Are you moving cross country? Don’t let all the stress get the best of you
Moving across the country can seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and preparation you can make it a fun and exciting adventure. Follow these simple moving tips to make your move as stress-free as possible:
1. Organize your belongings and form a budget
The most important part of planning a move is determining exactly how far you need to move. It’s hard to budget for your move when you’re not sure what you’re moving and how it needs to be transported. Start by taking an inventory of your belongings. Once you’ve identified what you don’t need, consider holding a garage sale or making a donation to your local thrift store. When you’ve determined how much you’re moving, you can make an informed decision about the best way to move. Common moving options include renting a truck, renting a container, or hiring a professional moving company. Moving companies are usually the most expensive option, as you will have to pay for transportation and labor. You’ll need to decide if the hassle of loading your own vehicle and the expense of tolls and gas is worth the cost savings of renting a truck instead of hiring a mover.
2. Pack smart
If you are renting a truck or container, you will normally be responsible for packing your own belongings. Fortunately, it’s easy to purchase packaging materials cheaply or even for free. Consider asking local supermarkets for their extra boxes. Old newspapers and magazines are an inexpensive alternative to tissue paper when packing dishes and other breakable items. Hire your friends to help you with the move and make sure you provide them with enough food and drinks or a small stipend. Consider packing your bedding, toiletries, and other essentials separately so they are immediately available when you arrive at your destination.
3. Enjoy the ride
Your long distance move should be an adventure to remember with funds. It is a great opportunity to see new places and meet new people. If you’re driving, make sure you get plenty of rest and change drivers frequently. It’s often cheaper (and healthier) to pack a cooler and have a picnic at rest areas or your hotel than eating out every meal.
Remember, with proper planning, any long-distance move can be successful. Following these simple moving tips will set you up for success.