METCALF MOVING BLOG

January 18, 2018

Tips For Long Distance Moving

It’s not uncommon for individuals to uproot and undertake long distance moving to other parts of the country.

Never made a big move before?

Here are some important things to remember.

Before Your Long Distance Move

There are many tasks you’ll need to accomplish even before moving. These long-distance moves don’t allow you to take a second shot. It’s important everything is ready on the first go.

In preparation for your move:

Declutter

Decluttering helps avoid bringing unnecessary things on the journey. Begin by organizing possessions based on value and utility. Then, consider donating unwanted items or hold a yard sale.

Organize

An organization plan will reduce the time needed when loading and unloading. Separate and pack items based on their appropriate zone and room. This will prevent rummaging once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Be Aware of Dangers

Common dangers of moving include:

  • Trips and falls
  • Injuries from lifting
  • Driving and road hazards

Take your time to learn how to use dollies efficiently when moving items. Clear walkways to avoid trips when loading. Practice driving if you’re inexperienced with large vehicles.

Prepare Emotions

Your emotions will likely go through a mix of excitement and sadness. Distraught can lead to distracted driving resulting in potential injuries. Try to hold yourself together — find support — if you’re coming apart.

Tips to Make Moving Easier

Usually, when we move, we move locally. We sometimes manage these short distance moves easily with the help of friends and family. Long distance moving, on the other hand, takes extra effort and elbow grease.

Here are a few ways to make the big move easier:

Hire a moving company

Rental trucks are cumbersome for those inexperienced with traversing new terrains and seasonal weather changes. Utilizing rental trucks places you at risk of road dangers and damaging household items during the transit.

You also run the risk of injury when moving heavy items by yourself. Moving equipment will ease the burden, but strong professionals will make quick work of the tasks.

Do this instead of a DIY move:

  1. Get in touch with moving companies and ask for quotes
  2. Check to see what moving services they offer
  3. Clear and pack what you can but leave big stuff to them

There’s a peace-of-mind that comes from the expertise and insurance the moving companies offer.

Bring a moving kit

A moving kit includes necessities for health and emotional support.

The kit should contain:

  • Toiletries
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Snacks and beverages
  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Medication
  • Entertainment

Keep cash on hand

There are plenty of ATM’s and banks you’ll pass when on the road. Yet, your card becomes worthless on long, open stretches of isolated highway. Doubly so if you break down and become stranded.

Having cash on hand is essential for quick transactions for these moments. Cash is also helpful in the event you lose cards.

Your Friend’s Truck Won’t Cut It

Using a friend’s truck did the trick back in the day. Long distance moving requires extra planning, dedication, tools, and brawn. Use a combination of pro services and quality DIY moving supplies. It makes the difference between frustration and a safe, enjoyable experience.

Contact us today for all your moving questions and inquiries.

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This is our 2nd interstate move with Metcalf and we have been pleased both times.

- Jill & Phil H.