How to Prepare for a Relocation

The process of moving across the country is not an easy one. There are so many details to attend to, and it can be challenging to find a company you trust enough to handle all aspects of your move for you.

The best way, then, is by learning what you can do in advance to make things go more smoothly when the time comes. This article has some tips on how to prepare for a relocation.

Make a list of priorities on your first day


The biggest mistake people make when moving across the country is that they try to do too much at once. They start packing, only to realize that they haven’t even chosen a moving company yet. That’s why it’s best to focus on one thing and completing it well instead of trying to take care of everything at once. The first thing you should do is to make a list of your priorities for the move. It might include things like whether or not you want to hire movers, what time frame you are working with, how much it costs, etc. The list of moving companies at Moving Astute will help you research for movers and keep everything organized throughout the whole process.

Choose movers


Once you have your priorities in mind, it’s essential to find movers that will meet your needs. The best way to do this is to ask for suggestions from family and friends who have recently moved. This helps take some of the guesswork out of finding a moving company by giving you an idea of reputable companies among those you trust.

Another great resource is the Better Business Bureau, which can always help you figure out if a certain mover has been suspected of wrongdoings in the past or has complaints against them. It’s especially helpful for those on a tight budget as they can quickly narrow down their options based on any potential issues with cost, speed, etc.

Finally, it’s best to get multiple estimates. This is necessary for the following reasons:
1) It will help you compare prices between companies and make sure you are getting the most cost-effective option.
2) It will give you a good idea of how long each company will take, which is essential when choosing movers for time-sensitive moves like cross-country relocations.
3) You can see if they are capable of doing certain aspects of moving that you may not be comfortable with, like packing for example. Packing yourself is an extremely difficult job, but some movers offer this service at an additional cost.
4) It also helps to show the companies how serious you are about hiring them based on your level of interest and effort input.

Pack up everything else early


One mistake people always seem to make with moving is only packing up their essentials. They think, “They will only have a month to pack! They will pack up their clothes and essential items now and then deal with the rest later.”

This is never a good idea. Just packing early doesn’t mean that you will get everything done in time or that there won’t be things left behind if you run out of time. Also, you want to give yourself enough room for unpacking once your move is complete, so it’s best to get everything packed up early on so that you aren’t fighting against the clock while trying to unpack later on.

Have someone check-in


It can be challenging to stay on top of every aspect of your relocation when it’s happening across the country. Make sure you have someone checking in on your progress from time to time. This can be a friend, family member, or even neighbor who can keep an eye out for things that need to get done and report back to you.

It might seem like a lot of work up front, but it’s better than having to hire movers at the last minute because something got left behind or being stuck with a mover who isn’t meeting deadlines. If you prepare well in advance, your move will go so much more smoothly.

Pack room by room


Another mistake people often make during relocation is assuming they can pack everything at once if they work fast enough. This leads them to cram every nook and cranny in their house full of boxes until an avalanche of belongings occurs. But this causes stress when trying to find items later on down the road because all the boxes are jumbled together chaotically.

Instead, it’s best to pack items in individual rooms. This might take a little more time upfront, but it will make your life much easier down the road when you are trying to find that shirt that has suddenly gone missing. It also makes unpacking quicker because you can unpack room by room instead of digging through boxes looking for something specific.

Label everything


One of the most important steps in preparing for a relocation is labeling every box or bag before it gets packed. This is an essential step because it helps movers know where things go later on and speeds up the unpacking process so that it doesn’t have to be done twice. Labeling is one of the simplest ways to get your move done quickly and efficiently.

For instance, you might label every box in the kitchen with “Kitchen” or everything that goes into a particular room (e.g., dining room) so that movers know where to put them when they arrive on moving day. For furniture, it’s important to label every box with the contents inside because movers don’t want to take the chance that they are missing out on valuable items.


Packing for a relocation can be stressful and chaotic. The best way to avoid this is by preparing in advance, which involves packing early and labeling items well. It would be best if you also got multiple moving estimates from reputable movers who offer the best service at the most affordable price. And don’t forget about checking in with someone along the journey to make sure nothing gets left behind. By following these steps, your relocation will go smoothly.

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