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What To Do When Moving Cross Country

Moving cross-country can certainly be a hassle, but armed with our best tips for staying organized and planning ahead you might even be able to enjoy your move!
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What To Do When Moving Cross Country
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The most critical thing you can do when preparing to move is take time to know what essential steps you should be taking and plan them out carefully to make sure your move is accomplished as smoothly as possible. With a cross-country move, the complexity is only compounded, because you have a lot more planning to do. Taking some time to build a plan of action can go a long way in ensuring your move goes off without a hitch.

Before you pick up the phone and schedule your big moving day with the cross-country moving company of your choice, go ahead, sit down, and think about that game plan. What are some things you can be doing to make sure you are fully prepared for the move that awaits you?

Here are some of the top considerations you should be thinking of during this process.

1. Give yourself plenty of time to get everything in order

A move is a huge task to undertake for anyone, and requires a good deal of planning if you want everyone involved to be on the same page about the move. With this in mind, it is important that you set aside a good deal of time (ideally, several months before your planned moving day) to start getting things in order, deciding on a moving company, prepping your home for sale if needed, and everything else that goes along with the complex process of a big move.

With time on your side, you will ultimately have more opportunity to work in sync with your family, your cross country movers, and yourself in order to ensure the big move goes swimmingly.

2. Keep organization in mind

When planning any kind of move, you should always be sure you are as organized as possible. After all, you are packing away the contents of your life into a vehicle and hauling it across the nation – anything is possible, and things can and do get lost. Even if you’re not the most organized person normally, taking some extra time to consider organization here can be a lifesaver.

Know what you have and what you plan on taking, and ensure you make yourself a moving checklist to help you mentally keep track of where everything is and, most importantly, where you are in the process.

3. Give away or sell the things you don’t intend to keep

When it comes to moving, the less stuff you can bring with you, the less work you will have to do and the less money you will ultimately have to spend on the move. If you have some things you don’t intend to bring along with you, consider giving it to someone who might be able to make use of it, donate it to charity, or even set up a sale to make some extra money on the things you don’t plan to take.

This will free up a good deal of space in the moving truck for other items, and will hopefully end up saving you some money in the long run.

4. Know how you will move

How are you planning to actually execute the move? Are you thinking of renting a moving truck and trying to do everything on your own, or would you prefer to work with cross-country moving companies to help make the whole thing a little easier on you?

This part is largely dependent on your budget, so go over your finances carefully, know what you can afford, and make the best decision for your move based on the money as well as the time and effort you can spend.

5. Pack smart

An early start along with organization are the keys to packing up as well as unpacking. When you pack, think about the following ways to keep organized and pack smarter, not harder.

  • Color code boxes by room if you can: For example, the bedroom could be labeled with a blue sticker. You should also keep notes of which color is equivalent to which room so you don’t end up forgetting and wasting time when you get to your destination.
  • Group like items together: This way, you won’t be wondering where one item out of a group went, and you will be much better organized when you start unpacking.
  • Have an essentials box on hand: With an essentials box, you can put your most important items with you the day of the move so they will be right on hand in case you need them, instead of having to go digging through moving boxes.

All that’s left is to get moving

With some of these tips in mind, anyone can make it easy to get their cross-country move done right, all while saving some time and some money. Moving is already stressful enough – take some of the stress away by making these considerations for easier packing and moving.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most cost-effective way to move cross-country?

This will be different for every individual or family, but if you absolutely want to save the most on your move, there is no cheaper way than just renting a truck and doing it yourself. If you do it this way, make sure you are prepared to do the majority of the heavy lifting, and ensure you have some help on hand so you can load everything up safely.

Is there anything I should avoid packing for a move?

Yes, there are a few items you should avoid packing when getting ready for your move; perishable items, as well as any chemicals, lighters, gasoline, or anything highly valuable should not be packed. Highly valuable items should be separated, packed differently and insured on their own if possible. If you are working with a moving company, make sure you get clarification on prohibited items if you have any questions about other items the company might not move.

Can I get boxes for free?

Part of getting organized involves making sure you have everything you need for your move, and moving boxes definitely qualify. If you would like to be sure you have plenty of boxes on hand without spending a dime, just get in touch with local retail outlets for spare cardboard boxes from their inventory stocking. You can also inquire on movers’ message boards or places like Craigslist. Sometimes people who just finished moves will have some boxes they are no longer using.

Time to Explore Your New Surroundings!

Sure, cross-country moves can be a hassle, but once it is all done, everything is unloaded and put away, and you have some time to get your new home organized, you will be able to finally hit the town and see what your new local area has to offer.

With all of that work out of the way, you can finally enjoy a little play, spending some time with your family and learning all about your new town. After all, what more could you ask for after a grueling (but happily, successful) moving process?

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