Moving across the country is an exciting – and sometimes overwhelming – undertaking. You may feel elated for this new adventure, sad about leaving your friends and family, and anxious about the logistics of it all. There are a few ways to go about this life-changing move; keep reading and pick the method that’s best for you.
Full-service movers: This option may be the easiest on you, but also the most expensive. You can pay people to pack up your stuff, put it in their truck, drive it across the country, and unpack it at your destination. If your job is paying for your move or money isn’t a concern, go with full-service movers and save yourself a lot of stress.
U-Haul: Cheaper than hiring movers, renting a U-Haul and doing the work yourself can save you some money. But it also means a lot more work on your end, including driving a large vehicle on unfamiliar roads. If you’re moving solo, consider bringing a friend or family member with you and flying them back home. It will make the drive much more enjoyable and put you more at ease!
Shipping: If you only have a few large items, it’s possible to ship them to your destination. Services like uShip can ship large furniture, TVs and even pianos, and will give you online estimates for each item. You can also ship large boxes via USPS or FedEx while you drive or fly to your new home without having to lug your belongings with you.
Starting fresh: If you have little more than a futon, Ikea dresser and dishes from a garage sale to your name, consider leaving your belongings behind and making some much-needed upgrades. If the cost of moving your stuff is more than the stuff is worth, put it on Craigslist and start shopping! Anything you buy online or at a furniture store can be shipped directly to your new address, often free of charge.
Congratulations on this new chapter in your life, and good luck with the move! Share any tips you have on cross-country moves in the comments below.