Relocating is a big job, especially when venturing to a new state. With the right planning and preparation, relocating to another state isn’t so hard. How can you prepare for an out-of-state move without added stress? The following tips help ease any stress and worry associated with relocating to another state.
Visit Your New City
Before relocating to a new state, take a trip to explore your new city. You’ll get a better feel of the neighborhoods, the people, and the attitudes. This eases tension and worry once you relocate. Check out information online available about the city. Tourism guides and review sites serve the most benefit, but you can check out tons of other websites to learn more about local hotspots, the city vibe, and other not-so-apparent details about the city.
Plan a Budget
Moving to another state rarely is cheap. Budget accordingly, taking into consideration that things so often do not go as planned so you may need more money than originally anticipated. You’ll need a moving company to keep things smooth and simple but can save money if you DIY. DIY moving is a big job! Various other expenses also account for the amount you’ll need to relocate to another state. Have more money than you expect to need to prevent any mishaps during the relocation process.
Find a Home
Moving to a new state before lining up housing is a big mistake. Without a home, living with other people or at extended-stay hotels become the housing options. Both choices include potentially negative consequences that can devastate your household very quickly. A plethora of online sources help locate rental homes and homes for sale in most any city or town in the U.S. Browse rental homes in your new city and sign a lease before you pack your bags and relocate. Use the web to locate rental homes, property management companies, and word-of-mouth information via social media. Never give money to any person or company that you cannot verify. Always use common sense and watch out for scams!
Hire an Interstate Moving Company
If you choose to hire a moving company, choose interstate movers. Interstate movers are licensed and insured to carry your belongings across state lines. It’s beneficial to hire a company that is also bonded for your protection. Find a trustworthy, eligible moving company since some movers do not live up to expectations. Do your research, looking for movers with experience, a good reputation, and competitive pricing. The average cost to hire interstate movers is about $4,300. Your price may be lower or higher than this amount. Factors like the distance of the move and the time of the year impact the costs. Research interstate movers to find the company worthy of the job.
Don’t wait until the last minute to pack for the move. Sorting through closets and drawers takes time. Don’t take unwanted items with you when they take up space and cost more money! Donate them to charities, friends, or family, or toss them out. Prevent damages to your belongings by giving yourself plenty of time for this task. Professional movers recommend that you start packing at least two weeks before the move. Be sure to label each box with its contents and room for easier unpacking at your new home.
Transfer it Over
Fill out a change of address form with the USPS six-weeks before the move. USPS does not forward magazines, third-rate mail, or packages. Notify each service of your new address. Contact utility companies to let them know that you are relocating. Transfer utilities, including but not limited to, car insurance, cable, internet, electric, and water. And, of course, notify the DMV of the move so you can transfer your driver’s license to the new state.