How To Prepare For A Cross Country Move


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Moving is always stressful whether you are building a home or buying a home but, when you are packing up and heading across the country it can be an even bigger challenge. Transferring your whole life from one side of the country to the other needs a strategy to help keep you sane and on track.


There are plenty of decisions to make when you are planning a long-distance move. You need to start early making plans and getting your home ready to be packed up. It can take time to get you and your home organized and ready to move.


Once you have closed your deal and ordered your new furniture from, you need to hire professional movers and plan what you will need on your arrival to help make your move easier. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that you should be focusing on for your cross-country move.



Start Early


As soon as it’s official it’s time to start planning your moving strategy. Depending on the reason why you are heading across the country you may not have a lot of time to make your plan. It’s important to not wait until moving day is right around the corner to get organized.


Make a schedule of the tasks that you need to get accomplished and tackle a few things each week. This way you won’t get overwhelmed as your moving day approaches with too many tasks to be done.





Moving is a great time to take inventory of all your possessions. It’s also the best time to start purging your life of the things that you no longer need. There is no point in going through the hassle or expense of moving things that aren’t going to be used in your new home.


Go through your closets, garage, basement, and outdoor buildings and purge any items that you won’t be taking with you. Take the opportunity to simplify your life and make donations to charities that are looking for second-hand items.



Hire Movers


Not all moving companies are equipped to make long-distance moves so it’s important to choose your transportation carefully. Do your research and choose a moving company that you have confidence in to help you with the logistics of getting your home moved.


If you need packing or storage services for any of your items, you will need to work with your mover to get the right package. Take an inventory of all of your items for your records and give your mover a list.



Plan Arrival Essentials


At least a week before you move, you should contact the power and water utilities in your new neighborhood. Make arrangements to have your water, electric and heating services turned on before you arrive in your new home.


You should have your mail forwarded so you won’t miss any important deliveries, change your state driver’s license and take care of any essential moving paperwork. You should also pre-register your children in their new schools to make their first day a bit easier.



Packing up and moving across the country is a big deal and needs careful planning. If you start early, stay organized and take care of essential details on the other end of your move, things should go smoothly.

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