Local Move? Don't Let Short Distances Deceive You.
Why moving locally isn't as simple as it sounds.
Moving next door or down the street may seem like it should be much less intensive than a long-distance move, but it can be just as demanding. Here’s why it’s important not to downplay the demands of a local move.
ORGANIZING FOR A LOCAL MOVE
While the distance might be significantly shorter, the logistics of the move can still be quite complex. You need to pack and transport all your belongings, handle paperwork, coordinate with movers, and manage the entire process. Proper planning and organization is essential to ensure your local move is smooth and nothing gets forgotten.
PACKING & UNPACKING WHEN MOVING LOCALLY
Regardless of the distance, you’ll need to pack up your entire household, including furniture, appliances, and personal items. Unpacking and setting up everything at your new place can also be time-consuming. This can take a considerable amount of time and effort. It can be tempting to think the short distance translates to short work but packing and unpacking takes the same amount of time and effort whether you’re moving across the street or across the country.
MOVING LOCALLY STILL TAKES TIME
When moving locally, people often underestimate the time it takes to complete the process. They may procrastinate, thinking they have more time than they actually do, which can lead to a last-minute rush and additional stress. The only part that takes less time is the actual time the moving truck is on the road.
LOCAL MOVES AREN'T LIGHTER
Your household goods don’t get lighter with a local move. Moving heavy and bulky items, such as furniture, is physically demanding no matter where you move. It still requires the same level of care to prevent damage to your belongings or injury to yourself or others. The same type of furniture protection is required no matter how far you travel.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS & UTILITIES
Just like with a long-distance move, you’ll need to update your address with various institutions, such as the post office, banks, insurance companies, and utilities. These administrative tasks can be time-consuming and may require multiple phone calls or online updates.
SHORT MOVES STILL HAVE EMOTIONAL IMPACT
Moving, regardless of the distance, can be emotionally draining. You might be leaving behind familiar surroundings, neighbors, and routines. Adjusting to a new neighborhood, even if it’s close by, can be challenging.
PROFESSIONAL MOVERS FOR LOCAL MOVES
Even if you’re moving nearby, the work…and the weight…remain the same. Because of this many people hire professional movers for local moves, especially if they have heavy items or lots to pack. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get an estimate for your local move so you have the best chances of securing moving dates that work best for you.
RENOVATIONS & HOME IMPROVEMENTS
If you’re moving into a fixer-upper or plan to make significant changes to your new property, it can be just as involved as a long-distance move. Renovations require planning, budgeting, and overseeing contractors.