While moving to a different state is a big step, it comes with learning new things and the fun of watching a new life come together. If it’s your first big move, you’ll find yourself with a newfound confidence as you navigate the challenges of settling into your new home.
Of course, there are some considerations to moving so far away, so it pays to know exactly what you’ll face and make a plan ahead of time:
- Making new connections: One of the most isolating parts of moving out of state is losing family, friends and the community you’ve lived in until now. Try joining some local clubs to find new people to connect with.
- It’s time-consuming: When you move from one state to another, you’re going to be bringing your whole life with you — and that means a lot of time spent packing. You’ll also have a significant investment in packaging materials, fuel and other necessities, especially if you try to make the move on your own.
Interstate Moving Checklist
When you’re preparing to move to a new house, keep these tips in mind to make the process as simple as possible.
Establish a moving budget as soon as you can. This number should include moving expenses and about three months’ worth of income for any issues that may arise. As you think about moving costs, you’ll have to decide how you want to move. Using a moving company might look more pricey, but since companies often include packing services and streamline the moving process, it might be the best option for you. If you’re looking to hire a professional mover, it’s recommended to get estimates at least 2 months in advance!
Before you move to a new state, try to visit the area at least once to get an idea of your new home. See what stores and restaurants are nearby and meet some members of the community. If you have kids, check out the school districts and which ones will be the best fit for your children. If you can’t make it to the area in person, do a Google street view search and explore that way.
Donate Unused Things
Your future self will thank you for decluttering and downsizing before moving. Consider things that you don’t use in your current household — will you really end up using them in the new place? Some donation centers will even pick up your donations for you!
Update or Close Accounts
With everything else that accompanies a move, updating subscriptions and amenities can quickly fall to the bottom of your list. When you inform your electric and water companies about your move, also remember to update your mailing address and cancel any local memberships. When you get to your new home, you will also have to update your license and voter registration.
Keep Your Valuables Close
Whether you’re moving yourself or with the help of a moving company, your most precious items should stay close to you at all times. Jewelry, money, electronics, pets and any other sentimental objects should always travel with you, not in the back of a truck. You’ll also likely need a “move-in bag” with clothes, food, chargers and any other items you’ll need right away at the new house.
How David McCarthy Moving Can Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your big move, contact David McCarthy Moving. We’ve been assisting people in moving all over the country for over 30 years, and our services include packing and unpacking, handling valuables and fragile items, and air-conditioned temporary storage for your possessions. Talk to our moving experts today to learn more about our residential, commercial and long-distance moving services.