Everyone knows that moving is no easy task, it can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. But, consider the added stress of moving to a new state! It may seem overwhelming to plan an out of state move. However, below is a checklist for moving out of state to help you prepare for relocation. It details tips that will help your move go as smoothly as possible.
Figure Out a Moving Budget
It is a wise idea to set a budget for moving, this will help you avoid overspending. It is best to figure out first, how much money you have to move, and then set aside a small percentage of that money for any surprises along the way. Keep in mind an out of state move is going to cost more than a local move, so adjust your budget accordingly. If you are moving for a job, be sure to check if your company can help with the costs.
Hiring a Moving Company Vs. a DIY Move
Your next step is to decide between hiring a moving company or having a do-it-yourself move. Hiring a moving company is more expensive, but if your budget allows, it may be the right option for your move. It is highly recommended that you research at least 3 different moving companies before you hire anyone. A reputable company will first survey your belongings, either in person or via a video chat before giving you a final quote. If the company doesn’t offer the survey, I would move on. Also, you can peruse the companies’ websites for reviews, or ask around to friends and family for recommendations.
If you decide that you would rather do the move yourself, you will still have to rent a truck or a portable moving pod. The cost of moving trucks or pods will vary, so again you’ll need to do some research. Remember, if you are moving yourself, set aside some of the budgets for boxes and packing materials.
Come Up with a Detailed Packing Plan
Packing can be a tedious process but coming up with a plan can help move things along. First, purge your house! Get rid of anything you do not want to take with you and donate it or throw it away. Then, start to pack items you know you will not use in the days leading up to the move. For instance, if moving in summer, pack all winter stuff first like boots and jackets. Pack essentials last, such as toiletries, dinnerware, and seasonal clothing. Also, organize medical records and other important papers like birth certificates and make sure to label clearly where they are, so you don’t have to dig around to find them in your new home. This is a great tip in our checklist for moving out of state.
Forward Your Mail and Transfer Your Utilities
Remember to put in a change of address so that your mail will be forwarded to you in your new home. You can do this at the post office or online. This can be done ahead of time and you can choose the date that it will begin. Let your utility companies know you are moving out of state. These companies include electricity, gas, water, cable, and internet.