When it’s time to move your household, the task can seem pretty daunting—especially if your move is long-distance. A long-distance move requires plenty of planning, preparation, coordination, and heavy, exhausting physical work, which is why it can help to hire professional movers to make the project easier on you and your household. 

At Bernardo Moving and Storage, we’re proud to be a top-rated San Diego moving and storage company. After over 41 years of experience planning local, long-distance, and even international moves for all kinds of projects, we know what it takes to make your first-time move a success. In this article, we’re going over our top favorite tips for first-time movers to help you organize a smooth and seamless moving project.

1.  Make A Schedule and Stick To It

One of the most important parts of any move is making a schedule and sticking to it. Long distance moves can be a grueling process, but with adequate planning, anyone can move with ease. If you get stuck with this part of the process, a moving coordinator from a reputable company can help you create a moving calendar based on the logistics of your move.

Some of the events or tasks that you’ll want to schedule are the actual moving date, storage rental dates, moving company consultations, and other various milestones. Other examples of milestones you’ll want to schedule will include cleaning, packing up room by room, selling unwanted items or giving them away, and creating an inventory of items you’re planning on moving with.

2.  Look At Hiring A Reputable Moving Company

One way to save time and stress on your next move is to hire reputable long-distance movers to help you. As one of the most reputable San Diego residential movers in Southern California, Bernardo Moving and Storage is well-equipped with the resources you need to make moving a pleasant and stress-free experience.

A professional moving company like ours can handle your move from start to finish, taking over the smallest and largest details with ease. This is a great way to let someone else do the heavy lifting while you plan out the many other aspects of your move. You can also choose comprehensive or complete moving solutions, like professional packing and unpacking services, for a truly hands-free, no-hassle moving experience.

3.  Make An Inventory List

Another tip to help keep you organized for your move is to create an inventory list. An inventory list can be used to keep track of your items that you’re taking with you. List them by room, box, or even by a family member to stay organized from start to finish. You can even take photos of your belongings, box by box. This will give you a visual record of exactly what you have, and what kind of state it’s in before it leaves your house.

Creating a detailed moving list will provide you and your movers with a reference of all of your belongings. This is important, as it helps you to stay focused on what you have in your possession at all times—and to make sure that everything arrives at your destination in one piece.

4.  Downsizing Your Belongings

A move is a perfect time to look at streamlining your belongings, in order to get rid of the things you no longer use or want. Not only does it mean fewer items to move, but it also gives you the chance to make a little extra money by selling your unneeded items.

Items such as old clothes, toys, and even furniture can be sold or given away to make your long distance move easier. The less you take with you, the less it will cost, as well—as most moving companies and moving trucks charge by weight.

5.  Label Your Boxes

There’s nothing worse than being unable to find the things you need once you’re in your new home. This can result in a pretty chaotic unpacking process, which can easily be remedied by color coding your boxes with colored tape, or labeling them clearly before the move. Write the room of the house where the box belongs, as well as a short list of items that can be found inside for quick reference later.

If you’re using professional movers, make sure they know what the colors mean (if you’re using a color coding system). Or, make sure to label the boxes according to the rooms of the house they belong to. That way, your movers can place the boxes in the room of the house where they belong, saving you plenty of time once you arrive. 

6.  Create a Plan for Your Items

With your new home in mind, think about where everything is going to go before you get there. This will help you or your movers place each box where they need to go during the unloading process. This makes for a faster and more organized move and helps with checking your inventory list once you’re moved in.

7.  Triple Check Your Belongings Before & After The Move

Last but not least, you are going to want to check all of your belongings before and after the move. This ensures that you do not forget anything during the move, and will help you determine whether your belongings have made it to your new home. The last thing you want to do after a move has to track down lost boxes or to forever wonder what happened to certain items you were sure (but not completely sure) you had packed for the move.

Premier San Diego Moving And Storage Company

If you’re planning a long-distance move and considering hiring professionals to assist you with the process, Bernardo Moving & Storage is here to help. With over four decades of service in the community, our team of skilled San Diego long-distance movers has a combined experience of over 100 years in the moving industry. 

For more tips on moving for the first time, or to learn more about our professional moving and storage solutions, give us a call to speak with one of our expert San Diego residential movers over the phone. To request a free, no-obligation pricing quote in your home, fill out our contact form, and we’ll contact you right away with more information.