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How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

Long distance moves can be both exciting and stressful. It’s always a great feeling to be heading somewhere completely new: new job, new climate, new faces, and a new home. However if you don’t prepare yourself and your belongings appropriately, the long distance move could be more burdensome than it has to be. Here are a few tips that have helped other long-distance movers.

Consider Professionals. We understand that part of the long-distance moving process is the traveling from point A to point B. Yet you aren’t going to want to be doing all that driving in a U-Haul. Trust us. Instead, take a few necessary possessions and drive your car; let a professional moving crew handle the heavy stuff.

If you’re really set on driving all your belongings to their new home yourself, then at least hire a moving company to empty your old place and back your belongings properly so they won’t get damaged en route.

Pack Properly. As just mentioned above, it’s best to pack your belongings in such a way that reduces damage. The further away you’re moving, the more your stuff is subject to shift during the journey. Purchasing packing materials such as boxes, packing paper and tape from your local moving company will minimize traveling risks.

Remove Clutter. This should be done weeks or even months in advance, depending on how long you’ve been living in your current place and how much stuff has accumulated. Go through one room at a time and be honest with yourself: Will you really use that item in your new place? Those who are moving to a different climate may not need certain clothes anymore. Be sure to call up a donation center for items that can be used by someone else.

Drive, Don’t Fly. Sure, flying might be faster, but definitely consider driving your vehicle over to your new place. Opting for a car transportation company could be risky, and you’ll be left hanging out to dry if your vehicle doesn’t arrive on time. Create a memorable experience by driving to your new home and make stops along the way to places you’ve never seen before. We have a wonderful, diverse country — go explore it!

Mentally Prepare. Moving is always a difficult time mentally; you may be leaving friends and family, or even a home that meant a lot to you. According to the United States Census Bureau, 36.5 million people moved between 2012 and 2013, so you aren’t alone when it comes to making this tough life transition. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to say goodbye to those who matter most to you. Don’t forget that professional moving companies like Mastodon Moving LLC are operated by caring individuals who are approachable if you are having any problems on moving day.

Moving from the state of Massachusetts to the West Coast or down South? Let Mastodon Moving LLC know. Our full service moving company will pack up your current home and be there at your new destination to unpack your belongings!