How to Move to Another State: A No-Stress Guide

If you want to be closer to family or apply for a sought-after job, don’t let geography hold you back.

Moving to another state is certainly more trying than moving across town, but it’s nothing you can’t handle with some planning.

These are our top tips for how to move to another state.

Research Your Move in Advance

Before you decide to move across the country, make sure that you’ll benefit from the relocation.

Research the city you are moving to as much as possible. Consider everything from the cost of living to the school systems to public transport, amenities, and crime rates.

Examine all you know about where you currently live and work and discover how much of that information you know about your new location. It is essential to know as much as possible about your new hometown when deciding to move.

Investigate how much you’ll pay in taxes and other mandatory fees and whether you can afford it.

What are housing or rental prices like in the area? Contact a real estate agent to find out more about suitable houses. Once you’ve set your mind at ease about all the above, you can take a road trip to look at some properties and decide on one.

Don’t forget to consider the difference in the climate and weather at your new home. Will it have a change of seasons? Are you prepared to live with any potential temperature extremes?

 Get Professional Movers on Board Early

The earlier you book a good moving company to assist with your relocation, the more likely you are to secure your first choice. The cost of moving goes up during busy periods, so booking early gives you leeway with your moving date, too.

Movers specializing in long-distance moves can advise you on many aspects of your move, including advice on how to pack for the long haul.

Remember that it will be easier and possibly cheaper to ship vehicles to your new destination rather than driving them all the way. Your mover will be able to advise you on this, as well.

Do the Admin

There’s a trail of paperwork involved in relocating to a new state. You’ll need to forward your mail to your new address and get a new driver’s license as soon as you can. Make sure to also update any important financial and other accounts with your new address.

Start Packing Early

A new state means a fresh start. You don’t want to be hauling stuff you never use across the country. Declutter as you pack and donate anything you don’t need as it will save you time and money. It’s important to pack carefully for a long-distance move, as your possessions will be in transit for longer.

Label each of your boxes to make unpacking easier.

How to Move to Another State with Pets

If you are moving cats and dogs with you, consult your veterinarian about how to make the journey more comfortable for them and about paperwork needed for bringing your animal to a new state.

Plan frequent stops along the way to let your animals stretch their legs. If you’ve done your homework beforehand, you’ll have plenty of time to consider their needs.

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MEYER Movers has over a century of experience helping people with corporate, household, and international relocation.

Get in touch for a free quote and more advice on how to move to another state. We’re here to assist with each step of your move.