Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
FI & I are leaning towards making a cross-country move soon after our wedding in May 2014. We’re about a year away from making the move, but I was wondering if anyone has any helpful hints on making a cross country move? We both have houses — mine is being rented out by a good friend & I will continue to rent it to her once I move, although I may hire a management company to handle anything I can’t handle due to distance. We currently live in his house & have a bunch of projects that we’re in the middle of, so I’m focusing on getting those finished up ASAP so that we can get his house ready to sell. We also had a garage sale recently to clear out some of the stuff that we have here… & then donated everything that was left behind after that.
We want to buy a new house to move into out there, but I have no idea how to do that cross-country… my parents do live in the city we’re hoping to move to, so that should help some & we can stay with them for a bit if we need to. We also have no idea how much to budget for the moving truck — we’d like to take the cheapest route possible, so if anyone had any first-hand knowledge on how much it would cost to move from Cincinnati, Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona (3 bedroom house) that would be amazing.
Thanks in advance for any helpful tips you may have! Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
t know the market or costs where you live, but I do have a top for you. Pack a Last On, First Off the truck box. As it says, this is the last box packed and the first box unloaded.
In it put a small toolbox so you can start assembling things, towels, soap, toilet paper, sheets, coffee maker, drinking cups, eating utensils, pens and notepad.
Post # 4
@julies1949: +1 Also add in a few cooking tools (fry pan, pot, colander, knife, cutting board), cleaning supplies for old/new home (make sure it’s liquids that you can transport).
I know you just decluttered, but do it again. Seriously, moving is expensive by the pound, so cut out anything you really don’t need or love.
You can get estimates from companies on moving or truck rentals. Budget a LOT for gas.
Would you fly out early to house hunt? I’d suggest that. My parents did that before our moves (dad was Coast Guard). You’ll get tired of living at home much faster than you think you will, particularly if your stuff is filling up your parent’s home (my sister did this “temporarily” for 2 years!).
Post # 5
I moved cross country a few months ago. My advice is to think carefully about what you decide to take with you, some things will not be worth the cost of transporting them. Throw out every thing that you haven’t actually used recently (last 6 to 12 months). I had a lot of things that I was holding on to just in case I needed them in the future. It was hard but I threw out all that stuff and haven’t even missed it. None of my furniture was very nice, so I left all of it and bought new (well actually used) in my new city for just a little more than it would have cost to move my old stuff. If possible, I also recommend finding a place before you move, so you can just move straight in, rather than having to move twice in a short time. You can probably find a tech savvy real estate agent who can help you find the right place while you are long distance.
Post # 6
well to start, if you can afford to buy new furniture, sell or donate all your stuff and start over because moving fees are really expensive. For me it was easy because i didnt have furniture. Instead of a moving truck i shipped boxes for 4 weeks straight, a total of 300 in shipping cost. Then when it was time to move filled my car as much as i could and took that 19 hour trip. I know leaving all your stuff isnt an option for a lot of people but it was nice and hassle free.
Post # 7
I think you should rent for 6 months before trying to buy. Buying in a brand new city before you’ve gotten the lay of the land and established in jobs, understand traffic patterns, figure out where you’ll want to be hanging out in down time, where your future friends live etc is a huge mistake. Investing in renting for a short time is a smart financial decision in the long run.
We did a cross country move a little over a year ago (Boston to San Fran) and renting for those 6 months really saved us from picking the wrong place to live!
Post # 8
I’ve done multiple cross country moves. If you have anything less than Ethan Allen or designer furniture, sell it. It’s not worth it and it’s easily replaceable. Good pots and pans and kitchenware is worth keeping. The $10 scratched up pan isn’t worth keeping, but the $300 mixer is. If you can possibly rent first in the new location, I’d highly suggest that. One person’s idea of a nice neighborhood is another person’s hell on earth. Otherwise, if you can tolerate living with your parents for a month or two, that’s an option as well.
Also remember that those moving trucks are gas guzzlers. The last time I used a moving truck, we joked that it got gallons to the mile, not MPG. So every single item that doesn’t fit in your car is actively costing you money. Once you realize that, the paring down and decluttering process tends to become a lot more aggressive.