When you are preparing for a long-distance move, it makes sense to plan for a moving truck, getting boxes, and other moving materials, but it is also important to plan for the unexpected. You do not want to assume your move is not going to go smoothly; however, it is very common for something you were not originally thinking of to come up. The longer the distance you are going to move your home, the more likely an issue will arise. At O'Mara Moving and Storage we have created a list of unexpected issues that you can plan for in advance, we hope they help!

Unexpected Fuel Cost Planning

It is important to plan for filling up your moving truck over your long-distance move. You will want to plan your fuel stops for cheaper gas areas and pay attention to any holiday weekend fuel price jumps. This will save you a lot of money in the long run, filling up at the wrong location can end up costing you hundreds of dollars. You will also want to plan for driving your own vehicle to its new location. A fuel budget is an essential need during a long-distance move. 

Unexpected Delay Planning

Unfortunately delays happen during moves. The weather and truck shortages often contribute to delays in long-distance moving. You will want to plan ahead, long before packing, which items you need as a necessity. It is often pack like you are going on vacation for a week giving your items a nice buffer. You can also plan ahead with cooking supplies. We suggest you pack at least a pan, pot, and spatula. This will help you save money, or you can budget to eat out for a variety of days and cook on other days. 

Unexpected Emergency Planning

In today's society we rely heavily on electronic devices to get us to our next location. When you are planning your move, it will be important to get a battery-powered phone charger and to download maps on your mobile device in advance. You do not want to get stuck in an area you are not familiar with. Having AAA or OnStar on standby is a safe choice for having a flat tire or car emergency. For all minor car emergencies, it is also a great idea to have a first aid kit on hand. 

Unexpected Damage Planning

Packing is an important part of packing; delicate items cannot take the beating normal items can in a move. It is important to select the right boxes and to properly pack each item with paper and bubble rolls. At O'Mara Moving and Storage we suggest using dish packing boxes for all dishes and glassware, as well as small delicate items. 

If you are not sure how to properly pack your items for your residential move, call O'Mara Moving and Storage. Our moving and storage company would be happy to help you pack, minimizing your chance of damages over your long-distance move. It may also save you money in the long run from not having to buy new items. Call us today to get started on a free estimate.