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7 Tips for Moving Out of State

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Moving is always tough, but moving out of state is a different beast. Having a solid game plan before you move out of state is the best way to make sure the move goes smoothly. Here are 7 tips to help make moving out of state easier.

1. Make a Thorough Plan

To start, make a thorough plan for your move. This plan should include all the details: the moving date, the cost of the move, the length of the drive, a list of priorities when you arrive and more. When you’re moving out of state, you can never put too much effort into making a detailed plan. Consider keeping a 3-ring binder with any important documents and plans.

2. Get Rid of Stuff

No matter how you slice it, a cross-country trip is a big task. One of the best ways to simplify your out-of-state move is to get rid of anything you don’t need before you move. Focus on the things that are important to daily life or too difficult or expensive to replace.

As an added bonus, this is the perfect time for a garage sale. Not only can you get rid of stuff you don’t need, but you can also make some money, too.

3. Stick to a Budget

Moving out of state can get expensive, even if you don’t use a moving company. When you create your moving plan, try to figure out how much everything will cost, from travel costs and food to transferring utilities and getting a new driver’s license. Creating a budget you can stick to will help you save money on moving costs, including the cost of your road trip.

4. Visit Your New Home

If you can, take a trip to the city you’re moving to and spend a day or two there. Visiting the city you’re moving to gives you a chance to get a feel for the atmosphere, learn your way around the city, and look at your new home. Plus, you can take care of any business you may need to take care of in person before the move, which saves you time on the back end.

5. Consider Professional Help

Packing up a moving truck and moving out of state is a lot of work, and you have to pay for each mile you drive. The alternative is using moving storage containers to pack up all your stuff and let a professional drive it for you. That way, you can drive your own car with your family and leave the hassle of driving a moving truck to the experts.

6. Update Accounts

Whether you move out of state or down the street, updating your accounts is important. To start, you’ll need to change your mailing address via USPS. You’ll also need to transfer your utilities and other services, such as cable and internet. Finally, update the address associated with any bank accounts, credit and debit cards, and other accounts that may have your old address on file.

7. Pack Strategically

As exhausted as you might be, put some effort into packing. Strategically pack items in a way that they’re easy to access and protected from damage during the move. Don’t be afraid to invest in plenty of packing supplies; the last thing you want is to open a box of shattered dishes when you get to your new house.

Moving out of state is tough, but a little elbow grease goes a long way toward making it easier. The more time and hard work you put into planning your move and packing, the more time you’ll have to kick back and relax after you move.

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