Moving residence can be exciting and, at the same time, a cause for anxiety, especially when it is interstate. Fitting into a new state with a different culture and rules, possibly without someone you know, can be challenging.
It requires proper preparation beforehand so that the move is smooth and the settling in easy as well. Here are some key points to note when preparing to move to a new state.
Planning the move
Planning is basic to the process of moving. A notebook organizer will come in handy in creating a checklist for every activity. Note down the necessary administrative requirements that include official change of address, driver’s license and car registration updates in the new state, insurance, kid’s school records, and recurrent billing.
Equally important is the packing list if you are relocating with your household goods. Arrange every aspect of the move according to dates and dedicate a page to the budget, posting actual expenses as they occur. Working with a checklist ensures you do not overlook anything important and that when you finally settle in the new home, it is as though you never moved.
The moving logistics
Interstate relocations involve long distances and this requires a reputable and dependable moving company. Shop around for a company with demonstrated experience moving across states and the bigger it is, the better for reliability and affordability. You may also look for a company that has a branch in the destination city for seamless coordination.
Once you hand over the rest of the household goods to the moving company, the family can hop into the car for a fun road journey to the new home.
If you own a motorcycle and are the adventurous type, take the opportunity for bike riding to enjoy the countryside and towns along the way. You can also opt to fly while entrusting the car or bike to a good motorcycle shipping company for delivery at the new home.
Income and living expenses
Most movers relocate for job-related reasons, possibly to a company office in the new state. For this category, income is guaranteed and is not a basis for worry. The company may also fund the relocation expenses or provide a truck, making it easy for the mover.
However, other movers may relocate for other reasons, hoping to secure a job in the new state. This calls for serious financial planning and saving before the relocation to cushion your stay in the new state for at least three months as you seek employment. You must research the job market in the new city to ensure opportunities exist in your line of work.
Offload excess baggage
When relocating, cost is very important if you hope to avoid financial difficulties. The number of household goods to be moved will determine the size of the truck needed and the cost. Plan to move as few goods as possible and only those that are essential.
One way of handling this successfully is by selling off some items like furniture, electronics, non-sentimental valuables, and even the car. You not only save on the haulage costs but can also buy the same items when needed later in the new city.
Comply with new state rules
Ensure continuity by updating important paperwork at the new home city. Apply to USPS for an official change of address and update your records at the local DMV. Contact the insurance company to have your policy aligned to the new state requirements and update your information with any recurring billers.