According to this US News Report, many people are rethinking how and where they live. Whether it is due to the rise of remote working and the flexibility and freedom to move wherever or simply the need to relocate for an optimal employment opportunity in an uncertain economy, many people are planning long distance relocations. This guide will give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to prepare for your long-distance move.

  1. Plan even further ahead: You will need to plan a bit earlier for a long-distance move (if you can!) than you would if you were moving locally. There are more details to consider, like arranging for food, shelter and clothing while you’re making your way to your new home. If you are driving, will you stay overnight (or multiple nights) in a hotel? You will need to make sure you find the right place and likely book ahead. Consider pet friendly options if you have furry family members that will be by your side. If you are flying, you will need to arrange flights and similarly, consider airlines that allow pets if you have pets who will be along for the journey.
  2. Research moving companies: Some moving companies only do local moves, so be sure to do your research and find a moving company that does long-distance moves. Get quotes, check reviews and be sure the moving company you select is licensed and insured for long-distance moves.
  3. Take decluttering very seriously: We always recommend decluttering and organizing no matter the distance of the move, but especially with long-distance moves, every square inch matters! Donate or sell as many items as you can part with and that you don’t see yourself needing or using in your new home. Start as early as you can and go room by room, only moving to the next room once the one you started with is 100% complete.
  4. Prepare Your Car for the Trip: If you will be driving to your new home, ensure your car is in good condition for the journey. Schedule a maintenance check, fill up on gas, and pack an emergency kit with essentials like water, snacks, and a roadside assistance kit. Now is a good time to sign up for AAA if you don’t already have it- you can never be too prepared when you will be on the road completing a long-distance move!
  5. Notify schools and doctors: If you have children, notify their current school of the move and arrange for records to be transferred to their new school. Also, notify your doctors and arrange for medical records to be transferred to new healthcare providers.
  6. Plan time for goodbyes: You’ll be very busy in the weeks leading up to your move, but consider planning a going away gathering so you can see all of your friends or family members from the place you’re leaving. Consider planning activities in the weeks before your move so you can spend time at your favorite places in the home you are about to leave.
  7. Explore your new location: Once you’ve arrived at your new home, take some time to explore the neighborhood and nearby areas. Familiarize yourself with local shops, restaurants, parks, and other attractions.
  8. Celebrate your arrival: Moving long distance is a remarkable milestone, so don’t forget to take a moment to celebrate your arrival and the start of a new chapter in your life. Treat yourself to a special meal or activity to mark the occasion.

For all of your local Cleveland area moves and long-distance moves, Eyring Movers is here to provide exceptional service for you and your family. We are based on the west side of Cleveland and regularly help people move between here, Cincinnati, Columbus and everywhere in between. Contact us today for a moving quote!