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Best Way to Move Cross Country

Best Way to Move Cross Country

Monday, June 05, 2023

Moving is among the most stressful events in anyone's life. In fact, 45% of 1000 Americans agree that moving is life's MOST stressful event, according to StudyFinds. This is more than getting divorced, getting married, having children, and switching careers. It is no wonder that so many people hire professional moving companies when it comes time to move. 

If a regular move isn't stressful enough, moving cross country may take the cake as the most stressful event you may ever experience. There is so much that goes into moving, especially when we are talking about moving from a city on one side of the country to another. 

While there is a lot to look forward to, there are so many details that need to be ironed out before making such a serious move; otherwise, problems may arise. Simple hiccups can turn into disasters when you are hundreds of miles away from friends and family that can help you out.

Regardless of all of this, moving cross country can also be very rewarding. The start of a new life on the other side of the country, with a new job and home in a new environment, is truly something special. To help mitigate the stress of moving cross country, we have put together a few tips and tricks on the best ways to move. 

A New Place: New Job, New Transportation, New Expenses

If you are moving cross country, make sure that you are ready to assimilate into your new hometown. Figuring out the job market, housing market, and transportation is a very important thing to square away.

One great way to find career options is to begin reaching out to recruiters in the area. Now is a good time to polish up your CV and your LinkedIn profile so that it best showcases your employment history and skill set. 

Navigating the job market in a place you do not live yet can be hard, and it can be challenging to secure interviews. However, by being persistent and putting your best foot forward, something will come that can be a good step forward for your career in a new home. 

While we are on the subject of jobs, another important thing that needs to be in order before you move is your finances. Do you have a few months' expenses saved up? How does your credit score look? These things can make a huge impact when you are looking for a place to rent or purchase when moving to a new area. 

Additionally, having a good idea of what it costs to live in the new area you’re moving to is important. The cost of living across our country has a massive variance. Living in Asheville, NC, is far less expensive than living in a city such as New York or LA, so be sure that you are prepared for any increases (or decreases: be savvy!) in cost of living.

Once you are for sure ready to move, figuring out housing is key to getting set up for success in a new town. For flexibility's sake, renting is typically more affordable in the short term, especially if you are not quite ready to commit to living somewhere for a long time. You can utilize local real estate agents or check out listing sites such as Zillow or Trulia to find the perfect place to live, whether it is a rental or a home to purchase.

Planning Your Cross-Country Move On a Budget

Moving cross country can incur a lot of costs, especially when you have already spent money on a new place to live. Also, if you are thrifty, you know how important it is to have a good chunk of cash put back to cover expenses those first few months.

1. Save Money By Moving in the Winter

One way to save when moving is to relocate during the colder winter months. Many moving companies are not as busy during the winter season, simply because of the fact that most people do not want to move during the Christmas season. This often causes moving companies to lower their prices due to the significantly lower workload.

2. Have to Move in Summer? Try This to Lower Costs

In contrast, summertime is going to be the busiest time of year for movers, driving prices up and making scheduling a lot more involved. While it may be the most expensive time of year (especially right after the school season), there are a few ways to save some money on moving during the summertime. 

  • Be Flexible With Your Moving Schedule: One way to save money during peak moving season is to pick days that are not as busy for moving companies. Moving midweek or during the middle of the month may help you out with savings. Sometimes, they may be able to work with your budget due to cancellation as well.
  • Lighten the Load: Moving with a lot of clutter can be costly, as it will fill up cargo space. Timing a garage sale right before a move is a great way to lessen your cargo while also offsetting the cost of a move by making a little extra money. 
  • Save Money On Packing Supplies: Packing supplies may seem like a small expense when it comes to your moving costs. However, every little bit helps when you are pinching pennies on a move. Score used boxes from grocery or liquor stores, and don't be afraid to ask your friends and neighbors if they have any packaging gathering dust in their basements. 

Looking for Convenience? 

If convenience is at the top of your list, working with a moving company that offers moving containers or LTL freight can be a huge help. This gets the move across the country utilizing shipping lanes. With LTL, you only pay based on the space that your things occupy and not by weight. This can help with cost savings as well. 

Some moving companies will take care of all loading and unloading and offer white glove services to sweeten the deal. If you are looking for a timely, convenient moving company, look no further than Appalachian Movers Transport. 

Our outstanding customer service and attention to detail leave our customers feeling safe and satisfied. When you work with us, you know that your belongings are in the best hands possible. We know how stressful moving can be, so let us handle the hard work while you focus on getting your life together in your new home! Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote. We look forward to working with you!