If you find yourself moving to a new state, you might be wondering how to properly prepare yourself and your household. Moving out of state is an in-depth process that requires a lot of preparation and planning to pull off in an organized and efficient fashion. As long as you stay organized and don’t leave the process until the last moment with no planning, you’ll be able to have a stress-free moving day and a good plan of action going forward.
Whether you’re using a moving company or moving yourself, there are a variety of relocation options you have regarding moving companies, rental services, or self-moving options. If you’ve moved before, you know it’s important to declutter and stay organized, but there are also a lot of other factors to consider when making your move out of the local area. For all types of state to state moves, use our out of state moving checklist to make sure you’re on the right track.
This might go without saying, but make sure the moving company you’re going with (if you choose to hire professional movers), has experience with out-of-state moves. Beware of scams and make sure you’re getting the best deal.
In order to make sure you don’t spend more than you have to on a moving company or rental truck, as well as materials and the move itself, make sure to keep a budget and map out your spending limits for every aspect of your move.
Take stock of what’s in your house, and what condition it’s in. Determine what you want to bring, and what you might want to get rid of or leave behind.
Now that you’ve taken an inventory of what you’ve got, it’s time to get rid of what you don’t need or want. Room by room, organize items into ‘donate’, ‘throw out’, and keep sections.
After you’ve eliminated what you’re not taking with you, organize similar remaining items together to make packing easy and efficient.
Visit your moving company headquarters or a rental truck company to obtain boxes and other packing materials. You can also ask around businesses or friends for any boxes that you can reuse for your move to save money.
Once you have your boxes, start packing nonessential items room by room to keep things organized and straightforward. Make sure to label your boxes and keep delicate items separate.
Make sure your address is updated with the post office, banks, or credit card companies. This is a step easily, forgotten, but can be very annoying later on.
Make sure to transfer any utilities in your new home to your name, and take your name off of the utilities at your old location. Make sure you’re not paying any extra bills!
Once your things are all packed, get yourself and any items you’re keeping with you together to get ready for the journey. You’ve got this!
No matter where you’re heading outside of your home state, an out of state move is no small process. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to have an arduous or complicated process ahead of you. Stay organized and plan ahead and your out of state move with be simple and straightforward.
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