How to plan a smooth move when relocating to another state

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Once you’ve decided to move out of state and where your new home will be based, now the hard work really begins. Moving home can be both an exciting and stressful time, and when you’re moving out of state, it can make it extra-tense. Don’t let panic set in, though. In fact, that’s just going to make the situation worse. All you need to do is proper research, so there are no hidden surprises or costs. If you get organized now, when the big move finally happens, all you need to do is work your way through a detailed checklist.

Plan the Move

Maybe you are hoping to carry out the move yourself, in which case you will need to create a timeline of getting packed up and look into hiring a truck if needed.

However, relocating to another state will likely mean you are moving a long distance, so hiring someone else to do the moving for you probably makes more sense. Do your research and get it booked in with plenty of time to spare. While conducting your research, decide early on if you will require more than just standard movers. For example, if you have a vehicle, how are you planning on getting that to your new home? For scenarios like this, there are car transport companies such as Acertus who offer a suite of vehicle transport services. They can easily transport your car from one place to another without you needing to drive it yourself personally. 


Once you’ve decided exactly how and what you will be moving, you can start to plan a strict budget for the move, factoring in the cost of all the packing materials, plane tickets, and haulage costs.

If you are going to be renting initially, you will need to budget for paying rent upfront as well as a security deposit and management fees. It can also be a good idea to set aside some funds to cover living expenses for a while, especially if you aren’t moving to a new job straight away. Always include a contingency fund, too, for any unexpected costs that may crop up.

To help cover the cost of the move, consider selling anything you don’t want to take with you and, if you’re moving for work, check if your employer will cover any costs.


It’s worth investing in moving insurance if you’re going any real distance, offering you peace of mind if something should happen to your possessions in transit. Other insurances to get in order when moving are home insurance and business insurance, if you have it, along with car, health, and life insurance.

When You Get There

When you arrive in your new home, first of all, just give yourself time to take a breath. You have just put in motion a logistical nightmare, and at this stage, it should be at the very least well underway, if not nearing completion. Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Then, have something to eat and try to get some rest before starting the daunting task of unpacking everything.

As soon as possible, find yourself a new family doctor. If you are a driver, you will need to transfer your driver’s license and register your car too. Finally, let friends and family know your change of address details and start making new friends in the area. 

Your move across states will be the start of a new adventure, so jump right into it and enjoy every moment. 

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