How to move from one state to another
Relocating to another state
House hunting, packing, and keeping track of paperwork — just a few of the tasks associated with a long-distance move. And while relocating can be an exciting time, it does involve some work and preparation. If you’ve never moved to another state before, you may be wondering what all needs to be done before the big day and how to find a moving company that can meet your needs. Get answers to those questions, and get tips for staying on track, in this post.
Choosing state-to-state movers
There are several ways to get belongings to another state. The one you choose will depend on how much work you want to do and your budget. Explore these common long distance moving options to find an ideal solution:
- Truck rental is the most do-it-yourself option. You do all of the work: packing, picking up equipment, loading, driving, unloading and returning equipment. While it’s often viewed as the cheapest option, don’t forget to add in extras like fuel, liability coverage and travel costs — not to mention the time and the stress of driving a large vehicle long distance. Learn more about truck rental and the costs associated with it.
- Full-service movers are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They do all of the work, but often have the highest rates. Full-service movers give a moving estimate by coming to your home and estimating the weight of all items. Learn more about full-service movers.
- A self-moving service, like U-Pack, is a middle-of-the-road option. While you do some of the work (packing, loading and unloading), you don’t have to drive. Moving equipment is delivered door to door, and typical transit times are just 2-5 business days — so your belongings arrive fast. Rates often are comparable to truck rental, especially after factoring in those “extras” mentioned above. Learn more about how U-Pack works.
- Portable moving containers provide the convenience of not having to drive, but with easy ground-level loading. Keep in mind that paved, level parking is needed. Several companies offer these containers, and prices and service options vary. Compare portable storage options to learn more.
Take a look at your needs and compare details of each company to decide which option might work best. If you need to move quickly to start a new job, make sure to consider transit times. If you don’t want to drive, explore options like U-Pack. After narrowing down your choices, the next step is to compare prices by getting moving quotes to compare rates.
Things to do when moving from one state to another
Once you decide on a moving service, it’s time to get to work. It will be easier to start as soon as possible so you don’t feel rushed. Here are some steps to keep in mind:
Reserve the move. After getting quotes and determining which service is best, book the move! With long distance moving, equipment availability can become a problem — especially during peak times like the end of the month or the busy summer season. Reserve as early as possible to avoid capacity issues.
Follow a checklist. Planning early also allows for plenty of time to go through all of the tasks on a moving checklist. A list outlines all of those to-dos like transferring medical records, changing your address, and transferring utilities.
Clean out the house. Going through your home and separating any unwanted items is vital so you can avoid paying to move unwanted things. With U-Pack, you pay for the space you use, so if you move less, you pay less.
Order moving supplies. Using professional materials is a great way to protect items during a long trip. The U-Pack Box Store carries a wide variety of boxes, packing materials, tape and other essentials. Orders take just 1-3 business days to arrive (depending on location), and shipping is free.
Pack like a pro. Follow packing tips to make sure everything is protected properly for a long distance move. Since the truck will be on the road for multiple days, it’s important to take the time to pack things well.
Research your new city/state regulations. Check city and state websites for “New Resident” information so you’re up to speed on the requirements. For example, you may only have thirty days to obtain a new driver’s license or two weeks to register a pet.
Find health, home and car insurance. Insurance providers are licensed differently in each state. There’s a chance that your previous insurance agency will not provide coverage in the new area. Make sure to call and check ahead of time, so there’s not a lapse in coverage.
Plan your state-to-state move!
Are you ready to start planning a move to another state? Start by getting a moving quote and downloading the moving checklist. If you would like to discuss the details with a helpful consultant, give us a call at 800-413-4799. We’re always happy to answer questions and help with planning.