What to Consider When Making a Long-Distance Move

By  //  March 13, 2023

If you are looking to move to the other side of the state (or even the other side of the country), there is an endless amount of logistical issues that need to be arranged.

There is no way to get around it – moving is highly stressful and often very tedious. However, the entire ordeal becomes a lot more manageable when you know how to plan properly for this significant life change. This article will share some of the most important things to look out for and keep in mind when planning and conducting a long-distance move. 

Why one should consider hiring a long-distance moving company 

Long-distance moving companies can be expensive, but the service they provide tends to be worth investing in; trust, reliability, and peace of mind are priceless. The best cross country moving companies have years of experience and make the entire move as smooth as possible. This is especially helpful if you do not have friends or family available to help you on your moving day. Instead of renting a truck and driving multiple times back and forth between locations to transport everything to your new house, you can get peace of mind by leaving it all to the professionals.

Their experience in moving large amounts of furniture and general household appliances safely without any breakages is invaluable and allows you to relax and enjoy the journey.  

Make a list of everything that needs to be sorted out 

Making a list of the myriad of different things that need to be sorted out to prepare for your move is the best way to ensure that you have not forgotten anything important on the day. Everything from returning borrowed gardening equipment to canceling any subscriptions connected to your old home should go on this list.

Being organized and systematic before your move will eliminate any anxiety that you have forgotten something crucial. It can also make the task of packing everything a lot less daunting, particularly if you can assign tasks to members of your household.

By having a system of tasks that need to be ticked off, it is possible to be methodical and organized well in advance. Crossing off all your tedious tasks allows you to focus on the most important things without getting distracted. 

Make sure your bank operates in the area you are moving to

If you bank with a large national bank, this is not something that you have to worry about – but it can still be wise to call them to double-check check out-of-state moves are not going to create any logistics issues. If you are banking with a local branch, a state-wide bank, or a smaller institution, you are likely to have paperwork to fill out to transfer your details to your new location. Making these changes in advance is something that takes a bit of time, but makes life a whole lot easier once you have arrived.

In addition to banks, there is a multitude of other institutions that must be notified. These include the local council for tax purposes, your employer, utility companies (gas and electric), your doctor and dentist, your phone and internet providers, the electoral roll, and any insurance companies you are enrolled with. 

Confirm that your items are insured in the move  

Insurance is easy to overlook, and similarly to banking, it is worth taking some time to research this before your move. Whether you have chosen a moving company or are making the move yourself, nobody is immune to accidents of different kinds. Therefore, it can be wise to consider what needs to be insured before the move so that, if anything is broken, you will be financially covered.

It will also help you greatly to purchase strong and sturdy moving boxes and plenty of bubble wrap in the weeks before moving – it is worth paying for these essentials instead of losing out through broken valuables.

One positive advantage of moving is – even if something does get broken that has sentimental value – remember that this is a new start for you and it may be time for a new one! 

Once you have arrived 

Once you have arrived and are settled in, there are of course many things that need to be done. Once you have finished unpacking, organizing, and unwinding, one of the most important things is to update your personal mailing information. The last thing you want to happen is to order something important online have it sent to your old address.

Taking an hour or two to update your address and personal information on all your accounts might be tedious, but it is a lot better than the alternative. Moving can be a stressful experience, but with the correct organization and the right moving experts, you can minimize the effort required.