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Tips for successful long-distance moves

How to manage long distance move

It’s no secret that long-distance moves can be considerably stressful. By planning ahead and considering different cost-effective options, you can make relocating to your new home easier.

First, work to declutter far in advance of your moving date. Sort through items prior to buying boxes or hiring movers so you don’t overbuy or overbook. If you’re moving to a new climate, rid yourself of the clothes you’ll no longer find necessary. Pay special attention to the boxes that sit in storage – if you haven’t used the items inside since before the last time you moved, do you really need them? Consider donating gently used items to a shelter, or holding a yard sale to make some additional money prior to moving.

While some homeowners may find it less expensive to rent a moving truck and relocate on their own, there are other alternatives to getting your stuff to your new home on a budget. Instead of hiring movers, you can have your items shipped and delivered once you arrive. Rates offered by moving services can depend on multiple factors, including gas prices, so be sure to get estimates from multiple companies before making a decision. Edina Realty Relocation has partnerships set up with several moving services nationwide, and they can assist you in making your decision.

If you decide against hiring packers and movers, be sure you have the supplies needed to safely transport your fragile items. Buy bubble wrap, packing paper and special boxes for artwork, mirrors, and other glassware or delicate items. If you have old sheets or blankets that can stand a bit of wear and tear, keep those out to cover furniture or other larger items in the moving truck.

Will you be driving your own car or shipping it? If shipping, be sure to call well in advance and get confirmation of the exact date of arrival to be sure you will be in your new home.

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