Moving to a new state is always an exciting adventure that can mark a new chapter in life. However, the moving part of that equation is significantly less exciting, and is quite stressful. In general, moving takes a lot of steps that are sure to cause a great deal of anxiety. Packing your entire life up into a truck and trying to take it to a new place is always stressful, but when you add in the fact that you are moving across the country, then it starts to get exponentially more complicated. To help in your future cross country moves, here are some tips for the moving process…
Get a head start
Moving to a new place is something that you don’t want to leave until the last minute, especially when you are moving to a completely new state. For this reason, always make sure that you start the moving process early. Get packing as soon as you can, and even take advantage of sending some of your stuff out to your new home, as early as possible. Typically, it’s recommended to start about a month before moving day. This leaves plenty of time to figure out solutions to problems that are inevitably going to show up.
Don’t overstuff moving day
When it comes to moving day, you want to make sure that you have done everything that can possibly be done beforehand. If you’ve done this, then you’ll find that moving day is actually pretty easy going, as you are just loading up what you have already packed and then hitting the road (or the airport). Here are some useful moving tips to follow on moving day.
Take advantage of storage units
Having a place to keep your things is an invaluable resource. Sometimes, your new home may not be available for some time, or you’ll need to introduce your belongings gradually to a place, so as not to overwhelm yourself. When it comes to storage, try to take advantage of a storage unit facility that is nearby where you are moving. By doing this, you can move into your new home with far less clutter and headaches, and then move your other items to your home at a lower date. When getting a storage unit, check out these storage tips to get the most value out of the space you pay for.
Keep transportation costs low
Moving to a new state is an expensive endeavor. On top of paying for a new place, hiring a moving company, and other extraneous costs, simply going across the country with all of your things can add quite the additional burden to your wallet. If you’d like to breathe a little easier, financially, during the moving period, then look for some ways to keep your transportation costs lower. If you are thinking about flying to your new home state, consider if driving there would be cheaper (especially since you can take some of your belongings with you). If you are already driving there, consider some ways that you can cut back on the costs of fuel. Whatever you can do to reduce your transportation costs will help make a cross country move a little less stressful.
Cut back on your belongings
It’s safe to say that most people own plenty of things that they don’t really need and could go without. A cross country move, or any move, is a great time to consider what really matters to you. When the cost of taking everything across the country is relatively high, it’s a great time to cut back on the things that you don’t really use, and are really just taking up space. For this reason, cut back on your belongings when you are moving. At the start of the packing process, make separate piles of things you are going to keep, donate, recycle, or trash.