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Moving on its own can be a challenging undertaking. There are utilities to stop and start, address changes to make and lots more in the way of logistics both leading up to and on the day of the move that must be managed. But moving across state lines — or even across the country — takes all the challenges of moving to an entirely new level. And while proper planning is essential to any move, it’s absolutely critical when you’re making a long distance move. This post will take a closer look at some tips to ensure your long-distance move goes as hassle-free as possible.

Hire a Reputable, Credible Moving Company

One of the best ways to ensure a successful, long-distance move is to hire a reputable moving company. Not only will this take some responsibility off of your hands, but a credible moving company can actually prove to be a big supporting asset. Good movers will work with you to plan the move, comply with all state and federal moving regulations (so you don’t have to), and serve as a point person for your belongings during the move. Aside from this, you can rest assured that long-distance movers know how to pack items securely, and care for items when moving them in and out of trucks. They’re professionals after all, and they have the materials, know-how and experience to safely get your items to your next home or office location.

Just make sure that any moving company you work with is licensed and insured. It also pays to do your homework on the companies you’re considering to ensure you’re not getting scammed by a company that uses bait-and-switch tactics to lure consumers. Make sure moving companies are clear and specific with their estimates and rank well on online review sites. The latter is one of the best ways to separate credible movers from others. We also suggest meeting with prospective moving companies and having them check out your current property and items so you can get a feel for the company and further ensure their credibility.

Other Tips for a Smooth Long-Distance Move

While hiring the right moving company can be a huge help in any long-distance move, there are a variety of other tips that can help streamline things. Here’s a look at some of them:

  • Plan ahead: We get how some moves are spur of the moment decisions that you have to make, but it pays to plan as far ahead in advance as you can. Most moving companies suggest planning for your move about three months in advance of your expected moving date.
  • De-clutter: One of the reasons to plan ahead as much as possible is it should permit ample time to de-clutter. Host a garage sale for valuables you no longer need, and donate or recycle the rest accordingly. Label boxes of items that you’re keeping for easier unpacking once you get to your new residence.
  • Stay organized: Designate a folder for all of your moving-related documents (i.e., change of address slips, moving contracts, utilities information) so you have easy, fast access to materials when you need it.