Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / by Sonya Reiselt
Whether it be due to a job change, or just needing to experience something new, cross-country moves have always been a frequent occurrence throughout the country, especially in ideal destinations like the Lowcountry. With the option to work from home permanently becoming more and more common, homeowners are now afforded the potential to move to a location that they’ve always dreamed of living and raising a family in. While there are always logistics to think about anytime you move, the list lengthens considerably when there is traveling concerned. So, if you’re hoping, and planning, on making that illustrious move across the country, make sure to plan and follow the steps below!
1. Budget accordingly
The first thing you should do when thinking about a budget for moving across the country is researching average costs of items such as a moving truck, movers, potential overnight stays, eating while on the drive, gas, etc. Once you have the knowledge of what to expect as far as various costs are concerned, you can determine what you can afford as far as professional help and travel luxuries.
2. Set a timeline
Planning everything out accordingly and setting a timeline for yourself leading up to the move can’t be stressed enough. From collecting boxes, packing up each room, scheduling a shipping container/moving truck, and making other various preparations, you need to set goals and a timeline in order to ensure you get everything done in time and aren’t waiting until the last minute.
3. Get the kids excited by exposing them to fun activities in the new town
Moving can be difficult on the kids, especially if they’re moving across the country to an unknown, new, city. Researching your new city, based on their interests can help build anticipation, allowing them to focus more on the excitement of the new city, and all that it has to offer them, and less on what they might be leaving behind.
4. Research and set up schools and other various professionals you’ll need beforehand
This will not only save you time but also decrease stress levels when you arrive at your new destination. Once the move is done, and the unpacking is complete, you’ll want to focus on getting acclimated and enjoy your new home, instead of spending all of your time scheduling appointments and getting things in order. Having a school, doctor, dentist, etc., will be nothing but a relief. Also – Don’t forget about changing your address right away and getting your mail forwarded!
5. Figure out what you need right away at the new house.
Unless you’re driving the moving truck with all of your belongings in it yourself, there’s a chance you’ll get to your new home before your possessions do. It’s important to factor this in when thinking about what you pack and take with you in your personal car. Items such as the right amount of clothing, pet necessities, medications, phone chargers, personal hygiene products, and bedding, should all be considered, just in case there’s a delay in the arrival of your possessions.
While moving can always be a daunting task, especially when there’s distance involved, there is no better feeling than the fresh start that lies ahead. Whether it be to a luxury destination such as the Lowcountry, or elsewhere, make the most of your move by being as prepared as you possibly can!