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How to Plan a Cross Country Road Trip When Moving Long Distance

You just received a promotion but moving to a new city is part of the job offer. This scenario occurs to thousands of people each year. While the career opportunity sounds exciting, planning a significant move might feel intimidating. It takes a lot of preparation to figure out the logistics of getting everything safely from point A to B. While you can hire cross country movers to carry your household belongings, you’ll still have to plan the road trip to transport you and your family to your new home. Here are some tips for planning:

1. Create and Stick to the Budget

The majority of people may move long distance a handful of times in their lives. They’re unfamiliar with the process and costs involved. Research your move thoroughly before the big day. Call for quotes from different long-distance moving companies. Realtor suggests that you should stick with a budget once you have an idea of the costs. Going over budget only creates added stress.

Keep in mind that if you’re moving for your job, your employer may cover some or all your moving expenses. Be sure to read our tips for negotiating your corporate relocation package.

2. Narrow Down Your Path

Select a route that has the least amount of distance between your current home and destination. Work with the movers to see their suggestions, keeping in mind that their vehicles might require certain roadways for highway compliance. Ideally, you don’t want to be on the road for longer than is necessary. A coast-to-coast move can take a week’s time compared to just an out-of-state move over one or two days. While family road trips used to mean poring over a huge atlas, today you can use apps like Google Maps and Waze to plan the fastest route.

3. Download Helpful Road Trip Apps

Speaking of apps, these are a few others you might want to download in addition to the two mentioned above to help the road trip go more smoothly. The favorite app Roadtrippers enables you to locate restaurants and landmarks along the way, while Gas Buddy helps you hone in on the cheapest gas stations en route. Nothing passes the time like listening to your favorite jams, so also consider downloading Spotify. While the basic version is free, you can upgrade to the premium version and create personalized downloadable playlists to keep you entertained. On long hauls, our movers also enjoy listening to podcasts from Gimlet Media (Start-Up and Crimetown are favorites), which you can also download ahead of the trip.

4. Book Your Nights

Moving your entire household from one location to another often involves several cars and at least one moving truck. With this entourage, you need to plan for those overnight stops. After outlining the route, contact hotels in cities along the way. When you book rooms, explain that you will have a moving truck. Most hotels accommodate these scenarios when they’re aware of them beforehand.

5. Park Smart at the Hotel

Hiding a moving truck is difficult. Everyone knows that you’re hauling your items. As you pull up to the hotel for a night’s rest, park the vehicle against a wall or tree. You want to block the roll-up door so that theft doesn’t become an issue overnight. Always park in a brightly lit area too. Most hotels have cameras in the parking lot so try to park in full view of these helpful tools.

6. Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Journey

You’ll probably be passing many landmarks along your moving route. Although you can’t stop for everything, be sure to take some breaks. Schedule lunch or a restroom break at an unusual landmark. If you’re like most, you probably won’t drive back along this route anytime soon, so take advantage of the sights. You can make your move an experience instead of a task.

We suggest that you start preparations for you long-distance move at least eight weeks before the big day. Use this time frame as a guideline as you transfer utilities and set up schools for your children. But, if you find yourself in a last-minute moving pinch, use the form on our homepage to find reliable movers near you.!

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