How to Move to a New State: The Key Steps to Take

Posted by Casandra Properties on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 4:30pm.

Are you moving? Thinking about moving to another state? If so, you are not alone—around 15 percent of Americans that move each year relocate to another state.

Moving to a different state can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be with the right plan in place. Keep reading this guide to learn how to move to a new state to help you get started.

Moving To A New State

Find Out What Your Employer Covers

Now, that you got a new job, find out if your company will help cover your relocation costs. Some employers will reimburse for things such as shipping, packing services, and other travel expenses related to searching for a new home.

If you currently don't have a job, you can negotiate some of these costs in your hiring process. It's best to secure your job before moving to another state.

Research Your New Home

Now it's time to get yourself familiar with your new home state. Spend a weekend to figure out the area, and ask locals about things like schools, best neighborhoods, and other things that are important to you like shopping areas, restaurants, or parks.

Spending time there will let you know what it will feel like to live in your new city including average costs and expenses. You can start estimating how much house you can afford with expenses. 

It's important to talk to local real estate agents to get an idea of home prices, best areas, and your commute. They can help you find a good match for your needs.

Decide What You’re Moving

Now, you need to focus on your current home and get it ready to sell. Thinking about how to sell my house fast? It's a good idea to start talking to a real estate agent. If you are moving to a new state, getting your current home ready requires the help of an expert.

Start going through your home and decide what you really want to move. You probably don't want to move all your bulky furniture or electronics just for cost savings.

Start selling items you don't want to take. Then you can donate the rest. 

Get Organized

Create a moving binder to help you with all your communications and help organize dates.

Put together a budget, and start tracking your expenses to help you stay on track. If your company is reimbursing you, you will need copies of receipts, so keep everything in this binder.

Things you should keep in this binder include:

  • Moving checklist
  • Copies of medical and school records
  • Moving budget with estimated and actual expenses
  • Contact information for moving company, real estate agents, and your company relocation contact
  • Insurance representative

Anything can happen during a move, so you need to make sure you have insurance to cover this move. Talk to your insurance agent to make sure you are covered.

Pick a Reputable Moving Company

Long-distance moves are stressful, so you should consider hiring a moving company that will coordinate this move. 

You should hire a company with interstate move experience. Larger companies may cost less for a big move. You want a company that is established, so find out how long they have been in business.

Search out reviews online and with the Better Business Bureau. Don't just trust quotes on their website or social media sites.

This Is How to Move to a New State

These steps outline how to move to a new state. It's best to get organized and work with a reputable mover to make it less stressful. Follow these tips for moving to help you get ready.

Looking for more advice for your new home? Keep checking out our blog for more articles to help you get settled in your new home.

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