5 Tips for Planning a Long Distance Move

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If you're planning a long distance move that will take you to another state or what is termed an interstate move, you'll need more time to plan than if you're moving a short distance. To help make the planning process a little easier, we've come up with 5 tips to help you get ready for your long distance move.

Give yourself lots of time

Because there are so many steps involved in planning and executing a long distance move, you'll need more time. With a local move, I usually recommend at least 8 weeks but for a long distance move, 12-16 weeks is ideal, particularly if you're moving to a new state or across an international border. The more complicated your move, the more time you'll need. Get a detailed moving schedule and task list.

Understand what type of move you're making

There are two types of moves: intrastate—meaning that you're moving within the same state - interstate means that you're crossing a state or international border during your move. Most long-distance moves are interstate moves and require a specialized mover who can move you across borders. The type of move will determine how you get your household stuff from your old to the new home and the costs involved. So know before you start planning.

Determine your moving budget

Before you start planning too much, you should sit down and figure out how much you can afford to spend on your move which will help determine how you can move regarding whether you'll hire movers or move yourself. Remember that a long distance move will always be more costly. Not only is there the travel costs between your old and new home but also the time and higher cost services you may need to hire. Learn more about creating a moving budget.

Decide how best to move your things

Now that you know what type of move you'll be making and what your budget looks like, you can assess your options for moving which can include moving yourself, hiring long distance movers, or shipping your goods through a shipping service. When considering how to move, make sure you look at how much time you have, your moving budget and how much you'll need to be involved. Interstate movers are more expensive than local movers. However, they will also be able to advise you about any paperwork you may need to complete if you're moving your stuff across an international border for instance. Some states also have particular rules for what can be shipped across their borders. Know the rules and what you'll need before you decide how to move.

Decide how you'll travel to your new home

If you decide to ship your goods with a professional long distance mover or through a shipping service, you'll need to plan how to get you and your family to the new location. The further the distance between the old and new home, the more you need to plan the trip. Driving is usually the easiest and best way to get to your new location. But it also takes more time than if you were to fly. Driving also enables you to pack and move some of your stuff with you, saving money on moving costs even though you need to also budget for hotels, food, and gas. Weigh all the options first being very careful to calculate all the hidden costs and time required before you plan out your trip.