What’s harder than moving to a new home? Moving to a new home across the country. If you are considering making this significant change then we recommend you keep reading to get a few tips. If you are planning to buy a home in Southern California, let Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices help you from afar. Just call us at (310) 373-0021 to get started.

1. Be Smart About Your Move-Out Date

Timing is essential when you are planning a big move. It is most expensive to move during a holiday, on a weekend, or at the end of a month. If you can move on a weekday you are likely to find more availability and a better price. Generally speaking, May through September are the busiest months to move though this can vary based on the location.

2. Reduce the Amount of Belongings You Are Planning to Take with You

Before moving cross country, go through your old bins of clothes, movies you don’t watch now that streaming is so easy and common, your drunk drawer, and your kids’ old toys. If you do not use something then get rid of it, whether you give it to a friend, donate it to a second hand store, or throw it away. Do not take things cross country that you are not going to use.

3. Sell Anything That Has Value

If you have items that have value, try selling them through a moving sale, online, or at local consignment shops. This not only helps you reduce what you must move with you across the country but it can help you get a little extra money for the move.

4. Plan Your Meals if You Are Driving

If you’re going to be moving cross country, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to pull over for quick fast food every time you get hungry. Not only will this waste money but it can also lead to you feeling tired and fatigued sooner than you otherwise would. Instead, pack a picnic lunch and use the time to get out, stretch your legs, and stay comfortable.

5. Let the Professionals Handle Your Move

Will it cost more to hire a professional moving company to move your belongings from one side of the country to another? Yes – but not as much as you might think. The truth is that renting a truck can be nearly the price of having someone else handle the move for you. When you hire movers, make sure that your items are insured so that if something happens you are covered.

Just as you should work with professional movers, you should work with an experienced real estate agent who can help you find the best home for your needs. You have found that in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Contact us now at (310) 373-0021 and we will get started working for you right away.