Just when you think moving into a new home couldn’t get any more exciting, you find yourself embarking on a long-distance move across state lines or to an entirely new country. Congratulations! Before you get too excited, there are some long-distance hacks you’ll want to have in your back pocket to ensure an exciting, stress-free, smooth move from start to finish.
Gather Required Documents
As you cross state lines, you will need to present specific documentation to the border agents. The type of documentation can vary from state to state. So, it’s important to do your research and gather any required paperwork for every state you’ll be passing through.
The same can be said if you’re traveling overseas. For every border you’ll be crossing, you will need to present specific documentation. Gathering everything can be a timely process, so get this long distance moving hack started sooner than later.
Another alternative is to use Bekins Moving Solutions. We assign you with a specialist who will help you plan, prepare and execute your long-distance move, and they have all the knowledge needed for crossing the borders successfully and without delay.
Be Meticulous When Packing
Properly packing your belongings is imperative to the success of any move. Add in a long transportation period, and you’ll want to channel your inner professional mover. Long distance moves come with an abundance of bumps and your belongings will jiggle, shift and move around. It is your goal to minimize that movement as much as possible and sharpening up on your professional packing skills will help you do just that.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to make use of proper packing materials, especially when preparing fragile items and valuables. For example, instead of wrapping your plates, bowls, and glasses in leftover newspaper, you’ll want to use a box designed specifically for these types of items. Doing so will give you peace of mind knowing that your items have an excellent chance of surviving the long travel times.
Consider Any Changes in Climate
Depending on where you live and where you are moving to, you may need to use specific packing materials that help maintain optimal temperatures and moisture levels within the moving truck during transportation. Going from extreme heat to extreme cold can be tough on a vast array of items and materials, and it can result in a buildup of moisture which can result in damage. So, consider any changes in climate your belongings will be subjected to and pack accordingly.
The Smaller the Load the Larger the Savings
The less you move, the lower the cost of your long-distance move will be. Long distance moving companies charge you based on the weight you’re transporting. So, take some time to go through your belongings and donate or throw out any items that don’t have to be moved. If you can budget for new furniture, host a garage sale and get rid of the old pieces. Purchasing the heaviest items once arriving in your new city can save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Plus, you get some brand-new furniture to enjoy.
Leave Things in Storage
The best way to ensure your long-distance move doesn’t break the bank is to decrease the number of items that will be transported. Now, just because the items won’t be moved to your new location doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of them completely.
Instead, take advantage of a storage unit and use it to house any belongings you don’t need to access regularly, such as family heirlooms, seasonal décor, and loose papers. The next time you go back to visit your friends and family, travel with an empty suitcase and fill it with any belongings you want to bring back with you.
Moving can be challenging; moving to a different state or country is an entirely different ball game. Leave the hard stuff to our professional movers, and sit back and enjoy this exciting time in your life. At Bekins Moving Solutions, we offer full-service moving packages that take care of your moving tasks from start to finish.