How To Prepare For A Long-Distance Move

Moving a long distance, either to the other end of a state or even across the country, is a massive undertaking that requires a great deal of effort, time and careful consideration to complete successfully. Understanding what some of the things that you can do to ensure that your long-distance move goes off without a hitch can help you ensure that all of your belongings get where they need to go, and that your stress levels are kept to a minimum at the same time.

Limit the Weight

When packing your items, make sure that you keep your boxes to a maximum weight. This means that you won't have to worry about moving them around your new place, but it also means that they are less likely to fall over and damage other, lighter, boxes in your moving truck while in transit. You'll also want to put heavier items in sturdier boxes, like plastic or reinforced cardboard, so that they less likely to cause your moving boxes to fall apart while they are being carried.

Weather Protection

In a similar train of thought, you may want to consider using plastic boxes to store soft items, and using tarps to cover cardboard boxes and antiques within the moving truck. While it is unlikely, any sort of rain that manages to make its way into the truck can cause a whole lot of damage to soft items like books and clothes, and can also cause cardboard boxes to become mushy and fall apart. Plastic boxes and tarps can protect your belongings and make sure that everything is dry and ready to be moved once it reaches the destination.

Pack an Overnight Bag

You should make an effort to keep your most important belongings with you. Depending on how far you are moving, this will also require a few changes of clothes, some food, and other essential items (the list grows much larger if you have children – diapers, toys, and baby food are a necessity as well). This also goes for money and other small items of value, which may become damaged or lost while in transit.

Label Everything

You should make an effort to clearly organize all of your boxes based on their contents, and to label them as such as well. While this will probably slow down the rate at which you pack up your old house, it will more than make up for it once you unpack at your new place, since you know exactly what is in each box and where it should go.

For more information, contact a business such as Santa Fe Storage & Moving.