Moving out of state can be a complicated process, but there are some things you can do to simplify your move. Use the following advice as you prepare for an exciting move to another state.
Choose A Moving Company
One of the first steps you'll want to take is to locate a moving company to handle the details of the move. Booking your moving company early will help ensure you get the moving date that works best for you. Have the home movers perform a walk-through to see which services you need and provide an estimate for the total cost. Once you have a price tag for the actual move, you can budget your other moving expenses around it.
Weed Out Your Plants
Depending on where you are moving to, you may not be able to bring along your favorite houseplants and other greenery. For example, the moving of citrus fruit plants across state and county lines is heavily regulated to prevent disease from spreading to orchards throughout the country. You can check with the department of agriculture that represents the state you will be moving to.
Determine If You Need Storage
Not all of the items you use in your home state will be needed where you are moving. For example, if you are moving from Alaska to Florida, you may want to store the snow pants and sleds. Determine which items you might not need when you arrive in your new state, and arrange with your moving company to have these items sent to a nearby storage facility. Be sure to choose a storage facility in your new state as well, as this will give you easy access to the items you will be storing.
Make Arrangements For Your Vehicles
Unless you plan on driving to your new home, you'll want to think about how to get your cars or trucks to your new home. Some long-distance moving companies offer car hauling, so check with your moving company first. If it doesn't offer this service, you can contract with a company that specializes in moving vehicles. You'll want to time the arrival of your vehicles to coincide with when you arrive at your new home. This will allow you to drive to local grocery stores and hardware stores in preparation for when your moving truck arrives.
Make a checklist of other things you'll need to do, such as registering your vehicles in your new state and transferring your insurance policies. Your moving company may have a checklist already made to help attend to all the small details that go into an out-of-state move.