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Moving out of State

June 14th, 2010 - 4:31 PM

Moving out of state is a fairly simple process…at least the actual moving part is. It's leaving behind friends, family and a life that you're comfortable with that's the tough part. Although we aren't able to do much to make leaving easier, we're committed to making moving as easy as possible.

Follow these moving tips and I think you'll find moving out of state isn't as hard as you expected:

Get prepared. 30-60 days before moving out of state, start planning. Decide on a moving budget so you'll know just how much you're able to spend for an out-of-state moving company.

Start getting moving quotes. Once you know your budget, you'll be able to start weeding out the moving services that just don't work. Just remember that the cheapest price doesn't always mean the best choice. Make sure you look beyond the price and also look at the company's reputation and value. Of course, when it's a long distance move, you should expect your cost of moving out of state to be higher than a typical "down the road" move. But, with companies like U-Pack, you can get reasonable rates that make sense.

Reserve your move. Although every company differs, when you're moving out of state with U-Pack, it's usually best to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance (although we can make last minute moves work in many locations). But, if your move is during the peak moving season (normally May through September) or around holidays, you might consider reserving 4+ weeks in advance since availability may be limited during these busy times. Keep in mind that U-Pack has a very flexible cancellation policy – there's no a cancellation fee unless you cancel within one week of the move – and even then it's only $50 within one week and $150 on the same day. And, if you just need to change the move date, there's no penalty at all.

Cancel utilities, services and subscriptions in the city you're moving from. You probably want to wait and make most of these cancellations effective the day after your move-out day just in case it takes you longer than expected to get everything loaded and get on the road. But, you can at least call and get them scheduled ahead of time.

Submit a change of address. You should do this formally through the post office, then for a fun way to tell your friends you've moved you can send a fun (and free) address change card with a personalized message (and we don't save or share the email addresses you enter).

Change your residency. Although completing a change of address form through the USPS is essentially changing residency, you're still required to change your driver's license and vehicle registration to your new state. Most states require that you do this within 30 days of moving (I recommend checking with your state to make sure, though).  Because of regulations with some agencies, this could turn into a big deal if it's not done – like voter registration, out-of-state tuition requirements, etc.

Set up services in your new city. The services you may want to set up are electricity, water, gas, telephone (landline and/or cellular), internet services, home alarm system and cable/satellite. If you can, have these turned on the day before you arrive; although it may not be possible with services like water and gas since you're usually required to be present when they're turned on.

Get to know the city and make friends. A great way to find out what things are big deals in the city you're moving to is to subscribe to either the online or print version of the local newspaper. You're likely to learn what's going on in the city economically and you may get to read a little about the drama too!  You may also be able to find place to fit in a little quicker by researching activities and things that you're interested in – whether that be mommy groups, churches, singles groups, running clubs, biking clubs, book clubs, business associations, community groups, etc.

That's all I have, but I'm certain that since thousands of people experience the loveliness of moving out of state every year, you're sure to have moving advice that helped you acclimate to your new home. We would love to hear what you have to say…please share!