Long-distance moving guide: 5 steps to a successful cross-country move
So you've decided to uproot your life and move to a new city. In fact, this isn't a regional move, it’s a long-distance relocation. You likely have a mix of emotions, as making a cross-country trek isn't an easy thing to do.
Depending on the type of move, the time frame you have to complete it and the distance you have to travel, planning a relocation is a big process. Here are five simple tips to help you plan for and successfully complete a move:
Step One: Establish a Budget
Certainly, the cost of a move may vary depending on how many belongings you take with, as well as the distance and if you decide to hire a mover or not. There are few fixed variables in establishing a budget prior to a move, but it’s important you add up all of the potential costs before you pack the van and go. Obviously, the costs of a mover, truck rental and boxes are necessities for a long-distance move.
There are also hidden costs to a move that you must consider. For instance, storage units are a typical but often overlooked aspect of moving, especially if a closing date doesn't align with a move-in date. What’s more, unexpected things can happen during a long-distance move. A flat tyre during a long road trip is a distinct possibility, while fluctuating petrol prices can add to or lessen your overall expenditure. Depending on how fiscally responsible you want to be prior to your move, it’s simply best practice to expect the unexpected.
Step Two: Learn to Let Go
It’s time to move on. The same can be said for a lot of aged items and belongings. It’s understandable that vintage things have an inherent sentimental value, but you have to decide which items you can get rid of and which ones are coming with you to your new home.
Since a lot of moving services charge by weight, a thorough de-clutter effort can have a positive impact on your wallet, too. Plus, moving less stuff means you don’t have to pack, or unpack, as much on either end. Give your back a break and toss the things you can bear to part ways with. Or, donate them so some other lucky individual can benefit from your act of charity.
Step Three: Do your Homework
In today’s digitally driven world, researching just about anything is relatively effortless. Similarly, after comparing mover costs and quotes, you should look into what’s around your new neighbourhood before you set foot there. For instance, you’ll likely need insurance if your provider isn't a national company, you’ll need a new barber, dentist, doctor and maybe even a new bank. It may be a good idea to sit down for an hour or two, give your knees and back a rest while packing, and figure out what type of amenities, local businesses and recreational opportunities are available in your new place of residence.
Another aspect of moving some people don’t realize is that long-distance treks are eligible for tax exemption. If you’re moving for a new job, you can write some of the costs off and put it on HMRC's tab. While meals aren't deductible, things like costs for packing and shipping goods to your new property and travel and lodging costs can be written off. Even if you’re seeking work in a new city and haven’t yet landed a job, look at the HMRC website and see what you’re eligible for.
Step Four: Become the DIY Type
It takes an able-bodied individual to move everything alone, but it can save you a lot of money if you become the do-it-yourself type. It’s not that movers are unreasonably expensive, but moving some of the items yourself will not only save you some cash, it can actually be pretty gratifying. Similarly, there are companies out there who allow people to drive themselves in a rented truck or big rig.
If you can’t find that option, you can also look to hire a driver directly and just move all of your belongings yourself. There are great ways to seek out a driver who has his or her own truck. For example, third-party digital marketplaces like uShip are designed to connect you with the best shipping options out there. Its website allows you to list your items on its platform and have interested movers and truck owners bid on your stuff, creating a cheaper option for you.
Step Five: Keep Calm and Carry On
We’re not going to deny the fact that a long distance move is stressful. There are a lot of things you must do, loose ends you need to tie up and expenses that have to be paid before you begin your journey. But the moral of the story is this: Moving to a new place shouldn't be overly stressful; in fact, it should be exciting. You’re about to embark on a new chapter in your life, so feel free to treat it as such. Take a deep breath, go with the flow, and if you've done your homework and can buckle down and do some moving yourself, the relocation won’t be all that bad.
Leaning on family and friends during a move can also help the process. Spending time with those you love before you go can lessen the stress even further, which may help at the end of the day. Certainly, headaches will occur during a move, but overall, just remember to relax and have some fun with it.
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