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Congratulations on your new home! If you will be crossing state lines, that means it’s now time for the typically-dreaded long distance move. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be such a difficult time. But with a move this drastic, you need a cheat sheet to make sure everything goes smoothly from packing up household items to picking your NYC area long-distance movers.

Here’s our biggest tips for a successful long-distance relocation.

Long Distance Move to or from NYC

1. Plan, plan, and plan some more!

When we talk to our customers, one of the biggest things they say is that they wish they had taken the time to sit down and fully discuss the coordination of their long-haul transition. We suggest that you physically write down things like which members of the household are responsible for packing or moving different boxes. For instance, if you have kids, get them in on the action by giving them their boxes for items they don’t use often early on.

We find it additionally easy to visualize what needs to be done when, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Use tools like your online calendar, list apps, and reminder alarms to keep you on track. And don’t forget the power of good old paper and pen. Buy plenty of markers, post-it notes, and labels early on if you plan on doing your packing yourself.

2.  Work with the right company.

Do yourself a favor and compare different companies. It especially never hurts to look around if the first long distance moving company option seems too good to be true. Remember, a low rate does not necessarily equate to a successful move. You want a quality NYC moving company that knows what they are doing and offers a fair rate.

A well-trained moving crew can lighten your stress exponentially. Make sure you look at a company’s reviews on sites like Angie’s List, Yelp or BBB. Compare estimates and go with the moving company that feels right to you.

3.  Don’t over-stress.

This one is easier said than done. Moving is stressful, there’s no way around it. You

must take care of yourself. In the weeks before the move, make sure you eat healthy, take time for activities and exercise you enjoy, and remain diligent in taking care of yourself.

Everyone also needs to carve out time during moving day for themselves. Have a seat and a refreshing beverage. You can’t just keep working without treating yourself to a reward along the way for a job well done. If you are concerned it will be too stressful, take steps now by learning about the various moving services a good company provides to take the load off. Consider packing or unpacking services, storage, or all-in-one long distance insurance options from movers NYC clients like to utilize.

4.  Time to downsize.

This is an opportunity for you to get rid of the stuff that accumulates naturally. Do you

really need that singing bass fish that’s been in the closet for three years? Get rid of it! If you use this opportunity to say goodbye to the useless clutter that once held value but no longer does, you’ll feel the stress falling away. Do yourself a favor and loosen your load.

5.  Label your boxes.

Most people start with good intentions of labeling every single box with its contents and

where to put it, but good intentions only go so far. We’ve all been there.  By the time the halfway point of a move comes around, you just start throwing things in any box that isn’t sealed shut.

Do yourself a favor, give yourself enough time and energy to accurately label every box. “Future” you will thank “past” you as he or she knows exactly how to unpack every box.

6.  Moving expenses are often tax deductible.

If you’re moving for work, you can take a massive tax deduction for moving-related costs from the IRS. Let the security of knowing that you’ll be getting back much of what you pay for the move ease your tensions and justify doing things right instead of only cheap.

7. Clean as you go.

Most move-outs come with a big cleanup at the end. Just imagine what is under your child’s bed! You’ll find plenty to clean after all of your items are out of your home, so take the time in the weeks leading up to your move to stay on top of as much as you can with cleaning. Consider hiring a cleaning service to come at the end of moving day for the final clean. You’ll most likely be exhausted and having some extra hand will be a relief.

Get Started with a Free Quote from Roadway Moving, the #1 Rated Mover in NYC

If you’re looking for a long distance movers in the NYC area, please look us up! We hope to meet your needs and ease your stress. Let us help you make this move as painless as possible. It’s not an easy process but, with our help, you can concentrate on the joys of a new home in a new environment.

Tom Philips

Thomas Philips is a writer and content marketer with a keen interest in the moving industry. As a travel enthusiast and logistics expert by training, Thomas has been working with various moving companies for the past 16 years. He currently writes for Roadway Moving and applies his expertise through his written works. Thomas makes it a point to give practical moving advice to both clients and readers to help transform their moving experience into an unforgettable one