So, you’re about to embark on a move that will take you across state lines. How can you get it done in an efficient and effective way? Here’s how to prepare for moving to a new state without losing your marbles.
Whether you’re buying or renting a place, you’ll need somewhere to stay once your move is complete. A local real estate agent is a great resource as they’ll know the housing market in the area better than anyone else. The faster you can find a place to live, the more time you can spend on preparing for your big move.
When it comes to moving out of state, it’s especially important to take a hard look at your belongings. What can you reasonably take with you? What can you put up for sale online or at a garage sale? Will you need to rent a storage unit for a brief period while you’re transitioning? Planning ahead and having a strategy will allow you to focus your efforts accordingly and can potentially cut down on your moving costs.
Once you’ve settled on what belongings are moving with you to a new state, you’ll need to secure reputable movers who will handle your stuff with care as you make the long journey. Ask family, friends, and neighbors for feedback on the companies they’ve used - both good and bad experiences! Before you hire a company, do your research to make sure it has received positive reviews from customers, is highly rated by the Better Business Bureau, and is properly licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. You can research your potential movers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website.
Make sure you notify the USPS of your change of address several weeks before it is time to move. If you need to open a P.O. box in your new city first, be sure to do that before asking the postal service to forward your mail.
After establishing residency in your new state, you will have a limited timeframe to ensure that your driver’s license and vehicle registration are updated - if you are planning to drive in your new location, that is! Visit your local office to learn more.
Make sure you notify your new utility company of your upcoming move to ensure the electricity and/or natural gas is turned on when you arrive. You can get the utility info from your real estate agent or future landlord. In many cities and states, you have the power to decide who your energy supplier is and are not limited to the services the local utility provides. While you’re at it, make sure your current utility company is given ample notice so they can process your disconnect request. You don’t want to get stuck with unnecessary late fees and disconnection charges.
Moving out of state can seem overwhelming, but ample planning and lead time will lighten the load. We hope these tips will help you as you prepare for your out of state move!