How To Handle Cross-Country Moves

How To Handle Cross-Country Moves

How To Handle Cross-Country Moves

Any move can be stressful. However, a cross-country move can add to the building stress. Whether moving by choice or out of necessity, a long-distance move can be a life-altering experience. You are leaving familiar places and faces and heading off on an adventure into areas you might not know what to expect. 

To help reduce moving-related stress, we have compiled a list of things to help make your move go much smoother. If you still need help with your cross-country move, we are Bethlehem interstate movers and we’re happy to help!

Before Moving Across Country

The most beneficial thing you can do to help make your cross-country move go smoothly is to start preparing and getting organized early. Create a place in your home to store supplies and start stacking packed and ready-to-move boxes.

This is when you should make a checklist of everything that needs to be done. Though this list will help you plan, take a moment to brainstorm everything you need to do, including cleaning, addressing changes, shutting off utilities, scheduling appointments for new utility providers, and more.


Paying for a long-distance move can get expensive. Everything from paying for the moving company and supplies to making down payments or deposits on your new home can make a move very costly. When you know you are moving, write down all possible expenses and plan a budget on how you plan to save for the move and spend the money.

Determine How to Move Your Belongings

Once you know your budget, it is time to determine how you will get your belongings from where you live now to where you are moving. Get estimates for moving companies and trucks, and compare the costs of moving yourself versus hiring a company to help.

Make Cross-Country Travel Plans

The next step in your cross-country move is to make your travel plans. Will you be driving, flying, or using other means of transportation to get to your new location? Some things to consider when making cross-country moving plans may include the following:

  • How much stuff will you be taking with you?
  • How much time do you have?
  • Do you need to drive your car?
  • Is it possible to afford to fly?
  • Will you be traveling alone?
  • Is your new hometown near the airport?

Create a Packing Plan

Similar to a moving checklist, your packing plan outlines how you pack your belongings and at what point in the moving process you will pack certain items. When creating a packing plan, some things to consider may include:

  • Packing timeline
  • Itemizing and labeling boxes
  • Downsizing and decluttering
  • Purchasing or finding boxes and supplies

Set Up Mail Forwarding

Alert the USPS of your address change and when you want your mail to start being forwarded to the new address. You can complete the change of address online or by visiting your local post office branch.

Hopefully, this list helps get you started and prepared to handle a long-distance move. If you are still needing help, contact us at Louderback Moving. We are one of the leading long-distance moving companies in Easton, PA, and are here to help you with your upcoming cross-country move.


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