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Tips for Moving Out of State

Every year, roughly 35.5 million Americans move. Though most of these people move within the same state, others board planes, trains, and automobiles to move to a completely new place. This means if you are moving to a new state, you’re not alone.

Moving can be stressful in terms of the cost, the time it takes to prepare, and the reality of learning a new city. Don’t worry though because we are here to ease the process, so you have a successful move.

If you are moving out of state, you won’t want to miss the information below. Here are some of the most important tips for moving out of state.

Secure a House and a Job

One of the best tips for moving out of state is finding a house (even if it’s not a permanent home) and securing a job prior to the move.

This will take a lot of stress off during the moving process and upon arrival. It will also give you time to explore your new neighborhood once you arrive without the stress of organizing the logistics.

If this isn’t possible, just make sure you have saved a few months’ worth of living expenses to tide you over while you look for a house and secure a job.

Transfer Accounts

Moving out of state can add stress to the move because it is difficult to get everything in order at your new home ahead of time.

One of the key tips for moving out of state for the first time is to make sure to notify your current utility company that you will be moving, so that they don’t continue to send bills from your old address.

You can also start to chip away at the mountain of work that awaits you by transferring utilities and other services into your name before you move. Make sure to update your mailing address as well so you don’t miss important communication.

Pare Down

Now let’s consider packing tips for moving out of state. Moving costs add up quickly, so it’s important to cut costs where you can.

When packing for your move, consider the essentials like dishes, mattress, and your favorite pieces of clothing. For the rest, consider holding a yard sale for your non-essential furniture and household items, or consider donating them.

Transportation

At first, driving your own car to your new home might seem to be the best and most cost-effective transportation option.

However, between overnight stays at hotels, rest stops, and gas station expenses, the price adds up. Shipping your car and hopping on a plane or train sometimes ends up being less expensive, so be sure to examine the costs carefully.

Movers

The move itself is time-consuming and can be expensive, so it’s important to establish a budget. If your budget allows the convenience of hiring movers is often worthwhile, and it will save you time and effort.

If there is no room in the budget for movers, add up the costs of shipping some boxes and renting a truck to drive the rest of your essentials on your own. Keep in mind though that DIY moving costs can also add up, so it’s important to find a good balance.

For an Easy Move, Follow These Tips for Moving Out of State 

Now that you are well-versed in these important tips for moving out of state, it’s time to get organized. Start by walking around your home to identify non-essential items. Then, make a budget to guide you through your journey.

If you need more home and real estate advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.