Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, it’s still a stressful time. The most important thing to remember when moving long-distance is always be prepared. The planning done before the move is the most crucial part of moving. Whether moving across the state or country, don’t let things become complicated, be prepared! Create a Schedule to Simplify The process Having an extensive and established timeline of your move is a great guideline to make sure that all of your tasks are finished before the big day. Make a checklist of everything you need to do before the move; be sure to include dates of when you’re going and where you need to go to do each task. Decide What Stays & What Goes We all collect junk over the years but de-cluttering your home and finally getting rid of things will make your packing and moving process a lot faster and easier. Moving is a great excuse to finally get rid of some of that junk that’s been piling up in the garage or basement for years. Create three different piles (throw away, donate, and sell) and place your items where it seems fit. Have a yard sale to get rid of most of your junk and then donate the rest. Just because something doesn’t sell at a yard-sale doesn’t mean you should pack it up and bring it with you to your new home. The Packing & Unpacking Process When packing, always keep in mind your unpacking process. Pack items in boxes by what room they will be going in in your new home. Instead of just throwing things in boxes, organizing all of your items will make your unpacking process go a lot faster and smoother. Labels, Labels, Labels! When it comes to labeling boxes, don’t be afraid to go label crazy. Label every single box with which room it should go in. Make signs for each room, such as “Ryan’s Room”, and hang them on every door or room in your new home. This will make it extremely easy for the movers to quickly move all of your belongings into the house and to where they belong. Take Advantage Of Moving Containers If you are making a long-distance move, it may be more beneficial to order a moving container to help simplify the process and give you an opportunity to help reduce clutter around your home. Loading & Storage — Storage containers are much lower than the loading dock of a moving truck. Carrying heavy furniture to and from a storage container is easier, especially if you are conducting a major move which consists of a lot of furniture. Storage Size — Depending on the storage or moving company that you use, they will typically offer various sizes of storage units for you to rent. The cost of the storage container will vary depending on the size that you wish to rent. Security — Unlike offsite storage facilities, a portable storage container is more secure since it is placed right outside your own home. Only the homeowner will have access to the storage container during the time that the homeowner rents the container. Safe Delivery — Once the storage container is ready to ship, the moving containers are lifted with a specialized lifting system that minimizes the shifting of the containers. Learn more about our C.O.W.s and how they can simplify your move! Let The Professionals Help You Move From Point A To B! No matter the time of the year, a professional moving company will always be prepared to safely & professionally handle your relocation! Our commitment to service and “doing the right thing” are not just clichés at Gallo Moving & Storage — they are what we live by. If you’re moving for the first time, don’t hesitate to reach out to our award-winning moving specialists at Gallo Moving & Storage. We want you to have the best experience possible. Contact Gallo Moving & Storage today – get your free estimate online, through our mobile app, or call us directly at 866-697-4400! If you are interested in learning more about the packing, moving, and storage services we have available, contact Gallo Moving & Storage today!