How do you move across the country?

A DIY move is the most economical way to travel long distances. If you do everything yourself, the cost of labor will be eliminated, making a full-service move more expensive in most cases. However, if you handle the labor yourself, you'll only pay for the truck's rent and the cost of gas. While moving on your own is the most economical option, it will cost you time and personal labor.

It will also take longer because you don't have the advantage of having a team to do the job. This option is similar to using a mobile capsule. You'll handle the packing and unpacking yourself, and a professional freight company will take care of transporting it across the country for you. Cargo trailers are large, usually a 28-foot trailer, making it a good choice for a large home.

There's a long to-do list when you move to another country, including making sure you have public services set up when you arrive. Unfortunately, the utility providers in your new home may be different from those in your last home, so it's critical that you do your research beforehand. It is recommended that you determine who your providers are approximately 3 to 4 weeks before your moving date and that you contact them to determine if you need to transfer, cancel, or set up a new service for your home. You can expect your move across the country to take up to 2 weeks, from packing the truck in your old house to moving to your new home.

However, preparation for the long-distance move must begin months in advance. For example, rent prices were 115 percent higher in San Diego than in Burlington, Vermont (where I came from) when I moved. You can find the same data (for your own move) by comparing living costs with Numbeo's cost of living comparison calculator. This change was something I wasn't fully prepared for and it made the first few months quite a challenge.

You can make endless to-do lists and have 10 different backup plans, but it's almost always certain that something will go wrong, big or small. It's possible that the moving company will arrive three hours late or you may have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere.