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Cross Country Moving Guide  

Cross Country Movers

The process of moving to a different state is often complicated by the remote nature of research, planning and coordinating.  While the internet provides a wealth of information to get you started, a move across country will require additional investments in time, travel and research.

This guide offers some common sense advice to help simplify your cross country move.

How to Investigate A New City Before You Move 

You’ll want to learn as much as you possibly can about your potential destination before you embark on a cross country move. Whether moving for work, school or family, there are a number of free resources available to movers needing to research cities, neighborhoods and schools.

  • Crime Data:

    Websites like SpotCrime, Crime Reporters and Family Watchdog provide insight to local crime statistics and the sex offender registry.
  • Local Schools:

    The quality of local schools can tell you a lot about a neighborhood and surrounding areas. Websites like SchoolDigger, Neighborhood Scout, and GreatSchools all provide a comprehensive look at school districts across the country. 
  • Neighborhood Info:

    Neighborhood Scout and City Data provide in-depth analysis of neighborhood and real estate economics. For a more qualitative local perspective, reference services like Foursquare, StreetAdvisor, and Yelp to browse reviews and user photos.
  • Buying or Leasing a Home:

    Real Estate services such as Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin (for buyers) or Padmapper, MyApartmentMap, HotPads, and (for renters) allow you to browse real estate listings, take virtual tours, and get detailed information about properties. 

At the end of the day, online searches can only take you so far. At this point in the process, you’ll need to book an exploratory visit to walk neighborhoods, tour homes and visit local attractions.

Cross Country Moving Tips

Whether renting a moving van, shipping a container or hiring professional movers, it’s important to begin preparations at least two months before your move.

  1. Start Cleaning:

    Burn calories, alleviate stress and breathe easier (quite literally) with a healthy dose of spring cleaning. No sense in moving your dust bunnies cross country – so dedicate yourself to a fresh start with a good ol’ fashioned sweep and mop.

  2. Cut the Clutter:

    You can significantly cut the weight of your moving load by ridding your home of clutter and kitsch before you start packing. Old magazines, books and curios are a good place to start. Many of these items can either be donated or recycled.

  3. Time to Pack:

    Start your packing process by collecting supplies and boxes. Make sure your cardboard boxes are durable enough to survive a cross country move.

How to Prepare for Moving Day

Between the daily bouts of cleaning and packing, you should make time to organize your move logistics. Here are a couple more steps to complete before moving day:

  • Changing Your Address.

    The USPS makes it easier than ever to fill out an official Change of Address form. Visit the United States Postal Service website up to three months before moving day to schedule your address change. They’ll even send you coupons for moving products and services!
  • Setting Up Utilities and Services.

    You should also set up utilities such as gas, water, trash, phone, cable and internet before move-in day. Your landlord or realtor should be able to provide a list of local utility information.

Who to Inform of Your Move

With so many details in transition and so many people to notify, it is easy to forget an agency, account or service. Make sure you alert everyone below of your new address and contact info.

Notifying Agencies of Your Move

Although your official USPS Change of Address will forward mail to your new address, you’ll want to inform all of your contacts of your move.


DMV/License Office

Home Security Company

Alumni Associations

Delivery Companies

Insurance Companies


Emergency Road Service



Finance Companies

Medical Professionals

Loan Providers

Financial Aid Office

Social Security Office

Credit Unions

Financial Planner

Tax Assessors


Investment Services


Credit Card Companies

Frequent Flyer Programs

Voter Registration

Be sure to cancel services for your old residence such as yard and pool care, pest control maintenance, your house cleaner, and anyone else who comes for regularly scheduled maintenance.

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