How to Move Long-Distance With Minimal Stress

All the work involved with packing and moving can be stressful and overwhelming, but if you’re organized and plan everything well, you can eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress.
Man Unloading Furniture From Removal Truck Outside New Home On Moving Day

If you are considering moving long distance or you already have plans, you know that moving can be quite an emotional roller coaster. Moving to a new city, state, or even country means you have to leave behind friends, family, and the place that has been your home. But it can also be an exciting adventure. You’ll get to discover the best parks, restaurants, and scenery in a new place. A change of scenery can be refreshing and help you to grow and get to know new people and cultures.

Of course, before you can get settled in your new home, there’s a lot of work you have to do to prepare for your move. You need to decide what you’re bringing with you and what to get rid of, pack up your belongings, and transport everything to your new location. All the work involved with packing and moving can be stressful and overwhelming, but if you’re organized and plan everything well, you can eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress. Here are some tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead will make your move go much smoother and help you avoid last-minute problems. The first thing you should do is keep a list or schedule of everything you have to do. You can break this down into a daily task list or plan out what you want to accomplish in the weeks leading up to your move and make a schedule to complete everything. Whether you like traditional paper and pen or a digital planning tool, having a plan in writing will help you not to forget anything and keep your plans organized.

When making your plan, it’s a good idea to think of the different services you will need to hire for your move and book them ahead of time to avoid any problems. Do you need a moving company or an Auto shipping group? Plan ahead, search for reputable companies and make reservations in advance. 

Get Rid of Stuff

Before you start packing, you should probably try to get rid of some stuff that you don’t need or use. Even if you’re not into minimalism, downsizing the amount of stuff you own can make packing much easier and save you money with movers. 

Getting rid of stuff is hard for some people, but it will definitely make your move easier. Go through all your clothing, dishes, appliances, and decorations and decide what you need and what you can part with. This will also give you space in your new home for new things. You can donate what you don’t want or hold a garage sale to make some extra cash. 

Pack Smart

If you want to make your life easier when you arrive in your new home, you should spend time organizing your items and packing them in an orderly fashion. First, set aside a box for essentials that you will need right away. This will be the first box you open when you arrive at your new home. The rest of your belongings should be organized by room and by area. Make sure you label your boxes so you know exactly where to put them and can easily find things.

Another thing to be careful about when packing is fragile items. You’ll want to individually wrap each item with bubble wrap or paper and clearly label the box so that movers know it contains breakable items. 

Depending on your budget, you can choose to do most of your packing and moving yourself or hire professionals to do the work for you. Hiring a reliable long distance moving company can eliminate a lot of stress, as they can take care of boxing up your stuff and transporting it to your new house. But if you choose to hire professional movers, make sure you count the cost. It’s an expensive service, especially if you have a lot of stuff to move. You also need to be careful about moving scams and unprofessional companies that might lose, break or steal your possessions. But if you have the money to hire a good moving company, it can definitely make your move easier.

Moving is a challenge and can be extremely stressful if you don’t plan well. But if you make good decisions in advance, your move will be a lot less stressful. Long before your move date, you need to make a plan. Create a list or schedule so you know exactly all of the things you need to do before moving day. Before you pack up, get rid of some stuff. Purging unnecessary items will make packing so much easier and you won’t have to worry about everything fitting in your new home. When it’s time to pack, don’t just throw things in boxes. Good organization will make it easy to find things once you get to your new house. Keep these tips in mind to make your long-distance move stress-free.

Alicia Baker
Alicia is a Canadian writer whose enthusiasm for cultural and automotive are combined in her writing. Her background includes links to insurance, finance, and automotive safety.