Moving out of state is an exciting opportunity, but it also involves a lot of preparation and planning. To make your transition as smooth as possible, it’s important to create a detailed checklist of everything you need to do. In this blog post, we have provided a complete checklist for moving out of state to help you make sure you don’t forget anything.
1. Get Your Finances On the Go!
Although there are some opportunities to cut costs, relocation remains an expensive undertaking. Set a budget for your move so that you can make informed judgments about everything from which movers to hire to which packing items to purchase.
It’s also important to include in the costs associated with moving, such as getting set up with new utilities, Internet, and TV; purchasing new furniture; transporting your vehicle if you aren’t driving it; and, of course, lodging and food while you’re away. This can rapidly become expensive, so budgeting in advance is essential.
2. Pay Your New Home State and City a Visit
We recommend that you visit your future home at least once before making a permanent move. By doing so, you’ll be able to obtain a solid sense of the area. Get brochures, maps, and suggestions from the town’s visitor center, or consult a guidebook before you go. If you are staying in a hotel, you can get advice from the concierge. We suggest not only seeing the city’s most well-known landmarks but also some of the more off-the-beaten-path sites beloved by locals.
3. Find Out About Your Destination
The Internet is a rich source of information for those who cannot visit a location in advance to investigate it. If your municipality doesn’t have a presence on social media (or at least a website), you can always support local enterprises that do. Look up “things to do in xx” on Google. Check out what other customers have said on Yelp. Research the housing market in the area. Explore the area from above with Google Maps.
4. Research and Employ Trustworthy Movers
Without the help of expert movers, relocating to a new state can be a major hassle. Using a moving company can make the process easier, but it’s important to select the one you can trust. We advise getting quotes from at least three or four different movers to make sure you get the best deal and that you can find the services you need. It’s important to know that movers should look over your stuff in person or via video survey before offering you a price.
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5. Organize Your Paperwork
This may not be the most exciting element of moving to a new state, but it is crucial. Things like going to the Department of Motor Vehicles, changing your billing address, canceling or transferring memberships, and so on should all be planned for. Some of these tasks can be accomplished before you relocate, while others must be finished after you have settled into your new home state.
Here is a partial list:
- Cash advances
- License Registration
- Voter Registration
- Postal forwarding
- Pet registration
- Health club membership
6. Pack Strategically
Make sure to set out a packing schedule and strategy before you start filing boxes. Unpacking will go much more smoothly once you arrive at your new home if you’ve planned ahead before packing. We suggest starting with the less important items. Books, home decor, and electronics are all examples of non-essentials that can be packed in the days leading up to the move.
Essentials should be packed last. Items for the kitchen, the table, and the bathroom should all be included. Donate stuff you won’t need in your new house to a local charity to make packing easier.
7. Organize a Move-Out Cleaning
If you don’t plan to clean the house yourself, you’ll need to hire someone to give the house a deep clean. If you’re renting, check to see that any necessary maintenance has been done before you move in. Landlords typically want tenants to paint the walls and patch any holes before moving out. Before you go, it’s important to ask the landlord whether there’s anything you need to clean or replace.