Anytime you have to move is a very stressful experience in life. You’re uprooting your life in one place to start over somewhere else. When you add a traversing a cross-country distance in the middle of all that, things get far more complex. Fortunately, there are steps you can take when preparing for such a move.
Your household goods are more than likely going to make the trip in a moving truck or van. However, you might decide to send them on the road while you fly yourself. If it’s just you and a partner, then flying might be cheaper than a road trip. Then again, if you have multiple kids, airfare can add up fast and driving might be cheaper.
It’s recommended that organization is an early step (if not the most important) in your process. Write down a list of everything that needs to be done, and then start forming plans to deal with each item on your list.
The more stuff you can get rid of right away will wind up being less stuff you have to physically move with you. Clearing out clutter makes cleaning easier. You might wonder why you’d clean before making a mess packing and moving, but doing so helps you see everything that needs to be moved and gives you room for said packing.
Even if you decide to drive as a family for a cross-country move, you probably won’t caravan all the family vehicles together. It’s better to keep everyone together so adults can rotate the driving responsibilities. Schedule a car shipping service to make sure all your family’s cars, trucks, vans, or SUVs make it to your new home. If you are flying, then you’ll need to do this for all your vehicles.
Once you know your to-do list and have decided how everything and everyone will get to your new place, you need to start setting aside money and doing cost estimates for each item.
A cross-country trip is not going to be easy on your possessions. Pack everything with care. You might think you can just get by with stuffing garbage bags with your clothes and bedding, but they might rip and spill the contents or have them get shredded. Box everything well and with care if you want it to get to your new home as safely as you do. Consider using professional packing personnel and supplies if you’d rather just not deal with it.
You’ll have to stop your mail at your current address and arrange for all the utilities to be turned off. You’ll also need to make sure that you start getting mail and have utilities enabled at your new address.
The biggest step you can in getting ready for a cross-country move is to start your planning as early as you can. The more prep time you give yourself, the easier things will be.