Our next tip for how to prepare for interstate moves is: Start Paring Down!
Cross country moving is tough, but it can also be an opportunity. We want to help you prepare for interstate moves and make this process as painless as possible. This is the perfect time to get rid of the extra stuff you have accumulated. Take it one room at a time and prepare to make tough decisions.
Survey each room and ask yourself:
- Does this have sentimental or monetary value?
- Does anyone really use it?
- Is it worth lugging around?
- Is there room for it in our new home?
If the item in question doesn’t make the cut, ditch it! Plan a yard sale, post an online auction or simply donate anything that does not meet your criteria. This is a great way to earn a little extra cash or another tax deduction.
Remember, you are charged for your long distance move based on the space you take up in the truck. Think about how much individual items will add to the cost of your interstate move – is the item in question worth the money you need to spend to relocate it? If not, toss it!
Start using up items that cannot be moved to your new home.
Properly dispose of flammable or potentially hazardous chemicals. This would include anything in an aerosol can, cleaning and lighting fluids, paint, matches and ammunition. Eat foods that are frozen or stored in glass jars and don’t plan on replacing these items until you are in your new home. Finally, be aware that live plants cannot be shipped with your other household goods. Plan on taking these in your car or find new homes for them.