Everyone fears moving houses, but did you know that it can turn from a stressful to a beautiful adventure? The difference between a good interstate moving experience and a stressful one is the steps taken before moving.
When making an interstate haul, you should strive to make a single trip. This means all your planning is to be done with finality, to avoid unnecessary return trips. Having a good plan also saves you time and lowers the possibility of losing items. Below are six tips that will make your move smooth and fun:
1. Hire the best company
There are so many companies available to help move you and your family, but are they the right people for the task? Due to the complexity of interstate moving, hire a company with a good reputation in similar projects. Always do your homework and research on the comments of their previous clients. Reputable companies will also give you a list of their clientele, whom you can call and ask about their experience.
2. Have a moving schedule
When moving long distance, you need a well-planned schedule. The easiest way to develop a plan is by writing down all moving-related activities and allocating them a time-frame. Once you complete an activity, cross it out to indicate the onset of the next one. The schedule can be done as early as a week to the travel date.
3. Get moving insurance
Most moving companies will offer a limited insurance cover, which may not be sufficient if you have valuable assets. You must sit with your moving company and know what they cover and their compensation in the case of damage. If their insurance is not good enough, invest in a more comprehensive insurance cover.
4. Make a list of items
You are wrong if you think you know all items in your house! Always put all your items in a list, and note down their packaging description before leaving. This moving list makes unpacking easy, as all items get ticked as they get unloaded so that any missing item is left un-marked.
An example of a list can be:
- 1 Refrigerator
- 2 Coffee tables
- 1 32″ Television
- Shoes in a brown box
5. Let the professionals do the packing
Interstate moving can take days to prepare. It’s tiresome and time-consuming, bearing in mind you have other duties to attend to. Packing your items could save you a buck or two, but it can be expensive in the long run if you do the packing wrong. Professionals come in handy when packaging valuable and fragile items. Plus they mess, they pay, a win for you.
6. Forward your mail
Before moving, take your time to notify the postal service about your address change. It is essential to keep your mail flowing, even after moving neighborhoods, for social and professional correspondence.
Moving is a costly affair, and saving should be your priority. The easiest way is to have family members and friends to help in the planning and packaging to help reduce the cost. Even children can help pack their toys.