Some Tips For Making A Cross-Country Move

Nobody enjoys moving house, but it’s something most people have to go through a few times in their lives. It can be hard to say good-bye to the old place, and if you are making a major cross-country move you need to say good-bye to friends and family as well, which is never an easy thing to do! Fortunately, moving into your new place and meeting new people is exciting, so at least there is something to look forward to.

Some may opt to hire a removalist service for their move, which is great if you can afford to, but for a lot of young people operating on a low budget, the most feasible option is to do it yourself. Hopefully, you won’t have accumulated a lot of big, bulky furniture, so it shouldn’t be too hard to go it alone! Your best route is to have a trailer hitch installed on your car, then make arrangements for a trailer hire that will be sufficiently spacious enough to carry all of your personal effects on the voyage to your new domicile.

There are a lot of things to keep track of and plan ahead for when you are undertaking a long distance move, here are some tips to help you get through it!

Do Your Paperwork – Don’t forget that you will need to do some paperwork before you move! Be sure to update your car registration and driver’s license if you are heading across state lines. Fill out a change of address form for the post, and cancel or transfer to the new residents all of the utilities like the phone, internet and cable subscriptions, water, and power.

Organize Your Stuff – A pre-move assessment of your personal possessions prior to a move is highly recommended, it is a great time to get rid of those things that you don’t need any more, or that no longer spark joy. Organize everything according to what room it will go into in the new place.

Pack It All Up -Be sure to plan ahead of time how many boxes you will need, and in what sizes. It’s always a good idea to reinforce boxes with packing tape, especially those you will be putting heavy items like crockery or books in, that’s what the pros do. Make sure to have plenty of wrapping material and cellophane tape for the fragile items. Make sure to mark each box with a note on its contents, and which new room it’s headed to! When it’s time to fill the trailer remember that heavy boxes go on the bottom, and the lighter stuff goes on top! 

The Locks And Keys – Don’t forget to leave the old keys in safekeeping for your former home’s new residents, and have the keys to your new place in hand, you don’t want to arrive after a long journey only to find you are locked out! It’s also a really good idea to change the locks on your new home as well as any codes for security systems soon after arrival, it’s best to play it safe!

Moving is a big job, being organised is going to help make it a lot easier!

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