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Moving Across the Country Checklist: Tips for Reducing Stress


September 30, 2020


5 min

While it may sometimes be difficult to find the good that has come out of 2020, one of the best things has been working from home. The freedom that comes with working remotely has given employees the confidence and ability to work from almost anywhere. As more and more companies go remote for the foreseeable future, many employees are starting to question where they live.

If you are one of those adventure-seekers who are using this newfound freedom to move across the country, congratulations! This is a major decision and you should be proud of yourself. But odds are you are also really stressed out with all there is left to do.

Working full-time, packing your belongings, and coordinating a move across the country can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. The only thing you can really to do reduce stress is to be prepared.

The Comprehensive Moving Across Country Checklist

We recommend really starting to plan out your move two months before the day you leave. That means giving yourself a solid 8 weeks to plan every detail of your major relocation. Use this checklist below to help you plan out those two months and make your move as organized as possible.

2 Months Before You Move

This is when you’re going to set the stage for your organized move. You’ll want to create a digital folder to keep everything easily accessible over the next couple of months.

  1. Get at least 3 moving estimates from local companies in your area
  2. Create a designated moving budget to help you stay on track
  3. Research schools in the area you are moving (if applicable)
  4. Access all necessary medical records, school records, etc. from current providers
  5. Room by room, start packing up things you won’t be needing and give everything a label

1 Month Before You Move

Things are starting to get real. Use this last month to get yourself as organized as possible. Don’t wait until the last minute to do anything.

  1. Notify your insurance company of your upcoming move
  2. Start organizing services at the new home such as cable, internet, phone, etc.
  3. Start researching new doctors, vets, dentists, etc. near your new home
  4. Talk to the USPS about your address change, and reach out to pharmacies, the DMV, and any loan providers
  5. Create a pile of things you’ll place in storage instead of moving or selling

1 Week Before You Move

This is the home stretch! Start planning the final moments of your move and make sure you are not letting anything fall through the cracks that will make moving day more challenging.

  1. Transfer your utilities including water, gas, and electric
  2. Clean out your fridge, freezer, and cupboards of any leftover food
  3. Pack your essential boxes with all the things you’ll need immediately (Think toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, towels, phone chargers, etc.
  4. Arrange transportation for your children, your pets, and your moving day essentials
  5. Clean your home for the new homeowners

Moving Day

There is no way around it, moving day is going to be stressful. Do your best to be flexible, go easy on yourself and know there are only 24 hours in a day.

  1. Make sure you have cash to pay and tip your movers
  2. Clean the new house as much as possible before the movers arrive
  3. Once the movers leave your new home, immediately make your bed and unpack the essentials
  4. Make a run to the grocery store for essentials
  5. Celebrate a successful moving day with a mini-celebration

Simplify a Cross Country Move with ezStorage

If you are looking around your space and wondering how you will ever move all of your stuff across the country, you’re not alone. Over time, you accumulate more things than you will ever need in your new space. Use the moving process as a fresh start and purge things you don’t need, while investing in temporary storage for things you may need down the line. You can find quality ezStorage facilities right near your new home in Alexandria, Takoma Park, and Liberty, MD. With our all-new contactless rental option, you can rent a unit contactless and on your schedule. Or, if you prefer to rent a storage unit in-person, our Virginia and Maryland storage facilities are still open. Rent a storage unit today!

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