Sunday, October 18, 2009

Great Tips For Moving Long Distance With Your Family

By Larry Englam

Moving long distance can be a real hefty task for anyone. No one likes to move and no one wants to move. But the reality is we all have to move at one time or another. Below is a list of 8 things that will normally need to be done or planned out before making your move.

If you are hiring a moving company, do it now. Moving companies in Columbus tend to be booked way ahead of time. It is best to try to book your moving services at least 30 days in advance of the move date.

Let the movers do the packing for you as they normally like it better that way. It is important to them that they know things are packed correctly so that they know what caused damage if it arises. Also it is one less thing you will have to worry about when getting ready to move. Also insure that your insurance policy covers all of your things.

Garage sales are a great way to get rid of all those extra items you might be able to get some money for. This can lead to a chunk of cash towards your moving efforts also.

If things don?t sell at the garage sale take what is left to the thrift store. You can keep your receipts and receive a little tax credit for your donation. This is good for you and also good for others in need.

Get all of your on the road supplies. Stock up on snacks and if you have room bring a cooler with drinks and supplies to make sandwiches. Bringing your own food can save your family hundreds of dollars.

Try to reserve all of your hotels and motels ahead of time if possible. Map out the hours a day that will drive and pick destinations that are reasonable in price or maybe a place you would like to see. It can be fun for the family when you take an extra day to make the trip so you don?t have to drive as much each day and you have time to stop and see things.

Always be sure to double check all of your reservations and plans and home insurance. It is also a good idea to take your vehicle to the shop for an oil change, tune up, and to have it all checked out completely. Bad things can happen if your car were to break down on the highway in the middle of nowhere.

On the road entertainment is essential if you are traveling with children or teens. If you are bringing a bunch of electronic devices you will want to ensure that you have back up batteries for all of them and that they are currently charged to the max. Having all of your devices and games organized in a bag is also very good to have on a long distance road trip. Keep the kids happy and you will be happy.

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