When preparing for an interstate move, or any move, the right preparation is key. While Dircks always handles your move with care and precision from start to finish, rent.com offers some advice on preparing for the big move. Here are five things to do before an interstate move.
Interstate moves require perseverance, patience and a whole lot of preparation. Many of the items on your to-do list may slip under the radar—and before you know it, your move date is quickly approaching and you’re nose deep in boxes without a clue where to start.
Don’t fear; we’ve prepared a list of five crucial things to do before your interstate move.
1. Contact Interstate Movers in Advance of Your Move
With so many different moving companies out there, it may be hard to determine the best one to use for your interstate move. While price is obviously a huge factor to consider, it’s not always the most important way to pick the company that will be transporting everything you own to your new home.
Definitely take the time to ensure that the moving company you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured. You absolutely want to choose a reputable company, so do your background research!
Thoroughly check the company’s website, its term and conditions, and read through any online reviews before you make a decision. Picking a moving company is almost as important as finding the perfect place to live, so do your due-diligence and you won’t regret it!
2. Collect Boxes Early
Even if your move is a month or two away, it is never too early to start collecting boxes. If you start rounding up boxes early, you will inevitably start packing early. Packing early means you’ll have more time to be organized, sorting each room of your apartment or home into a specifically-labeled box.
It also means unpacking will be less stressful as you dig around for a dinner plate and clothing to wear to your first day of work. If you’re not sure how many boxes you’ll need, look into companies that offer box packages that are specifically for your studio or one-bedroom apartment.
3. Pack Unused Items
Moving is one of the best times to go through your belongings and figuring out what you can downsize. Whether it’s your closet or stacks of knickknacks, decide if things are worth bringing with you to your new home or if they should be tossed.
Start out by packing up unused items and donating gently used items. Aim to pack one box per day and before you know it, you’ll be ready to go!
4. Plan Food Supply
If you have a well-stocked pantry/cupboard, you may not need to do any grocery shopping before your move. With careful planning you can create a daily meal menu for the days before your move.
Don’t forget about the items in your freezer and refrigerator! And if you have non-perishables left over, find out where you’d be able to donate these items in your community. Most shelters and outreach programs always accept food items.
5. Make Travel Plans
If your interstate move requires traveling cross-country to your new apartment, make plans ahead of time. This could mean anything from purchasing a plane ticket, getting your car inspected to make sure it is ready for the drive, or preparing your pets for the big day.
And remember: the moving process can be as smooth as you need it to be with just a little bit of preparation.
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