Moving to a new place can be scary. There is uncertainty and the fear of the unknown. There are big preparations to be done. It is not an overnight activity. It takes weeks, even months, of planning and executing a long-distance move.
There are many reasons why we move. It can be a new job, a new school, or simply wanting a new environment. Whatever your reason may be, we know that it is a challenging and even stressful activity. Imagine having to pack an entire life and move it across another state. Then there is adapting your life to a new and foreign place. Moving can be even more complicated if you have an entire family to move with you.
What to Consider When Planning a Long-Distance Move
It is not an easy task but it can be done. With careful planning and enough time, your long-distance move can be an enjoyable journey to a new beginning.
· Know your destination.
Of course, you must know the place where you are moving. Get to know your new state. Are you moving to a city or a town? Will it be a coastal city? What is the weather there like?
Other data that are worth checking are the schools in the area (if you have a child), the medical facilities nearby, and other public facilities.
Aside from the community, you must also get to know your new home. Is it the same size as your current home? How many bedrooms does it have? Was it regularly maintained?
This information will help you in planning your moving strategy. Knowing your new place can help you be more efficient when you move.
· Set your timeline.
Once you have decided on your move, then you must determine when you should be in your new place. Knowing your target date will help you map out your schedule. Give yourself enough time to cover everything. For a long-distance move, you will need around 16 weeks of preparation. You will also need to schedule the services that you will need when you move in advance.
Once you have a tentative schedule of your activities, you can call your utility providers for disconnection in your old home. You can also schedule the connection of utilities in your new place. This way, you won’t have to sleep in the dark on your first night.
· Determine your budget and develop your strategy.
You will need to know how much you are willing to spend to be able to develop your moving strategy. Will you pack and move some of your items yourself, or will you let a specialised removalist do it all for you? Newcastle removalists can do the packing and transport of your things. From your furniture to your pets, they will transport your essential belongings safely to your new place. They have the resources and the tools to protect what you hold dear, even on long-distance travel.
· Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Moving is a major step, and it is reasonable to feel overwhelmed. Do not hesitate to enlist the help of your family and friends. Having a support group will make the physical and emotional toll of moving easier for you. Let your family do their part in every step of the way. You will be surprised at how your loved ones are more than willing to help you out.
· Book a reputable Newcastle removalist.
Book a reputable Newcastle removalist that has the resources and the manpower to move your things safely. A reliable removalist will provide valuable help throughout the process. An experienced team will give you peace of mind while you focus on the other vital aspects of your move.
Other Things You Will Need to Do Before the Move
There are other things that you will need to do before the big move. These include:
1. Go through everything you own.
Like any average person, you would have accumulated a lot of things: clothes, books, magazines, appliances, and other knick-knacks. As much as you would want to, taking everything with you would be impractical.
Go through your belongings. Every one of them. Group them into three categories. These are:
- The things you have to bring with you;
- The things that you have to dispose of; and
- The things that you do not need and can replace.
Clothes that you still wear, gadgets and appliances, important documents, and some mementos go to the first category.
Perishables and damaged items (such as worn carpets and clothes, non-working appliances) go to the second category.
Clothes that have been in your closet for months without being used, magazine subscriptions, extra appliances fall under the third group.
2. Dispose of your trash responsibly.
Group and do proper segregation when you dispose of your trash. Separate your perishables, old magazines, old clothes, and damaged electronics. You may be leaving town, but you still need to be conscientious about your trash.
3. Hold a backyard sale.
Do not hesitate to hold a backyard sale. It gives you a chance to trim down your things while you earn extra dollars that you can use for your moving expenses. Here are some of the things that you can sell:
- Clothes in good condition but you have not used it in a year.
- Clothes in good condition but no longer fits.
- Books you have no plan of reading again.
- Pieces of furniture that are too big and can be replaced in your new home.
- Extra appliances that you may have received as gifts.
- Home decorations that you can let go of.
- Toys your kids have outgrown.
Of course, you may have other usable things in your home that you can let go and sell.
4. Donate to op shops.
Do not be tempted to bring back unsold things to your must-haves. You can donate them to the nearest op shop, where other families can still find a use for them.
5. Secure documents that you will need in your transfer.
If you have children who will transfer to a new school, it is crucial to secure all the necessary documents before you leave. If you are moving interstate, you must also process for a new driver’s license. You can use your old license for up to three months, but after that, you will need to secure a new one.
Are you moving to another state? Let RBR Moving make your move easier for you.
RBR Moving is a Newcastle based removalist with years of experience. We guarantee that we will handle your valuables with great care, from packing to transport. We want to make your move a positive journey for you. Call us now for a seamless, hassle-free move.