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What to Take into Account When Moving a Long Distance

Making a long-distance move can be stressful. Every family knows how much stuff they seem to accumulate just in one year and knowing how to pack and prepare for a big move like this can be a challenge with even minimal belongings. However, if you plan ahead, you can decrease stress and save time and money. Read on for tips on making a long-distance move more manageable on you and your family.

Renting a Moving Truck

If you are moving across the country or several states away, you will most likely need to rent a moving truck or van. Always compare prices online before reserving your moving vehicle. Keep in mind that many moving truck companies charge by the mile. Speak to a customer service representative from each company before reserving a truck. Be sure to ask the service rep about any extra fees and services they offer. Try to avoid hiring a moving company, but if you have to, shop around for the best deal. You might be able to fly with some bigger luggage or have it shipped through train or air mail. An accident attorney suggests looking into insuring your belongings if they are expensive and in case of damage during travel.

Cleaning Out Closets

Sorting through old clutter can be a daunting task. One way to approach this initial packing stage is to make three piles: keep, trash, and donate. Keep only the items you use most often and that have value to your family. Trash items that look rusty or damaged or that you can upgrade at your new place. Donate those belongings you haven’t used in a year or two, but are still in working condition. This is a great time to make and save money by selling items as well. You can also use it as an excuse to upgrade your wardrobe or get better technology.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Pack

Sure, there are some things you use every day such as household kitchen items and toiletries. These items can be left out until the day before a big move. However other items can be packed right away. Don’t wait until the last minute to go through your closet or pack your clothes. If you are moving in summertime, go ahead and pack away all your winters clothes and anything else you won’t need for a while. This will save you time in the long run, especially when you have errands to run and a schedule to follow.

Donate Furniture and Bulky Items

If you want to save money on a rental vehicle, only take what you need to your new home. For instance, if you know some of your furniture is on its last leg, go ahead and donate it to charity before you move. Donate everything you don’t need. This will enable you to rent a smaller moving vehicle and save money. Once you’ve settled into your new home, you can replace the furniture brand-new, or if that’s too expensive, buy used replacement furniture.

Two keys to the long-distance move are to plan ahead and get started early. These two simple things can save you both time and money. Make sure everyone in your family is prepared and ready to move before heading out. Kids and teens should know what to expect and look forward to the new place as much as you.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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