Things to Do When Moving Out of State
Moving out is an already stressful time for anyone, even if you’re just moving across the street to a new apartment. There is always a lot to think about to ensure that you can have the easiest time possible.
This whole situation multiplies in difficulty and stressfulness when you’re moving out of state, as there is so much more to be considered to ensure moving from home to home is a success. But not to worry, that’s where we come in. Whether you are looking to hire a top moving company or knowing who to notify of your move, there are always critical things to accomplish.
In this article, we have accumulated some of our best and most helpful tips that you can use if you’re planning your long-distance move to a new state sometime soon.
Whether you’re looking for a new and exciting life in California or you’re planning an even more adventurous move to somewhere like Hawaii, whatever your choice, we know these moving tips are going to come in handy.
There are many things to do before moving, so planning is vital if you want to increase the chances of your move going smoothly.
Make Sure to Secure Housing
It should really go without saying, but you should make sure you can secure some form of housing before you go ahead and pack your things and move to a new state, even if that means crashing on a friends couch for a couple of weeks to give yourself time to find a new home.
Sleeping on your friend’s couch might even be a better idea than you think since you get to live in your state for a while, experiencing everything without making a heavy financial commitment.
This way, you can see whether or not the area is perfect for you, and if so, you can start looking for your brand new forever home.
Find a New Job (If You Need To)
You might be lucky enough to be able to keep your old job when you move to a new state. That may be because you still live relatively close to your office building or you’re lucky enough to work from home.
But if your new move means you’ve got to ditch your old job and find a new one, make sure you get this sorted before you even commit to moving to a new state. You’re going to be full of stress as it is. There’s no need to add more to the pile by panicking about how you’re going to pay your bills each month without reliable income from your job.
Budget Your Entire Move
Making sure you’re budgeting everything will mean that you get to not only know how much you need to spend on certain things, like packing materials and moving trucks, but you’ll also be able to save money for more important things, like decorating your new home.
To keep track of your expenses, we recommend making a budgeting spreadsheet so that you have everything in one place, easily accessible, and changeable if plans change.
Know Your Moving Plans Upfront
Knowing whether or not you’re going to splash the cash and pay for a moving service to move your goods for you or you plan on moving everything yourself ahead of time will allow you to work on your budgeting (which follows on from our previous point).
The biggest factor with choosing to use a service or to DIY a move comes down to cost and convenience.
In our opinion, it is worth paying for a service to move your goods for you, so you don’t have to go through the stress of loading, driving, and to unload all of your things yourself.
Learn About Your Moving Company Before Trusting Them With Your Move
As we have already mentioned, you’re going to want to make this whole thing as stress-free as possible and one of the ways you can do this is by making sure the moving company you’ve found will be worthy of your trust and your money.
One way you can do this is by asking friends and family for recommendations, as well as customer reviews online.
On top of that, you’re also going to want to learn all you can about the moving company, their process, and how they plan on moving your things from your old home to your new one, so nothing is left to your own guesswork.
Do You Have Self-Storage Needs?
If you have self-storage needs due to the size of the home or apartment, it will also be crucial to do some due diligence on the top local self-storage companies you find. The moving industry is littered with less than stellar companies, so it is worth your time and effort to research who to avoid.
Some of the more important things to think about with storage are whether you will need 24-hour access or have a climate-controlled unit. If you work odd hours, 24-hour accessibility may be crucial for you. If any of your belongings could get ruined due to temperature or moisture issues, going with a climate-controlled unit makes the most sense.
Remember to Update Your Accounts
Once you’ve unloaded and unpacked your things, there’s no better way to spend the rest of your day eating trash food and watching your favorite Netflix shows to give yourself some relaxation time.
That is, of course, if you’ve got a working internet connection all ready to go.
Now, if you’ve planned ahead of time, you’d have updated all of your accounts and would have already made sure your internet service provider was all ready to go on your official moving day. Not only will you have no internet and no Netflix to binge if you haven’t updated your other accounts, but you also may not even have running hot water too.
So, make sure you update your accounts and transfer your utilities and home service early in your move so that everything can be ready waiting for you.
Packing is pretty easy, right?
Stuff everything into a couple of boxes, and you’re good to go.
Of course, this is a horrible idea, especially if you have delicate items that require to be packed much more securely when traveling across the country to your new state.
So remember to pack your things smartly, making sure that anything as delicate as vases or even the eggs out of the fridge are well protected and are not likely to crack when they make their trip to your new home.
Make Sure People Know You’re Moving
Not only is it a good idea to tell people you’re moving just so you can let them know how amazing your life is going, but it’s just a good idea to let your loved ones know you’re leaving so they can say their goodbyes…and so they don’t accidentally visit your old house and walk-in on its new residents.
It can be something as simple as a Facebook post, a text, or you could even throw a party the day before you leave. It’s up to you.
Moving anywhere is a tough task, but making an out-of-state move can be especially grueling. People who the least stressed when moving are those who have planned well in advance. Hopefully, some of our moving tips will help make your experience a pleasant one. Best of luck!