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How to Prepare for Cross-Country Relocation

America is known as the land of the free, and moving from one location to another plays a big role in our national history. It comes as no surprise that around 40 million Americans relocate every year according to the US Census Bureau. That’s one of eight Americans, or put another way, everyone in California. Some move a block away or across town, but cross-country relocations are also common for reasons ranging from switching jobs to wanting a change of scenery.

Exciting as a big move may be, the prospect of getting yourself and your stuff from point A to point B can seem daunting. And it can feel that way too if you’re not prepared. With that in mind, we reached out to some of the country’s top relocation experts for advice. Help save yourself time, money, and stress by doing what the experts recommend:

Make Yourself a Checklist

“There’s a lot to think about when you move, whether it’s a local move or a long-distance move. So that you don’t feel stressed about all of the details, use a moving checklist to help you organize what you need to do week by week.” Ali Wenzke – Author of “The Art of Happy Moving”

Start by writing down every single thing you need to do before you move. Realistically, it may take a day or two before your list is complete because it’s hard to think of everything off the top of your head. Next, rank the items on the list by importance, putting your priorities at the top. You probably have limited time to work with, so it’s important to use it wisely. Along those lines, make yourself a tentative schedule indicating when each item needs to be completed. If you aren’t planning to drive, don’t forget to put “arrange auto transport” on your checklist. It’s probably easier and less expensive than you think to transport your vehicle across the country, but it helps to get the process started early.

Know Your Destination

I would recommend doing research into the new city’s cost of living in comparison to your own. This includes state and city taxes, property tax rates, and any other unavoidable expenses.” Chelsea Lambert with The Portable Wife

Fortunately, doing this kind of research has never been easier thanks to abundant online resources. Based on what you learn about your new home, make a basic budget for yourself. Moving is expensive, after all, and you don’t want to add financial stress to what can already be a difficult situation on yourself. At the very least, consider what all of your moving expenses will be, including the cost of auto transport. Don’t overlook important living expenses either, like the cost of gas and insurance where you’re moving or the availability of parking. It’s easy to take driving for granted, especially if you’re moving from a place where it’s relatively cheap and easy. But if your vehicle is important to you, it’s important to factor it into every stage of your moving plans.

Advocate For Yourself

“Many people don’t know what they can ask for from their company. We’ll send them a list of typical relocation expenses a company might cover. Obviously, the more senior positions get more benefits, but it never hurts to know what to ask for even if you’re a lower-level employee.” Ryan Carrigan, Co-Founder of moveBuddha

If you’re moving for a job – with your existing company or a new one – the employer may be willing to cover your relocation expenses. And if they already do, they may be willing to cover even more if you can make a compelling case as to why? As with the previous point, add up how much you expect to spend on your move, and how much your living expenses will increase in your new location? Hard numbers help make the point that moving may cost more than your employer may realize. If the employer declines to pay for the move, ask if they will cover a part of it, like the cost of auto transport? You don’t have to make whether you move contingent on whether your employer pays because you probably don’t want to press the issue too firmly. That being said, there’s nothing inappropriate or unusual about requesting relocation reimbursement. Your employer might be surprised if you didn’t ask.

Direct Express Auto Transport – Making Relocation Easier

When you’re planning a cross-country relocation, you have plenty of things to plan and stress over. Auto transport could be another confusing issue you have to deal with. Or you could count on Direct Express Auto Transport to make it easy. Simply use our online quote calculator to estimate the cost of the shipment, and to find shippers headed to your new location. Every part of the process – from arranging pickup, to handing off the vehicle, to meeting for pickup – works simply with our assistance. Get a quote sooner rather than later, and contact our team if you have any questions. Happy moving!

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