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How to Plan to Move Out of State

If you’ve just graduated, divorced, or you just feel stagnant about where you are, now may be the right time to move out of state. Although moving to a new place can be hard, especially if you’re moving to a new state, sometimes it is necessary.

Depending on your safety, career, political views, or other important factors, moving out of state may be the best path to start afresh. In a recent Gallup poll, approximately 33 percent of Americans considered moving out of state.

Now that you have decided to move to a new state, you should know that the move won’t be easy. To make things easier, you should prepare a checklist.

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Two Months Before Moving

At this point, you should be arranging to prepare for the move. For the next two weeks, focus on planning, prepping and organizing, and ticking off various activities, such as:

Preparing a moving file: This binder will help you organize all the documents you will need. Additionally, it is a great way to relieve stress and remain focused.

Buy moving supplies: If you’re the type of person who enjoys DIYs and you want to handle the moving task by yourself, get all the necessary supplies. For instance, you can get corrugated shipping boxes to secure all your heavy goods.

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Explore the new neighborhood: Before you can even look for a house to rent, first choose the neighborhood where you would want to live. Some of the things you should consider include schools, hospitals, restaurants, and other amenities.

Set a budget: Now that your head is still clear and you’re psychologically prepared for the move, proceed to set a moving budget. Your budget should include how much you will spend on a house, meals, and travel costs, among others.

Declutter: A general rule of thumb is to never Declutter after moving. Ensure that you do it before. Sort through your personal items and get rid of as many things as possible, you can donate some of the items you no longer use.

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Research and hire a moving company: Moving has its share of risks, especially if you’re moving out of state. When relocating to a faraway place, ensure that you research and hire a moving company that is well equipped. Such movers will make your move safe and easy. Before you hire a mover, check the following information:

  • Is their registration up-to-date?
  • Information on their employees, motor vehicle insurance, and liability insurance
  • An identification number issued by the U.S. Department of Transport

Most moving companies will have this information readily available, sometimes even on their website. If you find a moving company that is unable to provide you with this information, this should raise some red flags. It’s also advisable that you check reviews from other customers to help you determine the quality of a moving company.

Contact your old utility company: Contact your current utility company and confirm the shut-off date. These include electricity, internet, and cable companies. If your landlord takes care of these utilities, then you don’t have to worry about it. Before you move to a new state, it’s important that you also arrange on when to activate utilities at your new house. Some property managers may handle this for you, but in other cases, you’ll have to do it yourself.

Change address and forward your mail for important accounts: This includes banks, government institutions, and cell phone service providers whose services you will continue using even after moving. USPS allows you to change your address online. Additionally, you also need to let your friends and family know your new address.

Confirm with the moving company: Get in touch with the moving company and confirm all the final details.

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The Day Before you Move

You’re now winding down to the end of the moving checklist. You should now focus more on the finishing touches that will make the transition from your old home to your new home smooth. The day before you move, ensure that you:

  • Set aside your most treasured and valuable items
  • Pack some snacks
  • Drain gas and oil from outdoor equipment

Finally, Moving Out Day

You’re nearly done with your checklist. But before you start celebrating, make sure that you complete these tasks perfectly:

Clear the pathway: Before loading your possessions into the truck, move all the boxes out of the way so that the path from your house to the van is clean. 

Do a last check: after packing everything into the van, do a last walkthrough of the house, attic, basement, yard, and garage. Open the cupboards and closets and check every nook and cranny.

Bottom Line

Moving out of state is a big decision, but you get to start a new chapter in your life. Now that you know everything on how to plan to move out of state, you can ease the moving experience. Whether you’re looking to retire in a sunny and quiet place or you want to transition to a big city like New York, take your time before you make this decision, and follow the above tips for a smooth move across state lines.