How to Pack Efficiently for a Cross-Country Move

The age old expression “I’m traveling light” has got a lovely ring to it, but when you’re packing up your entire life to make the big move cross-country, it’s near impossible to live by. Chances are, you’ll lose things along the way and end up with broken valuables if you don’t pack carefully and efficiently. Moving to a new home is stressful enough as it is, so you don’t want to add to that by lugging unnecessary items, all piled on a roof rack of your friend’s old van. Here, for your consideration, is a list of things to ponder when making that life-changing move across this vast continent we call the United States.

Be Ruthless. There’s no need to horde every newspaper published between 1999 and 2007. Sometimes you just have to wave goodbye to those sentimental but often useless objects that have been secretly cluttering up your life for years. It’s easy to accrue these things when you’ve lived in one place for a long period of time. The third drawer down in the kitchen seems to be filled with these things. But all good things must come to an end. Let it go and move on. Just like you’re leaving those four walls behind, you’re going to have to leave that giant pile of broken furniture, odd socks and unidentifiable miscellanies behind.

Hire professional help. It will be smart to cut costs at all angles. In the long run, it’ll save you a lot of money in therapy fees if you just hire some professional help. The pros at Vitesse Moving & Transfer do this kind of thing day in and day out and make light work out of what could turn into an absolute headache for you and your generous friends. Not only do these services offer the moving part of the deal, but they will also delicately and carefully package your fragile belongings as well as dismantle and reassemble any furniture that might be coming with you.

Make a detailed list. Once you’ve sorted out which items are staying and which items are going, it’s extremely important to make a detailed list of all the items that are coming cross-country with you. I mean everything. Break it down into sections, or even rooms of the house if that helps. Every item of furniture needs to be accounted for once you get to your new home, so be sure you don’t miss anything.

Label and sticker. Once everything is boxed and ready to go, before you seal it with tape and put it on board the truck, make sure you label the box with exactly what’s inside and mark down which room it’s going to in your new home. This will make the job a whole lot easier for you and your movers when it comes to lugging things into the right rooms. There’s nothing worse than getting to your new home, only to find everything dumped in the front room.

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