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Efficiently Managing a Small Long-Distance Move – Tips and Tricks

Feb 15, 2024

Let’s face it – moving can be quite stressful. Many people find themselves struggling to manage multiple tasks associated with moving, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm. However, by devising an effective moving plan, you can significantly reduce the stress and chaos typically associated with the process.

Seeking assistance from a professional long-distance moving service can streamline this process. Luigys Moving & Storage stands out as one of the most reputable Long Distance Movers San Francisco CA. With extensive experience in facilitating both individual and business relocations, our experts are adept at navigating the intricacies of long-distance moves.

To help you navigate this transition smoothly, consider the following tips:

Start Early

Start planning your move as early as possible (at least eight weeks before your move) to avoid last-minute stress. Research moving companies, think about logistics, and prepare any necessary documents. Create a timeline of tasks to complete each week leading up to moving day.

Declutter Before Packing

Moving is a great opportunity to declutter and simplify your life. The fewer items you have, the more affordable and easier your move. Go through your belongings and decide what to keep. Donate or discard items that you haven’t used in a long time or no longer need. Consider selling your stuff at a yard sale or online to make a little extra money.

Select a Moving Company

Experienced Long Distance Movers in San Francisco CA, such as Luigys Moving & Storage are equipped to take the guesswork out of moving. They plan and prepare to avoid any potential confusion. Reputable and knowledgeable Long Distance Movers provide their customers with guidance every step of the way, helping them avoid mistakes that can cause moving costs to increase.

Get quotes from at least three licensed and insured moving companies. When comparing quotes, consider every cost element. Check out accounts of the mover you’re considering on different social media sites to see what people are saying about them. Read customer reviews on independent third-party review sites and check the business’s BBB rating. Make sure the mover has insurance and is licensed. Once you select a moving company, choose a moving date.

Collect Packing Supplies

Check with local stores to see if they’re willing to give away boxes and cardboard for free.  You can also reach out to friends or family members who have recently moved for help. If you do not want to invest in bubble wrap, use newspapers, old linens, and clothing to wrap and cushion fragile items. If packing feels overwhelming, use a moving company that also offers packing services. Luigys Moving & Storage offers packing services San Francisco, to help ensure that your moving experience is smooth and hassle-free.

Pack Smart

Start packing one room at a time, beginning with items you use less frequently. Use high-quality materials including bubble wrap and sturdy boxes for valuable and fragile items. Fill any gaps in boxes with cushioning material to prevent items in them from shifting during transit. Clearly label each box containing delicate items as “fragile”. Pack dishes and glassware vertically to reduce the risk of breakage.

  • Packing clothes: Use vacuum-sealed bags for clothing. Group your clothes by category and keep clothes that fall into a category in a box. Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes so they stay on their hangers
  • Packing furniture: Before packing bulky furniture pieces, disassemble them to make them easy to transport. Use blankets to cover each furniture piece
  • Packing electronics: If possible, use the original packaging for electronic items and wrap them in bubble wrap. Label cords and accessories and keep them together in a plastic bag. Using packing tape, securely tape boxes that contain electronics to prevent them from opening during transit
  • Packing books: First sort your books by size and weight and then pack them accordingly. Use smaller boxes for heavy hardcover books and slightly larger boxes for paperbacks. Pack hardcovers in a row and stack paperbacks

Put toiletries, a change of clothes, medications, important documents, and other essentials that you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home in a box.

Take Inventory and Label Your Boxes

Make a detailed list of all items you’re moving. Use your inventory list to keep track of your items and calculate the cost of items (if any) damaged in transit. This information can come in handy when filing a claim. Label your boxes highlighting their contents and the room they belong to. Consider using color-coded stickers for easier identification.

Change Your Address on Important Documents and Transfer Utilities

Update your address on important documents and with the post office, banks, and any subscription services. Notify your insurer, the IRS, financial institutions whose services you use, and your employer. Arrange for utilities at your new home to be connected a day before you arrive and for services at your current home to be disconnected after you leave.

Plan for Pets and Plants

If you’re moving with a pet, ensure you have a plan for their transport and any overnight stays during the move. A month before your move, collect all pet vaccination certificates from your vet and keep them in a safe place. Make sure to update the address in your pet’s ID tag. A few days before you move, have a vet assess your pet’s health.

A week before your move, prepare your plants by pruning them. Cut off dead leaves and branches to keep pests away. Consider repotting your plants in lightweight plastic pots. If you’re moving in the summer, water your plants well on moving day and keep them hydrated throughout the journey. In case you’re moving in the winter, stop watering your plants a few days before your move. Check regulations for moving plants long distances, as some states have restrictions.

On Moving Day

Keep personal documents, jewelry, and other valuables with you. Empty and unplug your refrigerator and make sure it is dry and clean.

Luigys Moving & Storage has been helping individuals and businesses plan moves for more than a decade. Whether you want to relocate to a new state or county we have got you covered. To request a moving estimate, call (415) 413-4646.


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