Ha, if you thought moving was difficult try tackling a coast to coast relocation! This comes nothing short of easy. There may be only one type of a move that is more difficult, or that can at least match it and that is international moving. Other than that, there is no contender that can match this challenge. However, this is far from impossible. There are certain steps you can take to make this coast to coast relocation a tad easier. It will most certainly not make it easy, but bearable at best.
Long distance moves are heavy business.Now, this is all coming from a person who has moved a lot (forced by my job), and I've pretty much got the hang of it. However, even someone who is experienced is terrified by these relocations. Given that I have gone through this nightmare twice, I have some tips that might just make your move less frightening. So heed my words, and hopefully, we will get rid of some unhealthy build-up of stress. These steps should guide you through this transitional period.
It doesn't matter which coast is the starting one. Be it that your destination is the east coast, staring some of the glorious cities such as Boston, New York City, Washington D.C. and Miami, or the west coast giants such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, etc. the initial steps are the same. If you wish to turn this into a hassle-free and low-cost venture, your best bet is to:
These two steps might come as no surprise, but you'd be surprised as to how many people disregard these two. The majority of the stress comes from procrastination. "I'll start with this tomorrow..." That's a horrible thing to do, and don't do it. There is no room for procrastination in these projects.
As a general rule of thumb, people usually decide against engaging into a coast to coast relocation by themselves. Why? Well for starters, do you honestly believe that you will want to drive a rented truck for thousands of miles. No? Didn't think so. Down the line, hiring professionals might prove a tad more expensive, but it will be nothing short of worth it.On the other hand, there are things that you can do yourself. One of the most important things is to start planning everything on time. But, there are some trivial tasks you can do yourself such as packing. Once you do engage in packing, make sure you are efficient and that you pack only what is necessary. Coast to coast relocation can be ruthless if you're overwhelmed with things you don't really need. At least not that much.
There is no way around it - coast to coast relocations are expensive as heck. This is why anything that can increase the costs is an enemy. And these enemies need to be dealt with! You will take any opportunity to lower the costs. The problem with this is that there is really no go-to formula you can use. You simply have to assess the situation the best you can.
Be careful about managing your budget for the relocation.In spite of this, there are three techniques that are universal and they work at all times. They are simple. Due to their simplicity, you have no excuse not to follow them unless you have some money to burn. The three techniques are:
With these easy steps, you're on the good road to save a bunch of cash. However, this is not the only ways to save money. Just the most universal ones.
One thing that needs to be out in the clear - packing your household for a local move and doing the same for a journey of more than a few thousand miles is drastically different. Given how different the moves are - the packing will be just as different. There are some things you shouldn't save money on! Boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper... These are all essential tools that you will never succeed without. However, if you are going to save money on boxes make sure you find free moving boxes.What you really wish to accomplish is to have your things arrive at the new destination in one piece. This will be especially important when you have some precious gems amongst your belongings. Don't do what I did, because the surprise of opening a box full of broken vases and plates is no pleasant sight to behold. Therefore, make sure stack up on the essentials. You have no idea just how big of a difference bubble wrap makes. It makes all the difference even.
Good moving boxes are essential.
Basically, if you're move happened so quickly you didn't have time to prepare - call in the cavalry. DIY packing is fine as long as time allows it. If not, there are professional services that can help you out. So don't worry. In fact, there are some cross country moving companies in NYC that actually include the packing service in the package. This is actually the best thing you can choose to do when packing stuff such as a piano, a hot tub, kitchen appliances and items alike... Huge stuff, you get the drift. These professionals will simply be better equipped to handle such monstrosities.