Moving Advice: Tips on How To Move for All Types of Moves

Whatever the reason for your move – be it for opportunity, challenge, or simply adventure – you can maintain control of your health, wealth, and sanity if you use self-control and learn these guidelines.

General Moving Advice

Getting good at moving will teach you how to adapt, take action, and conquer the chaos of moving. You may not always know what the future will be, and how things will turn out. Have faith in your decision to move, stay humble about what you can achieve right away, yet enthusiastic about what you can achieve over time.

Different Moves Require Different Strategies

Your plan of action will depend on your goals, resources, and time frame. Also how much stuff you have and places available to store it are major factors to consider. Your plan of action will ultimately have a basic outline similar to this:


  1. Date of Move
  2. Inventory of Belongings – Sorted into: things to keep and pack, and things to donate, trash, store, sell, or fix and put on a to do list
  3. Method of Transportation – Determined, scheduled, and budgeted for
  4. Packing
  5. Moving Day
  6. Unpacking
  7. Adjusting Time

Moving plans vary depending on the above factors involved. You’ll most likely fall into one of the following categories of moves:

Types of Moves

  • A college dorm move will have a smaller amount of stuff to bring than a first apartment move, necessarily since dorms are small spaces and can only hold so much. This makes the cost to move into a dorm the lowest of the move types.
  • A first apartment move will generally have more items to furnish than a dorm due to the larger space, so will cost a bit more. But it can still likely be accomplished with a car, van, or small truck in one or two trips.
  • Cross-town and other local moves tend to be the largest type of move for a couple reasons. Since the move is local, it tends to encompass multiple days because the timeframe for moving is more open. It requires the least planning of any of the moves. Proximity to a former residence enables the storing of items indefinitely, so there’s a tendency to accumulate more things.
  • Moving cross country is when moving really starts becoming challenging. It requires a knowledge level and skill to weigh the transportation options against available resources. It requires planning down to a detailed level.
  • Moving across the world requires even more detailed planning, and the possibility of surprisingly high costs. Doing lots of research beforehand ensures the process goes as smoothly as possibly.

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