes

Moving boxes are more expensive than you may think. If you’re only moving a short distance, you’ll save some cash by getting free ones.

Check with local stores and see if they’re throwing any boxes away. You can also ask your friends if they have any you can use. Many people hold onto boxes for future use. Just remember that the boxes you use must have tops that you can securely tape shut.

4. Pack Smart

Just because you’re not going far doesn’t mean you should pack hastily. Efficient packing will make things easier when you get to your new home.

Make sure you wrap all your fragile items and label every box. It’s also helpful to pack one room at a time, so you know exactly where everything is.

5. Recruit Friends

Since you’re not traveling far, there’s no reason why your friends can’t help you with the move. Ask some of your closest friends if they wouldn’t mind lending a hand.

Make sure you ask in advance instead of springing the question on them the day before you move. This way, you know you’ll have the muscle you need to make the heavy lifting easier.

6. Pick the Right Time to Move

Moving on a day that’s convenient for you and everybody else will make things much easier. If you have the option, consider moving on a Friday, so you have the weekend to unpack and get settled.

If you’re relying on your friends to help you with the heavy lifting, you’ll need to plan a weekend move. That way, nobody will have to take off work.

7. Consider Hiring the Pros

Even a short distance move will be much less stressful if you have professionals to help you. Consider hiring a professional moving company to do the hard work and transport your items for you.

Because a short distance move will take less time, you’ll be able to find affordable rates.

Make Short Moves Easy with These Tips

A short distance move may initially seem like a breeze. However, you’re still doing the same amount of packing and heavy lifting as any other move.

Use these tips for short moves and make your next transition as simple as possible.

If you require professional moving services, Metcalf Moving & Storage can help. Contact us today for a quote.


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