So you’re moving out of the state? You’ll have a lot more to consider than when moving across town. You’ll have to think about schools, taxes, change in cost of living, transportation, and more. People move interstate for different reasons, but it’s usually because of a company move, a new job, or retirement. The reason you move will affect the factors you need to take into consideration. Let’s check out some of these factors and what you can do to best prepare.
Before the Move
It’s hard to predict moving costs when moving accross states. Check out different rates from various moving companies. Any reputable company will offer an adequate rate quote before you move. If you have previous experience moving a long distance with a mover, see if you can find them in your area. It’s a lot less stressful to move if you’re familiar with the process already. Treat the movers nicely and they’ll treat your property the right way in return.
Make a list of anything you’re involved in that requires an address update. Of course let your friends and family or anyone else important in your life know. But you’ll also want to update accounts and billing and shipping information. Cancel your utilities and figure out what you’ll use when you move to your new home. Learn about the living costs of your new home and location. Oregon home insurance is different from Georgia home insurance. Same with taxes and plenty of other expenses you may not think of.
Are you using your car to move? Make sure to get your car checked before you move. It might prove smart to get a full service on the car and let them know you plan to move out of the state. If you have an emergency kit for your car, make sure it’s full. If you don’t have one, get one.
If you own pets, make sure they’re healthy and up to date on vaccinations. If you have any plants, you’ll have to fit them in your car or find somewhere else for them, as moving companies don’t usually accept them.
Items get lost in long-distance moves. If anything is just too precious to risk losing, keep it with you in your personal vehicle.
On the Road
Plan your trip to include stops. Driving for an hour or two might not drain you too much, but more than that and you might not have the energy you’d expect to finish the move. Keep yourself refreshed and energized with breaks long enough to stretch out your legs (which you’ll be using a lot of once you arrive).
If the trip is long enough, find a cheap motel you can stay in for a solid eight hours; you’ll be glad you got the rest. And make sure not to drive tired. It’s too dangerous, especially with all your precious belongings in the car.
Plan a fun route. You don’t want to get stuck in traffic, especially on the highway with nothing around. With really long trips, find stops to look forward to. Cool scenery, great food — anything will help. If you can afford it, buy your movers some food or coffee as a form of gratuity.
Prepare for a breakdown, too. Make sure you have your car emergency kit, as previously mentioned. If you break down in the middle of the night, stay safe until help arrives. Get AAA if you can, as its service can do wonders and is usually free of charge. Let somebody know your plan and ETA so they can help if something goes wrong. And don’t forget to pack food and water to keep yourself going on the long ride.
After The Move
If you have different people helping you unload your belongings, you should offer another form of gratuity. Make sure everything gets safely unloaded. Hopefully the moving company provided you with the moving brochure entitled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move“. This should make the documents you signed clear and make sure there are no surprises with the move. It also explains your rights if anything gets damaged. Follow up with the moving company and let it know how it did.
Make sure you have everything before the movers leave! You don’t want to realize something’s missing or broken before it’s too late. Be safe, smart, and good luck with your move.