Are you planning a move to another state? You may have a lot of questions and are uncertain where to begin. Moving away from home to a new state can be met with some apprehension, especially if you are not prepared.
Finding an efficient way to transport your belongings should be your top priority. Start looking for trusted long distance moving companies to service your big move. Choosing a quality company can save you from some of the anxiety associated with such a major project.
Is the stress of the move getting to you and you need a bit of guidance? Well, there is no need to get stressed out. Here are all the main challenges you may encounter along the way and list of things you can do to get them solved so you’re all set for your move.
Moving For A Job Vs. Moving Without One
Have you been asked by your employer to move out of state for a job? Moving to another state can be a very expensive process, but if you are moving for work, you need to be sure that any expenses will be covered (even partially) by your employer. Some employers will offer relocation packages which you can look into as well. It is important to be sure about what your company is willing to contribute to your move, so you are not blindsided with a bunch of expenses at the end that your company isn’t reimbursing you for.
If you are thinking about looking for a job in the new state, here are some tips. Start saving up at least 3-6 months before your move out date to cover all moving costs. Research on the average rent prices and different career opportunities, along with their possible salaries, so you can get an idea of the cost of living in the area.
Another way to survey the job market in the state you plan to move to is by taking advantage of your college alumni connections. See if anyone you know may have contacts in that state, so you can get a head start on the job search. Networking events are an easy tool to get your foot in the door as well.
Switching To Your New Address
One of the most important aspects of any move is being diligent about updating your address on all of your essential documentation and subscribed services. Be sure to let friends and family know so that your mail does not mistakenly get sent to your old address.
Here is a list of important establishments that will require you to update your address:
- Your bank(s)
- The IRS
- The DMV
- Health insurance company
- Auto insurance company
- Utilities provider
- Cell phone provider
It is possible that a change in address can affect your insurance premiums, so it is important to research before your move.
For those of you who are looking at locations before finding a job, you might want to study the tax laws per state. Depending on a state’s income tax rates, that may factor into your decision.
Some of the states with the highest income tax rates are California, Oregon, and Minnesota, while some states with the lowest tax rates are Alaska, Florida, and Nevada.
State Driver’s License
If you are planning to move permanently to another state, it is important to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles. Before your move, you should contact that state’s DMV to get an idea of the steps you will need to take to apply for a new license and get a new plate.
Concerning your driver’s license, visit the state’s DMV website to see if you can begin the process of applying for a new license online or if you must physically go to the DMV. Most states will require you to start the process within 30 days or less of your move.
Similarly, you should visit the state’s DMV website to gather necessary information and fill out the forms to register your vehicle. Many states will allow you to complete the process online, but some will need you to visit the DMV to finish the process in person.
Finding A New Home
Possibly the most important factor in moving to a new state is finding a new place to call home. Whether you are looking into renting short-term or considering a long-term investment, there are certain aspects you need to take into consideration.
First and foremost, make sure that the area you are moving to is in a safe part of town. If you are unfamiliar with the city, research on the best parts of town to live in, especially if you have a spouse and children. If you have the time and the budget, visit the area you are considering moving to and see how it feels both during the day and at night.
The internet is a magical place, and there are websites that rank different neighborhoods in cities based on housing, cost of living, commutes, crime and safety, neighborhood diversity, and more. Take advantage of these tools to make sure you are finding the right home.
Moving With Children
Moving alone may be a hectic process, but it is a lot less complicated than moving out of state with a family. When children are involved, it is equally as important to take their needs into consideration as it is your own.
Before your move, look at both the public and private school systems in the area and how they are rated to make sure you give your children the best education possible. Find some extracurricular activities you can offer to your kids and see which ones they may be interested in. This is a great way for them to socialize and create some long-lasting friendships.
Being able to get back into the swing of things after your move may pose its own unique challenges. Just like your children, you will need to think about more than just basic necessities like finding a place to live or choosing a new family doctor.
Starting over in a new state means finding a new gym, your go-to coffee shop, a dentist, a hairstylist/barber, and even a local favorite bar or restaurant. If you are moving to a different state without any contacts, it might be in your best interest to find out about local events where you too can socialize and network. The easiest way to establish new connections is with colleagues at work, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
At the end of the day, moving is not exactly a walk in the park. Making sure you prepare for the move in advance, maintaining a consistent positive mindset, and conducting your own due diligence beforehand can all help you out before the big relocation. Taking everything mentioned into consideration can make moving and living in an unfamiliar environment a little less daunting.