How to Make a Cross Country Move Easy

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a military family, we move pretty often. My family is actually awaiting for military orders to move this upcoming summer! When I married my husband, I had no idea we would be moving away from my hometown in North Carolina and moving all the way to Alaska less than a year later. But I’ve learned to always expect the unexpected when it comes to the military. Now that our tour in Alaska is almost over, we’re hoping to receive orders back to the east coast.

Since there are no other duty stations in Alaska that supports my husbands aircraft, we will be moving out of state. Our move to Alaska was a huge ordeal that taught me a lot. I made some mistakes but I learned through the process and I feel SO much more prepared for this move. With these tips, I know our cross country move will be much easier this time.

 

Schedule Ahead of Time

The great thing about scheduling ahead of time is that you can always change your dates later if you need to. We live on a tiny island that is only accessible by ferry or plane. Our island is also a very popular tourist destination during the summer months. We will more than likely drive to our next duty station, so we will need to schedule the ferry as soon as my husband receives orders.

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Scheduling and securing a moving company is also very important. If you live in a large military town, finding movers can be tough during transfer season. One of the best things you can do to prepare for your move is to schedule your movers as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to also schedule and secure where you will be staying ahead of time. Hotels are known to increase their rates as they fill up rooms, so the sooner you can schedule a hotel – the more likely you are to save money.

 

Plan Your Trip

Are you going to be driving or flying? Will you be trying to get to your destination as fast as possible or do you want to make a few stops along the way? These are important things to consider for you and your family. Once again, planning ahead and figuring this out will help make your cross country trip much easier.

When my husband and I moved from North Carolina to Alaska, we planned our driving route MONTHS in advance. Our daughter was only 6 months old at the time, so we knew we wanted to make this drive as peaceful, comfortable and quick as possible.

How to Make a Cross Country Move Easy

Let CORT Handle Your Furniture Needs

Since we downsized when we moved to military housing, we really only have furniture that fits into our tiny 2 bedroom house. When we move, we’re going to sell most of our furniture and pack up what we want to keep and have movers pick it up about a month before we officially move. Since we live in Alaska, we will actually have to have our household goods put on a barge and shipped to wherever the Coast Guard sends us next. This can take WEEKS, which is why we will have our movers pick up our belongings early. However, what’s a family to do with no furniture for a month? Luckily, CORT will be there to help us out! CORT is a furniture leasing company that supplies furniture-on-demand. The furniture is there when you need it and gone when you don’t!

How to Make a Cross Country Move Easy

CORT offers a variety of furniture options as well! CORT has bedroom, living room and dining furniture available.

How to Make a Cross Country Move Easy

Are you moving for a short-term work assignment? Then buying or bringing all of your furniture may not be a viable option. CORT offers flexible leasing options that may be perfect for your temporary work assignment. Are you worried your assignment may be longer or shorter than originally planned? No worries, CORT offers flexible furniture leasing options that allow you to keep your furniture as long – or as short – as you need it. As a military family, sometimes we move for one year and sometimes it’s four years. For a short term move,CORT is definitely worth the convenience!

 

Stay Organized

 

We put together a binder with all of our moving information and this helped keep us organized and in control. We included our moving information, my husband’s orders, passports, hotel confirmations and print outs of driving directions.

In order to drive to Alaska we had to drive through Canada and even though we paid for international cell service, there were a lot of times when we had ZERO service. We couldn’t rely on an app on our phone or even the car GPS because the roads were extremely remote and there was literally no cell phone service. We’d printed out our directions, so my husband old school followed the map. It’s nowhere near as easy as listening to your phone tell you where to turn next, but it’s a million times better to be prepared to always know where you’re going. Having these directions saved us a lot of time and frustration.

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Do you need to keep receipts for reimbursement for your move? Keeping all of your receipts together in your binder can save you from a headache later.

 

Your cross country move can be made so much easier by following these tips. I know my family will be!

 

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  1. Marta Rivera | 14th Jan 19

    As military wives, I think we’re the subject matter experts on how to move an entire home anywhere in the world. Our farthest PCS was from Germany to El Paso, TX with 2 year old twins, 2 boxers, and everything our weight allowance could hold. INSANE!

  2. Adriana Renee | 14th Jan 19

    Moving will always be super stressful! Never heard of Cort but it sounds amazing!

  3. Gena | 14th Jan 19

    We used to move across the country all the time before settling down in Austin, TX. Our biggest one was from San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO, so I know how valuable everything you mentioned here is!

  4. Cristina - Memories of the Pacific | 15th Jan 19

    Moving across the country must need a lot of organization skills! Fortunately, I haven’t had to move a lot, I’m have a hard time dealing with change so it’s something I don’t like.

  5. Christa | 15th Jan 19

    I’ve moved cross country twice. It is so stressful and so much work! This post is certainly helpful (although I hope I’m done with big move. lol).

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