Moving Cross Country On A Tight Schedule and Budget

 Successfully preparing for a major relocation involves a fair amount of planning. There are a variety of things to consider, which can become stressful if you’re working with a limited budget and timeframe

 Keep these tips in mind if you want to execute an affordable, stress-free move. 

1. Do Your Research

One of the most important things you could do is create a comprehensive list as early in the process as possible. Prices and reservation times could greatly impact the end result. 

Depending on your personal circumstances, time might be worth more than money in the long run. Compare moving companies, as well as rental and fuel costs, if you plan on using a self-service moving vehicle or trailer.

If you need cash now, there are a few different ways for you to quickly obtain a loan for the trip. Consider taking out an auto title loan, or another form of fast, personal financing. 

Either way, measure the differences in cost and time before choosing one option over the other.
 

 2. Compare Transportation Options

If your employer is not handling your relocation, which is likely why you’re reading this article, then you need to think about how you’ll move your belongings from point A to point B. 

In some cases, a moving service might be the most efficient option. If you have a large family, you can expect to extend your roadtrip by a considerable amount if you use a moving vehicle on your own. This leads to more money spent on food, hotel costs, and fuel. Additionally, you would need to rent a moving truck if your vehicle can’t accommodate an attached trailer. 

If you’re able to find affordable flights for the family and a relatively cheap relocation package, this option would probably be quicker. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the trip itself. Simply relax, and wait for your items to come to you. 

3. Stay Organized While Packing

The quickest way to get ready for a big move is to stay focused during the packing process. This step typically takes the most time to handle, but it’s also where you have the most control. 

Before you get started, have an idea of how much you can take with you. This will help you break down lists for each family member, which will prevent mishaps and arguments as moving day approaches. 

If you have children, give them clear objectives regarding what they can take and the deadlines they need to meet. You can even turn this into a game to keep them present and on task. 

Whether you plan on handling the move on your own or going through a service, having all of your belongings ready to go as soon as possible will speed up the process. 

4. Don’t Splurge on Moving Supplies

It might be tempting to buy all of your boxes and packaging from your local moving facility or post office, but the convenience will cost you. 

Instead of purchasing your supplies, try to find what you need for free. Ask any friends or family if they’ve recently moved and wouldn’t mind parting with their boxes and masking tape. 

Grocery markets and big-box stores usually have left over boxes after they receive shipments, so feel free to give them a call. 

Also, swapping out packing peanuts for old newspapers is much cheaper and better for the environment. Start collecting your junk mail for wrapping dishware and other fragile items. 

5. Consider Starting Over

If you’re worried about the cost of renting a shipping container or a team of movers, consider starting fresh at your new home. 

Many rental properties can be found already furnished, which can save you the money and hassle of transporting your old couches and beds. 

Or, check online product listing sites in your area to find free items. Many people simply want to get rid of furniture they no longer need, which could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in furniture costs. Craigslist, Freecycle, and Letgo are some easy-to-use websites for finding cheap and free items. 

Moving can be a hassle, but it is still possible to organize a cross-country relocation on a modest budget. Keep these tips in mind if you want to plan a seamless, last-minute move.
 
 
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