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6 Steps for Preparing for a Long-Distance Move

Published on 2020-05-27

Long-distance moves can be a huge hassle for many. Not only do you need to make sure to quickly sort through years of belongings, but ensure that they are properly packed and sealed for delivery. If you’re planning for a long-distance move, definitely keep these 6 steps in mind.

6 Steps to Implement for a Long-Distance Move

Get Estimates

When getting ready for a long-distance move you should always make sure to get estimates from a moving company. This way, you’ll be able to know ahead of time what costs will be and how long it will take them to deliver.

You also want to make sure that the movers see your home in person before anything is decided. While you can get free quotes, if the movers are unable to see firsthand what needs to be transported, the process more than likely won’t go very smoothly and might even end up being more expensive than originally thought.


Plan Ahead of Time

One of the best ways to prepare for a long-distance move is to brainstorm what you need to do well ahead of time. Before you do any packing you should take time to make a schedule of all the tasks you need to do.

You can also start sorting items into various piles, such as those you plan to take with you, those you want to donate, and those you prefer to get rid of. This will help you to estimate how much supplies you’ll need and how long the packing will take.

Making deadlines is also beneficial because they will keep you on track for the future. Even if you happen to miss one, they will help you to see where you are on the preparation schedule and what else needs to be done.

Invest in Quality Materials

Investing in durable materials is vital because they are what will keep your belongings secure for the long trip ahead. While cheap options might be tempting, these often are created only for local moves rather than long-distance ones. Some of the best materials to use for a long-distance move are double-wall cardboard boxes, plastic tubs, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts.

Make a Detailed Inventory

Another important thing to do is make a detailed inventory of everything you own. While this might be a time-consuming process, in the end, it will help to ensure that all your belongings have arrived.

To create an inventory, it might be worthwhile to separate items into different categories or by room. This can help you to quickly check what articles are next in line to be packed and how to label the moving boxes.

Always Keep Important Documents with You

It’s always a good idea to keep crucial documents, like medical records and birth certificates, with you. This way, should something go wrong during your move, you’ll still have them on hand. You can slip these documents into a sturdy storage box or organizational binder to prevent them from bending or tearing.

Label Open-First Boxes

When you arrive at your new destination it can be hectic trying to find basic items you need for daily use. Because of this, it’s ideal to label boxes as “open-first” if they contain things you’ll need immediately, like towels, toiletries, and dishes.

Prepping for a long-distance move doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By keeping these steps in mind, you can be sure that your belongings will arrive safely. If you’d like assistance with your move or have questions about the process, feel free to contact Three Movers. We’ll walk with you step-by-step to make sure you’re prepared.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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