Moving across the country can be a genuinely hectic endeavor. There are so many things involved that even the slightest mistake can make the entire process almost unbearable. However, you can do a few things to make things a little easier and save yourself some headache. Here are five simple tips to make your move across the country just a little bit easier.
Just because you were moving does not mean that everything you own needs to move with you. Frequently, there are many items that you do not need or do not use anymore. Many of these items can be thrown in the trash or recycled. However, some items may not be of any use to you but could undoubtedly be useful to others. Try to find a local nonprofit organization that assists people less fortunate than yourself. Perhaps there is even a local Goodwill store in your area. Many people would greatly appreciate the use of items that you no longer need. Do not hesitate to pass along the many blessings in your life to someone else less fortunate. They may one day be able to do the same for someone else.
Create an Inventory List:
Now that you have gotten rid of all of the unnecessary items, you need to make an inventory list. Your list should include but not be limited to electronics, furniture, clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchen appliances, art, collections, linens, etc. An inventory list can help you stay organized and help you with the packing and unpacking process.
Hire a Reputable Moving Company:
Many problems related to the moving process have to deal with the moving company that you hire. Be sure to hire a moving company with an excellent reputation from many previous customers regarding getting the job done. Cost is an important aspect. However, you cannot simply hire the cheapest company that claims they can do the job. You need a company that knows how to handle your valuable items during the packing and unpacking process. If you have multiple vehicles that you are moving as well, you need a company that is well experienced in that. For example, if you were moving to Hawaii, you would want to company with experience managing a Hawaii car transport. You should also make sure the company has experience mapping out the best route to use, preparing for inclement weather, roadwork, seasonal traffic, special events, and anything else that may delay the moving process. Your moving company should also be bonded and insured. That way, in the event of a worst-case scenario, you are financially protected from loss.
Get Moving Insurance:
Even though the moving company may be insured and bonded, depending on the specifics regarding the policy, you may not be 100% covered in the event of an accident or unforeseen circumstance. Getting a moving insurance policy is a smart move to protect you and everything you have worked so hard to acquire. While this is an additional cost in what may be an already expensive move, it is one you’ll be very thankful that you made if something tragic or unfortunate were to happen.
Update and Secure Your Most Important Documents:
Save yourself some potential headache by updating your address on as many important documents as you can before the move. This should include your driver’s license, health and auto insurance, and all financial documents, including your credit cards and bank accounts. Most importantly, be sure to forward your mail to your new address before you leave so that in case you forget something, your mail will be forwarded from your previous address to your new address.
While these tips will help you avoid many of the headaches that come with a cross-country move, if you fail to make a plan, then none of these tips can help you the way they should. While there is no such thing as a perfect moving experience, a solid plan can help minimize or eliminate many of the headaches and problems that can happen during the moving process. A good plan can also help you avoid unfortunate expenses that can come from not being adequately prepared. Be sure to include these tips in your written plan of action for your move’s specific needs. Your well-developed plan can help you save time, save money, and, most importantly, save unnecessary headaches.