Moving out of state is a delicate matter that requires exceptional levels of preparation and planning. You definitely don’t want to greet moving day without a clear plan of action.
This is because, unlike a local move across town, or a move to a neighboring town or city, moving to a new state is the type of residential relocation that will bring a number of challenges to test your overall preparedness.
It’s important to understand that the success of your out of state moving project will depend on how well you get prepared for one of life’s most stressful events. In fact, the earlier you start getting ready for your upcoming long-distance move by completing task after task, the better your chances are of having a fairly problem-free relocation across the country.
Without a doubt, the best way to move out of state is to hire the services of a cross-country moving company. The wide range of professional moving services you will be offered by the pros will give you the chance to select the type of expert assistance that you really need, thus enabling you to save on your upcoming move. Also, your valuable household items will be in safe hands during the long haul between Point A (your current home) and Point B (your new house or apartment).
Here are the three things you should do first once your move date and company are set:
Step 1. Inventory your entire home
Moving to another state is not the right time to move all of your household items and belongings because 1) you won’t need all of them, and 2) you won’t like the transportation cost.
Find time to inventory your home and make important decisions regarding which things you will be taking with you and which ones you’ll be leaving behind. Be ruthless as it’s your money that’s on the line here.
Remove any excess items. The best way to relocate to another state is to take only the things you intend to use in the foreseeable future. The home inventory list will help you reduce the number of items to move, and, of course, that purging process should be completed before commencing the packing job.
Sell online or at a garage sale the unwanted stuff to pocket valuable cash. Also, consider gifting to friends or donating to charity still usable items.
Step 2. Start packing up your home
Keep in mind that packing for a move is the task that will take the longest time to complete. Therefore, it’s vital that you start boxing up your things as soon as you can. There isn’t any time to lose, so get down to it.
Follow a good packing checklist and don’t forget to prepare an essentials box a day or two before Moving day itself. Choosing the addition of professional packing services for some of the more expensive and fragile items you own will guarantee their survival during the long-distance move as well.
Step 3. Take care of the local details
Planning a move to another state is all about being a few steps ahead. A new home does mean a new address so if you don’t want to lose important pieces of mail during the cross-country move, you’d better change your address with the USPS shortly before you move out. Also, cancel any home delivery services and subscriptions or memberships to clubs, organizations, and so on.
Your new house or apartment in the destination state will not only have a brand new postal address, but it will have a different set of utilities supplied by different utility companies.
Take the time to schedule the disconnection of the home services in your current home (a few days prior to Moving day) and arrange for their re-connection. Contact the corresponding utility companies and make sure you have electricity, water, gas, phone service, cable TV, etc. at the new address when you arrive there.
Once you’ve done all this, it will be time to go! The long-distance moving company you have selected will transport your things for you. As a result, it’s time to think about how you will reach the new home as well. Plan well for your car trip if you’ll be driving across the country, or arrange the flight details if you intend to catch a plane to the destination state.
It can feel overwhelming because there is a lot to do. An interstate move is a big deal, but we can help. Today Movers have the experience and expertise to take the stress out of a big move. Talk to us today! We would love to help you get things moving.