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Guide: Cross Country Moving Tips


Moving across the country is a big undertaking, and it can be overwhelming when you're trying to remember everything that needs to be done. This guide will help you make sure you don't miss any important steps in your relocation process. So, follow these easy tips and get ready for an amazing new life!

Lighten the Load As Much As Possible

The first step to a successful cross-country move is packing! You want to lighten the load as much as possible so that you can save on costs at both ends. Pack your heaviest items, such as furniture and appliances, last to ensure they don't get crushed before their time. There are many different options for renting or borrowing boxes depending on where you live – check out any nearby stores and ask about deals available during this busy moving season.

Pack all of your clothes into one box, and then pack them all together in the same place. Label everything! Labels are an essential part of this moving process because many people have their hands full with different things during move time (i.e., putting furniture together).

Hire a Professional Moving Company

Hiring a professional moving company is the best way to guarantee that you'll get everything across the country safely and securely. Surprisingly, hiring movers also lowers the cost of moving across the country and saves a good amount of time. Moving companies are experienced in finding creative solutions for more complicated moves. They can also provide you with packing materials, storage options for your belongings before the move, and more.

Be sure to interview at least three movers before hiring one, and ask about as many specifics as possible to make sure they're a good fit for your needs. Agree on the details of each move before booking--be specific so that there are no surprises later! 

Study up or hire an expert to help with any documents relating to moving across country-you want all bases covered to prevent problems down the line. Insurance is always important when relocating, but it's especially crucial if you'll be doing it cross-country. Make sure coverage includes transportation and storage costs during transit because these will not be included in standard homeowner's insurance policies unless otherwise specified.

Make All Arrangements In Advance

This includes setting up your utilities (internet, gas, and electric), making arrangements with the post office to forward mail, setting up a new doctor if you are moving to another place. Doing this in advance will save time for having to find these things out on that big day which is almost here!

Keep all important documents together - passports, birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc. Keep them either scanned or photographed so they can be easily stored on an external hard drive. This way, you have access to those pieces of paper at any point in time without worrying about losing them. Do not neglect pet transportation during move-time; make sure there's someone available who can take care of your pets while you're away.

Pack a Moving Day Essentials Bag

When moving cross country, you must pack a moving essentials bag. This will help you move day when the time comes to pack up and leave your old home for good. What should be included in this bag: Make sure that you have a well-stocked first-aid kit with everything from bandages to antiseptic cream, as well as a pain reliever. You might also want some duct tape or strong packing tape, scissors, and an extra set of house keys (just in case). 

You'll also need a few changes of clothes, including a change for the next day and shoes that are appropriate to wear on your long drive. There's also one last thing you'll need: snacks! Make sure you have some healthy options packed away in your bag so that when it comes time to break up all those boxes and start unpacking at the other end of your journey, you can keep yourself going with something nutritious but not too heavy.

Save Money Wherever You Can

The most important part of moving is to know your budget and plan accordingly. If you've been saving up, you're probably in a better position than someone who hasn't. However, it's still worth considering how much money you have or will be able to spend on records-keeping receipts and other paperwork that can help with the move. It would help if you also took some time before making any decisions about purchasing new items like dishes or furniture to account for all costs in your total spending.

Update Important Documents

If you're moving across the country, it's important to update your vehicle registration and driver's license in your new state before driving there. You may also need a temporary or permanent address for various other accounts like credit cards, cell phone providers, banks, etc. Make sure this is all straightened out ahead of time so that everything will be ready to go as soon as possible when you get to your destination!

Be Aware Of Your Move-In Situation

When you arrive at your destination, it's important to know what the conditions are for moving in. Depending on the housing arrangement, this could include signing an agreement, meeting with your landlord or property manager, and getting keys.

Suppose you're moving into an apartment building, for example. In that case, it's important to find out what services are offered by the Management Company (or individual landlords), such as trash pickup times if there is no waste disposal in the area. It's also very helpful to know how close public transportation is to where you'll be living so that when you need groceries or other necessities, you don't have far to go! Finally, if possible, keep some form of identification on hand during these discussions so they can get a copy of it before sending anyone off without key access. This will make sure everyone is aware of who has permission inside each building.


If you're moving cross country, it's important to take some time and prepare for the move. These few tips should help make your transition a little easier so that you can focus on what matters most – settling into your new home! Use these tips as a guide when packing up for the big move. And if there is anything else we can do, don't hesitate to reach out to us at any point in the process. We are here to help with all of your needs from start to finish!

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