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How to Prepare for a Cross Country Move

How to Prepare for a Cross Country MoveThe process of moving cross country often takes months because of the sheer amount of work you have to do to move to another state. After undertaking the major task of selling your home, you have to make preparations to move your family and your items across the country. Assessing your choices and making decisions about your move beforehand can ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Item Assessment

Before or after you sell your home, one of the first decisions you will need to make for your cross-country move is what items you want to take with you and what possessions you want to sell or donate. You likely have items, such as photo albums and clothing, which you will quickly decide to keep. You should weigh the pros and cons of taking other items, such as furniture or vehicles, with you during your move. You will need to decide which items are the most important to you and which possessions are replaceable. Take factors such as costs, space and personal attachment into consideration when deciding whether to keep items.

Moving Company

Making a decision about which moving company to use early in the moving process can help to alleviate some of the stress inherent in moving. You should look into moving companies months beforehand, if possible, so that you can make an informed decision. You will want to go with a moving company because a professional company can make sure that your possessions arrive safely to your destination in the time frame that you need. Even if you have a small budget, you should invest in a moving company because movers can help to do a lot of the work for you, including packing, delivering and unloading your items.

You want to go with a moving company that has a good reputation in your community and has handled cross-country moves before. Asking questions about a moving company’s history, staff and moving process will help you to make a decision. You also want to make sure that a moving company will have movers available during a specific time frame for your move, and the company is within your price range.

Family Move

Whether you fly or drive to your new home, it is important that you make a decision about your method of moving months or weeks ahead of time. When deciding on how your family will get to your new home, look at the costs and time frame you have for moving. If you have a limited time frame to move, you likely will want to fly to your destination. If you plan to keep your family’s vehicle, you will want to drive to your new home. If you want to keep certain large items with you during your move, you likely will want to rent a trailer to attach to your vehicle during your move. When you are thinking about the moving process, you need to consider the costs of hotels, food and gas. Before you move, you should plan out a budget so that you have enough money available to pay for the move.

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