How to Survive a Long Distance Move

If you are moving out of state, or out of town, then your move will be logistically hefty. It is likely that you will want to hire the right long distance moving company to keep things moving along smoothly.

As you prepare for your big move, you will want to remember two words: planning and documentation. If you’re on top of your game when it comes to planning and documenting the right aspects of your move, then you are removing a huge amount of stress from the equation. Use these tips before, during, and after the move to ensure a headache-free relocation experience. Remember: document, document, document! Plan, plan, plan!

Before You Move

If you are hiring interstate movers, you still want to take a survey of what is going on the truck, and what you want to keep with you. Most moving companies won’t take liability for extremely valuable items like jewelry, precious metals, antiques, and especially paperwork. Make sure those valuables are secure, and that they are with you. Separate bills, deeds, contracts, business insurance paperwork, bonds and other financial documents, and other paperwork you can’t trust to someone else. Keep the jewelry and other invaluable items to yourself. Remember, the movers are there to do what you can’t. Don’t throw your livelihood into their hands.

In addition, be sure to have your phone and utilities off at the right time. Clean out your freezer: your perishables will not survive a long distance move.

While the Movers are There

If you can, try and be there to supervise the moving process, noting the condition of your items as they enter the truck. You want to ensure that everything is handled correctly. In addition, they are not going to care if you forgot to pack something. Do the final empty house inspection yourself, just in case little Sally’s dolly was left behind. If you can’t be there after the truck leaves, find someone you trust implicitly to supervise the move.

When the Movers Arrive

Ideally, you have made it to your new home. Hopefully you have been shored up for the first few days, as the movers will likely arrive after you do.

Once the movers arrive, remember your credo: document, document, document! Plan, plan, plan! Be sure to have an item list, so you can refer to it as your stuff is unpacked. In a perfect world, all of it has arrived safe and sound, and damage free. However, if the worst occurs and your property is damaged, refer to your moving insurance. It’s recommended that you purchase insurance that covers your property, as damage occurs far too often during a long distance move.

With a detailed plan and proper documentation, your long distance move probably won’t be a breeze—but it will be easier than you thought. Follow these tips to ensure a low-stress, smooth relocation.

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