A long distance move is a long, often daunting process. Due to its size and complexity, you want to be 100% certain that you have planned for it in the best way possible. This means looking over details big and small, ensuring you have covered nearly everything to make this process go off without a hitch. With all of the steps you’re going to have to cover, chances are you will need advice from professional residential movers or the internet. Luckily, we here at Augusta Movers can provide both. In this first part of our blog piece, we want to explain effective ways you can prepare for your next long distance move.
Use Your Time Wisely
Time is of the essence when it comes to a project like this. We understand that it can be difficult to figure out where to even start with a task this large. Our experts always recommend that you start out with distributing your time into different sections of the move. You can do so by:
- Create a checklist: This will guide you throughout the preparation stage. When you start by writing a checklist with the things you have to move and the tasks you have to finish, it works as a crutch to keep all the other important tasks together and working properly.
- Time to organize: Once you have come up with a checklist, we need to figure out which tasks need to be done before anything else. Prioritize the most important ones and make sure you number them in chronological order.
- Fill your calendar: Now that you know the order in which tasks have to be done, it’s time to fill up that calendar. When you need to cover a lot of things in a certain time window, filling up your calendar with these tasks keeps you on track and makes sure you’re not missing anything.
Research Moving Estimates
When you implement a long distance move above a normal move, it will likely be a bit more pricey. In order to get the best deal possible, it is important to do some research to figure out which company offers the greatest price for the quality provided. Remember that what we just stated is very important: you want to get a good deal with a company that provides good quality work. Cheap does not always mean good — in many cases where the price for a long distance move is abnormally inexpensive, the services likely don’t match up to the cost you pay. Failure to provide good services can lead to delays, damages and weak customer support. This is the last thing you want. Doing research avoids this problem because you are able to find a general average price among the companies you look at.
When you eventually find companies you are interested in and ask for an estimate, be aware that you should never accept quotes over the phone or email. A professional moving company will analyse the inside of your home/the items you want to move and come up with a proper estimate that way.
Come Up With a Decision for Your Furniture
When you do your research, you will likely come across the notion that including furniture in a long distance move is not the greatest idea. Why, you ask? The majority of moving companies will charge extra fees for furniture as these items are hard to move, large in size and heavy in overall weight. The cheapest way to do a long-distance move is by finding a way to donate your old furniture and buying new furniture in your new home.
Say Goodbye to Unwanted Items
In addition to getting rid of unwanted furniture, you will want to get rid of any unwanted items as well. This includes things like certain appliances, tools, technology, clothing, etc. It is really important to bring a “do I really need this?” mindset into a large move such as this. There are a lot more items you could get rid of than you think, so ask yourself important questions about certain items before you decide to take them with you. If you don’t use them as much as you’d like to, it’s probably best to leave those things behind. Chances are they won’t see much use in your new place as well!
Find The Right Packing Supplies
Finding the proper packing supplies for your move is one of the most important steps, as this has a direct effect on how safe your items will be during the move. There are certain things you will have to pay for, but you may be surprised to know that there are certain items you can get a hold of for free! Local businesses, more often than not, will have empty boxes laying around that they would otherwise have thrown out. Ask if they have any boxes you can use and chances are they’ll give them to you free of charge! The best way to ensure you have all the supplies necessary is by coming up with, yes, another list! Lists are a great way to stay organized, and some of the things you should put on that list include:
- Packing Tape
- Bubble wrap for fragile items (or newspaper/fabric if you want to save some $$)
- Stretch wrap
- Box Cutter
- Sharpie (for writing on boxes)
- Labels (if you can’t write directly on the boxes/containers)
Hire a Moving Service Today
When you want to ensure a proper long distance move in Toronto goes off without a hitch, hiring our movers at Augusta Movers is the best way to do so. If you are interested in learning more about our company, what we do or how we can help, be sure to contact our team at +1 (647) 783-8730 today!