Moving anywhere is never fun, but trying to move your life across the country is even harder. Not only do you have to plan in advance, but you also have to do in one shot, as you won’t be able to drive across town to pick up any items left behind.
To make this job easier, follow this quick, seven-point checklist.
1. Make a List
Go through your belongings and make a sheet of everything that needs to be packed and check it off whenever it’s put inside of a box. The last thing you want to do is leave a priceless heirloom behind, or start loading the truck only to find that you have an entire room worth of belongings that were unaccounted for.
2. Start Collecting Supplies
Things like boxes, tape, and packing peanuts can get expensive in a hurry, so it’s better to piece it out over time rather than simply going to the hardware store and buying it in bulk. Moreover, many times you should be able to simply find boxes that others are giving away for free, which can drastically reduce cost.
3. Start Packing ASAP
Start packing room-by-room in your house, beginning with the least-used rooms and moving to the bigger ones. While you’re there, pull out a few things that you know you’ll need up until the day of, such as clothes, toiletries, and dishes.
4. Plan Moving Services
Will you be moving yourself across the country or hiring movers to do it for you? If the latter, be sure to price around with other companies and find out what type of services they offer as well as prices to compare.
5. Get Rid of Some Things
Let’s face it, are you really going to wear that concert t-shirt you last wore in 1996? Probably not. Either throw it in the nearest trash receptacle, or if it’s still usable, find a shelter to donate it to. Do the same with other items and get some amazing tax savings in the process.
6. Ship Some Things
It may seem counterintuitive, but it may be easier to actually ship some of your items through the mail then actually carrying it. Smaller items like books and movies can be packed into a flat-rate box and then shipped cross-country for a relatively cheap price. Saves your back as well.
7. Find a New Home
The last thing you want to do is get all the way across the country and find out your home either isn’t there or isn’t available. Call ahead to make sure it is and arrange for the keys to be laid somewhere where you can get it. You’ll want to move in ASAP once you arrive.