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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 critical when you’re making a long-distance move. This post will look closely at some tips to ensure your long-distance move goes as hassle-free as possible.

Hire a Reputable, Credible Moving Company

Hiring a reputable moving company is one of the best ways to ensure a successful, long-distance move. This will take some responsibility off your hands, and a credible moving company can be a significant 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 point persons 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 poles and have the materials, know-how, and experience to safely get your items to your next home or office location.

Just ensure 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 you must make, but it pays to plan as far ahead as you can. Most moving companies suggest planning for your move about three months before your expected moving date.
  • De-clutter: One of the reasons to plan 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 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, utility information), so you have easy, fast access to materials when you need them.