Moving from one house to the next can be such a daunting task that is only be made worse if the next house is in another state. This is because you have to worry about packing everything up safely into storage boxes, then getting the boxes loaded up into a truck, and then transporting them a long distance where you want them to go. The process may sound simple, but it’s not, to say the least.
There are many different things that could go wrong and lead to property damage during transportation. In the worst case scenario, you may end up losing your items, which will set you back significantly. Moving doesn’t always need to be a hassle. In fact, below are a few tips that can help alleviate your worries and concerns before your big move to the next state.
Plan the Move Well in Advance
This is a very crucial part of the moving process. In the planning process, after making the big decision to move, you should ask yourself a number of questions. These questions include when exactly do you plan to move? How will you get there? How much property do you wish to move? How much room would you need to move your items? How much time would you require to pack up? How much time do you still have on your current lease before the big move? If the answer is very little, where would you keep your property before the new place is available for you to occupy? The answers to these questions will form a good basis for your moving schedule and budgeting process.
Create an Inventory for All Your Belongings
Now that you have a timeline, the next thing you should do is take inventory of all your belongings. This process can be much easier if you do it while packing, so that you can pack everything in clearly numbered and labeled boxes as you list the contents within.
Get Rid of Dead Weight and Junk
In the process of taking inventory, you will likely come across items that you barely use and hardly ever see around your house but for some reason you have kept. This is the perfect time to get rid of such items. You could put up a yard sale and make a few dollars from them or give them out to your favorite charity. Either way, if you haven’t used it in the last year, chances are you may never use it. So by all means, dispose!
Clean up Your Belongings
Granted, you may come from a state where mud or dust is normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to transport messy items to your new address. Cleaning up your belongings helps prevent things like bugs and pests from coming with you into your new home. It can be very embarrassing if they make the move with you. Moving with clean items will save you the trouble of cleaning before arranging your new home when you get to your new location.
Pack Your Items in Appropriate Packaging
While packing your belongings, you want to be sure that the packaging will survive things like weather changes and rough road terrain. This is because there places with bumpy roads that may cause lots of your items to break along the way. Keeping everything tucked safely away from external elements should be your top priority.
Seek Help from Professional Movers
This is a very important part of your move. While your family and friends may be able to help you pack your items and transport them across the states, they are not insured. Any loss of property incurred in the process of moving may not be replaced. Professional movers, however, are insured. Your items will be packaged more safely, and if items are lost or damaged, they are financially responsible for replacement costs. In addition, professional movers that have been in the business for long know all the nitty-gritty details that will make the process much easier.
At Watford Moving & Storage, we understand how tedious moving interstate can be. We have a solid reputation in moving and storage and have helped numerous people get to their new homes without incident or loss. If you planning your next move in and around Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas, give us a call. We will help make your transition as seamless as possible.