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How To Organize A Long Distance Move

Transferring to a new city, state or even country is one of the biggest events in your life. And for this reason, you have to prepare accordingly and be as organized as possible. A lot of people will be daunted with this event for sure, but with some planning, and a bit of perseverance, everything can be smooth sailing from start to finish.

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Here’s a list of the things you need to prepare ahead of time:

  • Home Inspections – This applies to both ends of your move. You need to thoroughly inspect your current home and make an inventory of your possessions, as well as all of your bills, utilities, basically everything that you will need when you transfer. Then, of course you also need to check your new home and see if they already come equipped with basic services like electricity, water, heat, gas, etc. You will also need to measure your new home and see if your current possessions will fit inside it.
  • Research until you drop – Brush up on everything there is to know about your new town, city or state. Study the people, the economy, the lifestyle, the culture, the history and every single useful tidbit that you can find. The internet is readily accessible for you so go and maximize it!
  • Survey the new place – Another important thing to do once you’re visiting the new location is to scout the area and take note of the important places such as the hospital, supermarket, laundry, dentist, school, etc. You should also use this opportunity to study the modes of transportation in that city.
  • Find a Moving Company – Once you’re sure about moving, book a moving company as early as possible because this will save you some cash. Be careful though when picking a company because it has to be one that’s properly accredited with the AMSA and the FMCSA. Make a thorough research of your prospects before making your decision. Afterwards, you can then compare their prices for relocations to your new area.
  • Basic Utilities – Inform your current utility providers if you’re going to have them cut off. At the same time, make sure that your new home is ready with this, at least a day before you arrive.
  • Phone Service / Mobile Service – Landlines and your mobile phone providers should be informed of your transfer as well.
  • Cable/ Internet Provider – The same goes for your internet and cable providers.
  • Pack in Advance – Packing should start at least 2 months before the actual moving date.
  • Friends and Family – Don’t forget to notify your friends and family about your relocation. Inform them of your new address as well as your new contact details. If you’re friends with your neighbours, ask them to forward your mail to your new address.
  • Bank, Credit Cards, etc. – Organizing your financial contacts, is also important when staging a long distance relocation. Tell them about your move and figure out if you need to close the account, or just have a transfer to a local branch.
  • Papers, papers, papers – Last but not the least, make sure to prepare all travel documents in advance. This includes visas and passports, professional licenses, pet registrations, driver’s licenses, etc.

The key to a successful long-distance move is organization. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by all of the things that need to be done. Create a list of your tasks and include specific guidelines, then take it one step at a time. With a bit of research and some carefully-timed execution, you can easily sail through your relocation without breaking a sweat.

To help you get started, contact Top Mover Quotes today by simply filling out one of our forms.

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