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  • Advice for Someone Moving Across the Country

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  • Published Date: February 16, 2023
  • Modified Date: February 16, 2023
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Moving across the country is a big move, and it can be an exciting one. It also requires a lot of planning and preparation if you want to minimize the stress involved. Here are some tips for making your move as smooth and successful as possible:

Plan Ahead

If possible, move during the summer or winter break between semesters. This way, you’ll have time to settle before classes start again. If this isn’t possible, look for ways to make your move as easy as possible by doing some of the planning ahead of time. For example, ensure all your bills are up-to-date so that you don’t have to worry about them once you arrive at your new home. If you’re moving across the country with family members or friends, plan out who will take which flights and when so that everyone arrives at the same time (and doesn’t have to wait for each other at the airport). Also, if any special things need to be done before moving day (like cleaning or packing), assign tasks among your group so that everything gets done in time and nothing falls through the cracks! If you’re flying, make sure you’re not going to miss anything important by leaving early or arriving late. Remember that many things can go wrong when traveling, so it’s best to plan as much as possible. Make a list of things you need to take with you on your trip, and then check off each item once it’s packed up and ready to go. This will help keep everything organized and ensure that nothing gets left behind at the last minute — especially important if you’re moving across the state.

Make Sure Your Pets are Healthy

Be sure to take all necessary steps to ensure your pets’ health is good before moving them across the country — even if they’re just going with you in the car! If there’s anything else you need to do before leaving, such as getting shots or having teeth removed, do it now so that it doesn’t get pushed off until after the move has already begun (and possibly become more expensive).

Research Your New City

You can’t know what you’re getting into unless you know what kind of place you’re moving to. So do some research before you move by looking at stats, reading news stories, and checking out local publications. Check out the weather report, too — if the winters are too cold or too hot for your liking that might be a deal breaker. Make sure there are jobs available where you’re going. And if there aren’t many jobs in your line of work, consider moving somewhere with more opportunities for people like you. Pack up early enough to check out potential places to live before moving all of your stuff cross-country.

Research the Area

Before you pack up and leave, research the city where you’re moving. Find out what living there is like and what people think of it. You’ll want to know what the weather’s like and whether walking around at night is safe. Check out local news sites and social media pages for more information about the area that interests you most.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Items Before Moving

Research local charities in your new town to know where to donate items like clothes and furniture when you get there. Make sure everything is packed up securely, so nothing gets damaged during transit! It is therefore important to hire long-distance movers for your safe moving.

Set Up Utilities

Setting up utilities can be a little tricky. If you are moving across the country, you will need to know how to set up utilities in your new home. Utilities are essential for ensuring that your new home is functioning properly and that you have access to electricity, gas, water, and sewerage services. In most cases, these services must be set up before you move to avoid paying for them later. It can be tricky and time-consuming if you are moving across the country and have no knowledge of setting up utilities. For this reason, it may be best to hire a professional company to ensure everything is running smoothly when you move into your new home.


If you’re moving across the country, congratulations! It’s a big undertaking, but you’re confident in your decision. The key, now, is to keep calm and carry on with as much normalcy as possible. And when you finally get settled in, make sure to start planning for that homecoming trip. It’ll give everyone a chance to see what their old friend’s been up to since they left town!

By Hannah Boothe
– is a freelance writer native to Northern California who spends her free time developing herself. Hannah enjoys the outdoors, she goes hiking whenever the weather permits and enjoys practicing yoga. She carves out time to journal and read whenever she can. She loves adventure and connecting with those around her.

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