Tips for Moving Cross-Country

September 30, 2020 by No Comments

As the world continues expanding, people continue to find jobs and opportunities far from where they live. Maybe you’re in the same situation and now you’re wondering how difficult it would be to move your life and home across the country. Moving within a city can be daunting enough, but moving cross-country poses its own unique obstacles as well. That’s why being prepared and knowing some tips to make the journey smooth can be incredibly helpful in planning your new life in a new city.

Packing

Even if you’re using a national moving company, you’ll still have to pack up your belongings for the movers to load into a truck. To be an effective packer, you’ll need a variety of box sizes, some packing tape, and a permanent marker. Perhaps the most important step in packing is labeling. If you take the time to label each box with what’s inside, it makes unloading at your new destination much easier. Remember to put things like books or heavy objects in smaller boxes so you can lift them easily. Once you arrive at your new home, you can easily put the labeled boxes in the room where their contents belong, which makes unpacking even easier!

Maximize Space

Loading a moving truck is much like a delicate game of Tetris, where every item needs to fit in the smallest space possible (because smaller trucks cost less). To make as much of your truck as possible, make sure you declutter your home and thin out your belongings before you pack so you’re only bringing the essentials. This lessens how much you need to pack and can also be a good cleansing experience before you embark on a new journey. If you have items such as a chest of drawers or a dresser, leave the clothes in the drawers and then wrap the furniture to keep them closed. This way you don’t need to make space for extra containers full of clothes or coat hangers. Finally, you can take non-fragile items like clothes, purses, stuffed animals, blankets, etc., and simply pack them in garbage bags. These are much easier to stuff into small spaces and you know the contents won’t get damaged if they’re tossed around in the back of the truck.

Moving cross-country is a big project, but there are plenty of ways to make the project easier. Make sure you pack smart and maximize the space in your moving truck!