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Moving Tips for a Cross Country Move: What You Need to Know


Whether you’re moving across town or the country, moving can be stressful. But while moving is never easy, some quick tips can make the process a little less stressful. 

Have a moving checklist

A well-organized and thorough moving checklist will make moving more manageable and less stressful. Creating a list will help you stay on top of things and keep track of everything that needs to be done. It will also help you avoid forgetting essential items. Make the following checklists for before, during, and after your move;

  • Checklist for your home to ensure that everything is packed securely and labeled.
  • Checklist for your vehicle to ensure that everything is packed securely and labeled.
  • Checklist for your workplace to ensure that everything is packed securely and labeled.
  • Checklist for the members of your household so that everyone knows what to take and what needs to stay behind.
  • Checklist for your pets so that everyone is on the same page about what to bring and what to leave behind.

Only pack what you need.

Now is the perfect time to look at decluttering. The last thing you want to do is pay your moving company to move items you will discard.

So take the time now to have a good clear-out and only pack what you intend to keep. This means you have less stuff to organize in your new home, but your moving costs will be lower too.

Book your moving company in advance

Depending on where you’re moving and the distance you’ll be moving there, you may want to book your movers as far in advance. If you’re moving across town, you may be able to get a local company. But if you’re moving across the country, you may have to book a long-distance moving company such as Allied Van Lines. If you know that you’ll need a long-distance moving company, you should try to book one as far in advance as possible. This makes sure that you have a moving company lined up and ready to go when you are.

Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the move.

Plan to allow yourself at least a couple of weeks for your move. This should give you enough time to get everything packed up and get all of your belongings from one place to another. But remember that every move is different and that the amount of time you need to complete the move is based on several different factors. So if you need more time, allow yourself that. And if you need less time, you can always take some time out of your schedule to relax prior to the move.

Pack ahead of time

The most important tip to remember as you pack is to pack ahead of time. This will help you avoid missing any important items, and it will also give you plenty of time to plan for your move. Whether you want to start packing four weeks in advance or two weeks in advance, you should begin packing no matter how long you plan to move your items. You should start thinking about what you’ll need for your move a month in advance, especially if you’ll be moving across the country. The more time you have to plan ahead, the less stressed you’ll be when it comes time to pack up and move.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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