If you’re moving interstate, you’re probably aware of some of the challenges of long distance moving. These can include a variety of issues, such as preparing your home for a long-distance move, moving during a rainy season, packing all your belongings, coping with stress and moving with pets. Thankfully, there are many ways to overcome these challenges, and you can find advice on avoiding them here.

4 Biggest Challenges of Interstate Moving

While local moves are generally easier than long-distance ones, interstate moves can present unique challenges. In addition to more time and preparation, interstate moving can bring on additional stress and anxiety when things don’t go according to plan. In order to make the most of your long-distance move, you should be aware of these five common obstacles to interstate moving. Read on to learn more about how to overcome them.

Sticking to Your Moving Budget

Cost is a very important factor when moving and sticking to a budget helps but is not always achievable, especially when it comes to interstate moving. On average, interstate moving costs $4300 for an average 2-bedroom home, so you can imagine If you’re moving a larger family with children, the price can begin to climb significantly. However, having a budget is important and trying to stick to save costs where you are able to can help you be within budget. You can save money by taking only what’s essential with you, de-clutter and work out if it’s worth moving older furniture or shopping for new. Save on packing costs and packing material by packing bits at a time and purchasing at the local hardware store.  Go hunting for interstate removalists and compare moving quotes and services, if you’ve allowed yourself enough time to shop around, there’s always good deals about. It is generally more expensive when you’re in a rush and need things now! So plan better and unlock the savings out there.

Timing it right

Moving interstate can be an overwhelming experience with so many tasks at hand. Planning your move, packing, getting removalists in, vacating the property, organize the cleaners, disconnecting the utilities and getting on that plane. One common mistake that most movers make is to plan for perfection, most do not allow enough time to cater for issues around timing. What if the removalists are late on the day? What if I have to be out of the rental by a specific time? What if the cleaners are ready to begin but the movers are still working through the house? To not allow yourself enough time to rectify these issues if they occur, can cost you dearly on moving day. Worst comes to worst, you may even need to pay extra rent or miss your flight. So have a backup plan, give yourself more time than you need and don’t leave everything to the last minute when you have to board that one way plane ride.

Preparing for a move during a rainy season

Moving during a rainy season can be tricky for several reasons. Moving during this season is likely to cause water damage to electronic devices and wooden furniture, and it can even warp expensive wood furniture. Moreover, moving boxes get wet and begin to fall apart, which makes them even more vulnerable. To avoid this situation, ask the moving company to ensure they have a water tight truck and covered by insurance for these types of scenario. If not, it is a good idea to investigate what it would cost and consider if insurance is important to you.

Dealing with moving stress and anxiety

Moving can be a very stressful and anxiety-inducing experience. There are a lot of things to think about and organize, and it can be tough to stay calm during the process. However, there are some things you can do to help cope with the stress and anxiety of moving. Having a to-do list of things that need to be accomplished and giving yourself plenty of time before moving day to plan, pack and organize your move. The more in control you feel, the more control you have over your emotions. Understand that in life, occasionally things do not go according to plan and that’s OK, have a plan for this and don’t focus on what you cannot control. Moving is a time of excitement, so have fun with the process and trust that it will all work out in the end.

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