Establish Your Budget
Prepare Your Home for Moving Day
Tips to Make Your Move Go Smoothly
Stress-Reducing Tips for Moving
Stay Organized When Moving Across the Country
Moving Supplies Checklist
Most Affordable Ways to Move Across the Country
Costs of Moving Across the Country
Settling into Your Home
Have Peace of Mind
Add Smart Home Tech
Every year, approximately 35.5 million Americans pack up their belongings and move to a new home. Most of these people will stay in the same state, county, or even neighborhood, but some will head out and move across the country for jobs, family, school, and more.
Whether you’re moving to one of the best places to live in America, or seeking out your own little slice of paradise, you still have to get there first. And moving is a pain.
The decision to move cross-country can be both stressful and exciting. But with some expert tips on how to move across the country, and this handy moving checklist, you'll be settling into your new house before you know it.
First step: establish your budget
When planning your cross-country move, the first step is to establish your moving budget. Your budget will largely determine what method you choose for your move.
Will you hire cross-country moving services? Drive a moving truck yourself? Pack everything into your car? Or ship your belongings and take a plane to your destination?
No matter what your budget is, build in a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses that are sure to arise. To help you determine your budget, we'll go over average long-distance moving costs in greater detail further down in this article.
Prepare your home for moving day
With some good preparation, you can be ready to move everything in your home and save money without stressing. Here are some tips to get ready for moving day:
- Get rid of things you don’t need. Use your move as an opportunity to get rid of extra things. Moving less stuff will save you money.
- Sell anything extra. Some things may end up costing you more to move than to replace. Holding a garage sale or posting items online can be a great way to make some extra cash for your move.
- Donate extra things. If you can’t sell it or don’t want to, another great option is to donate to charity. Call before you drop off your items to make sure they accept them and keep any receipts for tax write-offs.