Whether you’re looking to swap the city for the suburbs or are simply wanting to move to a warmer climate, we all know that the decision to move is just the beginning of the journey.
The team at Orange Truck has helped with thousands of moves both in and out of New York City and today we’re curating the list of our top-6 tips for anyone looking to make that long-distance leap.
So, without further ado:
1. Make Time to Prepare
We understand that life is busy, but if you’re planning to make a long-distance move, make sure that you take the time to properly prepare for it. The moving process involves a lot more than the actual move itself, inclusive of logistics like reviewing your in-home items, populating lists, and maybe most importantly, finding the right mover to help with your move.
2. Inventory Your Home
Speaking of logistics, analyzing your inventory is one of our top-rated pieces of advice. Moving is the perfect time to declutter. Don’t put energy, time, or money behind moving items that no longer serve a purpose in your life or are broken or damaged. By taking the time to choose what makes the move, you will improve both your mental and moving health.
3. Remember the Utilities
Moving across the country to a new home, only to have to unpack in the dark or have no running water, can be a major headache. Before making your move, be sure to not only disconnect your current utilities (be sure to give a few weeks’ notice), but also set up utilities for your new home.
Get in touch with the new utility providers in your destination town or city and schedule the timely activation of your new-home utilities. If you’re not sure the best option for you, try finding a local Facebook group and ask for recommendations for the best provider in the area.
4. Change Your Address
Moving also means that your mailing address will change. To begin the change-of-address procedure, contact the United States Postal Service roughly two weeks prior to moving day. This can be done online, in person, or even over the phone. You will have the option to have your mail forwarded to your new address while you take that time to update all your contacts (family, friends, credit cards, taxes, etc.).
5. Get Your Medical and School Records
Remember the records. Things like medical and school records are vital documents to have when looking to find a new family physician or register your children for school.
Start by visiting your current family doctor and requesting all the necessary medical records that your new doctor will need, like vaccinations or any notable health histories. Contact the school that your children attend and ask for the school records for your son or daughter. Alternatively, you can arrange for a direct transfer of that information between the two schools.
6. Find the Right Long-Distance Mover
Ideally, you want to book your long-distance move at least several weeks in advance. When looking to find the right long-distance mover for your needs, be sure to review their website, check out their reviews, and understand their costing.
Orange Truck aims to simplify this process for you by offering same-day, obligation-free quotes. We pledge to always be transparent with our pricing, so you will never get a higher-than-expected bill. Life moves fast so, to make sure we are flexible to your needs, we also require no deposit and have no cancellation fees.
Our customers will always be our top priority throughout every step of the moving process… because it’s more than just boxes, it’s lives.
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