How to Manage a Cross-Country Move

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No matter how simple cross-country moving looks, it’s not as easy as it looks, and it doesn’t even look easy! There are various aspects to consider upon choosing to move cross country. Whether it’s choosing the right location, changing your address or fixing a few other requirements in the process of moving, the act of moving itself is no easy task. With the following tips you can move cross-country with relative ease.

Selling your home

Find a real estate agent

Finding the right real estate agent is the first step in selling your home. This can be tricky, especially if you want to sell and market your home as fast as possible before moving. If you’re looking for a real estate agent, you are looking for someone with a realistic and strategic approach. You need someone who will market the strengths of your home efficiently.

Do necessary preparations

Preparing your house to be on sale is the next step after you’ve officially decided to sell your home. In this preparation process, this includes any damages and repairs that you need to consider. Of course, you have to repair certain damages in your place before selling it to potential buyers, to increase the chances of it being appealing to customers. In the preparation, it’s also good to have decided on a firm date to release your home for sale.

Choose significant damages only

Connected to what was said above about fixing certain damages of your place, you can’t attempt to fix every damage that you see. Instead, the most practical thing to do is to repair the significant damages. This way, you’re not using all your money on damages and repairs. In addition, after you’ve completed the repairs, decluttered and organized, your home looks ready to be sold. Nothing impresses a potential buyer more than a well-maintained home, after all.

Take proper listing photos

The next step would be having the right kind of listing photos. As with anything, effective marketing is important which is why your listing is just as important as selling the place. The faster you get this right, the faster you can sell your home. When the photographer comes over to take pictures of your place, make sure the lamps are turned on for better lighting and overall ambiance. This gives the added effect of a refreshing and homey feeling. Another tip for taking pictures is that the more floor that can be seen, the more spacious the room would look.

You’re ready

The last crucial step is bidding your old home goodbye and saying hello to a fresh start at your new place. It can be hard to leave the place you’ve called home, especially when it holds sentimental value. However, it is one of the necessary steps in moving to a new chapter of your life into your new home. It will feel different at first, but you’ll get used to it eventually until you call it your new home.

Cross country moving

Lighten your load

The fact is, it’s always a good idea to donate or get rid of some of your things, including some of your furniture prior to a cross-country move. Doing this lessens your moving expenses, as the more things you move, the more it tends to cost. You can also opt for donating some of your furniture or used items to charity organizations such as Goodwill. This way, you know that your belongings will be in good hands.

Prepare your travel arrangements

It’s a good idea to plan your travel arrangements at least a month prior to the move. While this may seem like overkill, it is better to know where your stops are going to be, when you should arrive, and if you need to take an over night stop. This will alleviate some of the moving stress and make your move just a touch easier.

Research moving companies

You should have about three to five moving companies to choose from after you’ve done your research and compared significant aspects such as pricing and offerings. You should always check reviews and moving company ratings to know what other people think of this moving company.

You should also choose a moving company that is reliable and fits into your standards and price limits. Moving companies aren’t exactly cheap but choosing one for the convenience of your moving is the best decision you can make. Another thing you should ensure in choosing a moving company is that they are licensed. In addition, be sure the moving company of your choice is insured, and what the terms of their insurance are.

Document your items

As you’re packing, you should be documenting your items. This ensures security should anything break or if damage is caused to any of your belongings, you’ll have proof that proper care was not taken for your items. In this case, documentation is an advantage in filing a claim and in getting compensation for your damaged belongings.

Moving Storage

Something that might be useful as a part of a cross-country move is some moving storage. This will allow you to more easily transition into your new home. Rather than have your new house be littered with boxes, you can unload into your storage unit while bringing a car full of boxes into your new home at a time. While this may seem like an extra step, it can go a long way to ensuring your piece of mind while you unpack. It helps make the mountain of boxes smaller at the outset.


At the end of the day, it’s always a challenge to be sell your home or do a cross country move, and that doesn’t get easier when you need to do both. There are so many aspects to consider as you’re moving and none of these are just basic tasks.

However, with these important tips and steps, you should remember to take your time but never procrastinate, especially when making arrangements. In choosing a moving company, it’s important to not rush your decision and do exemplary research in all aspects of the moving company you chose to ensure your safety and security.

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