Useful (And Unexpected) Tips for Moving Cross Country

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when hiring long distance movers for a cross country move. Some of the standard things to keep in mind when packing are not to rush into things, figure out your budget and choose just what you need. We discuss these below: 

  • Don't rush! - When you're packing up your entire house, you don't want to have a whirlwind two-days sleepless spree and inadvertently pack the cat, or your passport, or your car keys. When you aren't rushing you have the time to go through all the stuff that is cluttering the corners of your rooms and see what you actually use. Give yourself the time to purge and organize. Leave only the essentials to last.
  • Figure out your budget - Many people will say that the cost of hiring a moving company (in terms of time invested, effort and return) is something that is the most efficient, but it's not something that everyone can afford to do. When you're moving house, you can do it however you want to, and however your budget allows - from packing up all your cars and driving cross country yourself, to using (and packing) a portable storage unit, or paying college students to load boxes, there are a lot of methods you can use to cut costs, though likely it will be more time-intensive and stressful for you.
  • Choose what you need - Especially with a moving company, it's very important to really try and keep what you're keeping and moving lean - you get charged per pound. Make sure it all counts!

But there are a few other things to keep in mind, as well, before you pack. Some things that may not even have crossed your mind, but are more commonplace than you might expect.

  • Make sure your house is clean and your trash is taken out! Who knows what state you (or your family, or anyone who is helping you pack) will be in when you're packing? Sleep deprived, a little tipsy, weepy? All of those can lead you to come to the conclusion that the garbage bag on the floor - that is actually full of garbage - is a bag of your favorite knick-knacks. Let's face it. Most people are usually not the most clear-headed when packing up a house; so plan for it and make sure that you don't find a smelly bag of garbage in with your belongings when you arrive at your new home.
  • Locate your pets, especially small ones. To go along with the previous point - you aren't always in the most logical state when you are moving. You get into a rhythm, and the kid's hamsters get packed in with their bedroom stuff. It's an easier mistake to make than you may think. And nobody wants to explain to their child why Spot is "sleeping."
  • Remove batteries from toys - especially ones with buttons or ones that are motion activated. You might find a box of toys to be like Toy Story, but in a not-so-cute way. And you'll have to deal with the repetitive chatter and noise until you get to your new home or the batteries die because the box is buried somewhere you can't easily get to.

These are just a few common and straightforward things to keep in mind when you're packing up your house, whether you're moving to Cali, or taking a puddle jump to Bath. Best of luck to all of you who are doing it - I don't envy you!