The thought of relocating can be overwhelming and stress-inducing, especially when you’re moving to another state. But if you take steps to simplify your move and stay organized, you’ll streamline the process, saving time and energy.
When moving to another state, you’ll have to take care of the tasks that crop up throughout the move. One task is to schedule a shut-off of your current utilities and set up services in your new home. Here is a list of some of the companies you’ll want to get in touch with:
- Cable TV
- Internet service provider
- Phone provider
- electric company
- Gas service
- Home security system company
- Trash pickup/recycling
Arrange in advance for services to start the day you move in.
Moving to a new state also means you’ll have to obtain a new driver’s license and register to vote. Update the post office by filling out a change-of-address form and requesting mail forwarding services.
Learn About the Area Before Moving to Another State
Whether you’re moving to a new state alone or with your family, learn about things to do once you get there. Research fun activities and events before your move and ask friends who have visited or live in the area for restaurant recommendations. If you have school-age children, ask other parents about school events and find out if you can volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and meet new people.
Make Things Easier for Yourself
When moving to another state, try to simplify things as much as possible by outsourcing and downsizing. Here are a few tips.
- Hire movers with experience making out-of-state moves.
- Pay a company to pack if you don’t think you’ll finish in time.
- Give away or sell what things you don’t want to bring with you.
- Enlist friends and family to help you get organized or babysit.
Financial Aspects of Moving to Another State
Moving can be expensive, especially a move to another state. Make sure you plan for the financial aspect by setting and sticking to a moving budget. Consider the cost of movers, packing supplies, storage, gas or airfare, and any renovations that need to be completed at your new place. Inevitably, something unexpected will happen, so set money aside for unforeseen issues.
Make a Checklist
Hopefully, you’re not moving on short notice and will have time to do some preparations. Make a checklist of everything that needs to be completed. Refer to your list frequently to stay on schedule. If moving with your family, assign each family member tasks from the checklist to make your move easier.