Long distance moving is possibly one of the most daunting 21st-century tasks. While it’s certainly not equivalent to leaving Germany with a chest full of heirlooms and a tenacious spirit, it’s equally full of the unknown. Maybe you’re moving for your new job, maybe you’re relocating to be closer to elderly family, whatever the reason, it has to be done.

So how do you get from point A (a house full of knick-knacks and other items you’ll have to cart across the country) to point B (fully moved in and settling into your new digs)? Obviously, this isn’t the sort of move you can accomplish with some elbow grease and a friend with an F-150. You’ll need a variety of moving expertise to safely get all of your own heirlooms, including that trunk that your grandparents took from Germany with their own heirlooms, safely to your new destination.

Reach out to Scott’s Oceana Moving when you’re ready to schedule your long-distance moving endeavor, and maybe after you’ve checked out a few clever tips designed for your upcoming long-distance move.

Get Rid of the Frozen Food

As much as we care about the safe transportation of your valued items, we can’t guarantee that your collection of frozen Marie Callender meals are going to make it from New York to Chesapeake still intact and edible. We recommend taking inventory of your variety of frozen goods and anything else perishable that you really want to have from your fridge and plan meals around it. Start this process 2 or 3 weeks off from the move, so you have plenty of time to move through all of those pot pies you invested in. If you don’t think you can get through it all, or rather, have no desire to try and get through all that food you can always donate it rather than let it go bad. We’re not suggesting you “donate” it to the next person living in your house. Instead, there are a variety of places to donate unused, non-perishable items to like the food bank and Move for Hunger.

Get out the Measuring Tape

The ultimate time saver for any move is a measuring tape. It would be a shame to purchase the moving and manpower of a moving company to take all of your furniture to your new location only to find out that you couch isn’t going to fit through the door. Pop out the measuring tape and measure your furniture to make sure it’ll fit inside your new place. Come to terms with having to get a new coffee table now, rather than on moving day. It’ll cut back on your stress and give you something to do those first weeks in your new place: furniture shopping.

Beat the Deposit

If you’re a renter, you may be unaware of how much a stickler your landlord is going to be about getting that deposit back to you. If this isn’t your first rodeo, some of these tips may seem a little obvious, but folks who haven’t had to worry about that sort of thing would hardly be able to guess that you’ll need to take pictures of the old place and new place. This protects you from getting charged for damage that isn’t your fault. Before you start snapping photos be sure to go through and lift up any indents in the carpet from your furniture’s weight with ice cubes placed along the lines in the carpet. The moisture will help the carpet fibers fill in and expand so there’s no lines and indents on the carpets for the landlord to take advantage of. Fill in the holes in your wall with toothpaste or ivory soap if you’re on a budget. Concerned about stains in the carpet? Use one part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts water with some lemon essential oil, shake up the mixture and scrub it into the carpet. That formula will pull up everything including blood and wine.

Contact Us for Long-Distance Moving Services

If you’re preparing to move to or from Chesapeake on your upcoming long-distance move, reach out to us. We’re well versed in the common and uncommon problems that can arise during a move and how to avoid them. Catch our next blog for more on the most unique long-distance moving tips around and be sure to reach out to us with any questions or concerns about your upcoming move.