Moving home is always a little bit stressful - but when you decide to relocate to a different part of the country, the stress can mount up even higher. Although this might be the perfect decision for you and your family, it is very easy to become daunted by the prospect of moving so far.
In this piece, we will offer some professional advice on the practical and emotional upheavals that occur when you decide to do a long distance house move!
Plan your packing, moving and settling processes in detail!
Moving home constitutes going through a step by step process that can take a lot of time to complete. First, there’s packing; then, the moving stage, which often involves hiring a moving company; finally, unpacking and settling into your new home.
When you are moving across a long distance, these processes are made more complicated. You need to prepare and plan every last detail, because if something goes wrong, you can’t simply hop in the car and pop back to where you were moving from!
You need to take extra time to plan the move in order to avoid stressful, expensive mishaps!
You need a higher budget than usual.
Speaking of expensive mishaps, moving long distance is inevitably more expensive than a regular house move. Companies that complete cross country moving projects will give you a fair price, but this will, of course, be a higher price than if you were moving down the road. When considering a long distance house move, you need to budget a higher amount to complete the whole process.
In addition, you may need to use a storage unit to house extra belongings or equipment that you can’t take with you right away, or that you can’t store in your new home right away. A storage unit will also add numbers to your budget. There are ways to save money in every situation, but you need to face the fact that a long distance move will be pretty pricey!
Leave plenty of time to say goodbye and adjust to your new environment.
Emotionally speaking, a long distance house move can take its toll on you. Even if you are really excited about moving, there will always be a part of you that is sad to leave your normal life behind. If you rush into moving a long way away without emotionally processing the change, you could feel overwhelmed when you arrive in your new life.
When you do arrive at your new location, try to be patient with yourself. It can be easy to hate it at first, and question your decision to leave the comfortable life you had in your old town. It will take some time to feel at home in any new place, so don’t be too harsh with yourself - stick with it!
If you are thinking of moving house and relocating across the country, use this guide to help plan, process and execute this tricky move. Relocating can be super exciting, so don’t let the details weigh you down!
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.