Moving to a different state can be a big adventure. It’s understandable why so many people choose to do this, especially if they are looking for something different and want a fresh start. However, for all the excitement of relocating, moving cross-country is a little more complicated than moving to the next town or the other side of the city. If you have been thinking about moving to another state or from the East Coast to the West Coast, here are five things you need to carefully consider.
Any move has to follow a schedule, especially once you have a moving date finalized. This can be a tight turnaround in some cases, but if you’re moving cross-country you want to make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to organize the move and get yourself packed up and ready to go. If you’re moving to a state that’s in a different timezone, remember to factor this into your scheduling as you might have to contact agents and other professionals who have been helping you during this process.
If you’re moving cross-country but only going for a temporary period, you will need to think about whether or not you need to put some of your belongings into storage. You might have decided to rent out your current property for the time you’ll be away, and it would be wise to put valuables or sentimental items somewhere safe while there are tenants in your home. If you are moving permanently, but haven’t yet got enough room to hold of your things in the new property, storage will help you resolve this issue if you don’t want to get rid of certain items.
Hire cross-country movers
Hiring professional movers is a smart approach whenever you’re moving from one home to another, but if you’re traveling much further, you will need a lot more help. Find long distance movers online and make sure you organize this in advance so you don’t find yourself panicking as the moving date draws closer.
If you own a car, it makes sense to drive to your new home, but this is going to be a long cross-country trip. Make sure you plan your route carefully and allow enough time for adequate breaks during your journey. You might have to book into some hotels/motels if your journey is going to take you longer than a day. Make sure you have spoken to the moving company to check when they expect to arrive at your new home as well so you can factor this into your journey time.
Research takeouts or restaurants in your new local area
You’re going to be exhausted after traveling cross-country and moving all of your boxes into the new house, so do you think you’ll be up to cooking? Make sure you have looked into the best takeouts and restaurants in the local area of your new home so you can treat yourself to some delicious food and relax on your first night in your new surroundings. It’ll also be a good opportunity to get to know your new town a little better.