We’ve been in the moving business for a while now and seen our fair share of long distance moves. Being located in New Mexico, a good portion of those long distance moves either start or end in places like New York, Philadelphia, D.C. and many other parts of the east coast. While any long distance move has its challenges, moving clear across a country of this size is a big task. For all of those preparing for a long distance move, we’ve put together some advice from things we’ve learned from over a combined two decades of moving experience. Here are some tips for moving across the country.
What to Expect When Moving Out of State
- If you’re planning a cross-country move, the most important thing to consider is exactly where you’re moving to. You likely know what state your moving to already, but researching neighborhoods and properties from across the nation can be tricky. If you have a close friend or relative in the area you’d like to move to, they will be the biggest help, as they likely know about the best neighborhoods, property pricing and other vital information. If you don’t know anyone in the area, use online tools like Google street view and Zillow’s maps to help you get an idea of the place you’re moving to. Even if you already have a home lined up, researching your new state, city and neighborhood will help you feel much more comfortable after you move in.
- When getting ready for a long distance move, remember that less is more. You may have grown attached to all of the things you’ve collected in your current home, but moving everything, will likely be expensive and time consuming. Instead, part with as many of your belongings as you can bare to by selling, donating or recycling them. This may be difficult, but ordering things like furniture and decorations online and having them shipped to your new home is often much more time efficient then moving everything you own. When you account for the money you’ll save with the movers by having fewer items and taking less time, it will likely be cheaper too.
- If you’re having trouble finding the right place to move into, consider subletting an apartment for a month or two after you move. This is especially true if you’re moving to or near a college town, where there should be plenty of options for those looking to sublet. This gives you plenty of time to search for a home or apartment in-person after you move.
- If you do decide to sublet, you may not want to move all your stuff in since you’ll be moving again in a month or two. Luckily, most moving companies offer long and short term storage options for long distance moves. This can also be useful for anyone who is moving across the country and thinks it may take them a while to get settled, like those who travel often for work.
- Use a planner or Google Calendar to plan out the weeks, or even months, leading up to your long distance move. Appointments, projects and even a goodbye party can all sneak up on you if you’re not prepared. Remember that moving across such a large distance requires more planning than many other types of moves.
Following these steps will help you have a stress-free long distance move. If you need more tips and advice to get you ready for your move, check out the rest of the articles on our blog page. We’ve got some great tips and tricks to help with any move across any distance.