Make your cross country move cheaper, easier, and more organized

The decision to move was hard, but you’ve made it. Maybe you got that killer job you’ve always wanted, maybe you’re going to school, or maybe it’s your heart that’s leading you to a new destination far away. No matter what the reason is, moving across the country is no easy feat. The worries, fretting, and endless phone calls with family and friends for advice was just the beginning.  Now it’s time to actually pack and move…

You might be moving across the country for work, or school, or for family, but whatever your reason may be make sure you have the storage container in Boulder that is right for you. These types of moves are usually more stressful or busy than cross city moves, being extra prepared can make this process a lot more smooth.  

How to Prepare For A Cross Country Move 
Your first order of business is a flurry of cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering. As you are about to find out, it takes a considerable amount of time and money to move cross-country.  Why pay to move things you don’t even want? This process should take place at least two months prior to your moving date so you have ample time to get as much work done as possible. Here is a simple three step plan to prepare for your cross country move:

Step 1: Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More! 
If you are anything like the average American, then you’ve probably been putting off Spring cleaning for a few years now. Take this opportunity to clean, dust and put everything away. Why should you be doing this? It’s impossible to take stock of what you have and what you need if you can’t find anything, and you’re going to need to clean up your house or apartment before you move on anyway. Besides, dust bunnies never chip in for gas, they’re dead weight.

Step 2: Get Rid Of Unwanted Items 
Do not take trash or unnecessary items with you. Trust me; you really won’t be needing your term papers from high school again – ever. Throw them out. Do you have clothing in every size imaginable in styles no one even recognizes anymore? Donate them! The less you have to pack or take with you, the better. If you have enough stuff to get rid of, have a yard sale. The extra cash can go towards your moving expenses!

Ways to Sell Your Stuff Before Moving 

  • Craigslist – List unwanted items on Craigslist and price them to sell!  It’s a great online marketplace to buy, sell, or trade anything.
  • Ebay – If you have specialty items that are a hard sell locally, then list them up for bid on Ebay, the online auction place.
  • Offer-up:  This is a great app for your smartphone or tablet to quickly take pics and list items for sale in your area.
  • Donate:  Anything that you can’t or don’t want to sell, you can donate to charities, local homeless shelters, etc to help somone in need while still getting rid of dead weight for the move.

How To Pack For A Cross Country Move 
Now that you know what you are taking with you, it’s time to organize and pack it all. You’re going to need strong sturdy packing materials. The same used moldy boxes you used the last time you moved aren’t going to cut it for moving across country. You are going to need brand new (or like-new) sturdy boxes and maybe some plastic bins as well. You’ll want tape and Sharpie Markers for labeling as well. For heavy items, you don’t want to get wet or crushed consider putting them in the plastic bins or boxes. After you move you can always reuse these for storage.

How To Pack A Moving Truck Or Portable Storage Container 

f you are packing your own rental truck or storage container, make sure to pack them correctly!  This means keeping the heaviest stuff low, the lightest stuff high, and filling up as much empty space as possible horizontally and vertically within the truck.   Properly pad furniture and electronics to avoid scratching, cracking, and breaking when things shift during the drive.

Money Saving Tip:  You can obtain most, if not all, of the necessary boxes and furniture padding for free.   Visit local grocery stores, electronics stores, department stores, etc and ask for free boxes.  Avoid fruit and fresh produce boxes as they can be soft, moldy, or bug infested.   You can also re-purpose clothing, comforters, blankets, etc as padding.

Read the full article here: Moving Across Country Like A Pro In 2017: The Complete Guide!