Moving is said to be one of the most stressful things possible. Moving cross country? Well, that is just a real honest to goodness nightmare. Not only do you have all the tasks, hassle, and veritable trauma of packing your entire life into some cardboard boxes, but you also have to lug them cross country, endure the long trip and somehow be human when you get there. It is no piece of cake, which is why being prepared is absolutely essential. There are a few things you can do to make your life easier, and though they may involve a little planning and money spent, do not panic. Anything that can literally save you stress, and suffering is worth it.
Firstly, though it may cost a little more, getting an online moving quote would be step one. Yes, you might think you can do it all yourself, and if you are looking to acquire some new grey hairs, then go for it, but if you like your locks and skin the way they are, cross country moving companies essentially do all the heavy lifting (literally) for you and save you endless stress and time. Using a moving cost calculator can give you a clear idea of prices before you actually start the process of choosing the right one for you.
Next, set up your utilities ahead of time. It sounds like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people do not do this, and end up in a dark, gasless, waterless house on their first night. This should be easily done online or over the phone, and on the subject of having a comfortable first night, consider hiring cleaners. If you can get there early in the day before all the furniture is delivered, you can do this yourself, but otherwise a cleaning company should not cost you much, and once again, saves you the hassle. An easy, clean, well-lit house on your first night? Yeah, that is what you want.
There will be other admin bits to do, like changing your postal address to make sure you do not miss out on any mail, as well as updating or cancelling memberships, subscriptions, lawn and maintenance services, IRS and medical, and of course bank accounts. There are some online providers who offer this service as well, so if you are looking for a completely stress-free move, that is an option. If you can, have a couple of people in the house on the day to make sure everything is as and where it should be, and where things go. If you are a parent, a babysitter will be a complete life saver, or ask friends of family to help you out and be sure to offer beer and pizza in exchange.
Your first night will most likely not be a perfect one. You will be unpacking, making sure everyone can find their bedwear and toothbrushes, but take it easy and focus on the essentials first. Start with rooms you will need immediately like the kitchen and bathrooms, and of course set up the beds. Help the kids stay organised and take the opportunity to declutter for the second time.
In conclusion, if someone else can do it for you, let them. It is tough to part with your hard-earned cash, but sometimes spending that little extra will save you so much anxiety, you have to weigh up what the cost to your mental well-being will be! Taking care of yourself and your family during the move will be work enough.