Essential cross country moving checklist

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Moving is an undertaking that requires a lot of commitment and organization. You will have to take care of so many chores, it will make your head spin. And you’ll have to do all of them within a limited time-frame. It is understandable that you would want to make it easier in any way possible. Luckily enough, Authority Moving Group is here to help with all things move related. And we’re bringing you this essential cross-country moving checklist to get you started.

8 WEEKS BEFORE

Contrary to popular beliefs, relocation doesn’t start when your interstate movers Florida based load your belongings on a truck and head out. It starts long before that. In fact, the relocation process begins from the moment you find out that you’re moving. From that point on, you don’t want to waste any time and should start preparing immediately. The period of 2 months is sort of a golden standard to prepare the move. This is an ideal scenario. In the span of 8 weeks, you will have enough time to take care of every moving task without rushing.

Woman in white making a cross country moving checklist on her phone
There are many convenient apps for your smartphone that will make creating a checklist easier.

1. The first order of business: create a cross country moving checklist

Of course, the first thing you need to do is to make a checklist. A great way to do this is by using Google Keep or a similar app on your phone or tablet. That way you will have your entire checklist with you at all times. And you will be able to edit it and make notes on the fly. And given the quantity of the tasks involved in moving, you will have to do so often.

2. Take inventory

Yes, we know. Taking inventory is a tedious job. But you should still do it. It will help you a lot in the long run. Especially when it comes to packing. Not to mention that it will help you save money when the time comes to buy supplies. And it will be of immense help when you start creating a moving budget.

3. Create a moving budget

You will need to determine how much you’re going to spend. At least roughly. Set your priorities, and reserve the funds for them. After that, you will see what else you can fit in.

4. Start reviewing movers

Professional movers will make the entire moving process much easier for you. Research different moving companies online and interview those you like either in person or over the phone. You can get a free moving estimate from every reputable moving company. But still, schedule on-site estimates to get the most precise moving cost possible.

6 WEEKS BEFORE

5. Declutter

Decluttering is a great way to both get rid of excess belongings AND save some money on moving. So don’t get emotional. If you’re not using something, sell it online or via yard sale. That way you’ll get some value back. Whatever remains you can give away to friends and family or donate to the local charity.

6. Contact the moving company of choice and book them

By now, you’ve finished reviewing movers, and they all gave you their estimates. Now it’s time to choose your favorite and give them a call. Booking movers early is always good, because it ensures you can get the time and date you desire. And it can sometimes have additional benefits. For example, a discount if you’re moving during peak season.

7. Get packing supplies

Now, this is where that inventory list will prove invaluable. You will know how many packing supplies you need, and won’t have to guess. However, you should always buy a box or two more. They will always come in handy.

When you make a cross country moving checklist, buying packing supplies will be a breeze
Spare boxes can always be put to good use.

4 WEEKS BEFORE

8. Start packing non-essentials

And once again, your inventory list is here to help you! Use it to determine what items you’re not using on a daily basis. You have plenty of time, so sort everything neatly, pack securely, and label properly. It will make loading, unloading, and packing really easy.

2 WEEKS BEFORE

9. Finish packing everyday things

All right! You’re almost done packing. What remains now are things that you’re using on a daily basis. Leave only bare essentials. They will go in a separate bag and you will need them for a few more days.

10. Move boxes close to the door

Take some time to place packed boxes close to the door. Leave enough room to move unobstructed. By doing this, you can significantly cut the time needed for loading.

11. Make arrangements for kids and pets

Little rugrats and your four-legged buddies might be adorable, but when the chaos of moving takes place it is safer for you and them if they’re not around. Therefore, ask family or friends to take care of them on the day of the move.

1 WEEK BEFORE

12. Book your friends

If you’re DIY moving, you will need help carrying heavy stuff. Ask your friends and family for help in advance. And everything will be easier when done in the company of your loved ones.

13. Prepare essentials bag

Now it’s time to pack the essentials bag. Take a bag or a box and pack everything that you’re using on a daily basis. This will be your survival kit for the first few days after the move.

14. Do a final walkthrough

To make sure you didn’t forget anything, do one last walkthrough. Check every nook and cranny. Even the places you know are empty. You might be surprised.

3 days before

15. Throw a party!

This is something that simply has to find a way on your cross country moving checklist. It’s a great way to create a few more last-minute memories. And it will keep your spirits up while you’re on the road, and for days to come.

people gathered around a person playing guitar
Hosting a farewell party is a great way to charge your batteries before you hit the road.

The day before

16. Take care of your movers

Movers are making your life easier. Therefore, you should respond in kind. Make sure to head out and buy refreshments. A glass of juice on a hot summer day goes a long way. You should also go to the ATM and get some cash to tip your movers. It is not obligatory, but it is highly appreciated.

17. Get a good night sleep

You need to be well-rested for the big day. So after checking your essentials bag one more time, plug in your phones and laptops and head to bed. Most of the work is done by now, so you can rest easy.

The day of the move

You’re almost there! And most of the work is done. Still, you should get up early, do your morning routine without rushing. Sip a coffee. Read a newspaper. Take phones off the chargers, and pack them in the essentials bag. Then you can drop your kids and pets off and still have plenty of time before your movers arrive. From here on out, it only gets easier. And you made it all possible just by taking that first step – creating a cross-country moving checklist. 

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