Planning your move properly and carefully will make sure you avoid disaster along the way. Whether this is your first long distance move or you’re looking to make sure your next cross-country move goes smoothly, here are the top ten long distance moving tips to make sure you stay on track from A to Z.
1. Properly Packing for the Long Haul
When it comes to packing for a long distance move, make sure all your belongings are well cushioned and protected. Your items will be handled by several different individuals and will travel in a truck for several kilometers, therefore taking packing precautions is essential.
- Pack each box tightly without overloading and make sure nothing is loose. Any containers should be well-sealed as some boxes may be turned to the side or even upside down during the move. Think about purchasing high-quality moving boxes instead of picking up random ones at your local grocery store.
2. Properly Insure your Belongings
Moving is a high risk industry. In other words, be ready for something to go wrong and make sure you have the proper coverage. Our belongings might be traveling thousands of kilometers in distance, and a lot can happen throughout that period of time. You can even inform yourself in terms of what coverage is best for you with your chosen moving company.
3. Keep Your Essential with You
Personal documents, your driver’s license, social security card, passport, birth certificate, recent bank statements, tax returns and pay stubs should be kept with you at all times. In fact, it’s best to avoid packing anything that you will need upon arrival, including a few clothes, sleeping material and hygiene products in order to keep sane while waiting for your moving truck to arrive.
4. Inspecting Outdoor Furniture
When it comes to long distance moving, certain regulations exist in order to avoid transporting contaminants across the border or state line. For this reason, you need to verify your outdoor furniture for any suspected infestations.
5. Packing your Mattress
Often times, a mattress is simply loaded into the moving truck bare and without any protection, aside from perhaps a blanket or plastic covering. However, when it comes to long distance moving, packing your mattress in a box is in fact an essential. Without proper packing, your mattress can become bent out of shape, damaged, tarnished and dirty.
6. NO Foods or Liquids
Not even non-perishable. All food and drink items run the risk of being crushed, getting ruined and worst of all, attracting rodents. For this reason, don’t pack anything edible.
- Sometimes, long distance movers handle several shipments at once and therefore, your boxes might be sharing space with those of someone else. Be respectful of others and avoid tarnishing their belongings by avoiding food messes altogether!
7. Mark your Name on Each Box
Avoid losing your personal belongings or any mix ups by properly labelling each and every one of your boxes. Seeing as moving trucks often carry a variety of different articles, if a mix up does occur, the movers or other clients will have an easier time identifying the issue.
8. Keep the “DELIVERY WINDOW” in Mind
Long distance moving is more complicated than a local move and therefore, a precise delivery date is impossible to provide. Generally, the company will provide a delivery window, or in other words, a period of time in which the truck may arrive in order to deliver your belongings.
- Make sure you pay close attention to your moving contract. Some companies delivery window can even exceed 20 business days and in such a case, you’re going to need certain items in order to get through this waiting period.
9. Determining your Situation
In terms of delivering your personal belongings, make sure you’ve verified your move-in situation. Make sure your street or location is accessible by a large truck and if not, take the initiative of planning around such an issue by requesting a shuttle truck. A shuttle truck is smaller and the need for one may inquire additional fees. Furthermore, check out the parking situation for the large moving truck and if there isn’t enough space, figure out where the truck can park while your belongings are being unloaded.
- Check out the parking rules and regulations as well as parking permits needed in your new area!
10. Verify Move-In Stipulations
Renting an apartment or condo? Keep in mind that your new building may have certain moving requirements. Reserving the elevator, using the back door and specific hours for moving are all possible scenarios, therefore make sure you discuss with your landlord. Who knows, they may even have a few move-in tips to give you themselves!