Posted on 12/29/21

How To Prepare For Cross Country Relocation

How To Prepare For Cross Country Relocation

America is the land of the free. This means that Americans have always been known for their ability to move from one place to the next. According to the US Census Bureau, around 40,000,000 Americans move each year. This is one of eight Americans. Or, to put it another way, all Californians. You may move one block away, or across the street. However, cross-country moves are common due to a variety of reasons.

Although big moves can be exciting, it can feel daunting to move yourself and your belongings from one place to another. It can also feel overwhelming if you aren't prepared. We reached out to the nation's leading relocation experts for their advice. Do what the experts suggest to save time, money, stress, and effort.

Create a Checklist

There are many things to consider when moving, no matter how local or long distance. To make sure you aren't stressed out about the details of moving, you can use a moving checklist. Ali Wenzke is the author of "The Art of Happy Moving".

Before you make a move, you should start by listing everything you need. It may take you a while to complete your list. It's difficult to remember everything. Next, order the items according to importance. Prioritize the most important items. It's likely that you have limited time so it's important not to waste it. You can also create a schedule that will indicate when each item should be completed. Don't forget to add "arrange auto transportation" if you don't plan to drive. Although it's likely to be easier and cheaper than you think, moving your vehicle across the country is possible. However, it is a good idea to start the process early.

Know Your Destination

"I recommend researching the cost of living in a new city compared to your home. This includes property taxes rates and state and city taxes. Chelsea Lambert and The Portable Wife

This type of research is now possible thanks to the abundance of online resources. Make a budget based on the information you gather about your new house. You don't want financial stress in a situation that is already difficult. Moving can be expensive. Consider all your moving costs, including auto transport. You should also consider other important expenses such as gas, insurance, and parking. You may be tempted to assume that driving is a given, especially if it's cheap and simple. It's important that you consider your vehicle when planning your move.

Advocate for Yourself

"Many people don’t know what they have to ask their company for. We will send them a list of typical relocation expenses that a company may cover.   

Employers may cover relocation costs if you are moving to a job with an existing company or one that is new. If they do already cover relocation expenses, they might be open to covering more if you make a convincing case. Add up the amount you plan to spend on moving and subtract how much living expenses will rise in your new area. The hard numbers show that moving can be more expensive than your employer might realize. Ask your employer if they will pay for a portion of the move. It doesn't matter if your employer pays for the move. You probably don't want too much pressure on the subject. However, it's not inappropriate or unusual to request relocation reimbursement. It might surprise your employer if you don't ask.

Move Car Auto Transport- Make Relocation Easier

There are many things you need to consider when you plan a cross-country move. Another confusing aspect you might have to face is auto transport. Move Car Auto Transport can help you make it simple. To estimate the shipping cost and find shippers to deliver to your destination, use our online calculator. With our help, every step of the process, from picking up the vehicle to dropping it off to meeting with the driver, is easy. Contact our team with any questions. Have fun moving!