Moving House Guide – Travel Options When Moving Cross Country!
There are a few options for travel when moving cross country. How much stuff you have, as well as your finances and your travel goals are the biggest factors in making this decision.
The first option you have is to drive your own vehicle and tow a trailer that contains your possessions. This is a good option if you do not like the idea of someone else handling your possessions. They may be less likely to get damaged if they remain with you. This option may be the most affordable of all of them. It does mean, however, more strain on your vehicle and may require you to install a hitch, depending on how heavy the load you are carrying is. If your vehicle is too small, it will not tow too heavy of a load.
The next thing you may consider is renting a truck to carry your possessions and towing your vehicle behind it. This means less strain on your vehicle than if it was your vehicle doing the towing and you’re your possessions can still remain with you. This may not be an option if you aren’t okay with driving big vehicles. This option is also fairly affordable compared to some of the other ones.
A third option is to ship your possessions and drive your vehicle. This could mean a greater risk to your possessions, so make sure you research your moving company. Shipping your possessions is more expensive than towing either them or your car, but is the best option if sightseeing is one of your aims for the trip. If you want to drive your own car, this is the option that will cause the least wear and tear on your vehicle.
The converse is possible as well. You could ship your vehicle, and drive a rental truck containing your belongings. This is the most expensive of the “drive yourself” options, but means no wear and tear on your vehicle, and you get to have your possessions with you. As with the above option, however, do your research. Look into who you want to ship your vehicle, as it is more likely to get damaged or scratched without your knowledge. You may also be able to bring more of your stuff this way, as you can tow a trailer behind the rental truck.
A way to move cross country that doesn’t involve driving is to fly to your new home, and have your car and items shipped for you. As with the other options, your car and possessions may be more likely to get damaged if they do not stay with you. You also want to make sure that you have alternate transportation where you are going in case your car doesn’t arrive when you do. Physically, flying is the easiest option. It can get pretty expensive, though, especially if you have a large family to buy tickets for.
The last choice is to sell everything but your clothes and fly. This may be a good option if you do not have many possessions or emotional ties. Moving is a big enough adjustment to children without having to give up their familiar things. It can be very hard for a single person or couple to start again from scratch, but is a cheaper alternative than any of the others, since you only have yourself to ship. You can use the money from the sale of your belongings to get set up in your new home.
Whatever you decide, it’s your move, make sure you are comfortable with it. Whether you decide to drive or fly, ship or tow your belongings, make sure you weigh out and research your options.