Moving to a new home, whether within or crossing state borders, should be made as seamless as possible.
Relocating to an out-of-state property requires careful planning, which means there’s no room for procrastination or major mishaps, like choosing the wrong moving company.
Failing to take your interstate move seriously can lead to problems.
Below is a checklist every homeowner should have to avoid serious interstate moving mishaps.
1. Identify Important Persons and Facilities in the New Area
Moving interstate can evoke a feeling of anxiety because humans are pre-programmed to lean toward stability and predictability.
One of the ways to ease the fear of the unknown is to identify the important persons and facilities in the area you’re planning to relocate to.
- Professionals – You’d need professionals in the new state for important reasons. If you or any of your family member has a health condition, its best to ask your physician for referrals in the new place. The same goes for the rest of the key persons whose help you may need.
- Schools – Find educational institutions wherein your kids can transfer after making the big move. Don’t forget to notify your child’s current school to get the school records and other academic requirements as soon as possible.
- Hospitals – In case of emergency, you must know where the nearest and most reputable health facilities are in the new state.
- Transportation Hubs – If you’re not familiar with the commonly intricate transport systems in the state you’re moving to, it’s time to familiarize yourself with them.
- Banks – Getting your financial records in order should be part of your checklist, too. Find out if your existing bank has a branch in the other state. If not, discuss the best options for moving your funds from your bank to your chosen institution.
2. Start Preparing as Soon as Possible
While identifying essential stakeholders in the new place, you also have to inform your current service providers of the address change.
In most occasions, you may need to have your subscriptions cut.
- Cancel Or Transfer Your Subscriptions – To avoid paying extra for surcharges or penalty fees, review the terms of your subscriptions and memberships to find out when you have to cancel them. Some require a one-month notice, while others take longer.
- Inform Other Financial Companies – Don’t forget to notify your credit and debit card companies. Some companies allow online requests for information changes. Additionally, ask your insurance companies if your coverage will be affected by your interstate move.
- Declutter And Make An Inventory – One of the most common mistakes to avoid when moving out is to wait until the last minute to decide what to do with your fixtures and other bulky items. Do it as soon as possible for a smooth transition. Check your items to see which ones to sell, donate, give away, or take with you across the state border. Doing this helps reduce your moving costs, and can even help you make money out of some items.
- Set Up Your Packing Procedures – Once you’re sure of the items you’re taking interstate, set up your packing system. You may want to start by categorizing by purpose or by size.
No matter how you plan to go about with it, always remember to label all the boxes with numbers, the rooms where they came from, and a summary of the contents.
You may also look online for packing tips to make your move seamless.
- Hire A Moving Company – Ask your friends and family members for referrals. You may also check online sources to find out the best moving company. Don’t just look for the cheapest quote. Make sure the company has experience and good reputation as an interstate moving company. To find out what moving truck size you will need, you can use a moving truck size calculator for an estimate.
- Perform Repairs – If you’re selling your home, consider performing home fixes after you’ve packed the most essential items. Seek the help of professional contractors for more complicated projects.
- Inform Your Landlord – Like some subscriptions, most rental properties require at least a 30-day notice before the actual moving schedule. Don’t forget to ask your landlord to forward the mails that could arrive in your present address after you move out.
3. Arrange the Actual Moving Activity
As you’re taking the initial steps in finalizing the interstate moving process, you need to perform the following tasks:
- Review Your Checklist – It’s possible that you may have missed some ‘to dos’ in your checklist. To find out what else needs to be done, review your list.
- Schedule A Moving Date – Contact your moving company to a arrange the most viable schedule for everyone.
- Finalize Your Budget – Once you’ve chosen the most ideal interstate company, you can start planning your budget. Apart from the moving costs, you’d need to consider the expenses for storage space rentals and other potential fees.
- Inform Everyone Concerned About Your New Address – Apart from financial companies, you must also inform courier firms and other utilities about your new address.
- Label Boxes Accordingly For Faster Unloading – Minding your new home’s floor plan, check the moving boxes and find out how you can help make the unloading process easier. For instance, you can add labels to guide you and your family on which boxes to load consecutively.
- Organize Travel Plans For The Whole Family – You may need to take flights in order to move across state borders. Purchase plane tickets for family members who need to travel comfortably instead of enduring a long road trip. Additionally, make sure the car is in tip-top condition for those hitting the road.
- Prepare An Essentials-Filled Suitcase – If you’ve given yourself an extra one or two days to stay in the property before moving out, make sure you have all essentials, such as food, clothes, and hygiene items, in one box.
- Pack A One-Week Box For Your New Home – As you and your family may be too exhausted to unpack during the first few days, consider keeping all your family’s necessities for one week in a single box, too. Place in there sheets, towels, food, utensils, toiletries, and clothes, as well as a first aid kit.
- Call Cleaners Or Do the Final Cleaning Yourself – To ‘welcome’ new occupants, make sure to leave the property in pristine condition. Deep cleaning your current home also ensures that you don’t leave anything important in there.
- Hand Over The Keys To The New Owners Or Landlord – Make sure to personally hand over the keys to the new occupants or your landlord. Otherwise, leave them to the real estate agent.
The Bottom Line
Planning an interstate move requires time and meticulous preparation. This checklist can be used as a guide, especially for first-timers.
You can also seek the help of professional moving companies and your experienced friends in modifying this list.
By diligently performing everything in the moving checklist, you’ll be able to minimize glitches and experience a seamless interstate relocation.