Sometimes you purchase a home with the hopes of never leaving, and sometimes you purchase a home and know that someday you’ll need to leave this home for something new. However, while some people stay in the same area, others move across the country, whether for work or for pleasure. Some people will argue that moving is moving and there’s no difference whether you’re moving down the street or to a new state, but the fact is—there is a difference. If you are moving across the country, there are certain tips and tricks that will make your move easier, and here they are.
Purge before you go.
Moving gives you a good opportunity to start going through your belongings and purge those you no longer need. This is important to do before you move across the country because it will eliminate the number of items you need to move, which can also help to decrease your costs. Plus, if you sell any of those items, you could make some extra money that you can put down towards your moving costs, which is always beneficial.
Make a checklist.
Moving across the country can be hectic, so it’s important you account for your belongings by creating a checklist. Write everything you own down, and then notate which box you put it in. This way, when your items show up at your new home, you have an easy way to find items you’re looking for, and you’ll have everything already organized to be put away. In addition, having a checklist allows you to ensure everything you own has been delivered, which is a smart insurance policy for you after the move.
When you’re moving across the country, say moving to Southern California from Upstate New York, then it’s best to hire local movers. These professionals are skilled at getting items to and from certain locations, and some of these companies will actually pack your items for you so you don’t have to deal with that burden. Even if you’re the one packing, a moving company will take the headache out of the move. This way, you can either take your time to get to your new home, or you can rush there to make it to the closing.
Plan for your kids.
When you’re moving with kids, keep in mind that they move may be making them sad, so you’ll want to do what you can to cheer them up. In addition, moving across the country with kids means traveling across the country with kids, and this can be a nuisance. Be sure you either stock up on games and entertainment for your children so they can move with ease. If possible, you may want to consider having your children stay with family or friends until after you’ve settled into the new home. This way, your child doesn’t have to deal with the stress, and you can also allow them to fly instead of drive, which could be beneficial for all parties involved.
Plan for your pets.
Like moving with kids, you need to plan ahead for moving with pets. If you are going to drive across the country with your pet, be sure you have plenty of water and food on hand for your pet, and locate places to stop regularly for your pet to go to the bathroom. In addition, you should also stock up on medication if your pet is car sick.
You also have the option of sending your pet with friends or relatives until you move. This way, you can move into your house and have them show up after everything is in place. This gives you one less thing to worry about as you move into your new home.
Give yourself plenty of time.
Things happen, which means your tight timeline could easily get extended if you’re not prepared. If you have a certain date you need to arrive at the new home, give yourself plenty of time to get there, especially if you’re driving. Being there on time can ensure you’re there to get your items as they arrive and you’re there to close on the new home. Think about how much time you’d need, and then add a few extra days just to be safe.
Moving across the country can be stressful, but using these tips can make your move easier on everyone involved. By giving yourself plenty of time and making a thorough checklist, you can get into your new home safely and quickly.