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Cross Country Movers Guide  

The prospect of moving cross country and starting a new life can be both exciting and intimidating. New surroundings promise new opportunities but getting there will be tough.

Once you commit to moving cross country, you adopt an endless list of new responsibilities. Your free time will soon be consumed, researching new neighborhoods and living situations. You have a lot of planning to do and packing is soon to become a daily reminder of the journey to come.

Cross Country Moving Quotes

When you request an cross country moving quote from United, we will provide an estimate for services that is tailored to fit your budget.

Our professional moving estimators will survey your home to approximate the size and weight of your load. You'll subsequently discuss packing, protection and service options to customize a moving package that fits your specific needs. 

Research Before Moving Across Country

Whether moving for work, school, or just a change of scenery, you’re going to want to learn as much as possible about a new city before moving day. Before you waste time traveling, a trip to the internet can help you qualify a potential destination. Use the following resources to measure your next steps:

  • Crime Statistics:
    There are several sources of public crime data you can access online, such as Crime Reports, SpotCrime, and Family Watchdog (a list of convicted sex offenders). Local police departments are also willing to provide crime reports upon request.

  • Schools/Education Data:
    This is especially important if you have children, but even if you don’t, it’s not a bad idea to learn about a city’s educational rankings.  GreatSchools, Neighborhood Scout, and SchoolDigger all provide a great deal of information about schools in specific vicinities.

  • Neighborhoods:
    Before you explore new stomping grounds, sites like StreetAdvisor, Foursquare, and Yelp can provide insight to local culture, dining, nightlife, and services. City Data and Neighborhood Scout also provide useful information and statistics about neighborhoods.

  • Real Estate Markets:
    You’ll certainly need to research local real estate before buying or renting in a new area. Websites like Redfin, Trulia, and Zillow provide real estate listings, virtual tours, and other helpful resources for buyers.

  • Renter's Resources:
    Renters will also find useful info on, HotPads, MyApartmentMap, and Padmapper. Even if you’re looking at several different neighborhoods, these sites can help you narrow down your search by providing a more in-depth picture of the cost of living and quality of life in each area.

Once you’ve selected a city and a couple neighborhoods, you’ll want to plan an exploratory visit. At this point in the process, you should be prepared to walk neighborhoods, tour homes and visit local attractions.


Cross Country Moving Tips

Whether renting a moving van, shipping a container or hiring professional cross country movers, it’s important to begin preparations at least two months before your move.

  • Cleaning:
    Chances are there are some serious dust bunnies (and perhaps bigger dirt monsters) hiding around your home. Before you begin sorting through items to pack, it’s a good idea to do a thorough cleaning so you’re not overwhelmed with dust and grime on moving day.

  • Decluttering:
    Before packing, it’s smart to throw a couple things away. We recommend you using the 3-pile method, popular with professional organizers. Start a pile for each of the following: items to be recycled, items to go in the trash, and items to be donated.

  • Packing:
    Once you’ve cleaned and decluttered, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of packing. You will need strong, durable cardboard boxes or plastic bins that will endure the trials of a cross-country move.

Preparing for Your Cross Country Move

Once you know exactly where you’ll be living, you can begin to address the practical details. Here is a checklist of utilities and other matters to consider: 

  • USPS Address Change:
    Fortunately, the United States Postal Service makes it simple to request a Change of Address up to three months before you move. Now, for a reasonable fee, you can complete the entire process online, and they’ll even send you a stack of coupons for local goods and services.

  • Utilities:
    It’s a good idea to schedule appointments to have gas and electric accounts set up in advance of your move. Your realtor or landlord should be able to provide a list of local utility companies.

  • Internet/Phone/TV:
    Whether you just want to set up one or two of these services or want a complete package including Internet, phone, and cable television or satellite services, you’ll have some choices to make. There are online comparison tools that make it easy, so you don’t have to call each service provider in the area and make the comparisons yourself.

Notifying Agencies of Your Move

Although your official USPS Change of Address will forward mail to your new address, you’ll want to inform all of your contacts of your move.


DMV/License Office

Home Security Company

Alumni Associations

Delivery Companies

Insurance Companies


Emergency Road Service



Finance Companies

Medical Professionals

Loan Providers

Financial Aid Office

Social Security Office

Credit Unions

Financial Planner

Tax Assessors


Investment Services


Credit Card Companies

Frequent Flyer Programs

Voter Registration

Be sure to cancel services for your old residence such as yard and pool care, pest control maintenance, your house cleaner, and anyone else who comes for regularly scheduled maintenance.

Not all Moving Companies are Cross Country Moving Companies

Only interstate moving companies are legally allowed to transport your household across the country. United Van Lines is fully licensed and bonded to provide full-service cross country moving services. Renowned for white glove service, United will pack your household with care and deliver it seamlessly to any destination our 400+ moving agents offer service.  

Now that you’re ready to move, it’s time to let the excitement sink in. This is a new chapter in your life after all of this hard work, you’ll deserve to enjoy it!

More Cross Country Resources

Learn more about long distance moving. Download moving checklists from the United Van Lines Tools & Tips library or learn more about Interstate moving regulations with our Interstate moving guide.

Moving Checklists

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