Getting your home packed and the boxes loaded is a significant check off the moving list. There is only one thing left to do, hit the road, and make it to your new home. Preparing for a long-distance drive to complete your move can be just as stressful as packing. You need to plan for many variables to ensure that your travels go as smoothly as possible, but sometimes will hinder your travels, and you need to be prepared to face those situations. We will look at some of the hardships you could encounter on the road and what you can do to help alleviate some of the stress.
Planning for Gas Prices
Currently, gas prices are ridiculously high, and it can be worse if you choose to drive the moving truck yourself. Those moving trucks do not get the best gas mileage. The best step that you can take is to start budgeting and saving a couple of months before you are set to move. This will give you a gas budget that won’t hurt your accounts too much. You can also take advantage of gas apps that will let you know where the cheapest fuel is in whatever area you are traveling through.
Preparing for Delays
If you choose to use a professional moving company, there is a minuscule chance that you will arrive a few days before your belongings do. There are a few things that you can pack in your car to keep this from turning into a disaster. Pack an air mattress to bring with you; this way, if you are going to be without your bed, you still have a place to sleep without having to spend money on a hotel unexpectedly. You should also bring a few days’ worth of clothes with you so you can have a fresh change of clothes with you. When packing your suitcase, don’t forget to grab your toiletries. The last thing you should absolutely bring with you is your kitchen necessities. Pots and pans and other utensils will keep you from having to spend money at restaurants until the moving truck arrives.
Preparing for Unexpected Damages
This step can actually be taken when you first start packing. Fragile items like kitchen and glassware can be packed in special boxes designed to offer extra protection for your belongings. Don’t forget to make good use of your other packing materials, like bubble wrap and packing paper, for even more protection. Hiring a professional moving company is also a great way to avoid potential damage. Professional packers and movers are highly trained to avoid damaging a customer’s household items. If the moving company of your choice offers any moving insurance, purchase the option. This way, if any damage occurs, you will be appropriately compensated.
Preparing for Emergencies
The longer you spend on the road, the greater your chances of getting struck with bad luck.
Always travel with an emergency roadside kit. The items in these kits will keep you safe while you are waiting for help on the side of the road. Any prepping you take won’t wholly stop anything from happening, but taking the proper steps will keep you safe and get you back on the road quicker. Look into roadside assistance memberships like AAA or OnStar. These companies offer help when you find yourself stranded and help get you back on the road promptly. Before starting your journey, download your GPS routes; if you lose the signal, you can still get your directions delivered safely.
We Can Help with Your Next Move
When you find yourself needing help with your move, contact Prestige Moving and Storage to assist.
Our residential movers will ensure that your belongings are in safe hands while being packed and relocated to your new home. Whether you are moving across town or the country and need long-distance movers, we have your back. Call today to get your free moving quote.
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