25 Jun 2015

Preparing For a Cross-Country Move

The time has come for you to trek across the country to start a new life. You’ve got a new job and now you have to say goodbye to your friends and family as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. Moving can be tough even when you’re staying in the same city, so it’s only natural that a cross-country move can bring on some anxiety. However, there are ways of preparing for a cross-country move that will make it easier on you.

Cross-Country Move

  • Don’t Leave Anything Until The Last Minute
    The earlier you start packing, the less anxiety you’ll have the night before. Leave out essential items like a change of clothes and toiletries for the day of your move but other than that, everything should be packed up and ready to go way before the movers show up.

  • Take Inventory Of All Your Belongings
    Make a detailed list of every piece of furniture you’re having shipped to your new home. This list should also include the number of boxes you have. Some moving companies will provide you with a template you can use to keep track of your belongings. If not, it’s easy to make your own on an Excel spreadsheet. When you and your stuff reaches your new place you can compare the list with what’s there to make sure everything has arrived.

  • Arrive Before your Belongings
    Make sure you will arrive at your new home either right before or at the same time as your stuff. There are some factors you can’t control, like a flight being delayed due to weather, but if you can arrange your travel to coincide with your furniture’s, do so. You do not want to show up to your new home and find your furniture and boxes left out on the lawn because the movers got there before you did.

  • Rent a Storage Unit
    If you’re only moving for a short period of time, rent a storage unit to house your belongings. Training seminars, short-term employment, anything that takes you out of your home temporarily where you don’t need your stuff is a good reason to get a storage unit to keep your possessions safe. Instead of paying rent in an apartment back home while you live across the country for a short time, make use of a storage unit. You will save money in the long-run.

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