How to Make Sure You’re Ready for Your Big Move

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If you are making a big cross-country move, you likely have a long checklist of things to plan for so that the move goes as smoothly as possible. Finding a reliable moving company, figuring out the best way to get to your final destination, and keeping your possessions protected are just some of the things you need to do before the move happens.


Learn more about what you need to do before you make your big move across the United States and leave your old home behind for a great future in your brand new home.


Consider getting a warranty for your RV.



If you have a recreational vehicle, you should protect that investment as much as possible, especially if you are moving it across the country. It may be a good idea to buy an RV warranty or extended warranty in case of any mechanical components malfunction on your trip. This can give you some peace of mind during a stressful moving period. Most warranty plans will allow you to have a service plan that covers RV repairs at a licensed repair facility. This can also be a good option if your manufacturer’s warranty has either expired or does not cover everything needed.


Search for a reliable moving company.



You’ll need a moving company that is reliable and that you can trust with your possessions. While a cheap moving quote may seem enticing, it could mean that you end up with a mover who does not treat your stuff well. Make sure you find one that has good reviews and seems willing to work with its customers. Moving is not an easy time, and the wrong moving company can just make it so much more complicated than it needs to be.


Create a travel plan well in advance.



Try to make the drive as enjoyable as possible. If your drive passes by any tourist attractions, then plan to take breaks to visit them. If you have kids, they may like seeing those along the way and it will help break up the long drive across the country. Nail the travel plan down early, book hotel reservations that are close to the highways, and plan out any stops for food. Moving is expensive and you may need to budget out how often you eat out while you’re traveling.


Schedule a garage sale to sell any items that you won’t take with you.



You might want to pare down your possessions before moving, and one way to make a little extra money for your moving fund could be to have a garage sale. You can sell items that you don’t plan to take with you, such as furniture that won’t fit in your new house or toys that your kids don’t play with anymore. In addition, there will be fewer things that you won’t need to pay the moving company for. Consider donating any unsold items to a local thrift store or other nonprofit.


Find things to do in your new city.



Make sure to research and locate new things to do in your new city. Your kids may feel reluctant to move away from friends, but if you tell them that you’ll be close to Disney World or the sights and sounds of New York City, then that could provide some excitement for them and get them more hyped up about the big move. It may also benefit you and your spouse to learn more about the area and find things that interest you, such as a local gym with yoga courses or a highly-rated Thai food restaurant. Give every person in your family something to be excited about.