This is the year you are finally going to do it, you are going to move across the country. Good for you! The other side of the United States might as well be another country because the way of life on the east coast is drastically different from the way of life on the west coast. It will be exciting and exhausting so let’s prepare you for the big occasion.
1.Map It Out
If you plan on driving across country yourself, make sure you are taking the most economical route. There are three very popular/suggested routes to take when driving across country. You do not have to stick to all roads, but do your research each morning before you hit the road. Note where tolls are cheaper, where popular cheaper food stops are, and plan how many days you want to be on the road. The fewer hours you spend driving each day means more nights spent in a hotel. Choose wisely.
2.Ship Versus Drive
To take your car and belongings, or not to take your car and belongings, that is the question. Well, the average move across the country will cost a person between $1,000-$3,000. Shipping your items will no doubt be easier than loading up your own car or a moving truck on your own and doing the move yourself. Companies like Allied Van Lines will ship your items for you and save you the struggle.
People often think doing it on their own will be cheaper as well, which may not be the case either. Maintenance will need to be done to your car before the trip to make sure your engine can take the 2,000-mile drive. Gas will need to be filled on a very regular basis, and prices will go up and down, varying on the state. Also, do not forget about road tolls. They will be frequent, especially on the east coast. Always have spare cash on hand. States like Oklahoma still use change buckets so be aware of tricky things like that as well!
Pick up your favorite snacks at the grocery store before you head out. Granola bars, cereal, fruits, nuts, or any type of nonperishable food you would take on a hike, bring across the country. Cheap snacks will cut down on larger dinner prices at the end of the day.
This goes right along with mapping it out. Do your research. Find the stops along the way with the lowest gas prices. If you do this right, you could end up saving $300 in gas money. You will be happy when you arrive.
Think small at first. Moving is great because it should also be a time of letting go. Donate, gift, or trash what you do not want before you pack. Many people find themselves downsizing during this time. They go from needing a two bedroom apartment to only needing a one bedroom—that’s great! It is more than likely your rent will drop around $400 monthly in that case, so take advantage of that! Remember, you can always upgrade later, save some money first.
Sometimes people relocate because of a better income to rent ratio. Even today, the cost of living is still low in some regions, especially when it comes to just how much space you get for said price. It is important that you become aware of this. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you find yourself at the shorter end of the stick after your move, be sure to be extra frugal on your trip. You will need every penny when you get there.
7.Friends and Family
This is the time to drop the ego. Make your closest friends and family members very aware of your move. If you have any friends or family members who already live where you are moving that is even better! Connect with them and make sure to have a housewarming party as soon as possible. Those people will be able to show you around, show you where you will find the best deals, and you will be able to learn from them exactly how you can save money. Locals are the key.
Moving across the country should not break the bank and could be a wise decision. If you plan and follow our tips, your transition should be easy. Lastly, don’t forget to deduct your moving expenses on your taxes the next year.