Any move is a big undertaking, but moving long distance can become even more time consuming with all that goes into relocating. Whether a personal choice or required for work, moving you, your family, and all of your things to a new location is taxing. If you are looking to relocate, or know you will be relocating, here are some important questions to ask before the big move.
When Should You Leave?
When it comes to relocating for a job, you may not have the ability to make the choice of when to move. But, if you’re relocating for personal reasons, an important question to ask yourself is when you want to relocate. There can be many circumstances that affect when you move: time of year, housing markets, kids in school, and various other factors. If you’re in a relationship and relocating for a job, will you and your partner/family move at the same time or not? If you know you have ample time before your move, you’ll have more opportunities to research and plan. When it comes to moving long distance, the sooner you begin planning and researching the better.
How Will You Transport Your Belongings?
For some, relocating for a job comes with moving costs covered by the company. For others, and many relocating for personal reasons, the cost of the move falls solely upon the individual. Moving long-distance can be expensive, especially if you have a lot of belongings. An important question to ask is how will you transport your things. Will you hire a moving company? Rent a portable moving container? Pack and transport your items yourself? During your planning phase, research the costs of relocation and start looking at moving options as soon as possible. Many moving and shipping companies are booked out months in advance – if you have enough time, start researching immediately. Do not forget to read reviews and get as much information as you can before you make a decision.
Will You Bring Everything With You?
Very few people enjoy the packing part of moving, especially if they have lots of things. When thinking of relocating, take some time to assess all of your current belongings. Will you bring everything with you? If your long-distance move finds you downsizing, it might be a good time to reduce the number of things you own. If you’re relocating to a larger home, you may want to keep everything you have to fill your new property. It’s important to remember that many moving and shipping companies base their costs on weight, so paring down your belongings before you relocate could help you save money on your move.
How Will You Transport Your Family?
If you have a family and you’re looking to relocate, start thinking of how you’ll get your family to your new destination. Will you ship all your belongings and fly to your new city, or will you all pile into the car and drive? If you plan on driving, where will you stay if your journey takes longer than a day? What will you do with any pets? If you’re going to drive, will the family car make it in one piece? If you’re moving to another country, do you have all the necessary papers/documentation for each family member? Moving one person can be work – moving an entire family can turn into a nightmare if you don’t plan ahead.
Moving is stressful, especially if you’re moving away from what you’re used to. Relocating can be exciting, but it can also be a lot of work. If you’re considering a long-distance move, ensure you do enough research beforehand to make the process as smooth as possible. If you’re working with a local real estate company, don’t be afraid to ask your agent for relocation information.