Moving Across Country doesn’t Have to Mean Moving Mountains Anymore!

Moving across country used to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but in today’s world of high speed, affordable long distance travel, cross country moving is happening now more frequently than ever.

So don’t take the task of crossing several time zones lightly, to be sure, but you also shouldn’t be living in terror for the big day. With good planning, though, and even just this very basic cross country moving checklist, you can get from Augusta, Maine to Zuma Beach, California….no problem.

Whatever kind of home you’re moving from or to — an apartment to a house, a house to a different house or a house to an apartment — the rigors of moving across country have more to do with basic, more primitive issues like climate, topography, and hired hands! We may not be moving cross country in wagon trains anymore, but surprisingly many of the same needs apply.


Will your transportation require special outfitting? If you’re following a moving team in your own car while they drive in a more heavy duty vehicle, will you be able to follow everywhere they go? Will your new home require a permanent change of transportation brought about by mountains, mass highway systems or any other number of terrain based differences?


Do you have the right kind of clothes for your new home? One need only think of any two states on opposite sides of the continent to see how varied the climates can be. Arizona and Illinois will require VERY different wardrobes. So are you prepared?


Taking a home’s worth of your most prized possessions — in terms of both their monetary and emotional value — is no mean feat. Long hours driving a huge truck through every kind of weather…this is a job given to a solid team only after serious consideration. When vetting moving companies, be sure to make prodigious use of the Internet and reviews you procure from friends and family members.

Besides these several major concerns, there are also the more regular needs associated with any move, be it to the house next door or to a country on the other side of the planet. Such as:

  • What you need to recycle, toss out or donate
  • Packing and labeling boxes
  • Filling out change of address forms and informing everyone necessary of your move — doctors, banks, government agencies, etc.
  • Special circumstances and general moving day tips
  • Shutting off the appropriate utilities and services
  • Getting a new driver’s license and registration as well as tags and insurance
  • Locating hospitals and police stations

View and print our full moving checklist here.

If you’re moving cross country you’ll also want to stay in contact with loved ones more than ever.

Tough to do if you have to muddle through disconnecting your home phone and then waiting for your new number to be connected in a new home. Don’t waste time worrying about that sort of thing anymore. With Vonage you keep your old home number wherever you go, with the same area code, and you’ll never have to change numbers again.

Just take your home phone and your Vonage Box™ with you and when you get settled in the new place, plug your web service cable and your home phone back into your Vonage Box. Done!

Vonage also allows you to include a second number local to your new home. Anyone from your old or new neighborhood who chooses to call you will always get to do so at local rates!

Now if you have not yet joined the Vonage family, you can still sign up for service before your move and transfer your number. It may take around 10 (business) days, but once the transfer is complete you can take your old number with you anywhere.

Learn more about moving with Vonage and how you can keep your number when you switch phone service to Vonage.