When planning a long-distance move, you probably want to do everything possible to reduce stress. After-all, you have enough to focus on when starting a new job and settling into a new community. If you already have a moving and storage company booked, then you’re off to a great start. However, there’s still a lot to be done if you want a seamless relocation—and you don’t want to wait until moving day to get started!

For a smooth long-distance moving experience, there are five simple but important tasks you’ll want to complete as soon as possible.

1. Sort and Purge

Chances are, you won’t be taking everything with you when you move. Instead of deciding what stays and what goes at the last minute, you can save a lot of time and frustration by sorting your belongings now. Things like outdated or ill-fitting clothing, duplicate items you don’t need, or bulky furniture that’s worn out or unnecessary are often more trouble than their worth.

2. Submit a Change of Address

If you’re not feeling very motivated to start checking things off of your moving to-do list, this is an easy yet important task to start with. You can complete a change of address form online or at your local post office, but it’s still a good idea to follow up with your contacts and debt-holders to makes sure your address is changed in their system.

3. Turn on the Lights

The last thing you want to do is arrive at your new home just to discover there is no power and water. Utilities can be scheduled way in advance, including electricity, cable television, internet and more. With a few simple phone calls or online appointments, you can cancel your current utilities or have them transferred to your new home. Now might also be a good time to look for better deals!

4. Discover Your New Home

When moving long-distances, help yourself and your family settle in by taking some time to learn about your new community. What kind of activities and entertainment options might you want to check out? What are the schools like? Having a few fun things to look forward to will make moving a little less intimidating and a lot more fun!

5. Spend Time with Loved Ones

It can be easy to get so caught up in the moving process that you forget to make time for friends and family. Saying goodbye can be difficult, but you will never regret making the most of your time by getting in some quality visits before you make a big move. When moving with children or teens, this can be important for reducing relocation stress.

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Are you planning a long-distance move? If so, rest assured that the professional movers at Black Tie Moving will work with you each step of the way to provide you and your family with the best moving experience possible! We offer full-service packing, loading/unloading, delivery, and storage provided by trained professionals you can trust.