Moving cross-country can be one of the biggest undertakings of your life. There are a million variables to consider — some of which you have very little control over. But with a meticulously crafted plan and careful execution, you can cut this mammoth project down to size. We’ve got a few helpful tips that’ll get you from New York to LA and everywhere in between — safely and easily.
You know how you usually just camp out at your local 24-hour supermarket for the boxes that are left over after they stock the shelves? Yeah, those boxes aren’t going to cut it for a cross-country move. Because your items will likely be tossed around over the long stretch to your new city, you’ll need to invest in high-quality moving boxes, and pack everything so that it’s well cushioned.
If you decide to invest in movers, make sure that you thoroughly vet the company and make sure that they’re an honest, trustworthy organization. The best way to find a mover is through recommendations from friends, family or co-workers. If someone in your circle had a good experience with a company, chances are good that you’ll have similar luck. But if you can’t get a firsthand recommendation, you’ll have to do a quick background check yourself:
It goes without saying that you should probably leave perishable foods behind, but what about those non-perishables? Things like cooking oil and bottled juices may seem safe to pack and take with you to the new place, but the intense jostling of items in the back of a moving truck often causes them to burst and leak onto your stuff. And you definitely don’t want to kick off your life in a new city with damp, sticky belongings.
Moving cross-country certainly isn’t cheap, so here are a few ways you can save a few bucks:
Items like your passport and expensive jewelry should always be kept close by during your move. Ideally, it’d be best to invest in a small safe and if possible, keep it with you at all times. If you’re hiring movers, make sure the safe you select is made from very thick steel — at least 11-gauge strength.
With a little preparation, your cross-country move can be a surprisingly pleasant adventure for the entire family.