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6 Tips for Handling a Cross-Country Move

admin | Mar 07, 2018

If we polled people and asked: "Which of the following challenges is the most difficult?"...

A. Planning a cross-country move
B. Performing a 700-lb. deadlift
C. Reading War and Peace in a single day

...Planning a cross-country move would win every time. Moving cross-country is quite the logistical nightmare. There's just so much to plan, prepare, and take care of. Even the most prepared and focused people can find themselves struggling to keep up. That’s where this list comes in. Take these six tips for handling a cross-country move to heart, and your next big step won’t seem so daunting after all.

Create a to-do checklist before you do anything else.

A to-do list is going to be essential. Even a regular move has an incalculable amount of moving parts, so imagine a cross-country move! There are two simple ways to structure an easy to-do list: one giant master-list, or a calendar-style list.

Depending on how you manage yourself and your thoughts, one of these two will work for you. Keep your list simple by including only two categories: what you need to do and what you've already finished. This list may be daunting, but seeing and tracking everything that needs to be done for your move will make a huge difference, guaranteed.

Research the best cross-country moving company to fit your needs.

There are a lot of questions to ask when you're choosing a moving service provider, especially when it comes to a cross-country move. One important thing to remember that the United States Department of Transportation requires interstate moving companies to be properly licensed and regulated. Keep that in mind when inquiring with companies for your move. Look into rates, hidden fees, references, insurance, and packing practices. Compare and contrast as many companies as you can to find the right choice for you.

Do a complete overhaul of your possessions before you move.

Stuff is stuff, and moving stuff... tends to stink. Preparing for a big move is the perfect time to go through your worldly possessions and decide which are truly useful and necessary, and which ones you don't particularly need.

Famous organizer Marie Kondo has a very simple mantra to ask yourself when decluttering your home and that is, every time you pick up an object, ask yourself, "Does this spark joy?" Go through and get rid of as much as you can before a move. Only bring the things that bring you joy or are truly useful with you when you move. You'll be much happier in your new home.

Choose between flying and driving - and map out your route!

Whether you drive or fly to your new destination will depend on several things. Do you have the transportation required? Are you using a professional moving service? Are you transporting anything particularly fragile or valuable?

Make sure you consider what's best for you and your stuff before you commit to one mode of transportation or another.

Don’t just label everything, over-label everything.

Nobody wants to be in a new state, on a new coast, in a new home, desperately trying to find their favorite coffee mug and floundering through a sea of improperly-labeled boxes. How you label is up to you, but there are a lot of options.

However you end up choosing to do it, be consistent, and be thorough! The more you label, the more you’ll know where everything is when it’s time to unpack.

Look into short-term storage options to help streamline the process.

Moving is stressful. Moving cross-country is stressful to the Nth degree. Take some of the tension away by renting a storage unit instead of immediately cluttering your new home with boxes and anxiety. You can transfer things from the unit to your new home at your own pace, and things will feel a lot simpler.

Happy travels! You’ve got this, and when you need a little help, Storage Direct always has yours and your stuff’s backs.

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