So you’ve decided to get a new life, pack up all your stuff and move across state borders. Let’s be honest here, that decision was probably quite easy to make in comparison to all the heavy lifting ahead of you. So, brace yourself for the nitty-gritty details of your most-awaited out of state move. If you’ve never relocated across great distances before, you’re in for a lot of hard work and planning. Don’t worry though!
Before you lose your mind to the idea of the tremendous list of things that you need to take care of before, during and after your move, Easy Moves has got you covered with these 9 amazing tips to help you ease the load of moving out of state.
1 – Plan ahead of time
Give yourself and the whole family enough time to prepare for the move. We all know that moving is stressful enough. So, help yourself and the rest of the household by preparing early and ensuring everything is taken cared of, even before the big day.
2 – Create a master plan
Work out a list of things that each of the family members needs to attend to during the preparation and the actual moving day. This will help you ensure that most, if not all, will progress as smoothly as possible. Assign the older kids a few boxes and instruct them to pack up their own toys. Just be sure to help them label everything, and leave a few out for the road trip.
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3 – Schedule your moving day – if possible
If you’re lucky enough to be flexible on your moving date, avoid scheduling your moving day during the summertime or holidays because the prices during these periods are said to be 20-30% higher than the normal rate in most markets. Weekday moves tend to be easier to schedule, and there’s often less traffic on the interstate than there would be during a major holiday weekend.
4 – Get rid of most of your stuff
Well, it hurts to say the least. But trust us, you will thank us for this one later. Before your actual move, be sure to do a massive clean up and get rid of things that you don’t use or stopped using. You can schedule a garage sale or a pick up donation. This way, you will avoid having to pay for moving these things since most long-distance moves are based on volume or weight. Furthermore, you can get some additional funds for the big day or a tax deduction – just don’t forget your donation receipt.
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5 – Pack an “Open me first” bag
Moving is an arduous and time-consuming process. You can’t expect to settle in immediately after you arrive at your new place. If you’re like me, there’s going to be 1-2 unopened boxes in the garage 6 months from now. Don’t judge! Just ensure all essentials are easily accessible and clearly labeled. This would spare you and the rest of the family from sneaking through tons of moving boxes to find a hair dryer at 6AM.
6 – Consider hiring professional movers
You can decide to take care of everything from packing and transporting to unpacking at your new place, or you can get professional help. Most people would often hire professional movers to ensure their investments are well taken cared of. Should you decide on getting paid help, only entrust your hard-earned belongings to trusted movers like Easy Moves. Check to make sure the moving company is fully licensed and insured to cover any damages to your belongings during transit.
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7 – Shop around for prices
Get quotes from several moving companies and be sure to get as much details as to what are the inclusions in the moving contract. But remember that cheapest isn’t always the one to go for. Check reviews and ensure you are dealing with legitimate and professional movers.
8 – Pay a pre-move visit to your new state/place
It’s strongly suggested that you get as much information as you can regarding your new state before you become a resident and the most accurate way to get necessary information is to pay your new hometown a visit. Talk to the neighborhood, get information about local businesses, medical facilities, schools and other important establishments. But if this isn’t possible, the internet is just a few clicks away.
9 – Update your billing address
Change your billing and mailing address at least a week before you leave. You wouldn’t want to miss any bills or more importantly, that $3 check for the class action you filed an eternity ago, right? I’m still waiting on mine for those terrible lightbulbs that caused me so much emotional distress when they weren’t as bright as advertised. The struggle is real!
Jokes aside, moving out of state may come with a lot of struggles and stress. But it’s equally exciting! So enjoy the experience while it lasts and make some memories along the way.