Moving is a hassle that most are familiar with, but at the same time, it’s one of the most exciting experiences of our lives! A new home, a new job, making new friends, there’s a lot to be excited about.
Luckily, since over 31 million people move every year in the US, there are some time-tested tricks to a successful move. If you’re moving to another state, here are some excellent tips on how to do it right!
Tips On Moving To Another State: Do Your Homework
It sounds like a broad topic, yes, but it’s important. When you’re moving to another state, you probably don’t have the same amount of trusted family or friends to tell you who the best real estate agents are, which neighborhoods to avoid or anything else you may want to ask.
There are plenty of online resources to help you with this, so do your diligence. Look at the local Chamber of Commerce to see which real estate agencies are the best, read their reviews, and check their references.
From there, the right real estate team can help you with choosing a neighborhood, letting you know what’s in the area, and more. From there, you’re going to want to know about mortgage rates, property taxes, and more. Just spend some time looking into the questions you have because laws, regulations, and taxes vary widely from state to state.
You may want to know about the schools in the area, public transportation, or the recreation scene. The questions you’ll have will depend on your circumstances, but you’ll be able to find a lot of information on the local government sites, local Facebook groups, and even on Reddit forums.
Shop For Loans Or Apartments
Try to get preapproved by a lender before making an offer on a home, if you’re buying. This will let you know your purchasing power and interest rates upfront before you make any decisions, and give you an edge over other potential buyers.
If you’re planning on renting, check out the property management companies or speak to other tenants in a building before moving in. You’re moving to a brand new state and the last thing you want is a bad living situation.
Find A Job
One of the most common reasons for moving to another state is having a new job, but if you haven’t already gotten one, try to land one before you move. If you’re moving to another state for other reasons, it’s important that you have an income waiting for you when you get there. It will also help with your housing search.
Look for jobs in the area and start applying. Don’t put in your notice at work or finalize anything until you have a job secured. Once you have it, you can put in your notice and start looking for housing.
Organize your thoughts into one binder or folder so you know everything you need for the move. Any dates, deadlines, to-do lists, or anything else can go in here. There are a lot of “moving” parts in this process, so make sure you have everything in one place.
Keep bank information here, transfer applications or confirmations (for just about anything), contact information, a list of services you need to cancel, services you need to start, dates you need to remember, and more. Keep it all in one convenient place that’s easy to check.
If this isn’t your first move, you probably have a lot of stuff. The sooner you start packing, the easier it will be. If there’s stuff you barely use, you can pack it months in advance or sell it to get it out of the way. Selling your unused stuff could eliminate some stuff for the move and give you some extra cash for the expenses.
If your move is coming up, you should definitely look into some professional packing services to take that job off your plate. You have dozens of phone calls to make and a lot of other work to do, so forget about packing!
We mentioned selling your items, which is a great choice for things you don’t want anymore. However, there are plenty of items you no longer want that others may not want either.
Host a moving sale and sell your stuff for very cheap if you want to get a few extra dollars, or just start tossing stuff. Get a dumpster, put stuff outside for free, or just throw your stuff in the trash. It will save you so much space for a one-trip move.
Figure Out The Moving Situation
Are you going to drive a rented truck or tow a trailer? Make sure you have it reserved. Are you using a long-haul moving company? Make sure you shop around and compare prices, as they are costly. Whatever you choose, make sure you have everything booked and that you can afford the cost. Remember, the rule for moving out of state is one trip.
If you’re making a downpayment on a house or putting your first, last, and security deposit down, you may be strapped for cash. Crunch the numbers before booking anything and make sure you’re making the right decision.
Get A Move On
If you’re moving to another state, the chances are you’re a little overwhelmed. Get as much help as you can, take some stress off your back, and get a move on! Stay up to date with our latest news and have a safe and successful move!