6 Things to Consider When Planning a Long-Distance Move

6 Things to Consider When Planning a Long-Distance Move

Moving a couple hundred miles across the country is a completely different experience than simply relocating within your current city. If you’ve never taken on a long-distance move before, it’s important to have an understanding of what’s involved and how to begin the process so you can stay organized and on track. Here are some key things to consider when planning a long-distance move, whether to or from Ottawa.

Make a Detailed Plan

A long-distance move is a big undertaking that requires a plan. Take some time to write out all of the tasks that you have to do and prioritize them. We recommend using a spreadsheet to keep everything organized and clearly outlined. Some basic tasks to include in your plan are creating a budget, scheduling in-home estimates from a few different moving companies, requesting time off from work, and talking to your kid’s teachers to make arrangements for their new school. 

Create a Schedule

Next up is having a schedule that you can stick to. Certain things are time sensitive during the moving process, like enrolling the kids in their new school and swapping out your utilities. With a detailed plan and schedule, you can stay on track and make sure you don’t forget any important dates. You can plug your schedule into your phone and set reminders so you won’t forget.

Be Extra Careful When Packing

Clearly label every box according to the room where it belongs. Mark off any fragile items on all sides of the box, and as an additional precaution, put your name on each box. 


Don’t keep anything that you don’t use nor really care about. Take advantage of this time to purge and let go of junk that just accumulates dust. By doing this now, you will make the packing and moving process easier and faster.

Find the Right Moving Company

When you’re moving everything that you own over a long-distance, you want the right moving team that you can depend on to keep everything safe, organized and as stress free as possible. Make sure to do your homework so you can choose the best movers to suit your needs. Look at online reviews and get a few in-house estimates before making your decision about long-distance residential movers.

Keep Important Documents Safe

It’s easy to misplace things during a big and hectic moving process. To avoid any headaches, keep all of your important and sensitive documents, such as your will, insurance papers, birth certificates, and passports in a safe and separate container so you can easily identify where they are. We also recommend using a sealed waterproof container to make sure they won’t get damaged by moisture at any point. 

If you’re moving long-distance, Ottawa Moving Logistics can assist you with the entire process, including packing and unpacking services. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to get a quote.

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