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Many moons ago, long before I dreamed I’d co-own a moving company, I made my first big move as an adult from one house to another a few states away. I was excited for the new chapter. As most young mothers at the time, I had recorded hours of my children’s lives on my camcorder, probably 30 or more tapes worth. I hired professional movers but decided to pack myself. I was told that I didn’t have to pack what was in dresser drawers, so (not really thinking it through), left all of those video tapes in a top drawer. When the dresser arrived, I could tell that the tapes had gone topsy-turvy. I carefully scanned them to make sure none were lost. Unfortunately, the one tape that did not make it was the first year of my son’s life. I was devastated. I called the moving company and they offered to replace the tape, but there was no replacing all of that footage - his first crawl, first steps and first birthday. It was my own fault, of course. Had I packed everything properly, or had the movers do the packing, I would still be able to enjoy watching those precious moments today.
No matter how exciting an upcoming move to a new home may be, moving is one of life’s most challenging endeavors as it involves what seems to be an never-ending list of decisions and tasks. One of the most crucial aspects of moving is properly packing your belongings. At our company, Elite Relocation Services, our seasoned packing crew knows quite well the difference between packing for a local move and a long distance move. But If you’re aiming to pack yourself, a little education on how to pack properly can go a long way. Whether you are moving just a few blocks away or across the country, the packing strategy can vary significantly. Here we will explore the key differences between packing for a short distance move and a long distance move, along with some expert tips to make the task easier.
Packing for a Short Distance Move:
A short distance move typically covers a local area or within the same city. Here are some essential tips to streamline your packing process for a nearby relocation:
Packing for a Long Distance Move:
A long distance move involves traveling to a different city or even a different state or country. Your items will be in the moving truck for much longer, traversing myriad rough roads and highways. Your move may required going up and down steep grades and around sharp bends. The key is to ensure that your belongings remain secure and well-organized throughout the journey. Consider the following tips:
Additional Tips for Both Moves:
In conclusion, whether you're moving a short distance or long distance, the key to a successful move lies in proper planning, organization, and packing. By following these tips and tailoring them to your specific needs, you can minimize stress and make your relocation a positive experience. Happy moving!
Claudia Schouten Jones