Ideally, you should already have a new house or apartment to move into before your relocation date. If possible, start getting the feel of a new neighborhood to determine how well it fits your preferences and specific circumstances, especially the cost of living. After that, you can start preparing for your move.
As daunting as it already is, moving to another state can be quite challenging if you have no idea how to begin. There are many things to think about and even more matters to take care of.
To help you out, here is a comprehensive to-do list you can use as a guide to make your relocation stress-free.
# 1. Set Your Budget
Unlike moving to a different part of the city, relocating to another state may cost more since you need to have your things transported farther away. If you’re thinking that doing it yourself will save you some cash, you should think again as hiring a truck and risking damage to your items may cost more money and effort on your part.
It’s best to come up with a budget based on your spending capacity as well as the amount you’re willing to spare for the move. From there, you need to list down the most important expenses for the move, including the moving company fee, insurance, and transportation expenses like gas, taxi, and airfare. Of course, make sure you set aside some money for your daily living essentials like food, rent or mortgage, and utilities.
#2. Book Professional Movers
The best way to move interstate is to hire professional help during a move. The importance of expert help cannot be understated, especially if you’re after convenience, the safety of your belongings, and the reduction of stress that typically comes with the task.
That said, it is your responsibility to make sure that you choose the right people for the job. A good moving company always conducts an in-person or video survey of the items to be transported to your new home before stating their price.
You should also be wary of movers offering extremely low rates because there is a good chance that additional charges will pile up later. Remember that proposals that are too good to be true are considered red flags, so make sure you’re on the safe side.
#3. Notify Utility Providers and Mailers About Your Move
Once you’ve finalized the date of your move, you should take care of all the important paperwork related to your old home. Make sure to apply for the disconnection or cancellation of your electricity, water, and other utilities. You should also have your mail subscriptions redirected to your new address, if possible, or cancel them altogether.
#4. Downsize and Sell
Downsizing before the date of the move can do wonders for your relocation budget. Since you’ll be reducing the load, you should expect a lower moving cost quote from the professional movers you are planning to hire.
Plus, you also have the option to sell some of the items you no longer use, don’t utilize often, or have similar purposes as other items. The proceeds of your moving-out sale can be added to your relocation budget or may serve as an emergency fund during your initial stay in the new neighborhood.
#5. Start Packing
After you’ve separated the items that will go with you during your interstate move, it is time for you to start packing. Make sure you have enough packing supplies, and be organized when accomplishing this task by creating a packing timeline.
Ideally, you should box up the things you don’t use every day first, moving through the rest based on how often you need them. Don’t forget to pack an essentials box or bag which should include daily necessities like food, change of clothes, dining supplies, beddings, and a first-aid kit complete with maintenance and emergency medicines. Your documents should also be easily accessible since you might need them when crossing state borders.
Before You Get Moving
Relocating to another state doesn’t need to be stressful. Make sure you know what you’re doing with the help of this comprehensive pre-move to-do list. Most importantly, get professional help for your move to ensure that your belongings get to your new home safe and sound.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.