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5 Helpful Interstate Moving Tips

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Moving from one state to another can seem daunting, but it does not have to be. The biggest element to making an interstate move successful is planning. Moving from out of state to Greensboro or Winston-Salem is a big transition, but it does not have to be chaotic. Reduce the stress of an interstate move with these helpful moving tips.

1.   Save the Date

The less time there is to plan a big move, the more stressful the move can be. If possible, start to plan the move at least 60 days in advance. People often do not realize how much stuff they have accumulated in their current home, and it takes time to sort through it all. Planning the move a few months in advance allows time to donate or sell items that are not going to the new home.

2.   DIY or Professional Movers?

The most important decision when making an interstate move may be deciding between a DIY move or hiring a professional mover. A DIY move allows the mover to have total control over the process from start to finish and can save a lot of money. However, DIY moves can mean having to take extra time off work and seeking the help of family and friends who may not always be available. Finally, there is a big difference between driving a large moving truck versus driving a regular car.

Also, professional movers know how to load and transport your belongings safely and efficiently, and hiring them can take a significant load off your back during the already stressful moving process.

Hiring a professional mover can seem expensive upfront, but there are ways to make the cost more affordable. When you are researching interstate moving, call several professional movers and get quotes before committing to a company. A mover may be offering a great deal. Another reason to call and get quotes from several professional movers is that some movers might be unavailable for some dates. This is another reason why it is so vital to begin the planning process early. Certain times of the year are busier for professional movers than others.

3.   Make a List and Check It Twice

Staying organized is staying sane throughout the interstate moving process. Time always feels like it is passing more quickly when there is a lot to do. Whether packing up a single room full of items or an entire household from attic to basement, a list helps ensure the completion of each task on time.

It is a good idea to purchase or acquire packing supplies well ahead of time. Often people try to keep their belongings in place as long as possible to minimize day-to-day disruptions, so having everything on hand will make the packing process happen more smoothly when it comes.

4.   Label Everything

Whether DIY moving or hiring a professional moving company, labeling items is so important in ensuring a less chaotic unpacking at the final destination. And because of that great list-making and supply-purchasing in the previous step, there will not be any trouble labeling each box or container with some important clues as to what is inside. Note the room the item belongs in and who the item belongs to. Some people prefer to make a master list and simply number the boxes. Properly labeling items during the packing-up process helps to ensure that needed items are not lost or buried in with less vital things.

5.   Stress Less During Interstate Moving

Consider doing a little research on the destination, especially if moving to Winston-Salem is moving into uncharted territory. Do call in family and friends for support if possible. Take time off work to get the packing and the move done, and consider this when deciding on whether to hire a professional mover. Movers can do the packing, shipping, and unpacking for you, which saves a lot of time and lost wages.

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