Today’s moving Monday is dedicated to cross country moving. There are huge differences when planning a move across the city or across the country. For long distance moves you are more likely to pack everything you own into one moving truck for a one time haul. Where as if you are moving somewhere new in a 25 mile radius multiple trips is an option.
The first thing you want to do is schedule the moving company. Whether you are having the moving company do everything or just renting a truck, you want to make sure you have everything lined up a couple weeks before the move. Moving companies have busy seasons just like other industries, if you have flexibility in your moving time frame look into these before planning your move.
If you are going the moving company route you have to decide how much you want them to take care of for you. They can do everything including packing, wrapping furniture, loading the truck, driving to location, moving and unloading everything. Or as little as loading the truck, driving to your destination and unloading the haul. Centurion Moving & Storage is a local company that offers these services; UHaul & Mayflower are national companies that offer these services.
If you decide to go the DIY route to save some money you just have to plan things with more detail. You will want to accumulate as many boxes and packing blankets as possible to keep your furniture safe during the long drive. You will also need to pay careful attention to how you pack things in the truck, think along the lines of Tetris. Make sure if you rent a moving truck it is the smallest size you need, extra space allows things to move around more while driving. If you go the DIY route you will have more control over how things are packed and labelled, which helps out immensely when it comes to unpacking in your new home.
Another option when moving cross country is renting a portable storage pod. You pack the pod in your driveway and then it is picked up and shipped to a location of your choosing. This option is becoming more and more popular these days. Popular moving container companies include; PODS, United Mayflower’s container, U-Haul’s U-Boxes, and 1-800-PACK-RAT.