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Moving isn’t cheap.
Aside from having to make tough decisions on what will and won’t make it onto the moving truck, there are a myriad of expenses, logistics, and time-consuming consultations you’ll need to be a part of if you’re hoping to seek outside help in moving across the country or beyond.
Moving never starts complicated—it only gets there over time. First, the septic tank needs cleaning. Then, you need to call upon outside services to repair your pool for leaks. Eventually, the list goes on and on until you’re downing on costs.
That’s why calling upon Air 1 Moving & Storage, and other outside resources are going to be your best bet for getting the right foot forward for your long distance move. You’ll also need to sit down and have an honest conversation about costs, scheduling, and other factors.
For those considerations and all other needs, you’re too busy to think about, consider these four things you need to have on your long distance moving checklist.
Start a Ledger
Before you even think about packing the first box, you need to ensure that you’re financially aware and secure for the entirety of the moving process. Which is precisely why you need a ledger.
It makes little difference whether you choose to start up a Google Drive for digital invoices or go old-school with pen and paper. Either way, you’ll have a singular place to keep bills, checks, track your expenses, and facilitate quotes.
Ledgers are also great for keeping you on your budget. You may want to go all out with furnishing, but your ledger will tell you whether or not it’s in the cards. That way, arguments, and stress are both reduced significantly.
You’ve already worked hard to stay on budget when you bought the home you’re moving to; so why not budget for the relocation itself?
While we hope nothing short of a successful move, the unfortunate truth is that not everything about your move will go according to plan.
You might not be able to predict your movers heading to the wrong location, or your new home staying occupied for longer than agreed upon—but what you can do is implement failsafes so that there’s little to worry about.
Having failsafes and maintaining a budget often go hand in hand. If you’re budging without living yourself room for the inevitable, then you’re asking for trouble. Remember that the number one reason moves are reversed comes from a lack of finances. Are your finances in order?
If not, be sure to crowdsource some solutions. Do you know how much hotels are in the area you’re moving to? Do you have enough clothes for a week or so, even if the movers are running late?
Answering rhetorical questions such as these will save you from a world of heartache in the future.
Nail Down Transportation
Moving across the country or even to a different country means that you need to nail down transportation for two separate entities—your family, and your stuff.
While your stuff will most likely be handled by the moving company, make sure you and your own have their passports and papers within easy reach. Nailing down your transportation will keep you from ever worrying about something you left in the moving van.
Measure Everything (Twice)
Your chosen moving company will probably do a better job than you could at maneuvering pieces through tight hallways and doorways. However, they aren’t miracle workers. If your new home or apartment doesn’t have enough space, you’ll be stuck with your furniture on the curb.
Don’t rely on landlords and previous homeowners to get measurements right. Drive or fly out to your new location beforehand and get all of the measurements possible. Once you’ve done that? Measure everything again.
These measurements will help you plan out what goes where—as well as help your chosen moving company advise you on which pieces can be moved, and where.
And that’s it! Before pulling the trigger on your next move, make sure these four items make their way onto your long-distance moving checklist.
Chances are, you won’t regret it.