Read more about four common challenges and solutions when moving long-distance.
Moving is always a challenge, no matter where you’re moving to or from, but there are additional challenges that come with a long-distance move. In this post, we’ll talk about four of the most common challenges people experience when moving long distance, and give you tips on how to overcome them..
1) Lack of Preparation
Too many people wait until right before moving day to start packing up all their belongings. Then they realize too late that it’s a task that requires several days, if not weeks, of planning and packing, and they get overwhelmed.
The key to any successful move is to plan ahead. As soon as you have a moving date, start working backwards from that date to today, make a list of everything you need to accomplish, and a schedule of when each task needs to be accomplished. That way, once moving day comes, you’ll be ready to go without worrying if you’ve forgotten anything or if you have enough time to get everything out the door.
2) Holding onto Useless/Unwanted Items
Moving is a great opportunity to purge all those old things in the back of your closet that you’ve forgotten about. If you haven’t used/worn something in years, it’s time to throw it out, and moving is the perfect time to do that.
While it might be tempting to try to take everything with you to your new home, resisting that temptation is key to a successful move. Not only will getting rid of them mean less stuff for you to pack, but keep in mind that most movers charge by weight, so in addition to cluttering up your home without serving any purpose, all those old, unwanted things can end up costing you more money if you try to bring it with you to your new home.
The solution to this challenge is similar to the first in that it requires planning and preparation. The first thing you should do before any move is make three piles: 1) things you’re bringing with you to your new home; 2) things you’re selling/donating; and 3) things to be thrown away (this includes things that are broken, that have never been fixed, or have become too old and/or dirty to be used anymore.
If you have enough things to sell, you can have a big garage sale before you move. That way, instead of letting those old things cost you money by paying to have them moved, you can get money for them that can go towards offsetting the costs of moving.
3) House Is Not Move-In Ready
One of the biggest challenges to moving long distance is that it becomes harder to find a place in your new town, and once you find one, it’s almost impossible to keep an eye on it and make sure it’ll be ready for you on move-in day. Whether the old occupants take longer than expected to move out, or repairs need to be done to make it habitable, any number of things can go wrong when moving long distance.
If you’re buying a home from the previous owners and they have yet to move out, get to know them and correspond with them regularly. That way, as moving day approaches, you can reach out and ask how their move is going without it seeming awkward or like you’re trying to shove them out. Keep them up to date on your move and what’s going on with you and ask to be kept in the know about their move. If you’re renting, get to know your new landlord and ask for updates to make sure your new home will be ready for you when you arrive.
4) Getting to Know Your New Environment
If you’re moving long distance, chances are you’ll be moving from one climate to another, and that will always require some adjustments. The last thing you need on moving day is to arrive at your new home only to realize the clothes you’re wearing are completely wrong for your current climate.
Once again, the solution is to plan ahead. Take a look at the average temperatures for your new home, both year-round and on moving day, so you can have an idea of what to expect. If you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm climate, then when you’re purging old things, you might want to get rid of some of your winter clothes (but hold onto a few for visits and traveling).
Keep an eye on the weather in your new home on moving day. If it’s colder than where you’re coming from, be sure to have warm clothes within easy reach so you’ll be ready to bundle up when necessary. If you’re moving from a colder to a warmer climate, wear layers so you can take off the top layers as the temperatures warm up, leaving you cool and comfortable when you arrive at your destination.
Whether you’re moving across the country, or just across the street, North American Moving Services is here to help your move go as smoothly as possible, so reach out now to get a quote for your move.