Moving Out of State: The Complete Guide

May 22, 2019

Moving Out of State: The Complete Guide

What You Need to KNow About Moving Out of State

Whether you’re moving one state over or across the country, moving out of your home state can be exciting, but also scary and stressful. There can be many reasons for this type of move: going to college, searching for new job opportunities, being closer to family, getting married, or seeking the thrill of living in a new place. Whatever your motivation, there are some things you should consider when moving out of state.

Common Types of Out of State Moves

Household Moves:

Household relocations can be difficult because there are a lot of people involved, from parents to kids to movers. The process is time-consuming and can be hard to accomplish when people are working, going to school, enjoying extracurricular activities, cooking and running errands, or taking care of pets.

Business Moves:

Business moves are exciting and can include office, warehouse, and retail store relocation. Your property, products, and electronics are important and should be moved with care to protect their safety and quality.

College Moves:

Moving to college for the first time can be intimidating and fun, especially when transferring out of state. Taking advantage of a moving company can make the process easier and allow your family to spend time together, exploring your new home. Living out of state can also mean that new items are bought that must be stored over the summer. Climate controlled storage units are a great way to make sure your college belongings, like furniture, stay safe while you move back home.

Long-Distance Moves

Moving to another state can be stressful, from the time you decide to do so until you arrive at your new location. The process of moving includes many factors. For this reason, you should consider using a moving company to help make the process smoother. Relocating to a new state should be a great adventure; the climate may be different, there are new activities and adventures to be had, and there may be new opportunities. However, it is important to consider practical matters such as different taxes, state laws, and licensing. And, if you have children, familiarize yourself with the available school districts.

Large furniture and electronics can require disassembly and reassembly. This takes time and is often difficult. When moving out of state, let your moving company take care of this for you. This aids in creating a stress-free move for yourself, your family, or your business.

4 Tips for Moving Out of State

  1. Do your research. It’s important to look into the differences between your current state and the new one, such as climate, taxes, school systems, crime rates, and more. Make sure you can afford property tax and do your research to ensure that the properties you’re looking at are in a safe area.

  2. Budgeting is necessary for any long-distance move. Be certain you have adequately planned for various expenses including a moving company, gas or travel fares, and unexpected expenses like repairs to your current property before selling.

  3. Visit your new city to get a feel for the culture there. Research various activities, restaurants, and attractions to check out before you move and see if you can picture yourself living there.

  4. Forward mail and make sure utilities like water, gas, internet, and cable are ready to be set up. Depending on state laws, you’ll have some time to obtain a state license for your new property. Don’t forget to change your address for any subscriptions or accounts you have, whether for online shopping or prescription deliveries.

Tips For Packing

Packing up your entire home takes up a lot of time and effort. There are many packing tips out there for both traveling and moving. Here are a few tricks to help you pack for your out-of-state move.

Purge While You Pack:

Use this move as an opportunity to purge. As you pack, go through your items and determine what you need and use versus what could be donated, sold, recycled, or thrown out. This can seem tedious, but it will make packing easier, cheaper, and save time when unpacking.

Save Space While Packing:

You can roll your clothes for optimal space or use packing cubes for suitcases and duffels. One great tip for efficient packing is to use your items as boxes or padding! Use towels, socks, or t-shirts to wrap up glass. Store items in backpacks, purses, tote bags, trash bins, or pots and pans. Have any leftover pantry foods, fruit, or veggies? Put them in old grocery bags or backpacks to use as snacks for the road trip or flight!

Important Packing and Moving Supplies:

Eventually you’ll run out of suitcases, duffel bags, or tote bins. This is when your moving company comes into play. It’s important to use quality moving boxes, tape, bubble or stretch wrap, and moving blankets or carpet shields. Doing so will maintain the condition of your items and ensure they stay safe during the move.

Best Time of Year to Move

Summer tends to be the best time to move; kids are out of school, everyone has more time to pack, and the weather is often prime. However, moving during the summer is not always practical or possible. No matter the weather conditions during your move, make sure you are prepared for anything. In summer, wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring water. Spontaneous storms can happen anywhere, so bring along umbrellas, plastic bags, rain boots, and towels. Moving to a cold-weather state? Don’t forget coats, boots, gloves, hats, hand warmers, shovels, and car scrapers!

Storage While Moving

Sometimes you may have items that you do not need immediately upon entering your new location. There’s an easy solution for this! Rent out a storage unit for your extra furniture or boxes. This allows you to make renovations, arrange furniture, or unpack without extra items being in the way.

Start Planning Your Move Today

As you look to make your long-distance moving process smooth and stress-free, consider Alliance Moving & Storage. Get in touch with us today for questions or to schedule your move.

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