How To Prepare for a Long Distance Move

preparing for a long distance move Moving can be a stressful time and struggle for almost anyone, whether you are moving across the street or across the world. The most important thing to remember when it comes to long distance moving, is to always be prepared.

​Planning your move is crucial to ensuring that your move goes exactly as planned. Below you will find some helpful hints on how to prepare for a long distance move.




Pick a Destination

Before you can even begin the moving process, you have to know where you are moving to! Explore the area you wish to move and house hunt online and in person. Once you have found the perfect place, you can then begin to plan out your move.

Confirm Your Move Date

Once you have put an offer in on your new home, sold your current home, and have been given a timeline for closing dates, plan your move date accordingly. It is common to move 1-3 days
before closing.

Book a Mover

Moving across the country or across the world on your own is a daunting task. Although it will save you money to move yourself, it will cause a great deal of added stress to the moving process. Not only is there a risk of damaging your most precious items, but you could even hurt yourself. Search for professional movers and get an in-home estimate to determine costs, and to learn more about the move process.

Create a Schedule

Having an established timeline of your move is a great guideline to make sure all tasks are finished beforehand.


Decluttering your home will not only make the packing and moving process easier, it will also lower the cost of the entire move. Consider having a garage sale or donating items you no longer want or need.


Once you have decluttered you can begin the packing process. Whether you are packing yourself, or the moving company you have chosen is packing for you, make sure all items are organized and in the correct spot to make packing easier and more efficient.

Label Boxes

Labeling is one of the most important steps in the packing process. Labeling allows you and your movers to know what items go where upon arrival at destination.

Plan Your Mode of Transportation

It is important to determine whether you will be flying or driving to your destination. This allows you to budget your time and money, and to plan accordingly around your move date. If you are moving with pets, it is best to drive to your destination if possible.

Confirm Move Date

Call your mover to make sure your move date is confirmed. Be sure to read over your estimate and all necessary paperwork involving your move carefully. Ask your mover any necessary questions you may have regarding your estimate and other paperwork.

Greet your Movers

Move-out day has arrived! Greet your movers and supervise them while they work to ensure your items are handled with care.


Once you have finally arrived at your new home, you can begin the unpacking process.

Enjoy Your New Home

When the unpacking process is done, relax and enjoy your new home!

By Kelli Grundig, a moving and storage professional and consultant at Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage