Your Cross Country Move Checklist

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					?You may be moving for a new job, you may be moving to be closer to family, heck,
you may be moving just for a change of pace. It doesn't matter, there are certain items
that you need to attend to before you hit the road. If you follow this checklist, you'll
be set in no time.

1. Decide what you're willing to keep and what you're willing to throw away. If you've
had it forever, it might be time to chuck it. Pack all the stuff you want to keep, and if
you have any valuables, it's probably a good idea to insure them. The only kind of
insurance worth getting is replacement cost insurance. All of the other insurances are
based on weight, which doesn't help if you're shipping granny's antique jewelry.

2. Take photographs if you have a lot of things. It's easy to lose a box on a big move.
Pack all of the things from a room together, in order to keep the boxes organized.
Number the boxes, and write the name of the room that you're moving so you aren't
looking for the stuff from the guest bathroom with the stuff from the kids' rumpus
room.

3. You can even list what goes in which box. If you happen to lose a box, you will
know exactly what was in it, and how much it will cost to replace it.

4. Shop around for the cheapest movers and trucks. On a big move, it's usually better
to hire professionals. They have more experience moving and assembling large
furniture and won't scrape the walls of your new home. Ask people who have moved
what the best companies are, and don't be afraid to negotiate on prices.

5. When it comes to your car, you have a couple of options. A cross country road trip
is an epic journey. If this is something you're interested in, you need to think about the
reliability of your car, and the expenses along the way. It's an active form of vacation -
expenses and responsibilities include lodging, food, maintenance, weather and
possible routes. The road trip is fun, but it's definitely something you have to be
dedicated to - it will take at least a week, unless you intend to sleep in your car. And if
you're going to drive, it's worth it to see the sights. Our country is vast, and has more
diverse natural beauty than any other on earth.

6. Car transporting is another viable option. Car transport companies usually take
about a week to ten days to move your car from one coast to the other, and shorter if
you're moving a smaller distance. Most car transporters offerinsurance, so that if you
see a ding on your car, they will reimburse you. Pictures are a good way to ensure that
your car arrives in the condition you left it. Choose a company that is reliable and
well priced. Flying to your new home and leaving the car transport to someone else is
less stressful than taking the drive yourself, but don't forget to plan ahead for your
transportation needs upon arrival. Once you have all of these things taken care of, take
a breather. A cross country move is a big deal, and it can be stressful. After that, you
can get excited. A new home means new people, places, and opportunities. Good luck,
wherever you're headed!


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