Moving to another state brings a lot of challenges. Sometimes you transition there entirely on a whim, and other times it is a planned move. Planning is critical in any move, especially when you’re relocating to an entirely different state, but where do you start? Should you start with finding things out about your new destination? Or how are you going to move all your belongings? What you’re going to take, if anything? Well, lucky for you, there are things you can do to make your move less stressful. Homes For Heroes is here to share a few tips on how to make your move a little smoother.
Budgeting for the Move
When planning to move out of state, it is essential to make a budget. By doing this, it will help you create a foolproof moving plan. Your budget needs to include moving costs such as hotels, gas, food, security deposits, utilities, shipping costs, and tickets if you decide to take bus, train, or plane. Knowing an outline of these prices will help you budget your money to provide enough for these costs. Make sure you do your research to accommodate the number of people in your family and the number of items you are bringing with you.
Researching the Area
It is also vital to research the area where you are moving. Good things to look for in an area are the crime rates, school districts, and employment opportunities. We all want to live in a safe environment, and before you pack up your entire life to move somewhere you may have never been, it’s always a good idea to at least know a little something about the area. If possible, you should consider visiting the area on a weekend trip. It’s crucial to see neighborhoods during the day and night because sometimes the activity differs. It could be a tranquil neighborhood during the day, but party central at night. It’s always a good thing just to check and make sure. If you aren’t able to take a trip to visit the area, the internet is a beautiful thing. You can look at crime rates, compare school districts rankings, and even look at the unemployment percentages of your new town. By knowing these things ahead of time, it could save you a lot of headache and grief.
Not everything in your home needs to come with you, especially if it is more cost effective to buy the same items when you get to your new location. Relocating anywhere costs money, and relocating to another state brings on even more expenses. Create a list of everything in your home and decide what things you must take. If there’s something that you can toss or even sell, then you should. You can always buy these items secondhand from sites like Craigslist, OfferUp, or Letgo. You can also find a lot of fresh things at local thrift stores and yard sales. Sometimes it is more cost effective to sell items like couches and armoires than to travel with them or ship them. A great rule of thumb that can help you in making the decision of what to keep and what to toss is, if you haven’t used it or worn it in over a year, it is time to go. Downsizing a home is essential because you don’t want to waste any money bringing along items that you can easily replace. Having a yard sale prior to moving out will not only assist you downsizing but will help you make a little extra cash for the move!
Moving Your Belongings
There are different ways you can move your belongings, and doing some research will benefit you to find the most cost-effective way for your family. If you need to know where all of your belongings are at all times, you may be more comfortable moving your belongings yourself. Enlist your family and friends to help you with the transition. Loading up a moving truck can be quite the task, so the extra hands will make it much easier. The traditional way of moving isn’t always the best, though, because of the costs associated with truck rentals, gas, and car mileage.
Another option you have to move your items is having your belongings shipped by a shipping container company like PODS. The company will deliver a container to your home, you pack it up and then, on moving day, they send it to your new location. That way, you can pack everything to your satisfaction, and you can keep track of your stuff because you are the one who packed the container.
Tying up the Loose Ends
Lastly, you need to transfer your utilities and forward your mail. You don’t want to move a long distance then come to a home that doesn’t have lights, water, or heat. That would leave you paying for a night in a hotel waiting for everything to be turned on. Making sure to promptly forward your mail is essential as well so you don’t miss out on any critical notices. You can even forward your mail online. That way, you don’t have to waste time at the post office when you could be getting things done around the house. Once you arrive in at your new destination, there are a few loose ends to tie up, like getting the kids registered for school and finding new doctors.
Moving anywhere can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to stress you out to the max. By planning and doing some research, you are taking a little off the top already. Try and plan your move months before so you can prepare financially for the move. Now while that’s not always possible, if it is, go ahead and do it. If you can’t plan your move in advance and it’s more of a surprise, making a realistic budget and downsizing your home are the best options. You don’t want to create more expenses for yourself by taking items that aren’t a necessity for your family.