5 Long-Distance Moving Mistakes
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Michael Maffucci is a third generation mover and President of Verity Van Lines, Long Island’s leading moving company. Learn more about him here.

Five Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid These 5 Long-Distance Moving Mistakes

A long-distance move is a big undertaking, and moving your possessions and family across the country takes great preparation and care. In this article, we’ll outline five common mistakes people make when moving across the country.

You Have No Moving Plan

One of the most essential parts of a long-distance move is creating – and sticking to — a comprehensive moving plan. This Plan will map out all your important milestones and goals and help keep you organized and efficient throughout the moving process. Undertaking a cross-country move without this Plan is a recipe for frustration, mistakes, and, worst of all, stress. Many reputable are willing to help you create a moving plan.

You Waited to the Last Minute to Find a Mover

When scheduling your move, the earlier you can secure a mover, the better. Not only will booking early allow you to feel more in control of the move, but you can also lower the risk of hiring someone who does not suit your needs.

Do your research (read this great article on how to find a mover), read online reviews, and interview prospective movers. Review their proposals carefully and choose the best mover for your needs.

You Made an Unrealistic Travel Itinerary

While it is possible to make it from NY to California in under two days, that doesn’t mean it’s the ideal way to travel to your new home. Even the smallest moves can drain your strength, concentration, and emotions. Unless your trip is under 7-8 hours, Plan for overnight stops so you can rest, recharge, and unwind. You’ll arrive at your new home refreshed and ready to tackle the settling-in phase.

You Didn’t Pack an Essentials Bag

Certain items should always stay with you during a move, so packing an essential bag or box is critical for a successful long-distance move. This bag should contain prescription medicines, device charging cables, grooming essentials, jewelry, and other important personal items.

You Assumed the Mover Could Take Everything on the Truck.

All reputable movers will follow transportation regulations regarding what is allowed on the moving Truck. Flammable items, chemicals, plants, and other items are usually prohibited. Check with your mover in advance and plan accordingly.

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