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By Donald  L. Tilford
Expert Author
The Best Way to Move Cross-Country

Moving all of your things to a new home or apartment is something many of us
don't look forward to. Moving is hard work and can be very expensive if you
don't plan ahead. Making the right choices ahead of time can save you from a
lot of headaches and can but money back in your wallet.

Plan Ahead

The first thing you will want to do is to decide what city you are going to move
to. Do not make the mistake of looking for a place once you have arrived. If
this happens, you will either have to keep everything on the truck and pay
expensive additional truck rental, or you will have to rent a self-storage unit to
house your things until you can find a suitable place to live. Finding a place
ahead of time will save this unnecessary expense. Here is another secret.
When booking a motel, hotel, or mover, be sure that you do this online.
Booking online can save you anywhere from ten to fifty percent on these items.
This gives the lodging and the movers a chance to plan and organize their
schedule and are willing to discount their services for planing ahead. You will
also have to be sure to have budgeted for your home or apartment first
month's rent or mortgage and that you have the necessary funds for utilities
and possible deposits.

Truck Choices

One of the biggest and most important decisions you will be making is deciding
what mover you will eventually go with. Using the wrong one can cost you
thousands of dollars if you don't compare and plan ahead. Most people will
have one of three choices to decide on when moving cross-country. The first
possible choice is to use a large full service carrier that is nationally known and
will furnish both the commercial truck and labor. Many in this class will even
use. Your second choice is the carrier that brings the truck or moving box that
you load. This company will then transport your things cross-country to your
destination. The third and cheapest is where you rent a moving truck sized
from teen feet to twenty-eight feet to load and drive to your new address.

The Best

After comparing all national brands, we found that Budget Truck Rental is by
far the cheapest and best around. After much research, this author has found
that Budget is the best and safest for the money. Budget has their trucks
inspected at all locations once a week for safety and dependability. You also
get the biggest bang out of your buck with this company. Before you do
decide, be sure to call around to find the best deal with all movers. Be sure you
have the location where you are moving to so they can give you an estimate on
what your move will cost.

Car Trailers

If you do go the Budget truck rental route, be sure to inquire about car trailers.
Once your truck is fully loaded, you can swing by the Budget store and have
them connect a car trailer so you can transport your car at the same time. If
you have a family of three or under, this is probably going to be your best
choice. You will also have a choice of your car being towed, or if you want a
trailer that the car rolls onto that no wheels will be touching the road. Having a
trailer where the auto is fully loaded will save your car's tires and other wear
and tear. You and your family of two or three will also have a much better time
traveling if all of you can travel together.

Meals and Pit Stops on the Road

Be sure to keep in mind that your truck and possible trailer are long and will be
more difficult to drive than a normal car. Be sure to watch where you go and
stop. Some places are dead-end drives and backing up a truck and trailer is
hard. It's also best to try to find restaurants with large parking lots when you
stop for meals. Finding a large parking lot means you will have a better time
finding a parking space for your truck and trailer. Many people seem to enjoy
eating at Cracker Barrel Restaurants because of their inexpensive food and
large parking lots. They seem to be at nearly every other exit on many
interstate highways as well. Exiting the building is going to be easy because
the restaurant is fully surrounded by the parking lot.


Most moving trucks require diesel fuel. Diesel fuel is normally going to be on
one of the outer pumps at most service stations and is normally more
expensive than regular fuel used in cars. Tanks on rental trucks can also be up
to fifty gallons or less. Be sure to budget for fuel cost and inquire on what you
should expect to spend when you rent the truck. Some service stations may
only take cash if their machines are resetting or end up going down. Be sure
you have available cash on hand so that you don't get surprised unexpectedly.

Final Thought

Moving your own things not only saves money, but can also be a lot of fun.
Bring your camera and look at this as a mini vacation. This trip may allow you
to stay in a motel, hotel, or lodge. You can also expect to dine out on the road
and maybe even do a little swimming if the weather is good. After you get
things moved, you can look back at all the money you saved and at all the fun
you and your family had. Moving things cross-country is always the right move
as long as you make the right choices.

Donald Tilford is webmaster and editor of  This is a public
service web site dedicated to helping people find emergency cash, jobs, free
housing, free cell phones, free education, free food, and free autos.
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