Moving to a different state is exciting and overwhelming at the same time, with lots to consider. However, as described below, there are a few things you can do to make the experience easier, from choosing the right movers to starting your packing early.
Clear Out Your House Beforehand
Clearing out your house in advance of an interstate move is a great idea, as it ensures that you aren't dragging things you don't want across the country. It also saves you time as you won't be wrapping, packing, and unpacking anything that you won't need in your new home. Look through your clothes, books, ornaments, children's toys, and other possessions and donate or throw away anything you don't want anymore. If you haven't used it for a long time, or can't imagine when you'll next need it, you should consider getting rid of it. You should also have a close look at your furniture—moving furniture is difficult, and if you want a new sofa or dining table anyway, leaving them behind might be the simplest option.
Choose a Company with Experience in Interstate Removals
Long-distance moves are difficult; it's wise to consider working with interstate removalists. This means that they'll be used to packing up an entire house in a day, driving a long distance, and unloading. This is different from shorter moves, where you're able to make multiple trips, accidentally leave something behind, or even move over a couple of days. Look at reviews for the companies you're considering, and find ones from other people who have made interstate moves. You could also ask the company about their interstate removal experience, and ask any questions you might have.
Start Packing Well in Advance
If you're moving a long way, you'll likely have one moving day where you need to get everything moved from one house to the other, to avoid multiple drives back and forth. This means that you need to be very organised, and therefore should start packing well in advance. You should start around six weeks in advance, by ordering packing supplies and packing some low-use items. Begin with items such as ornaments, spare blankets, and clothes you don't wear much (for example, formal clothes or winter clothes in summer). The last boxes you pack will be things you use every single day, so mark them as "open first" to make unpacking easier.
By getting rid of anything you don't want before your move, booking movers that understand the stresses and processes of moving interstate, and starting your packing well in advance of the move, you can take some of the stress out of your move and ensure it's easier for everyone involved.