10 Ways To Make Your Life Easier During a Long-Distance Move

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If you’re preparing for a cross-country move, the excitement can be overshadowed by the moving logistics.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the scale of your move. With a little organization, you can move from point A to point B efficiently. Whether you’re leaving the Great Plains of Oklahoma for the golden West Coast or the bustle of the Northeast, these long-distance moving tips will help you and your belongings get there smoothly.

Consider Moving During the Off-Season

May through September is the most popular time for people to move. Off-season discounts, or at least pricing, may be available during downtimes in the fall, winter, and early spring. If possible, explore the possibility of moving when the roads are less crowded with fellow travelers.

Take Inventory of What You Need to Bring

Moving is a great excuse to de-clutter and simplify your life. While you want to take your favorite furniture, heirlooms, and kitchen essentials, you don’t need to keep dragging around old clothes and unwanted knickknacks.

Take time to decide what you want to take with you to your new house and what needs to be sold, donated, or thrown away. We recommend using the one-year rule.  If you haven’t used or worn something in the last year, it’s time to toss it. Any items or clothing in good condition can be sold or donated.

Have Quality Moving Supplies Ready to Go

Invest in sturdy moving supplies, especially if you plan to pack yourself. This means durable cardboard boxes that are easily stackable and come in a variety of sizes.

While it’s tempting to raid your local grocery store or other businesses for leftover boxes, it’s best to make an investment in professional packing supplies. Pre-used boxes that aren’t intended for packing heavy items could bottom out, be prone to further damage, or be hard to fit together once packed in a car or moving truck.

Decide Whether or Not to Hire Packers

If your moving budget allows for it, you can save an incredible amount of time and stress by hiring professional packers. They have the expertise to move fragile or special items with care. From kitchen appliances to paintings, they can help you with the logistics of getting everything organized.

Make a Packing Plan

Packing up an entire house takes time. The demands of daily life leave little spare time for moving prep. Instead of waiting until the very last minute to pack up, set designated packing days for certain rooms of your house.

If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, go room by room and start with the items you know you won’t need to access every day, like out-of-season clothing or décor. Then move on to bigger projects like your closet or the bulk of your children’s toys. Leave the essential items you need for your daily routine for last.

Pack a Suitcase to Keep with You

Have a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, and other basics ready to take with you as you travel to your new home. If you’re moving with small children, it’s a good idea to set aside a few of their favorite toys and activities from moving boxes. These can help keep them occupied on moving day.

Finalize Travel Plans

Long-distance moving can involve multiple days of traveling. Decide whether you’ll be flying or driving to your new home. If driving, determine if you need multiple cars and who will be driving. Determine what needs to be packed in each car. Also, map out directions and plan stops along the way.

If flying, buy your tickets well in advance of moving day. You’ll need to plan what will go in your luggage and how many bags in total you’ll need. It’s also great to have rides to and from the airport arranged beforehand.

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Make Moving Plans for Your Pets

Pets require special planning. If you’re driving, you’ll need to make sure your pet has enough food, water, and potty breaks planned. You also need to have any essential supplies with you and ready to go.

If flying, communicate with the airline on how to best travel with your pets. Chances are you’ll have to check the pet supplies you’ll need after landing or make plans to purchase supplies at a store once you’ve arrived at your new home.

Visit with your vet before you move to see if any special accommodations need to be arranged to keep your pets comfortable during the move.

Book Arrangements for Multi-day Moving

If you’re driving across country, you’ll want to have sleeping arrangements made, especially when you have over-night stops on your route. Choose hotels and pre-book rooms that can accommodate your family and allow you to have a good night’s rest before you hit the road again. Waiting until the last minute to book arrangements may prove disastrous if hotels are full for the night.

Give Yourself an Adjustment Period

You may be travel weary once you get to your new home. If you’re able to move at least a week before starting a new job or before your kids start school, do so.

A calm week to unpack and arrange your new home will allow you to settle.  Take a day to drive around town, find a grocery store, pharmacy, or gym. Drive by your new workplace or your children’s new school. If you have time, check out coffee shops or other unique features that will make your new town feel like home.

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How to Move Out of State from Oklahoma

A woman travels during a move out of Oklahoma

We’re always sad to see our neighbors leave, but we know that life is full of events that move us. A new job, reassignment, or the next step of life can lead you out of Oklahoma. Moving to a new state can be stressful, but also an adventure.

Most people can’t pack up and leave as they please. You might be moving your entire home of furniture and memories. That task may seem more like a headache than an exciting journey, but with preparation, it can be as stress-free as possible.

WHERE TO START

An out of state move is trickier than an in-state move and takes more planning. Research as much as you can about your new state. Generally, it’s a good idea to be familiar with different state laws about property, licensing, and filing for residency.

Nail down exactly where you’re moving within your new state. Rent or buy a new home before arriving. Work with a local realtor who knows the area well, or use apps like Zillow and Realtor to find home listings. An out of state move is less intimidating if you have an idea of where your new home will be.

Besides finding a new home, you might need to sell your current one. Work with a local Oklahoma realtor to help you sell your home.

WHO TO TELL YOU’RE MOVING

When doing an out of state move the right way, there’s a checklist of people, businesses, and billing accounts you need to inform.

This list includes:

  • Your current employer
  • Personal bank
  • Utility companies including energy, internet, and cable providers
  • Credit card companies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Car insurance company
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Homeowner or rental insurance company
  • Your child’s school
  • Any subscription delivery service including magazines, subscription packages, and newspapers
  • Any company or service that sends monthly bills

Set up a forwarding address through the US Post Office. This will help all other letters and notes reach you post-move.

While you don’t need to let your friends know you’re moving, it’s nice to give them the heads up! Send out change of address cards so your loved ones know where to forward Christmas cards and letters.

HOW TO CLAIM RESIDENCY IN A NEW STATE

Transferring your residency to a new state takes a few steps, but most are simple. Providing proof that you live in the state and a few official documents will start the process.

The following must be completed in your new state to secure residency:

  • Establish an address
  • Spend time actively working and socializing
  • Register to vote
  • Prove that you have a job
  • Pay taxes and file for a tax return
  • Get a driver’s license
  • Register your car

HOW TO PLAN A MOVE LOGISTICALLY

Moving is a process but a moving company can help make it easier. Get in touch with a moving company as soon as possible, especially if you’re moving during the busy summer moving season. Set an official day to have movers come to your house, load up, and drive to your new home.

Preparing for moving day can seem like a huge chore, but you can handle it! Before packing, sort through items to see what should be kept, donated, or sold. This will make the packing process easier.

Decide if you’d like a crew to pack up your belongings or box everything yourself. Once you’ve got the particulars settled, you’ll be on your way!

Moving is hard, but we can help. No matter how far you’ll go, ACE Moving and Storage will get you there. Contact us for a moving quote today!

Moving Made Easy with ACE: Makin Your Move Simple

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Whether you’re finding a new homerelocating your business,  or moving for a new job or military assignment, ACE Moving and Storage takes the pains of moving and breaks them down for you.

As an agent of the Atlas Agency Network, we take the time to determine your moving needs and provide options for both interstate and long-distance moves.

We’ll walk you through the how-to’s of moving prep and packing and make sure you have everything you need before relocating.  Moving can be stressful, but we provide the expertise and care to make it as easy as possible for you.

ACE is there every step of the way, providing you support and quality service.

Contact ACE today for your free moving consultation. 

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