9 Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing for a Long-Distance Move

by Dusty Rhodes on Jan 29, 2021  in 
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1. What date are you planning to move from your current home?

This is a critical question, given that the entire time frame for your move revolves around this answer. Finalizing this date is important so that you can schedule a mover and begin planning travel arrangements for your long-distance move.


2. Have you created an inventory sheet?

Once you know exactly when you will be moving, it’s important to begin creating an inventory sheet. Unlike a local move, you may not want to bring everything that you own with you. You may decide to sell furniture or donate unwanted items that you don’t want to deal with moving such a long distance.


3. Have you set a moving budget?

Moving expenses can quickly add up, especially if you don’t have a plan in place. Before hiring professionals, stocking up on supplies, and packing your belongings, figure out what you are willing to spend on your move and look for ways to save. Unlike a local move, long-distance moves also require additional expenses like gas, food, and lodging. Be sure and factor in all of these costs so you can create a realistic budget.


4. Are you planning to hire movers or do it yourself?

This is certainly an important question and one that can greatly impact your budget. Depending on your circumstances, there may be times when you need to hire a professional moving company. If you are moving in a hurry, you are moving alone, or you simply don’t have the time to devote to packing and moving yourself, a professional company might be the best fit. Keep in mind, however, that there are other options available as well. You can always rent a moving truck (though you will have to figure out how to transport your own car), or you could rent a portable storage unit and have that transported for you. Be sure to book your date as soon as you decide on a moving method.


5. Will you need storage when you arrive at your destination?

When you are moving to a new location, you may not be able to move directly into your new home. Perhaps you haven’t found a home yet, your closing is delayed, or you are planning to do some renovations. Whatever the reason, you may need to rent a storage unit for long or short term storage needs. Be sure to set this up if needed.


6. Do you have all of your documents in one place?

There is tons of paperwork and important documents involved in a long-distance move. These might include personal documents, work-related documents, property documents, legal documents, motor vehicle documents, medical documents, school documents, financial documents, and moving related documents. It is super important to keep all of these documents neatly organized in a binder or bag that remains with you at all times. You should also make photocopies of these documents in the event that anything gets lost.


7. Have you taken care of making necessary changes to your accounts?

A few weeks prior to moving, it is important to make sure that you have filed a change of address and cancelled or transferred your accounts. This includes your mailing address, bank accounts, credit cards, utilities, cable/internet, gym membership, and any other accounts you may have. You should also plan to get a new driver’s license if you are moving to a new state.


8. Are my kids enrolled in school?

When moving with kids, it is critical that you plan for their schooling right away. Research the local school districts and even schedule a possible tour of the schools. When you have decided on a school for your children, be sure and forward all necessary paperwork and documentation and make sure your children are enrolled and ready to begin as soon as they arrive in their new city.


9. Have you prepared an essentials bag?

Before everything gets tossed into moving boxes, be sure you keep out a few essentials like extra clothes, medicines, toiletries, and linens to get you by for a few days. Chances are you won’t have access to all of these items right away so you want to be sure you have an essentials bag packed for each member of your family.

Dusty Rhodes