Maybe it’s due to a job change, or maybe you’re just ready for a change of scenery, but you’ve made the decision to move out of state, away from Tennessee. A long distance move can be extra stressful, so we’ve put together some tips to keep your sanity – and your stuff – all together.

Tip #1: Get Organized with a Relocation Checklist

As soon as you make the decision to move, start making a realistic moving timeline and checklist. Add as many details as possible so nothing gets lost in the shuffle; utility shut off dates, real estate closing dates, packing timelines, even so far as “last call for clean laundry” day. There are even apps for your smartphone, like MoveAdvisor, that help you build a schedule if needed.

Tip #2: Budget for Every Detail

Just as you have created a moving calendar with all of the details, you should also create a realistic, detailed budget for your move. Being prepared for anything that may come up financially can be a huge stress reliever.

Tip #3: Pre-Schedule Utilities and Mail Service Changes

There will be plenty to do in the last days as you prep to move without having to think about forwarding mail and switching off the water service. Make time in your schedule a few weeks in advance to disconnect and reconnect utilities and request mail forwarding.  

Tip #4: Declutter Before You Pack

A surefire way to save yourself some stress (and some money) is to thoroughly declutter before moving. A fairly ruthless declutter of your current home can make a more peaceful transition to your next, helping you avoid that “Why did I move this across the country?” feeling as you unpack. Having fewer items to move can also save you money on your moving bill.

Tip #5: Choose a Reputable Out of State Moving Company

Moving within your own town can be done on your own (hire a truck, grab all of your friends and make laps to the new place until it’s done), but DIY-ing an out of state move is a terrible idea. Instead, find an affordable, reputable state-to-state mover like On the Move.

Ready to make that big move and leave ol’ Rocky Top behind? On the Move can help you with your long distance moving needs. Contact us today for a free quote!