Cheap And Cheerful: Moving Cross Country

So when it comes to moving across the country, there’s a lot of things you need to take into account. Is everything packed up properly and securely? Do you have a long haul driver on your side to take everything to your new place for you? Have you paid all the necessary fees for your new house? The point is, there’s a lot that can play on your nerves!

Moving house can be an extremely stressful time, but when you’ve decided to take the plunge and move to another part of the country entirely, there’s a whole ‘nother level of stress to consider! However, it doesn’t have to be this way when you’ve got some solutions on your side that can make the process a lot cheaper and a lot safer to undertake.

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Are You Going for the Right Reasons?

There’s a lot of reasons we can move house, away from our friends and family and into uncharted territory. Some are big, such as the need to be nearer an aging parent, and some are small, such as needing a little more space to breathe. But before you finally make the decision to take the plunge, it might be a good idea to give it another think through.

Maybe you’ve gotten a new job in another city hundreds of miles away and thus you have to move in order to make any money at all. When you’re in a situation that makes it impossible to stay where you are, don’t panic, there’s a lot of your doubts that can be immediately smoothed away.

First of All, Make a To Do List

So once you’ve decided it’s absolutely the right decision to move across the country, it’s time to form a plan. And there’s no better way to do that than with a list you can easily cross off and add to when need be. Don’t even think about making a move without writing down all of the tasks you have to get done first, as you might just forget to cancel that one broadband contract that could end up costing you hundreds if you move without stipulating your new conditions!

So write down the little things as well as the bigger tasks, as it’s these we often leave behind in our rush and panic. Your list is going to fill up and up, and just seeing that happen can immediately zap all of our energy, but it’s a necessary evil to undertake. Take some hints from people who’ve done it before you to make sure the considerations you didn’t even know about are down on paper. Only then will you be truly ready to make your move.

But What if I Can’t Adapt?

There’s no can’t about it! You’re always going to be able to get accustomed to a new environment! No matter where you decide to end up, there’s a lot you can do to make sure you’re comfortable with the people and the places you’re going to end up frequenting.

There’s a lot of little checks to try out as soon as you’re starting to settle in, such as driving around the city to make sure you know your main routes and the attitudes of the motorists around you. Also head to the supermarket to make sure you know the prices and products you’re going to have to fork out for, and whether shopping elsewhere is going to be more worth your time.

Boot up your phone, connect to your new wifi, and then map out all the places nearby that are of interest to you. It can be a great family activity to just have a drive, or a walk around to understand the lay of your new land. You live here now, you have the right to make sure the place services you in the way you need it to! It can also be a great way to get to know your neighbours; ask them for recommendations after you’ve introduced yourself, we always need friends on our doorsteps.

Should I Throw Anything Away?

This is always something to consider whenever you’re moving to somewhere new, and of course there’s going to be a lot of stuff for you to pack up. But, do you need to keep everything? Maybe it’s finally time to have that clear out of the attic you’ve been promising yourself for months now.

So whatever you have in storage, or just lying around the place, set it into three piles: keep, throw, and take to charity. If something’s in good condition, make sure you offer it up to help out people a little less fortunate than you (and a good guide for deciding what items are worth it can be found here).

Everything’s Packed Up, But What About My Car?

Usually people like to use their car to transport themselves across country, but when you’ve got an entire freight truck in your name for a good few hours, why not just ride with them? You’ll be able to keep an eye on everything you’ve packed in the back, and you’ll be saving money on petrol at the end of the day! But you car still needs taking care of.

Instead of having someone else drive your vehicle to your place, use car transportation to make sure you get your vehicle across the country in the cheapest way possible. These companies like to transport multiple vehicles at once, so you’re only going to have to pay part of a fee for fuel. They also make sure your car is kept safe and secure attached to their vehicle, and once again the petrol costs won’t be astronomical.

It doesn’t have to be expensive and stressful to move across the country, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before you go. Take all the advice of people who have done it before you, and always remember that each experience is personal! Just because someone else suffered doesn’t mean you have to as well.

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