When it comes to moving cross country, you will want to ensure that you have absolutely everything covered. We’ve created this handy checklist for you so that you have everything you need to remember in one place. Staying organized is the most important thing you can do to relieve stress!
Secure your movers.
We recommend having this settled 6-8 weeks before your move. That will give you plenty of time to price shop, make plans, decide if you’ll pack or have a professional move you, etc. At American Moving and Storage we recommend hiring a full service moving company to make things easier for you and to keep things uneventful. Also, the further out you schedule it, the better price and time slot you’ll secure.
Fly or drive?
Deciding this well in advance will also result in price savings. The longer you wait to book flights, the higher the price. If driving, you’ll want to make sure your tires are in good condition, as well as any other tune ups your car may need. It’s a good idea to get an oil change before your long trip.
Sell or donate unwanted/unused items.
Have you worn that neon green shirt in the last 6 months? If not, time to discard it. Remember, the more stuff you move, the more your move will cost. The 6 month rule is a good measurement of what to keep and what to discard.
Set aside time for final appointments, meetings and gatherings.
When you tell your friends and family you’re moving across the country, you’ll soon become the most popular person in town. Set strict guidelines for yourself so that you make time for goodbyes as well as packing. And don’t forget to schedule or cancel those dentist and eye doctor appointments.
Get utilities in order.
Call your current electric, gas, Internet and TV providers to let them know the date you’ll be vacating. At the same time, call the utility providers in your new location so that everything is up and running when you arrive.
Set up your change of address.
You can do this in a matter of minutes through USPS.com. You can do this up to three months in advance, so there’s no sense in waiting until the last minute. Keep in mind that depending on your transportation across the country, it may be a good idea to put your mail on hold while you travel and have it forwarded when you get there.
Tie up loose ends.
File and transfer any prescriptions for family members and pets. Cancel any local memberships. Call insurance companies, credit cards, banks and other institutions to update them with your new address. Arrange to have your locks changed on your new home the day you arrive or days before if it’s convenient.
Trust the Professionals at American Moving and Storage
Not only do we offer a high-quality cross country moving service, we also provide cost-effective and climate-controlled storage units. Find out how American Moving & Storage can help you. Contact us at 912-401-0362 to speak to us about your cross country move or to find out more information about our professional packing, crating, moving, and storage services. Get a free quote here .