Prepare for a Long-Distance Move With These 14 Tips

Little Red Wagon Moving offers premier moving services in Colorado Springs. We’re here to help you every step of the way, and we are honored to be a part of your journey. Long-distance moving can be a difficult process, but our team is equipped with the best tools and resources to help make your move as seamless as possible. We’ve curated a list of tips and tricks to make any long-distance move an easy process.

1. Make a Moving Plan

One of the best ways to prepare for a long-distance move is to make a plan. When you’re undertaking a big move, a plan makes the process easier. Write down and keep track of everything you’ll need. Having things written down allows you to reference your list in case you’re worried about forgetting anything.

2. Save Money Where You Can

Whether it’s packing, cleaning, or organizing, consider how many aspects of your move you can do yourself. Ask friends to help you pack before you go, or even clean your home after it’s emptied. While it may take a bit longer without the help of professionals, completing some aspects of moving yourself can save you a pretty penny. 

3. Stay On Schedule

Once you have made a moving plan, it is important to stay on schedule. You can block off time in your schedule to get things done, or put reminders on your phone. Staying on schedule helps ensure a stress-free move!

4. Insure Your Belongings

When making a long-distance move, there are many unexpected things that can happen to your belongings. It’s always best to be prepared for any scenario, and then you’ll be able to relax knowing that your valuables are covered. Whether you purchase full or basic coverage, insuring your belongings will help you feel prepared.

5. Inspect Your Outdoor Furniture

Always inspect your outdoor furniture before you move. Check it for signs of insects or larva, since certain moving regulations do exist to ensure furniture does not accidentally transport contaminants across state lines. 

6. Decide What Furniture Will Fit

One of the biggest aspects of moving is deciding what pieces of furniture to take with you. Whether you are downsizing or not, every home is different and you might find some items don’t fit like they used to. Measure the open floor space you expect in your new home to make sure you know what will fit.

7. Downsize Before You Move

Once you’ve decided what will fit in your new home, consider downsizing. Even if the square footage in your new home is similar to your old home, downsizing makes long-distance moving smoother. Get rid of unwanted items you’ve accumulated and start fresh. Clothes you haven’t worn in a year, kitchen items you never use, and books you’ll never read can all be donated or thrown away.

8. Create An Inventory List

When you decide what’s going with you, create an inventory list before you pack. Moving companies will want to know how much stuff you have, and you’ll want to make sure you’ve accounted for everything. Making an inventory list is the best way to keep track of your items.

9. Keep Important Items With You

As you pack, keep in mind what items you should have with you during the move. Consider packing one box you know you will open first with all the essentials you’ll need when you arrive at your new home. Also, remember to pack a suitcase with clothes and personal necessities so you don’t have to worry about unpacking your closet right away.

10. Take Extra Care with Fragile Items

Fragile items require extra care, especially during long-distance moves. Wrap items in bubble wrap, paper, or old t-shirts and pack them together. Keeping fragile items together also helps moving teams know what boxes need extra care.

11. Organize Well

Organizing your boxes helps ensure a smooth move. Once you’ve packed all of your fragile items together, pack the rest of your belongings by room. You could even pack by area if you have a lot of items in one particular room. You can also consider numbering your boxes and writing them on your inventory list to help you stay organized.

12. Label Every Box

Once your boxes are packed, label them so you know what’s in them. You can write down the room of the house each box belongs in, and you can write an overall description of the items inside. When you label your boxes, you and your moving company will both know where everything goes.

13. Protect Your Mattress

You might not think of protecting your mattress during a long-distance move, but it’s important. If you do not protect your mattress, it could be bent out of shape or damaged along the way. Professional movers can help you get your mattress to fit into a box so it will be safe while you move. You can also buy a mattress cover at most moving supply stores.

14. Don’t Pack Food or Liquids

While you’re cleaning out your refrigerator, remember all the perishable items you have. When going through your pantry, remember even non-perishable items can still be crushed or ruined. Some foods even attract mice or other vermin if they’re packed away. Make sure you either get rid of food and liquids before you move, or take them with you as snacks.

Hire Professionals to Handle It | Little Red Wagon Moving

One of the best ways to invest in your long-distance move is by hiring a professional. At Little Red Wagon Moving, our husband and wife team makes the moving process as simple and easy as possible. We are here to make this journey as fun and stress free as it can be for you. If you are interested in using our moving services, whether you’re making a cross-country move or just going across town, contact us today

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