Moving long distance from Los Angeles is something Air1 Moving & Storage has down to a science. We’ll talk here about moving across the United States and starting afresh with the least stress possible.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED LONG DISTANCE FOR A MOVING COMPANY?
Any time we leave California and cross state lines, it is considered a long distance move.
Moving within California or out of the US entirely? You’re still in the right place because we also handle local and international moves.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MOVE LONG DISTANCE?
To say we’ve been around the block in terms of moving is an understatement. In fact, we’ve been doing it for more than 20 years. Here’s our advice on how to move long distance the right way.
The absolute golden rule of moving is proper planning. One of the reasons that people can find moving so stressful is failure to plan ahead correctly and trying to do too much themselves. Make sure that you plan the following in advance.
Do this three weeks in advance if you can. This is the quiet period before the move, and you can use it to let your utilities companies know when you’re moving or switching providers entirely.
Pro tip: remember not to get everything cut off on moving day itself. Have it turned off the following day instead. You’ll certainly need the internet, electricity supply and so on while you’re moving.
DECIDE WHICH PROVIDERS YOU WANT IN YOUR NEW PLACE
Now’s the time to shop around for the best deals on internet providers and so on if you want to change companies.
KIDS’ SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
Keep your child’s school informed about your new plans. Also, start to compile the documents you’ll need to register your child in their new school. This may include their school record, birth certificate, vaccine records and so on.
PLAN FOR PETS
Moving long distance with pets can be stressful for both you and them. Just seeing boxes around the house suddenly can raise their alarm bells. You can help them by gradually introducing those boxes, or, even better, letting us pack for you while your dog’s not there.
Bear in mind you can get anti-anxiety chews for dogs with no prescription. This, plus a selection of things that smell familiar, can serve as a real comfort on moving day.
Read our full guide to moving with a dog on our blog.
REDIRECTING YOUR MAIL
The best way to plan this is a couple of weeks before your move. If you’re later than that, don’t worry, you can do it three business days before you move. However, you may as well arrange it before you get busy with the moving process.
PLAN HOW TO GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IN THE NEW STATE
This is something you need to do when you arrive, but it’s worth planning ahead. Most states require you to get a driver’s license for their state within a month or two of moving there permanently.
Make sure your current driver’s license hasn’t expired when you switch it or the process can more complicated.
RESEARCH YOUR NEW STATE
Forewarned is forearmed, and culture shock is real, even when you’re just moving across the United States. Try to take a trip to the new state first before moving there to see how you like it.
It’s important to be aware of new laws where you’re going, too. Think firearms, speed limits and laws about business that may apply to you and your situation.
CHOOSE A GREAT LONG DISTANCE MOVING COMPANY
Make sure you only choose from the best long distance moving companies so that you don’t take any chances. When you’re moving long distance, you need everything to go as smoothly as possible to avoid additional stress.
Hire Air1 Moving & Storage when you’re moving from California to another state because we’re licensed, insured, and highly-rated movers with a reputation for superior service and customer care.
GET MOVING INSURANCE
If the thought of moving all your belongings at once makes you a little nervous, consider taking out comprehensive moving insurance. That way, in the worst case scenario, you’d be covered.
Check out our recent article on the value of moving insurance and the available coverage options.
SORT YOUR BELONGINGS
Do you really need to take everything? Before moving long distance you should really sort your belongings and see what you need to take with you to your new home and what you don’t. We promise you’ll feel liberated and organized when starting afresh in your new home if you have fewer things.
When you plan in advance, you can give the items you no longer want a new life and maybe help someone else in the process. Don’t wait till just before moving day when there’s no time. A lot of charities offer a free pickup service when you plan ahead, saving you the extra time and effort of packing and delivery.
MAKE AN INVENTORY
Making a thorough list of your belongings and where they’ve been packed will make your long distance move a piece of cake. You can do it digitally or on paper, whatever works best for you.
Organizing your items in advance means no more wondering where that blender went. You can also take photos of what’s in each box if you find it faster and easier.
LABEL YOUR BOXES
Labels are the organizational partner of your written inventory. Do you have a floor plan of your new home? If so, you can organize the boxes with the unpacking process in mind.
When everything’s labeled and you have an inventory, it’s easy for the movers to see what goes where in your new home. Then, unpacking and redecorating your new home is a piece of cake.
LEAVE THE PACKING AND UNPACKING TO US
Moving long distance can be a tedious and time-consuming journey. There is so much to organize and consider, so why not leave the heavy lifting to the pros? All the best long distance moving companies like Air1 Moving & Storage offer a packing and unpacking service that allows you to hit the ground running in your new home.
Let’s face it, packing and unpacking can be boring and stressful. Once you arrive at your destination, the last thing you are going to want to do is spend hours moving and organizing boxes and furniture. You can get on with meeting the neighbors, getting your pets acquainted with the new area and so on if you allow a professional mover to handle that part for you.
CALL AIR1 MOVING & STORAGE WHEN YOU’RE MOVING LONG DISTANCE FROM LOS ANGELES
Moving to a different state is exciting, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Start off on the right foot by hiring our expert team for your long distance move. We have years of experience executing even the most complicated moves successfully so our clients can focus on what matters most.
To begin planning your out-of-state move, contact Air1 Moving & Storage at (866) 750-3386, via our contact form, or by email at [email protected].