Moving across state lines doesn’t have to be a source of stress. With proper planning and organization, you can make your transition smooth and efficient.
Here are seven key tips to help you prepare for your move:
1. Budget Accordingly
A cross country move can cost anywhere between $1600 to $16,650 and up. This means budgeting well in advance so you know what kind of moving service you’ll be using, and how much you’ll have to DIY. Start by giving yourself a rough budget that you don’t want to exceed, and shop around for your moving options to find out how much they’ll cost you.
2. Research Your Movers
If you’re planning on letting the pros handle everything, it pays to do a little research in advance. Search up state to state movers and weigh the pros and cons of each moving company before calling them for quotes.
We recommend getting no less than three different moving quotes from different out of state moving companies if you’re trying to get a full picture of what you can expect for your move.
3. Reduce Your Stuff
You’ll do more than arrange furniture, electronics, paperwork, and clothes when packing. You’ll also need to decide what to keep, and what you want to get rid of. Aside from pawning off your stuff to family and friends, you can also organize a garage sale, or donate to nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Goodwill.
4. Pack Before Moving Day
The more you do today, the less you do tomorrow – and moving experts suggest starting with packing as early as three months in advance. We recommend setting one room aside as a specific packing room to avoid any confusion with the stuff you’re trying to sell or donate before moving day. Clearly label everything, and arrange your boxes by how often you’ll need them.
5. Transfer Your Utilities
You’re gonna want a post-move shower, so the last thing you want is a dry faucet. Remember to contact the utility providers of your new home to transfer and set up your gas, internet, water, electricity, satellite, security system, and sewage. Also keep in mind that you still need to turn off the utilities for your old place. Contact the utility providers of your old home and let them know when you’ll be moving out.
6. Forward Your Mail
Forwarding your mail is easy but incredibly important. Just log on to www.USPS.com and let them know when to start forwarding your mail to your new home address. Do this sooner rather than later – the last thing you want is to fall behind on bills because of your move.
7. Keep Every Receipt
If you’re donating anything to a charitable organization, make sure you keep your receipts. You’ll be able to deduct the value of your gifted items from your total wages on your income tax form. The same applies to work relocations. You may be able to deduct moving expenses such as your truck rental and gas costs from your taxes.
Efficient Strategies for a Hassle-Free State-to-State Move
By following these seven steps, you can make your out-of-state move as stress-free as possible. From budgeting effectively to staying organized and making timely arrangements, each tip contributes to a smoother moving process. Remember, the key to a successful move is in the preparation.