Planning A Long-Distance Move To
Living in SWFL is so attractive that we get new residents from all over the country! Whether people are looking for a laid-back lifestyle in a beautiful climate, relocating for work, or retiring, they often come to Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Estero from a great distance away – sometimes even from other countries.
If you’re preparing for a long-distance move to SWFL, make things easier on yourself by starting the planning process early. We’ve put together some tips that you might not have thought of to make your move easier on you and your family.
- Start Planning Early – When you’re moving a long distance, it’s best to start planning at least three months in advance – or longer if you’re moving internationally. Will you hire movers or transport everything yourself in a rented truck? Will your pets be coming with you or traveling separately? Which of your possessions will you take with you and which will you sell or give away? All of these are decisions you should make well in advance to allow plenty of time to get everything done.
- Pack Selectively – Every move involves some possessions being jettisoned, but for a long haul, it helps to be more aggressive about what can be left behind. Obviously you’re going to bring the heirloom grandfather clock, but do you really need to pack up every piece of mismatched Tupperware? Take a good, hard look at all of your belongings and evaluate whether it would be better to take it with you or replace it later – or even do without it altogether.
- Organize Your Items – If you’re packing the moving truck yourself, be careful about where you put everything. Items you’ll need right away, such as dishes, cleaning supplies, and bedding, should be at the front of the truck where they can be found right away. If you’ve hired movers, on the other hand, make sure every box has your name on it, since long-haul movers may be carrying other people’s items as well. And, of course, make sure to keep everyday necessities with you, such as medications, ID, and anything else you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home.
- Know Your Rights – Did you know that long-distance movers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration? They’ve provided a handy checklist of things to consider when you’re making a big move, including a pamphlet on your rights and responsibilities should anything go wrong when transporting your belongings to your new home. Make sure you’re familiar with the regulations and know what to expect when dealing with a moving company.
Let The Link Team Find Your New Home
Are you planning a relocation to SWFL? No matter what brings you to this lovely part of Florida, the Link Team can help you get settled. To get started on finding the perfect new home, call us at (239) 357-5058 or send a message through our website.