Are you planning to move cross country to or from the Dallas / Fort Worth area? For over 50 years North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) has proudly provided professional local, interstate and long distance moving services to families and businesses. As a leading agent of United Van Lines, we would like to share tips and guides to follow to help you plan and prepare for your upcoming cross country move.

The thought 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.

Now that you are moving cross country our family at NDMS are here to help you plan and prepare. 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 Budget and Pricing

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

Our professional moving team 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 travelling, a trip to the internet can help you qualify a potential destination. Use the following resources to measure your next steps:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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.

AccountantDMV/License OfficeHome Security Company
Alumni AssociationsDelivery CompaniesInsurance Companies
AttorneyEmergency Road ServiceMagazines
BanksFinance CompaniesMedical Professionals
Loan ProvidersFinancial Aid OfficeSocial Security Office
Credit UnionsFinancial PlannerTax Assessors
Charities/NonprofitsInvestment ServicesVeterinarian
Credit Card CompaniesFrequent Flyer ProgramsVoter 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.