Packing, Moving and Storage

Preparing for a Long-Distance Move

Moving can be a stressful and difficult process, especially if you're making a long-distance move. However, you can take some of the stress out of your move by planning and organising in advance. Follow these tips to eliminate some of the most common moving worries. 

Make a schedule

Moving doesn't just mean packing boxes and loading up a van; it means notifying companies and authorities of your changing address, setting up services in your new home, and more. Create a moving calendar and spread these tasks out across it, giving yourself a few tasks to do each. You'll avoid a big rush before your move day, and you'll enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from crossing tasks -- however small -- off your list. 

Slim down 

Moving is a great opportunity to decide what you really want with you in your new home. Over time, most of us accumulate items we don't really have any use for, from clothes we're never going to wear to books we aren't going to read again. Take the chance to purge your clutter by selling your unwanted items, giving them to friends or donating them to charity. You'll save yourself the time and effort of packing things that would only gather dust after being unpacked.

Start packing early 

There are some things, such as furniture and items you use every day, that you won't be able to pack until shortly before your move. Most things, though, can be packed well in advance. Pack a box or two of books, clothes, dishes or other items each day. A few boxes won't take long, but the accumulated packing will help cut down on the work you have to do closer to moving day. 

Get help 

If you don't have much furniture to move or are only going a short distance, you can probably get by with the help of friends, relatives and other volunteers. If you're going a longer distance, though, or you have challenging objects to move, you'll want to call in the services of a professional removals firm. As with every other part of moving, it's best to start early: contact removalists as soon as you can to give you the greatest flexibility in scheduling your move and the best chance of getting a good price. In addition to the actual move, your removal firm may be able to offer packing supplies and other services. 

Moving can be a big task, and getting ready for a move definitely feels like a challenge, but with enough lead time and the right help, you'll be able to cut down on the stress and enjoy the excitement of a new home. For more information, contact a removals service.