9.5 (Yes, Half) Tips for Moving Cross Country and What I Have Learned

Moving to a new location is an exciting experience but going all the way and moving cross country can become an epic family adventure if properly executed. It is a completely unique experience from any other move you could possibly make, however the amount of prep work to be done is correspondingly intense. Of course, that does not mean it is impossible, nor does it become a challenge you should shy away from. As a veteran of long-distance moves, here are a few things I have learned along the way.

Consider Shipping Your Car.

Most folks will drive their vehicle to a new location, but given the distance involved, and the fact that some families have more cars than drivers to drive them, it often becomes more efficient to ship your car and simply fly to your new home. Sometimes vehicles are leased and driving cross country would easily put you over budget on your allotted mileage. Other times, folks are concerned with putting excess wear and tear on their vehicles, particularly if those vehicles are expensive, or classic. The average cost to ship a vehicle is just under a thousand dollars, so determine if this is an expense you want to incur, or if you would like to spend a few days behind the wheel and seeing the country.

Have A Career Plan.

It is inadvisable to move to a new locale without having some means of support, although there are those who have done it. Do your homework and make every effort to secure employment before your move, that way you can jump in with both feet and start living and enjoying your new space to the fullest upon arrival.

Get Your Finances Arranged.

Carefully examine your financial situation, checking account, savings, stocks, bonds, retirement, even credit score. There is a myriad of expenses that accompany any sort of move, and you want to make sure you are able to budget for every contingency. You may find that the basics such as rent, gas, healthcare and food are markedly different from your previous location. Even basic rent can change as much as 45% from one coast to another, and depending on the community you are in.

Downsize. A lot.

A move is when you actually start seeing just how much stuff you actually have, and you would be surprised at how little you actually use anymore. Use the packing process to ask yourself some hard questions along the lines of “Does this still serve me in any capacity whatsoever?” If the answer is no, then get rid of it. You can donate used clothing, toys, electronics, even furniture, or you can just have a good old fashioned yard sale and make a few bucks in the process.

Pack Clothing Items Accordingly.

Clothes can often be the hardest items to pack up, so you will need to pack strategically. Opt for rolling your items as this keeps them largely wrinkle free and allows you to fit more into a given box. Any gaps between these rolls can be used for smaller items such as socks and delicates. Try to go for using smaller boxes instead of larger ones, as larger boxes will be much heavier and more cumbersome.

Make Use of Your Sphere.

Chances are, someone you know either lives or has lived in the area where you are going to be moving. Take advantage of that. Find out where the good neighborhoods or apartment complexes are, what industries are hiring, where the hotspots are for dining or nightlife. Your circle of friends will not steer you wrong.

Save All of Your Moving Related Receipts.

If your move is due to a relocation for work, you might be eligible for tax deductions or breaks as a result. Leave no stone unturned, right down to gas receipts and hotel bills and mileage and keep them in a safe place to provide to your tax preparer when tax season comes around again.

Details, Details, Details.

It is extremely easy to get so caught up in the excitement of preparing for a long-distance move that we forget and overlook the little things that need to be done.

  • Schedule the transfer of your utilities
  • Have all of your mail forwarded
  • Cancel or transfer any local memberships such as gyms, etc.
  • Arrange for keys to be dropped off or transferred to the new occupants
  • Collect and store all personal records and important documents in a safe, secure place.

Be Flexible with Expectations.

It does not matter how well planned your move is, or how perfect things may be going. There is always going to be the occasional glitch, hiccup, stumble, whatever you want to call it. Your help might be late arriving, or you could have a mechanical breakdown en route. And in the era of Covid 19, it is safe to say pretty much anything and most often does happen. It becomes important to remain calm and be willing to bend to accommodate the unforeseen.

Oh, and that “half tip” mentioned?

Take the time to explore your new surroundings once you get there. Unload, unpack, but do not miss out on any opportunity to learn more about your new location. You will be amazed at the new local spots, restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural opportunities available to you. Oh, and you might make some new lifelong friends in the process.

A cross country move does not have to be a chore. Done right, with proper planning and execution, this can easily become one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that you and your family can ever have. For additional assistance with all your moving needs, contact the professionals at California/New York Express Movers. We have decades of experience doing exactly what you need done, and we are ready to make your cross country move a reality. Call today for a free, no obligation estimate and let us get you on the road to your new life!

If you’re moving with horses to a new home, thorough planning and preparation is very important. Many horses travel frequently, however, each move can be different.  

Before you begin moving and transporting your horse, find out what documentation is required to enter or travel through each state, as regulations differ throughout the United States. You’ll need to check health requirements. Common documentation required when traveling with a horse includes: certificate of vet inspection, coggins test, brand inspection card, and possibly a passport health certificate.  

How do you transition a horse to a new home? 

Once you arrive at the horse’s new home, whether it’s a stable or a pasture, acclimate them slowly to the new environment. If there’s other horses, after a few days, begin to integrate the new horse.  

What is the first thing to do when you bring a horse home? 

Have a generous amount of hay, or a pasture that’s plentiful with grass, and a good supply of water and shelter.  

How long does it take for a horse to get used to a new home? 

If the horse is moving with its current owners, than the transition period will generally be less than if the horse is moving to a new home with new owners. It usually takes between 6 months to 1 year for a new owner to get used to and trust its new horse, however the horse will have already figured out its new owner within less time.  


Is moving emotional?

Yes! Moving can bring up different emotions in different people. We become attached to our homes, our surroundings and the lifestyle we’ve created. Moving might require having to say goodbye to friends and loved ones. It can become an emotional rollercoaster. Some of the emotions one might experience, could include excitement, fear, sadness, or, if the move is sudden, a feeling of surprise, even anxiety. You could also have a mixture of emotions at the same time or throughout the process of the move. Whatever the emotion, its important to recognize it.  

How do you cope with your emotions when you move?  

While preparing for a move, it’s essential to stay on track. If any emotions do surface, use them as an opportunity to put your attention on what you can look forward to once you move. Spend time researching your new hometown and how to pursue yours and your family’s current interests, and perhaps find new ones.  

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Why does moving house cause anxiety? 

There is a lot to coordinate when moving to a new house, new city or a new state. Anxiety can build up if we become to stressed, worried, or overtired.  Uncertainty of the future can also cause anxiety, so it’s a good idea to stay calm. So, how do I stay calm during a move? Being positive, having a healthy diet, regular exercise and enough rest throughout the move can really help to keep you calm and focused.  

Moving to a new home?

You’ll want to share this exciting news with everyone! Nowadays, social media is where we go to share life events. But, before you announce your move, know why announcing the move on social media is not always advised.   

Security experts advise that details of a move should not be publicly shared on social media. It can invite possible burglary or vandalism, to both your old and new home, especially if you share your moving dates and status updates, along with images. In addition, not only will close friends and relatives see your exciting news, but also colleagues, acquaintances, and some people that you really might not know at all. So, How do you announce your moving on social media? If you decide to announce your move on social media, you can create an events page. Make sure that your privacy settings are turned on. Sending a private message within the social media site to all those you want to tell, is a safer way to announce your move. If facebook is your social media platform, what should you not post on facebook status? Do not share the address of your current home, or the home you’re moving too. Do not post images of the layout of your home.  

Do you have to tell people you’re moving? If you do announce your move on social media, it’s best to first tell the people closest to you. 

How do I prepare for an international move? 

Its possible that moving internationally will require you start preparations many months prior to the move date. Depending on the country you’re moving to, some factors might need to be taken into consideration. These could include: visa requirements, work permits, and customs documentation. Make sure you have all relevant paperwork before entering your destination. Delivery timeframes for international moving differ from moves within the United States. Knowing transit times allows you to prepare your packing plan ready for moving day. Before you begin packing, check if certain items cannot be moved, or will require duty and import fees. You’ll also want to understand how do you pack clothes for moving overseas. Firstly, sort through your clothing; you might not need some items where you’re moving. Use a combination of wardrobe boxes, and different sized moving boxes. It’s a good idea to seal woolens, and put moth preventers in the boxes. This will protect clothing while your belongings are in transit.  

International relocation

 Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff? Relocating, especially internationally, is a good opportunity to downsize. Get shipping quotes for moving your current belongings while at the same time source costs to buy new stuff once you arrive. You can then determine which will be cheaper.  

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