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July 22, 2022

Relocating across the country tips and tricks

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Moving across the country is a major decision anyone could ever make in their lives, whether it is by choice or not. It’s important to remember a few things when moving. Firstly, it won’t be easy, but everything is doable with the correct information and a positive mind. Secondly, you need to do proper research before planning. Relocating across the country tips and tricks will help you better prepare for your move.

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Find a good moving company

Ask family and friends for help and information especially if you have any that have relocated across the country too. It’ll be easier to get started when you have all the information you need.

Here are a few tips and tricks:

Start planning early

Planning a cross-country move early is essential. You need to plan everything thoroughly so you are well prepared for moving day. Have all checklists written down and ready because you'll need them. Create a floor plan, moving day plan, packing supplies checklist, etc. These lists are crucial for both you and the movers. Always keep copies of all your plans just in case.

Find a reputable moving company

This starts by asking around for a good moving company. The best way to find this information is through friends and family. If you don't have any family and friends in the area or if they are unable to help, Better Business Bureaus is your friend, they will have all company history and show if they’re licensed or not.

Search for company credentials on google too and read reviews as well as testimonials before you make a final decision.

Make sure you know what type of move you’re looking for and find out if the company of your choice offers the services you need.

Take your time

Once you have your moving date, take your time to pack so you don’t get overwhelmed but, don’t take too long to pack. Pace yourself and take breaks as needed. Be careful not to hurt your back and practice safe lifting. If you are able to get help from friends and family, don’t hesitate to ask, it’ll speed up the process and you can focus on dealing with other moving demands.


Take out all your clothes and put aside the ones you haven’t worn in over a year. You most probably won’t ever wear them again. So to save yourself time and money, it’s better to give the clothes away to family and friends or shelters, the homeless or even better; sell them on different apps to make a little bit of money.

If you have furniture, appliances, books, and electronics that you don’t use or won’t need once you get to your new home, you can sell them as well.

Apps you could use to sell your items are:

  • Facebook marketplace- free app and buyers can pick up items from your house.
  • Dclutter- great for selling gadgets, books, and electronics. You are selling to the app itself and not to potential buyers.
  • Poshmark- great for second-hand clothes that are still in good condition.
  • LetGo- sell home goods, electronics, gardening equipment, etc. they have a wide variety of categories.

Call a utility company

Let your utility (electricity, water, trash, and cellphone) company know about your move and pay all balances due on time. Call your utility company at least 3 weeks in advance to allow enough time to process and close your account. Another thing to do before you move is to find a utility company in the state you’re moving to and get your services set up so they are ready when you get to your new house.

Move yourself if you can to save money
Move yourself if you can to save money

Be ready for an expensive move

Moving in general is expensive, but moving across the country is especially different and more expensive as it involves a lot of logistical planning. Here are a few things that will help better prepare you for the expensive move and hopefully reduce costs:

  • Pack and ship- if you are able to pack your items and ship them (before you move) to your friends or family that's in the state you’re moving to, that would be of great help.
  • Garage sale- set up a garage sale and sell as much as you can, especially stuff you don’t need. The money you make out of the sale will help a lot when moving.
  • Move yourself- if you are able to move yourself to save some money, then do so. This works great if you don’t have too much to pack and are alone. If you need to rent a truck, then be sure to fit everything in one truck and rent a trailer for your car. This will save you a few coins.
  • Ask for help- another way to save money is to ask family and friends for help while packing. Some moving companies offer packing services too and if you can afford to and are pressed for time, then that would be the best option for you. However, if you can’t afford it, ask for help.

Familiarise yourself with your new neighborhood

It can get scary moving to a new state and more so if you don't have any friends or family there. That’s why it is important to get to know the area and familiarise yourself before you move. The best way would be to go there physically, but understandably, that’s not possible for a majority of people.

Using the internet in this case would be your best option. Here’s one way to familiarise yourself with your new area:

Research- this can be done easily by simply using the Google search engine. Use google earth to place yourself in the neighborhood and have a good look around.


Long-distance cross-country relocation is a lot of work. Proper planning makes the move successful. Remember to start early especially when looking to use a moving company for your relocation.

We offer long-distance moving and other services to help ease your relocation process. Give us a call at (718) 619 4881 for a FREE QUOTE and visit our website for more information.


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