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Downsizing Your Home to Prepare and Pack For a Cross-Country Move

Tips on how to prepare you home for a cross country move.
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Whether you are preparing for a cross-country move or contemplating moving internationally, you are probably in need of a few great long distant moving tips. From the moment that you decide to move, to packing up your cherished household items, the day that your items are delivered to your new home, the following tips will help you to stay stress-free throughout the entire journey. In fact, some of these tips just might help you save a dollar or two as you prepare to live in a new state or country. 

Moving Tips and Packing Tips

Downsizing your home and packing for your cross-country move doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Instead, through the following five moving tips, you can successfully pare down your belongings, stay on schedule, and move without a hitch. 

1. Pare down your belongings.

Downsizing takes time. There are no shortcuts, however, the rewards can be great. As you sort through the basement, garage, attic, and junk drawers, remember that labeling boxes is critical to staying organized. Make a list of items that you want to keep, donate, sell, or throw out. The items that you are donating, selling, or throwing out should be placed in their associated boxes. Remember that the smaller moving truck you need, the less your items you weigh, and the fewer boxes that you have, the less expensive your move will be. 

2. Sell items that have value.

A moving sale is a great way to downsize. From the appliance that you never used to the dress that you forgot you owned, there are countless items in your house that can be sold. If organizing an entire moving sale sounds too stressful, then you can always turn to social media or Craigslist to easily sell your items for top dollar. 

3. Stay on schedule.

Staying on schedule is one of the most overlooked moving tips. Besides downsizing and packing, there are countless administrative tasks that you will need to complete before your big move. By setting a schedule (and sticking to it) you can make your cross-country move as smooth as butter. 

4. Make an inventory list.

When you begin to think about packing, don’t forget to make an inventory list. As any good long distance movers will tell you, when you move far away, your belongings could be spread across states or even continents. An inventory list is a great way to make sure that you know exactly what you are planning on moving, where it is located, and when it arrives.  

5. Pack boxes with distance in mind.

Packing for a long distance move is a little bit different than packing for a local move. Be sure to take extra care with fragile items. You should also carefully label your boxes so that your movers know which items are fragile. Another tip to keep in mind is to organize as you pack. Unpacking will be significantly easier if you know what items are in each box and where the items will go in your new house. For example, you might put all of your office supplies into one box, so that when it arrives you know it should go into your new office. You can also label each box with a number that directly corresponds to your inventory list. 

Hire the Right Long Distance and International Movers 

If you are moving across the country or overseas, then you should hire the most trustworthy long distance and international movers. American Way Van & Storage is proud to be a family-owned company with decades of moving experience. From understanding your individual needs to securely transporting your household items, our family is dedicated to helping your family enjoy a safe and stress-free move. To learn more about our residential moving services, we invite you to contact us today