There are a lot of places to get long distance moving tips and advice. Our blog is one of them. But there is still something to be said for direct experience from people who have recently completed long distance moves. We polled a cross section of our long distance customers to bring you a highlight reel of some unique tips and advice that may help you survive your upcoming long distance move.
1. Take Your Time Deciding On A Neighborhood
Are you planning to buy a new home in your new area? A lot of things can look one way on paper but may translate differently in person. Great schools and easy access to shopping centers are one thing–but the vibe you get from a particular street or neighborhood may be very different than you expect. If you can swing it, get a short-term rental so you can check out different neighborhoods in person before committing to one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life.
2. Don’t Move Everything
Moving from one house to another? If there are things you don’t love, don’t move them. Your new home will likely inspire you to get a whole new “look” which will mean getting rid of furniture to make room. Don’t waste money moving furniture you aren’t likely to keep. Just clean house before you start fresh in your new city.
3. Ask Your Employer For Assistance
Whether you’re relocating for work or simply relocating, your employer’s HR department may have resources you can leverage for your benefit. See if they have relationships with moving companies, real estate agents and brokers, and even banks if you need mortgage or financial assistance.
4. Enjoy The Trip
If you’re moving a very long distance (cross country moving perhaps), try to take some time to enjoy the trip from coast to coast. If you can (and are interested), drive your car across yourself and leave some time to see parts of the country you may never otherwise see. You might as well take advantage of the opportunity!