How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move

The key to a long-distance move is creating a thorough plan with a reliable team, as early as possible. Check out Armstrong’s seven helpful tips on what to do to prepare.

1. Find your moving team

Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, having the right team handling your relocation can make a big difference. By choosing Armstrong you will have a dedicated and experienced Move Coordinator assigned who will ensure that you’ve received hands-on assistance throughout your entire move process. From staging your old space and packing your belongings to moving your belongings and organizing your new space, your Move Coordinator will help make sure everything is done.

2. Make a plan

Armstrong’s Move Coordinator will also you help build your move plan, including scheduling an on-site or virtual move survey and planning every detail of your move day. When moving long-distance there are always more details and speed bumps to navigate than you plan for. With an Armstrong Move Coordinator, you can have peace of mind knowing that your team will make sure you’re prepared for this huge transition every step of the way.

3. Pack efficiently

When packing for a long-distance move, remember to account for the distance your things will travel. Fragile and expensive items will need more care on this journey, so it’s best to err on the side of caution. No worries, though! When you choose to use a full-service moving team like Armstrong, your team will consist of several professionals with years of packing experience to ensure your belongings are moved in perfect condition.

Also, don’t forget to make sure you have a separate list of things that you will want to keep with you during the move. If the drive to your new home will be long or an overnight trip, you’ll want any toiletries, changes of clothes, perishable, and important documents close at hand. If you have pets, make sure their essentials, like pet food, as well.

4. Arrange for storage

If you’re planning to downsize your living space or relocate any items you currently have in storage, you’ll need to arrange storage services at your new location. Whether you have short-term or long-term storage needs, we have the space! Armstrong – San Antonio has over 96,000 square feet of storage space, and the Armstrong family of companies owns and operates over 2.7 million square feet of storage space amongst its 30 coast-to-coast agencies.

5. Declutter and downsize

Moving is a great time to evaluate any belongings you do or do not want to make an interstate move with and declutter. Having trouble deciding what goes and what stays? Try the one-year rule—if you haven’t used it in the last year, donate or sell it! Be sure to ask your Move Coordinator about Armstrong’s decluttering services.

6. Plan your new utilities

Imagine arriving at your new residence and there’s no lights, water, or worst of all—INTERNET! A few weeks prior to your move, be sure to contact your utilities company to arrange disconnect and/or connect services at your old and new residence.

7. Prepare for delivery

Your boxes are all packed, your plan is in place, and now all you have to do is show up to your new home! Once you’ve hammered out all the details of your move day schedule with your Armstrong Move Coordinator, just prepare to be present on delivery day to receive your items. If you’ve chosen full-service moving services, Armstrong’s team will even unpack all your belongings.

Long-distance moving may feel very daunting, but with the right team and a solid plan, it doesn’t have to be! Armstrong Relocation can provide the best long distance movers in San Antonio or Austin with decades of industry-leading experience. With 30 coast-to-coast agencies and hundreds of partners around the globe, you can rely on Armstrong to move you anywhere.

Want to learn more about moving stress-free with Armstrong? Contact us today via phone at 210.225.6683 or request your free quote online.

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