8 Tips for People Moving Across the Country to Make the Move Go as Smooth as Possible

If you are moving a long distance, it is ideal to have a plan in place, so everything goes smoothly. Most people in the USA move because they bought a new home or a better home. If you purchased a home or are moving because you took a job offer, preparing for your travels by making a moving checklist. The top tips for moving across the country include a substantial amount of planning and checking your budget regularly.

#1 Make Your Moving Checklist 

Select a date to move. If you hire a moving company, avoid holidays and try to schedule your move during the week for cheaper rates.

Plan ahead of time. Moving with plenty of time is easier than moving with a looming deadline and the added stress.

Sort and pack your items early.

Select a date to turn off your utilities.

If you are driving, make sure your vehicle is ready for the long-distance road trip.

#2 Decide How to Handle Your Mail

A great way to stay up-to-date on your mail and packages is to hire a mail service.

Mail scan service may be beneficial to you if you spend a few weeks packing and moving. It is also a good service if you travel for work.

Have your mail forwarded to your virtual mail scanning service or to your new home.

#3 Get Rid of Some Things

Section off spaces in your current home for places to put things that you don’t want or need any longer.

Decide what you will keep by tackling one room at a time.

Don’t forget storage units and items in your garage.

Determine if the bulky things you own are worth the expense of transporting them.

Go through old movies, books, clothing, and toys to lessen the number of boxes you have to take. Donate the items that have little value.

#4 Sell Items for Cash

List your items with value on social media groups or online venues.

Consider selling tools, lawn and garden equipment, furniture, and vehicles you don’t want to move.

If you have a truck to deliver large items, you can usually sell them for more money and faster!

 #5 Hiring a Moving Company

Hiring movers is a great help to most people. You can even have them come into your home and pack your items. Help packing allows you to concentrate on the other things on your checklist.

Research the moving company to make sure that they have a good reputation.

Before the movers show up, make sure you have an inventory of your items and understand how your items are covered if they are lost or damaged.

#6 Be Prepared to Update Your Information

Let your relatives and friends know your know address.

Change your address on your credit cards.

Change your address with your bank and order updated checks.

Let your credit card companies know that you will travel and what days. Certain cards may block purchases if they are seen as unusual because they are from a location that you don’t normally travel to or live around.

#7 Enjoy Your Trip!

Long distance moving can mean a lack of sleep. Take the time to put sleep on your schedule and checklist. If you get enough sleep, you are a safer driver!

Budget wisely for your trip. Include money for fun here and there, so you can enjoy the new places you’ll travel through. Staying with family or friends is also a great way to save on expenses.

Pack a cooler. Eating on the road can get expensive, pack a cooler with drinks, breakfast, and lunch. If you are going to eat a meal on the road, fast food is cheaper, but you may not feel as good as you would eating a healthier meal.

Make sure everyone in the car stays happy by keeping it clean and organized. A dirty car is like a dirty home, the more clutter you have, the easier it is for your passengers to get grumpy! Put trash bags in the front and back seats, so items don’t end up on the floor.

#8 Update Your Registration and Driver’s License

When you get to your new home, make sure you have a plan to get your licenses and registration updated for your new address.

Apply for library cards, savings cards at the grocery stores, and fill out the card in your mailbox stating you are the new resident.

Have a folder dedicated to medical records, shot records, and school record information if you need to register children for school or daycare.

Moving across the country can be a fun adventure with proper planning, budgeting, and sticking with a schedule. Whether you are moving to go to college, or you landed your dream job, getting across the country safe and creating memories are the most important parts of any move.

Chris Myrss
Chris Myers is a freelance writer, blogger, and digital media journalist. Chris Myers has a BA in English & Journalism and wide-ranging background in digital media.