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Saturday, 08 November 2014 19:56

Planning A Long Distance Move

Planning A Long Distance Move

A long distance move is often incredibly stressful and difficult. It involves going to a new and unfamiliar place, rather than just moving to a new house in a community you already know. Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, after divorce and bereavement, and this really shows just how important it is that you plan your move properly. If you live in Virginia Beach, there are many things to arrange, from finding the best movers Virginia Beach has to offer to deciding which items you want to keep and those that you'll leave behind. Then, you may have to find storage as well, particularly if there is a period of time between the moving out of one property and into the next one. Also, don't forget the emotional toll this is taking on yourself and the members of your family. Here are a few tips to make planning a long distance move slightly easier and, hopefully, less stressful.

Choosing the Best Moving Company Virginia Beach Has to Offer

Firstly, you need to find the right moving company to help you cross that long distance. There are various options out there for you and it is vital that you do some research. Look into what each of the potential moving companies has to offer and how they will ensure your belongings are protected and insured. If you also need storage for a period of time, try to find one like moving company Southside Moving and Storage that is able to do both. If you have to find two different companies, you increase the chance of something getting lost or broken.

Pack Everything Well

The longer the distance between your two properties, the more chance there is of something getting broken or damaged. It is almost impossible to avoid at least some damage, but you can make sure your items are protected to keep this to a minimum. Some moving companies will provide you with all the necessary packaging materials. Others will even pack for you. The more you want the company to do for you, however, the more it will also cost you. Hence, you may want to consider doing yourself as much of the packing as possible. In this case, look up proper methods of packing your most valuable and breakable items. Always make sure your boxes aren't too heavy and that breakable items such as mirrors, picture frames and glassware are wrapped in protective material. If you do not have bubble wrap and don't have the budget to purchase some, your clothes, curtains, blankets and other fabric items make for great alternatives.

Think About What You Want to Keep

It can be tempting to simply throw everything away and start over. However, you have to also consider your budget. Naturally, the more you take with you, the more your move will cost. However, having to replace expensive items such as beds, couches and kitchen equipment can be even more expensive. Certain things are worth keeping, but at the same time you have to be thoughtful of things you really don't need anymore. As a rule of thumb, if you haven't used something for at least three months, it is likely that you won't need it anymore. If you use something at least once a week, you should keep it because you will only end up buying a new one if you throw it out.

Drive Your Own Vehicle

It is possible to ship your car through certain movers, but this is hugely expensive. You will save some money on fuel by choosing shipping instead of driving, but these savings don't generally outweigh the cost. Furthermore, if you don't drive your own car down, you will have to find another method of transportation for yourself and members of your family, which would costs some money too. Finally, when you drive your own vehicle, you can potentially put some things that you have packed in your car, keeping your moving costs to a minimum.

Plan Your Emotions

Lastly, you have to make sure that you are emotionally prepared for your move. Saying goodbye to a place that you have considered a home is always difficult, no matter how much you look forward to your new life. Once you arrive at your new place, you also have to give yourself the time to settle in, make new friends, find new activities and so on. The emotional toll of moving is huge and you should not downplay this. Make sure the lines of communication are open between yourself and the other members of your family, so you know when someone feels slightly overwhelmed.

 

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