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Navigating a Long-Distance Move

Moving across the country can be an exciting yet daunting task. Whether relocating for a job, pursuing new opportunities, or just seeking a change of scenery, a long-distance move requires careful planning and execution.

At Above Average Moving, we understand the challenges of such a significant move. In this blog post, we've compiled a comprehensive guide with valuable tips to help you navigate the complexities of a cross-country move.

Master a Long-Distance Move with These Tips

If you’re considering a cross-country move in 2024, here are a few helpful tips to prepare you for the journey:

Above Average Moving truck outside a home where the family is planning for a long-distance move
Are you ready for your next long-distance move?

1. Create a Detailed Moving Plan

Before you begin packing, creating a detailed moving plan will help you stay organized and ensure your move goes smoothly. At Above Average Moving, we recommend outlining a comprehensive plan that covers all aspects of your move, including the following:

  • Timeline: No one moves across the country in a matter of hours. As you’ll read below, there are many milestones along the timeline of a long-distance move. Establishing a timeline upfront will help you stay on track so you’re not overwhelmed when it comes time for you to move.

  • Task Checklist: Whether you’re moving with pets and/or kids, you can design a moving checklist for whatever set of moving tasks you may encounter when planning your cross-country move. 

  • Budget: From packing supplies to professional movers, to travel costs, long-distance moves have a lot of moving parts. Budgeting ahead of time will help keep your finances in check so you aren’t surprised by any unexpected expenses.

2. Downsize and Declutter

As you’re preparing for your cross-country move, take this opportunity to minimize your belongings. The longer you have lived in your home, the more things you usually accumulate. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need. A lighter load reduces moving costs and makes unpacking at your destination much more manageable.

3. Research Professional Movers

Look for reliable moving companies that specialize in long-distance relocations. We encourage you to read reviews, get quotes, and choose a company with a solid reputation and transparent pricing, like Above Average Moving.

To learn more about Above Average Moving, check out our Google Reviews, Facebook profile, and website.

4. Pack Strategically (Or Not At All)

At Above Average Moving, we want to help you master the art of packing (check out this helpful blog post). If you’re planning to pack yourself, here are a few simple tips to get you started:

  • Pack early. Many people think they have more time than they do, or they forget how many things they have acquired over time. Don’t leave this important aspect of moving to the last minute!

  • Focus on one room at a time. Moving can become very overwhelming, especially when you’re planning a long-distance move. To keep things simple, start packing one room at a time. This will help you unpack in your new home.

  • Use quality packing materials. Cheap materials won’t protect your valuable items, and you may regret not investing in high-quality materials to safeguard your valuables.

  • Pack essential items separately. For easy access upon arrival, keep essential items you’ll need during the move separate. No one wants to dig through boxes to find medications, toiletries, or a set of keys.

  • Hire professional packers. And no, we’re not talking about the Green Bay Packers. While most people are familiar with professional movers, many moving companies, like Above Average Moving, offer professional packing services to take the load off your shoulders so you can focus on moving.

5. Consider Storage Solutions

Purchasing or renting a new home can come with additional steps and a complicated timeline. If there's a gap between leaving your current residence and moving into your new home, consider renting a storage unit. This provides a secure space for your belongings during the transition.

6. Update Your Address

Notify relevant parties of your change of address, including the following: 

  • Postal Service: Aside from updating your address with the post office, in many cases, you may be able to add mail forwarding from your old address to your new one for up to one year.

  • Financial Services: Whether you’re keeping your current bank or switching banks, it’s important to notify your bank of your new address. Additionally, update any credit cards and utilities with your new address.

  • Subscription Services: From Netflix to Spotify to any magazine you may subscribe to, ensure all your subscription services and important documents are redirected to your new location.

7. Prepare Your Vehicles

If you're driving to your new home, prepare your vehicles before the journey. Check tire pressure and oil levels, and ensure all necessary repairs are made for a smooth road trip. If you service your vehicle at a dealership, locate the closest dealership to your new home so you’re ready to make appointments as needed. Also, consider the necessary changes you’ll need to make for your vehicle documentation and licensing as regulations vary from state to state.

8. Set Up Utilities in Advance

Every municipality varies when it comes to utilities, which makes it vital to arrange your utilities ahead of your arrival. Connect with your utility companies before moving to ensure a smooth transition and minimize disruptions.

9. Ready Yourself for the Journey

Are you transporting valuable items, such as jewelry and important documents? Pack these items separately and consider purchasing additional insurance coverage for high-value possessions.

In addition to valuables, pack snacks, bring water, and be prepared to take breaks along the way. With any long-distance move, it’s imperative to stay healthy, hydrated, and comfortable to ensure a safe and enjoyable drive.

10. Perform a Thorough Inspection

Upon arrival, inspect your belongings and your new residence carefully. Report any missing items or damages to your moving company so they can address any issues promptly.


Embarking on a long-distance move may seem overwhelming, but with careful planning and these tips in mind, you can turn it into a successful and rewarding journey.

Enlist the help of professional movers like Above Average Moving for a stress-free and efficient cross-country relocation. Our experienced team can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the process.

Good luck with your upcoming adventure! Call us at (608) 556-7980 or message us to start your cross-country move today.

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