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Essential cross country moving checklist

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As we all know, cross country relocation can be a very complicated and confusing process. One of the things that can help you stay organized, however, is a cross country moving checklist. Still, if you never had an opportunity to move, you might find it difficult to construct a proper moving plan. Therefore, New Leaf Moving Group decided to share their knowledge with you and help you to organize a smooth and stress-free interstate relocation. So let’s begin.

You need experience in order to prepare a proper cross country moving checklist

People who do not have experience in moving usually think that hiring cross country movers Florida will be the only thing that they will have to do before moving. Still, preparing an interstate moving checklist is one of the essentials whenever and wherever you are moving. Of course, some types of relocations are more complicated than others.

If you are moving across the street, for example, preparing a moving plan will be easier than when you are moving long-distance, to another state. If you do not have enough experience to know what to do and when we are sharing this moving checklist example to help you understand what are the things that you will have to do while preparing for a move.

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You cannot prepare a proper interstate moving checklist if you do not have enough experience in moving

First, prepare your moving budget

In addition to being complicated and stressful, interstate relocation can be very expensive as well.  It is not unusual that a cross country move costs more than $10,000. That is why the first item on your interstate relocation checklist is to prepare your moving budget. You need to know how much money you have at your disposal so you could know how much you need to be careful. Of course, the more money you have the easier your relocation will be. If you are tight on budget, on the other hand, you will probably have to do more manual work. Thus, your relocation will be more physically and mentally demanding.

For example, when a company is moving, they usually do not have to worry about their moving expenses. So they are free to hire full-service office movers Boca Raton based to do everything. On the other hand, if you are tight on budget,  you will probably have to do the packing, disassembling, loading, and unloading on your own. The good thing, however, is that you have this option available.

Deal with your moving inventory

Once you have prepared your moving budget, you need to deal with your moving inventory. This is the most important part of the preparation process. And it is closely related to your moving expenses. Of course, the more items you have to move, the more you will need to pay. Additionally, more items mean more work. Therefore, you need to think well before you decide what to carry with you and what to get rid of. Bear in mind that your relocation costs will be determined according to the weight of your moving inventory. Therefore, if you want to reduce the cost of your move, you will need to remove the heaviest items like furniture, for example.

How to get rid of your excess items

When you are removing your excess items you will have a few options available. And every option has its pros and cons. Here is what you can do.

Organize a garage sale and help your moving budget

Organize a garage sale. This approach requires a lot of time and effort to organize. But if you do it right, you can earn a lot of money that you can add to your moving budget.

An old chair with a garage sale note on it
The best way to get rid of your junk is to organize a garage sale

Sell your items to a used furniture retailer in your area

Sell your items to a used furniture retailer in your area. This is the fastest way to get rid of your items and earn some money along the way. But do not expect to earn as much as you would on the garage sale.

Donate your items, feel good about it, and earn tax relieves

Donate your items. This is also a good way to get rid of your items. Most charity organizations will come to pick up the items that you have prepared. You will feel good about helping those in need and you can become eligible for certain tax deductions if you donate while moving interstate.

Pay professionals to do it for you

Call a junk removal service. This is probably the easiest way to remove your excess items. But do not forget that you will have to pay for this service. Certainly not the thing that you need during an expensive move.

Store your items in a storage unit and keep them until you need them again

Rent storage units Boca Raton. If you are not sure that you want to get rid of your items, and you do not want to pay for their relocation, rent a storage unit, and keep them until you need them again.

Prepare a moving inventory list before calling movers

Once you remove your items, you will need to prepare a moving inventory list. Write down every item that you plan to move with you. Note your items’ names, sizes, weights, colors, serial numbers, condition, and every other thing that you find important. If you use some of the available moving inventory apps, you can even add a photo of your items as well. Very useful and practical.

preparing a moving inventory list
It is very important to have a moving inventory list before you call your movers

Find reliable movers to help you in your task

Once you have your inventory list in your hand, the next item on your interstate relocation list is to find a reliable interstate moving company.  Use the internet to locate reliable movers and use your inventory list to get reliable moving quotes. Get several quotes to compare and pick the one that suits your moving budget. If you decide to hire a full service moving company, then your only task will be to pack your bag with essentials and wait for your movers that will pack, load, transport, unload, unpack and arrange your items in your new home.

If you do not pay for a full moving service, your cross country moving checklist will be much longer

That is how your cross country moving checklist should look like. Of course, if you do not want to pay for a full moving package, you will also have to find packing materials and pack on your own. But this is something that we do not recommend, especially if you do not have proper experience in packing for a long-distance move.

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