Cross-Country Moving Tips for Apartment Renters

Author: Lauren Ross

San Francisco

I’m not sure if there is –or will ever be- a fine art to moving since relocating never goes as swimmingly as one hopes for.  Scheduling a move across the country can be quite daunting. However, it too is an exciting time as you begin the next chapter of your life in a new city. The stress, the packing, and the planning are all areas of concern for renters making the cross-country move – but don’t worry, there are a few ways to lessen the stress of moving and make the process more enjoyable.

Below are some useful cross-country moving tips for apartment renters:

Plan and prepare ahead of schedule. Moving to the other side of town can be taxing enough, but tacking on an extra thousand miles… that takes the cake! Pre-planning the move can help you prepare for when the big day comes. Begin making a checklist of all the things you need to do before the movers arrive. Research your new city and find out all there is to do. Look up childcare centers, animal hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores, and medical facilities near your apartment home. It’s also a good idea to start learning about the school district, and then make an appointment for enrollment.

Out with the old and unused. You’ll save a lot of money just by cleaning out your apartment. A few extra boxes of “junk” can take up valuable cargo space, which can result in shelling out more money for a bigger moving van. It might be hard to part ways with some of your belongings, but you don’t have to just toss them into the trash. Try assembling a yard sale, donating items to a local charity, or giving them away to friends and family as an alternative to throwing them away.

Secure your transportation. Do you know which way you plan on hauling your belongings? There are a few methods to consider:

  • Pack everything into your car and go
  • Rent a moving truck
  • Hire a full-service moving company

Your means of transportation will probably be determined by how much stuff you have in your current apartment. If you have a one-bed, one-bath, you may be able to get by with a moving truck, such as a U-Haul. A 2-4 bedroom apartment may need something larger. If you plan on renting a moving truck, or hiring a moving company, be sure to check out estimates early on so you can get the best deal. Also, confirm in writing that they’re available on your scheduled moving day.

Keep tabs on important docs. Before you seal the last box, make sure you have all of your important documents with you. Paperwork such as new apartment info, car registration and insurance, passports, and birth certificates should be kept in a folder on you. Airing on the side of caution, also keep these docs in a waterproof bag inside your folder.

Think positively.  The whole moving process is typically rough, so it’s important to stay calm and positive during the transition. Just think, you’re starting a new chapter in your life! Plus, you have the opportunity to give your new apartment home a fresh look, which is exciting!

Moving across multiple state lines can certainly be demanding, but hopefully these tips will make the planning and hauling process go more smoothly. Before you hit the road, check your cell and GPS battery for a full charge; a dead cell or navigation can hamper a road trip. If you’ve hired a moving company, store their contact number in your phone and check with them that they have the right address.

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