Moving across the country can be stressful and difficult. There is a lot of planning and work to be done and it is best to be prepared. While there is always going to be some amount of difficulty, there are a lot of preparations that can be made to help things run a bit more smoothly. Here are some tips for things that you can do in order to make a long distance move as easy as possible.

Find a reputable long distance moving company. You are likely bringing more stuff than will fit into your car. You will need to hire movers to bring all of your things to your new destination. This is a pretty serious responsibility. Ask around and see which moving company your friends and family were satisfied with. A good moving company will know how to carefully disassemble and reassemble large furniture that is too large to fit through doorways.

Coordinate your packing with rooms. This will save time infinitely when unpacking. Everything will already be in the correct rooms, saving you many unnecessary trips around your new home.

Don’t wrap delicates in newspapers. The ink can easily smear off and leave a stain.

Prepare your mail. Make sure that your mailing address is changed at least two weeks prior to your move.

Plan out your boxes. There are a few things that you can do to make sure things are in the right boxes. Try to pack in Tupperware so you can see the contents. Make sure that everything is labeled. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, and always use packing tape instead of duct tape.

Pack for the trip. This is especially important if you are driving. Make sure to bring extra clothes and other essentials. This not only applies for the trip. Whether you are driving or flying, you will likely arrive before the movers. You want to have essentials there while you wait.

Pack in advance. If there are things that you are not going to be using. Start packing them as soon as you can. No need to rush everything all at once. Conversely, try to ensure that items that you will need immediately get packed last. This will make it easier to get to when the truck is being unloaded.

I know that all of this can seem frustrating and difficult, but hopefully these tips can make your move go by a little easier.

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