In most cases, your interstate moves will be planned affairs in that you will have an 8-week window in planning and performing every step of the process. But in case of rush moves, you may be forced to move within a shorter period, say, just 3 to 4 weeks to move from Philadelphia to New York – truly, a short period considering everything that must be done before the trucks and men of the interstate moving company hired for the purpose comes in to do their job.
Don’t despair just yet! You can achieve a rush move by keeping a level head, performing the necessary tasks as it comes along, and planning every step in a similar manner as non-rush relocations albeit with a few differences. You have to move faster, for example, but almost everything else will be similar to your other interstate moves with more time on your hands.
Sort Your Stuff
Because you have lesser time to pack your stuff, you must quickly yet efficiently sort through your stuff as soon as the relocation plan is decided upon, say, by your employer or relative. Sorting through your stuff will involve all of the following steps:
- Make 3 piles of your stuff in each room – to keep/move, to donate, and to discard. Ask your family to do their share of the work.
- Pack the items to be moved; use the right packing supplies like boxes, plain newsprint, and foam, among others for this purpose.
- Donate items to charities or give to family and friends.
- Have a garage sale for items that can still be sold; with interstate moves requiring money, you can use the proceeds as your moving fund.
Be ready with your packed items at least a day before moving day itself. Keep in mind that the interstate moving company may charge extra for delays in the schedule.
Pack Your Stuff
Of all the necessary steps in relocating, packing your stuff is the most labor-intensive for obvious reasons. But you can cut back on the time, energy and effort necessary to pack the items by purchasing all of the essential packing supplies such as moving kits. You will be able to save time on gathering free boxes from liquor and grocery stores, too.
Again, just pack the stuff that you have previously determined to be “for keeping” on your interstate moves such as personal items, important documents, and essential household goods. Leave the items like furniture, fixtures and appliances that can be bought in your new place, or are already provided in your new house, or are unnecessary in your new home. Besides, these items will add weight to the truck and, thus, add to your moving costs.
Holler for Help
Even when you pour all of your time, energy and effort into it, you just cannot do everything necessary to be ready for the relocation on time. Holler for help from your family and friends who can also take away the stuff on your “donate” and “discard” pile for their own use for their own charity activities. Hire service professionals, too, if you have the money for it.
Ultimately, interstate moves should be pleasant experiences and the decision lies in your hands!