Moving is almost always a challenge, but it can be even more daunting when you’re moving across state lines. Using a checklist is a great way to minimize stress and make sure you don’t forget anything along the way. Here are some key steps to take before you even start packing that will help you have a successful out-of-state move.
Create a Moving Budget
Moving can cost a lot of money. That’s why it’s important to think through what you’ll need and how much you’re able and willing to spend, especially when you’re moving out of state.
Some potential costs to keep in mind include:
- Packing supplies
- Moving company fees
- Travel costs
- Car shipping
- House cleaning services
You may also want to build in a buffer for unexpected costs that come up. That way, even the surprises will be part of the plan!
Find the Right Movers
If you’re set on doing a DIY out-of-state move, more power to you. However, trying to get through a major move alone is usually more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re not able or willing to drive a large truck and load/unload every box and piece of furniture, working with a professional moving company is your best option.
When shopping around for moving companies, it’s a good idea to gather information about their rates, policies, and schedules. You may also want to look at online reviews and ask around your community for recommendations so that you can find the moving company that’s right for you.
Take Care of Your Paperwork
Moving is more than just a physical process. When you move out of state, you’ll also need to change, update, and/or cancel various services and accounts. These include:
- Driver’s license
- Voter registration
- Credit cards
- Bank accounts
- Insurance policies
By making these tasks part of your pre-move checklist, you’ll be able to plan for those changes so that they don’t sneak up on you. This will help avoid extra fees, double payments, and general hassle.
Establish Essential Services
If you have children, consider enrolling them in daycare, preschool, or school before you move. That way, you won’t be scrambling to find a placement for them once you’re in your new place.
The same goes for doctors and dentists. If you make a new patient appointment to establish care before you get to town, you won’t lose any time getting in with someone. You can always change providers later if needed, but you’ll be set up if you or someone in your family needs care soon after you move.
If you are in Burlington, Essex Junction, or the surrounding region and need help with an out-of-state move, call Chase Moving and Storage today. Our family-owned company has been providing exceptional moving services in the area for over 100 years. We always put our customers first and we’re here for you 24/7 all year round. Chase Moving and Storage—THE MOST TRUSTED MOVERS SINCE 1908.