How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move

Are you planning a long-distance move? Whether you are moving to a new state or across the country, there is a lot to do to prepare for your big move.

If you are doing this by yourself it can seem pretty daunting and a lot to take on alone, so see if you can bring in some family members to help you with any planning so that you are not taking on everything at once. You will be grateful for all the help.

Without further ado, here are some tips to help make the process go as smoothly as possible and get you in the right frame of mind for your big move.

Start planning early

The sooner you start, the better. That way, you will have plenty of time to take care of all the details. If you are moving into a home or apartment that is getting built, you are going to need to plan where you can live in the meantime.

Some places have short-term rentals that can be found on sites like, for people to live in whilst they are waiting. This is incredibly beneficial for people who need a place to stay but do not fancy staying in a hotel for a week/month.

Make a list of everything you need to do

This will help you keep track of everything and make sure you do not forget anything important. Making a list of what you need to bring, who you need to contact, public transportation links, and so on, will help you be aware of what you require and how you can make this transition an efficient one.

Find a reputable moving company

This is important! You want to make sure your belongings are in good hands. Get recommendations from friends or family or do some research online. Reviews will help you immensely here, as you can see which ones are most used and how customers have reacted.

If you are moving pretty far, you do not want to be dealing with delayed movers or ones that do not properly protect your items.

Start packing early

Do not wait until the last minute to pack everything up. That will just make things more stressful. Start packing a few weeks in advance and be sure to label all the boxes so you know what is inside.

This is where family help will come in handy. Instruct them to help you with packing and get it done in a shorter amount of time than if you were doing it yourself.

Set up your utilities

Make sure you have electricity, water, and gas set up at your new place before you move in. You do not want to be without heat or hot water on your first night in your new home!

See if you can get them all set up on the same day and have them billed at the same time of the month, this can help you for the first few months you move as you can know exactly when your money will be going out of your bank so you can plan better.

Forward your mail

Do not forget to change your address with the post office. This is important, or you will never get your mail! This is especially important with work and bills. If they are missed you may find yourself in hot water.

Update your driver’s license and registration

Once you move to a new state, you will need to update your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Be sure to do this as soon as possible so you are legal to drive in your new state.

Explore your new home

Once you are all settled in, take some time to explore your new city or town. Check out the local sights and attractions and get to know your new community.


Moving to a new place can be exciting, but it is also a lot of work. By following these tips, you can make the process a little easier. Good luck with your move!