Hello, I’m Sallie. Welcome to my site about moving to a new home. When I decided to move, I was a total mess. I found myself running between tasks, not seeming to get anything done in the days before the move. Luckily, a good friend came by and set me straight with some smart moving tips. From then on, I was able to pack up, transport and unload my belongings with ease. I will share those same moving tips my friend provided me, as well as other things I had to learn on my own along the way. I hope to make your next move easier than ever.
You will need to prepare to pack a little differently with a long-distance move than you do with a cross-town move. With a long-distance move, you need to make sure you are only moving what you want to move and that everything is securely packed to handle all the bumps associated with a long-distance move.
1. Figure Out Where Your Furniture Will Go
Sit down with your new home floor plan and a list of all the furniture in your current home. Figure out where you will put all the furniture you currently have in your new home.
Not all the furniture may fit, and it is better to figure that out before you pay to haul your furniture across the country. Identify any furniture that will not fit and sell it or get rid of it before your moving day. This is also a great opportunity to get rid of any damaged furniture or any furniture you don't like. Furniture is bulky and heavy and adds to your moving costs, so only move the furniture you really want and have space for in your new home.
2. Take Time to Downsize
Next, you are going to want to dedicate some serious time to downsizing. You only want to pay to move items you want. Don't rush the downsizing process. Give yourself a few weeks to go through your home. Each day, pick an area of a room, set a fifteen-minute timer, and go through all the items in that area. Figure out what you want to throw away, donate, or keep.
Get rid of items you don't use or can't remember when you last touched them. Downsizing can help you save money.
3. Pack Open First Boxes
As you start to pack things up, you will want to identify and label open-first boxes for each room. For example, you may have an open-first box for your kitchen that has two pots, a pan, and some disposable utensils and plates in it so you can have a way to prepare food. Or your open-first box for the bathroom may have towels in it.
Labeling a box or two for each room as open first will help you get to the items you need the most when unpacking your home.
4. Cushion Everything
As you pack up items, you are going to want to focus on cushioning everything. With a long-distance move, your items may be handled multiple times and must handle lots of bumps on the road.
Wrap-up fragile items with bubble wrap, packing paper, extra towels, and clothing. Make sure items can't move around inside of the boxes. Put fragile labels on any boxes with easy-to-break items.
It is important to figure out what furniture will fit in your new home with a long-distance move. Take time to go through and downsize your items. Pack open-first boxes for each room to make it easier to know what to unpack. Cushion everything, so it doesn't get damaged during the move.
Contact a long-distance moving company to learn more.