Planning a cross-country move can be quite an undertaking. Everything from picking a city to finding a home, to finally packing up what you need and going – can be incredibly overwhelming. Lucky for you, we have compiled a few tips here that should help to keep your move as stress-free as possible.
1. Pack Light
We really can’t stress this one enough. People tend to get attached to their things, but a lot of times, it makes more financial sense to sell or give away your larger furniture items, and buy new things on the other end. It’s not a choice for everybody, of course. However, if you are planning any long-distance move, you should really consider downsizing as much as you are able to.
In an ideal world, you could make a little money selling off furniture, save a lot of money by only needing to bring a few things with you, and then buy all new stuff for your new home. As much as you might think you will miss your old furniture, a lot of people wind up being really happy with some new furniture.
2. Save Money With Pods
If you have a little flexibility with the timing of your move, you can actually save quite a bit of money by utilizing moving pods. Pods are basically shipping crates that you can load up with almost anything. They come in various sizes so you can make sure that you get the pod that is right for you.
We’ve seen pods from a number of different companies. They offer many options, but one of them could probably work for your needs. Try PODS (Portable On-Demand Storage), ABF, or Door to Door Storage.
ABF even allows you to rent a portion of a trailer. They are a massive company and generally have routes going to every corner of the country at least twice a month. You can rent out 4′ increments of the trailer space and they completely divide it for you so that your items are secure. This can reduce the cost of your move greatly, as opposed to having a single carrier handle the entire move for you.
3. Ship Smaller Boxes
If you only need to move a few boxes, your best but might be to ship them. You can compare rates from FedEx, UPS, DHL, or USPS, but they are most likely all cheaper than hiring a long distance carrier. You can even have your packages insured and tracked so you will know exactly when to expect them.