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Moving poses many different challenges. Are you going to hire a big van line? Will you need storage? When is your new home going to be ready? With all these issues to deal with, it’s easy to lose sight of another potentially important decision for one of your largest possessions: your car.
Your car can be tough to live without, especially in the middle of a major transition like a cross-country move. It can be the best way to get around and also serves as your command center on the road. When my fiancee and I made the move from Chicago to Santa Monica, we ultimately decided to drive ourselves.
Here are some tips from our personal experience that may help you make the decision on driving yourself or shipping your car.
We had our possessions shipped in a container to California and hit the road. Shipping your things is usually done through a portable storage unit company, many of which specialize in caring for and delivering households on the move. Depending on the company, you might have to pack the container yourself but the company will deliver your unit to your destination.
If driving cross country is not your thing, you can also consider packing your essentials into a suitcase and flying out. There are different ways to get your car from point A to point B without having to drive. Car shipping companies are one option, another one is a driveaway service. A driveaway service is where you leave your car with a hired driver, paying a base rate for the driver and sometimes compensation for fuel and mileage.
We did our homework before our move, and there are a lot of great deals out there. If you choose to have a second party transfer your vehicle, check with your insurance provider to see if there are any special policies for automobile shipments.
We ended up having a great time taking Route 66 from beginning to end. We planned ahead and brought stuff in the car like the internet router and bedding that helped make the first few nights at the house a little better. I hope that whatever choice you make, your move turns out as well as ours!
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Having gone through a recent move, I know how stressful the weeks leading up to and moving day can be. To help alleviate that stress for others, I took notes on some of the things I wish I had known about before I started packing.
Hold On To Your Keys – this seems like an obvious one but when you’re moving nothing is in its usual place. Be sure to keep your keys in your pocket or in a designated area otherwise you might be digging through boxes looking for them.
Garbage Bags, Everywhere! – When we were moving, these went fast! We obviously used them to take out garbage, but they also made for a cheap and convenient way to protect pillows and blankets as they went into boxes. We used so many that when we got to our new home we were all out. I’d suggest either having a back up supply or ordering some online to meet you at your new home.
Cleaning Supplies – A lot of cleaning supplies are aerosol or caustic and were not allowed to be packed into our moving truck with us. We ended up giving all of these to a friend as the other option was throwing them away. I found it was really helpful to keep a list of these to make sure we could buy all of the ones we were now missing when we got to your new home.
**Helpful hint: As we discarded or used up items that couldn’t be brought with us, I found it very useful to keep a running list on the Amazon iphone app under their “Wish List” tab. That way I was ready to order all of the replacement items and have them waiting for me at my new address.
Disconnect Utility Services In Advance – All of our utility companies let us schedule our service disconnect which was really helpful to do a couple weeks in advance and not have to worry about paying for services we were no longer using.
Change of Address – Another no brainer which is easy to take care of weeks before your move. The USPS lets you set the date to start forwarding items to your new address after your move date, so go ahead and schedule this as soon as you have an address. That way you won’t miss any important mail! Start here.
Help me make this list better and share some of your helpful hints from your moving experiences!
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