But moving “there” doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It just requires a bit of extra planning.
Here a few things to consider to prepare for your move:
Start early. Most experts agree that you should begin planning your move six to eight weeks before your move date. Complete a change of address form with the post office. Notify all credit cards, banks, doctors, schools, utility and insurance companies. Make arrangements to disconnect the utilities at the old address and connect them at the new one.
Seek professional assistance. When you’re moving out of state, you want to connect with reputable resources (and real estate professionals) on both ends. Allen Tate Relocation is your one-stop-resource for relocating. Whether you’re moving across the state; across the country; or around the world, our team of relocation professionals will connect you with the resources you need to make your move efficient, seamless and pleasant.
Declutter. There is no point in paying to move things many miles away that you don’t want or need. Purge before you pack, and donate items. Or hold a garage sale to make a little cash to pay for packing supplies.
Pack smart. Have an organized system. Pack by room, beginning with the room you least use. Be sure to label boxes with room and contents, so that they are easy to unpack at your new address. Use small boxes for heavy items like books.
Know your rights and responsibilities. Most moves go smoothly. But if your personal items are lost or damaged by packers or movers, it’s important to know what’s covered and how to submit a claim. Check out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Protect My Move page to learn more.
Explore your new area. You’ll likely make a trip to your new destination to find housing or finalize employment details. Use this opportunity to scope out schools, shopping and health care facilities. Ask for referrals and recommendations from any local contacts you make. And search online for resources as well. You’ll start to feel at home before you officially move!
For more information about moving to a new state – or even a new country, contact Allen Tate Relocation.