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How do you move out state?

July 31st, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Moving Out of State?

Moving down the street is much different from moving out of state. Not just in terms of distance, but also all the prep work! When moving to a new state, you’re changing school districts, doctors, banks, churches, gyms, usually changing your job, and sometimes even changing cultures. It has the potential to be a difficult transition.

Your to-do list can become overwhelming, so let me break it down. Here are the six areas not to overlook when moving out of state: kids, pets, car, paperwork, and household goods.

I’m about to give you tons of resources and information, so you might want to bookmark this page for later reference. Now onto the tips…

How to Move Out of State with Kids

I don’t think you would forget to bring your kids! But there are some kid-related things you might overlook when moving.

  • For starters, check the vaccination requirements at their new school district. A physician exam might also be required to participate in sports. Consider visiting your current family doctor before the move instead of introducing your kids to a new doctor so quickly after the move.  
  • Make sure to have any necessary school records transferred.
  • If you have a child in daycare, start looking for a new daycare provider several weeks before moving, as you may be put on a waiting list.
  • Also, since you may want a babysitter while you unpack (check out “How to Keep Kids Safe on Moving Day”), talk to friends in the area for recommendations or check sitter sites like Care.com or SitterCity.com.

We have several resources available to help you move with children. Check them out!

How to Help A Child Adjust to a New Home
Moving with Children
Moving with Kids
Finding Childcare in a New City
Helping Children Cope with Moving

Moving Pets Out of State

  • First things first, make sure Fido’s (or Fluffy’s) vaccinations are up to date. Keep a copy of your pet’s health certificate with you as you travel in case you need it (you can get this from your vet).
  • Pack a bag for your pet, just like you would for yourself. Take food, treats, their bed, toys, a portable bowl for water, and any other necessities.
  • Check with your new hometown to see if there are any regulations for registering or ID microchipping your pet as well. You may be able to fill out any regulatory paperwork before you move, leaving one less thing to worry about when you move into your new home.

We also have some resources available to help you move your pet out of state.

Moving Your Pet
Long Distance Moving with Pets
Tips for Moving a Cat Long Distance
10 Must-Know Pet Travel Tips

Moving Your Car

If you have more cars than drivers, you may need to figure out how to get one or more of them from the former home to the new. Be careful letting just anyone transport your vehicle – they need to be licensed, insured and know what they’re doing. We recommend Auto and Boat Relocation Services. For more information, check out these posts:

Looking for an auto shipper?
Moving Cars and Shipping Cars
Moving Your Car

After you move, you will need to register your vehicle in your new state. Typically, you have 30 days after moving to get this done. Call your state’s DMV to determine what you need to bring with you. The requirements vary by state, anywhere from an emissions check to proof of insurance. You can check your requirements here.

All the Paperwork You’ll Need

I suggest starting a moving file to hold all your important paperwork during your move. From receipts, moving quotes, your checklist…it’s a handy place to keep everything together. And if you’re eligible to claim any moving expenses on your taxes, you’ll be glad you kept all that paperwork together when tax season rolls around.

You’ll also need to transfer your financial, medical, dental, and prescription records. The last time I moved, I forgot to transfer a certificate of deposit at a bank, and had to make a road trip back to take care of it. You can avoid this hassle by taking care of all those details before you move, something I wasn’t as prepared for.

Check out this helpful information about transferring records and paperwork.

How to Transfer Medical Records When You Move
Change Voter Registration When You’re Moving Out of State
How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses
Getting a Post Office Box in Another City


How to Move Your Household Goods

There are several options available when it comes to moving your stuff, but it basically all boils down to one question: how much of the work do you want to do?

You can do it all yourself in a rental truck, you can get someone to do it all for you with a full-service mover, or you can take a middle-ground approach and do a “you pack, we drive” move where you do the packing, loading and unloading, and professionals do the driving.

Obviously, we suggest U-Pack® for a “you pack, we drive” move! But regardless of the type of service you select, when you’re moving out of state, it’s important to use an interstate moving service that is licensed to move your goods out of state.

These are good resources for figuring out which type of service is best for you:
Truck Rental FAQs
Compare U-Pack to Full Service Movers
20 Best Tips for Moving
Moving out of state
The Cheapest Way to Move out of State
What is a cheap way to move out of state?
What kind of out of state movers are there?

Do doubt, moving can be stressful. But if you take care of these big things, you can focus on the details. If you have any questions about how to move out of state, please leave a comment. I would love to help you track down an answer. If you are interesting in more information about U-Pack, you can leave a comment, click to “Ask the Experts” or call 1-800-413-4799 to speak with a moving specialist. Good luck with your move!
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