Maybe it’s the laidback, sunny lifestyle that attracted you to Southern California, or maybe it’s the rich, cobblestoned history of New England that’s pulling you to Boston city slicking. No matter what’s driving you to make your big cross-country move, you’re already anticipating the many changes the process will bring.
In your special situation, unpreparedness is the killer of joy. Monumental, life-changing moves are nothing to take lightly, so before you pack up your apartment and seal the deal on your new lease, make sure you’ve nailed down this primed and perfected cross-country moving checklist!
❏ Designate time with your family and close friends before your final sendoff
Sure, you’re plenty excited to get settled into your new state of residence, and your friends and family are too! But there’s no getting rid of that slight twinge of sadness you feel the closer your move-out date gets. Take the time to really bond with the people you care about before starting your new life!
❏ Sell what you can
Out with the old and in with the new, right? Before ditching all of your belongings, be sure to sell hot-ticket items that could actually put more money in your bank account. Figuring out how to sell your car or make money off of old electronics is as simple as a Google search. Be sure to get the best bang for your buck before visiting your local donation center.
❏ Label boxes
Packing can get messy, especially when you’re able to fit just about anything you want and need into a huge moving truck. Before undressing your bookshelves and turning your wardrobe inside-out, label your packing boxes so everything has a place and you avoid an unnecessary mess.
❏ De-clutter your home
De-cluttering your home before diving into packing and box-labeling will help you weed out what you definitely need for your move, and what you definitely don’t need to pack along. Go room by room to avoid feeling overwhelmed, and give yourself plenty of time ahead of the big day to thoroughly de-clutter.
While you don’t want to rush and get rid of things you truly enjoy, you also don’t want to be weighed down by useless objects that serve no purpose in your current home or your future home.
❏ Get your vehicle serviced
Driving your car to your new home? Ensuring that your car is capable of safely transporting you from point A to point B without any issues should be at the top of your priority list. You’d hate to end up in the middle of nowhere needing an impromptu brake repair. No matter how new or safe you believe your car to be, get a professional to take a look at it so you can drive off with peace of mind.
❏ Break up your packing schedule
Leaving everything until the last minute is a terrible habit many of us are all too guilty of. When you’re moving across the country, the pressure is on. Forgetting something could cause serious head and heartache, so be sure to take your time with the packing process and break it up into a manageable schedule that fits your lifestyle. That could be a few hours a day, or a few days a week.
❏ Check with your movers for date confirmation
Imagine this: you’re packed up and ready to go, and the movers are scheduled to come in at 10 AM to help lug your favorite chaise into your rental truck. The clock strikes 10:30 and no movers showed up. Your time schedule is sensitive, so you’re panicking.
Before this nightmarish situation occurs, take the necessary steps to ensure this never happens to you. Call your movers a couple of days before your move-out to confirm that they’ll be there at 10 AM sharp. The last thing you need is extra stress!
❏ Clean up your home
Rather than leave a nasty mess for the next tenants to clean, leave your old home on a positive note by sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing the place squeaky clean. Your landlord will appreciate it and you’ll feel lighter as you say your final goodbyes!
Moving across the country is an intimidating leap of faith, but it’s one you’re ready and willing to take. Set yourself up for future success by prepping for the big move with this handy checklist!