While moving is a common part of American life, many folks don’t go that far from where they previously lived. In fact, only 14% of the total moves in 2019 were out of state. That’s probably partly because it can be a hassle to transport your entire life hundreds of miles away. There are so many tasks you need to complete to make the successful journey to your next home. The good news is that we’ve put together a list of the top five tips you need to tackle your long distance move: 

1. Go Through Your Belongings

There’s no better opportunity than a move to get rid of the things you no longer use. One of the best ways to do this is to go through each room and your house and create a keep, sell, and donate pile.

Even though it will take some time, it could lower the number of moving trucks required to transport your belongings. It will also help you better organize your things, as you can set aside the items you’ll need to keep with you in the car during your trip. 

2. Hire a Reputable Long Distance Moving Company

Instead of renting a moving truck and lifting all your heavy furniture out of your home by yourself, save some time and energy by hiring a reputable moving company. Some places also offer packing services. Before settling on one, though, ask for references to see what other customers’ experiences were like and check that they have insurance.

3. Change Your Address 

You should file a change of address with the United States Post Office approximately two weeks before your move, which you can complete online or in your local post office. In doing so, you will prevent the new owner from receiving your bills or notices in the mail. 

4. Cancel the Utilities

To prevent any of your utility companies from charging you after you settle into your new house, you need to notify them that you will be moving.  Depending on where you are relocating to, you might be able to get their services there.

If this isn’t the case, two weeks before your move-in date, you should have another provider go out to your new house. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about a lapse in electricity, gas, wi-fi, etc. 

5. Prepare Your Vehicle for Your Long Distance Move

The last thing you want is to be ready to go, but your car is not. The last thing you should do to prepare for a move is to run through a maintenance list to ensure that all essential parts are running smoothly and that you have everything you need in case of an emergency. 

Planning Your Move Ahead of Time is Essential 

Moving is already a challenging task, and when you’ve got kids, pets, and a ton of stuff, it is even more difficult. Taking the time to plan before your long distance move can save you and your family some of that stress. 

If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area, consider using Tri-Star Moving to help transfer your belongings to your new home. Fill out this request form today for a free quote.