How To Prepare For Moving To Another State

March 16, 2021

From finding the perfect house and neighborhood, selecting the best moving option, and finding new friends, moving to a new state can be a daunting and time-consuming process that requires adequate planning and patience. 

Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to make the move smoother and more efficient. They include the following:

Visit The State Or City

If you are considering moving to a new state, it is advisable to take at least one trip to the state beforehand. This way, you can feel the location and some of the neighborhoods where you are likely to relocate. 

Ensure to bring a guidebook with you to reduce instances of getting lost or head to one of the visitor’s centers in the state for maps, brochures, and recommendations. If you are staying at a hotel during your visit, you can ask some of the employees for recommendations. 

Internet search and review sites can also help you gain a lot of information on the city or state where you are about to relocate. Ensure to look up some of the attractions and local hot spots where you can relax and unwind once in a while. 

Craft A Master Plan

Before you begin your moving process, it is essential to craft a high-level master plan to organize your move. This process should include figuring out the maximum amount of expenditure that you might incur during your move. Determine whether you can conduct a DIY move, or you will leave the hustle to professional movers such as Two Men And A Truck

If you opt for a DIY move, make a list of family members or friends who can help you handle the process. It is also essential to determine the time it will take to reach your new home, especially if you are driving some of your belongings yourself. 

Research Schools

If you have school-age children, then researching schools in your new state should be a high priority in your moving checklist. If you plan on sending your children to a public school, determine the neighborhoods associated with your school of interest to avoid any inconveniences in the future. 

You can conduct an exhaustive internet search to find top-rated schools in the new state and check some of their reviews. 

Budget Accordingly

Interstate moving is an expensive affair. Professional movers’ services are not cheap, and even if you are planning on having a DIY move, you have to pay for moving supplies and a container or truck rental, among other expenses. 

Figure out a budget while trying to save money wherever you can. Start with outlining how much you are willing or able to spend on the move. After this, list all the necessary moving expenses and set some extra cash aside for the unexpected costs. 

Choose A Moving Date

Choose a moving date that falls in line with your work schedule, the moving company’s availability, the weather, and your family concerns. The moving date you select can also have a direct impact on the cost of your move. 

If you move during the holidays, on the weekend, or in the summer, you are likely to experience less mover availability and higher demand, therefore higher moving rates. 

Moving to a new state can be a challenging yet exciting process. Use the above tips to plan and have a smooth interstate move. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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