Successful Pre-Move Tips for Long-Distances

Taking the time to plan your move carefully can make what could be a stressful event more manageable and less overwhelming. Planning for travel, storage, accommodation, and other necessities is essential when undertaking such an important endeavor as moving. If you’re about to embark on your biggest of moves or are just beginning with their first long-distance relocation know these helpful tips from our veteran movers:


Get Insurance for Your Properties

If you're planning on moving soon, then it's important to be aware of the risks that come with your belongings being transported. You see, a lot can happen in those thousands upon miles between destinations when they are loaded and unloaded. The average person has a moving limit of $.60 per pound, but if you're worried about losing items or damages to furniture in your move, it may be worth getting more coverage for the things that matter most to you and making sure they arrive safely at their new home!

Protect Yourself Against Pests

Look for signs of bugs or larvae, and be careful not to transport contaminants across state lines on suspect items such as outdoor furniture. The government offers pamphlets with information about pest control regulations and how to eliminate them from your home.

Draw Up a List for Inventory

There are a number of ways to figure out how much stuff you have. The most accurate way is through an inventory list, which will not only help packers estimate the cost more accurately; it also helps people stay organized while packing for a move and lets them keep track of their items as they travel long-distance journeys together. 

Purging Unnecessary Items Can Save You Money

Get ready to move and simplify your life by decluttering. Donating, selling, or tossing items can reduce the expenses of moving across the country which is great for those on a budget! The time has come to purge your home of things you don't use or need. Sell, donate and give away anything that will not fit into the moving truck in order to make room for things you use regularly and your new items.


Pack heavy items in small boxes and light items like linens and pillows into larger ones. This will not only make your move easier but also has the added benefit of making sure that large, weighty objects don't break while being moved by a professional mover.

It's wise to put the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter ones toward the top of boxes. Load your truck in this order: heavy box, light box, medium-weight item, lightweight one (or another heavier).

Put clothes, towels, or packing paper in empty spaces to make sure that your boxes feel balanced and tightly packed. Movers won't move any boxed if they don't think it is securely packed.

Sticking to one room and packing accordingly will make it easier for you once you arrive at your destination. You won't have a long, drawn-out search through piles of boxes when all you need is the bedroom set from what's in that box.


Dillon Buckley
Moving Company Expert and Writer

Dillon Buckley is a distinguished Moving Company Expert, renowned for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the realm of the moving industry. With an exceptional talent for articulating complex moving processes into easily digestible information, he has earned recognition as a go-to authority for individuals seeking guidance on relocation, packing, and everything in between.