Moving to a new state is exciting. For many, it’s a chance to make a fresh start, explore new opportunities, take the next step in their careers, and make new friends. There are many reasons why people move across state borders. Sometimes it’s just to seek a new challenge. Some people move to be near a loved one, and some relocate for work. Whatever your reason, it’s always exciting, and it’s always absolutely terrifying. Here are seven must-know tips to make the move easier.
The first thing that you should sort out before your move is housing. In some cases, you might be able to stay with family or friends while you sort things out, or at least while you visit to look at houses. But if you are moving all your possessions and creating a life in a new state, you’ll probably need your own place as soon as possible.
The good news is that the internet makes looking at real estate in different states easier than ever. Real estate agents like EZ Home Search can show you great homes for sale in many different areas, without you needing to be there. EZ Home Search can also offer great advice on moving and you can learn more via their blog.
Consider Employment Options
If you are relocating for work, this one is sorted. If not, you’ll need to find a job. If you can, it can be a great idea to take some time out, settle in, and look for a job in person. But for most of us, this isn’t an option. Look online for job availabilities near your new home (or find a job first, and then home to suit) and start sending out resumes before you move. You should also get in touch with people that you know, or commit to online networking, to make sure you’ve got options. If possible, it’s a great idea to visit your new location to apply for jobs and look at houses in person.
Research Your New State
Moving to a new state can be more like moving to a new country than moving close to home. The language might be the same, but many of the laws and regulations might be different. Customs and attitudes can also vary from state to state.
You’ll probably need to apply for a new driving license as soon as you arrive and there may be other regulations that you need to know about that might affect your lifestyle or business if you have one.
Make a Plan for Moving Day
When you move over state lines, the move itself becomes far more complicated. When you move down the road, your friends and family might be able to help, and you’ll do a lot between you. You could probably cope without movers fairly easily.
When you move further away, you can’t take help for granted. Ask friends and family if they can help in any way, giving them plenty of notice. Make sure they know that this might mean taking a long trip or staying away from their home for a few days.
If you are using movers, make sure you know how long the move will take, when all your possessions will arrive, and how much your final bill will be. Find a moving team that fits your budget, and cut costs by doing as much for yourself as you need to.
Only Move What You Need to
The more you take, the harder it will be and the more the move will cost. So, before you go, prepare an inventory. Think about what you need and give away anything that you don’t. If there’s anything that you aren’t sure about, ask a family member or friend to store it, or pay for a storage unit until you decide.
Also Read: Best Tips to Stay Organized During a Move
Plan Your Move
You might think that the most complicated and expensive part of your move is moving your possessions and furniture to your new residence. But many people are surprised by the logistics of moving members of the household. Unlike when you move over shorter distances, you won’t have the option to travel with, or behind the moving van.
Your possessions and furniture will go with state-to-state movers, and you and your household will make the move alone. Ideally, you’ll want to arrive as close as possible to your moving team, so check dates with them, and make sure you can keep in touch.
Then, think about your journey. You might assume that driving is the cheapest option. But once you add fuel costs, and hotel stays, and food along the way, it can quickly add up and you might find that flying or taking the train is more cost-effective. If you choose one of these options, think about how you’ll ship your car, how much it will cost, and when it will arrive, or if you’d rather sell and buy a new one when you arrive.
Pack an Emergency Bag
The further you move, the harder it is to keep everything in sync. You might find yourself in a situation where you are without all, or some of your possessions for some time. Pack an emergency bag including things like passports and documents, medication, clothes that you need for work and toiletries, as well as things like books, chargers, and entertainment, and keep this with you at all times during the move.
Moving to a new state is a bit deal. But with careful planning and organization, there’s no reason why it can’t be a smooth move, or you can’t be ready to start your exciting new life as soon as you get there.