State to State Moving Tips
State to State Moving Made Easy
As soon as you find out you’re moving out of state, it seems like the list of things to do is never ending. You’ve got the packing, the loading, the moving, the unloading, the cleaning—feeling tired yet? Here are 10 helpful tips for your upcoming state to state move! Relax and enjoy!
- Start the house hunt early. While this may seem obvious, house hunting can be a very time consuming process. Start early to find a home that will accommodate you and your belongings comfortably. Look on sites like realtor.com if you want to buy, and check out your new city’s online newspaper for rentals.
- Transfer or close your bank accounts. You’ll find that the acceptance of out-of-state checks is somewhat uncommon. If your bank is a nationwide institution, you should have no problem transferring to your new city. If your bank is not nationwide, begin comparing banks in your new area before you move for an easy banking transition.
- Research different schools for your kids. Get recommendations from friends or family in the area, or visit sites like greatschools.org to see reviews and recommendations for schools in your new city.
- Register to vote. If exercising your right to vote is important to you, you don’t want to miss out on the November elections in your new city. I can understand that registering to vote may be the last thing on your mind when you’re moving state to state, so be sure to send in the paperwork before you move!
- Get a new driver’s license. Each state has different requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. Take a look at this relocation guide at DMV.org to find out more about your new state’s licensing requirements.
- Register your vehicle. You can get this done when you get a new driver’s license. Usually you will have 30-60 days to register your vehicle, but check with your new state’s vehicle registration deadline requirements just to be sure.
- Transfer auto and home insurance policies. Insurance coverage differs from state to state. Let your insurance agent know you are moving as soon as you can to get the paperwork (if any) started.
- Assess your property. Call your local county assessor and let them know you are moving out of state. They will advise you on the steps to close your account and open an account in your new city.
- Take care of the family pet. Make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Ask your veterinarian to transfer or give you your pet’s records (and maybe even a referral, too) so that you can easily transition your pet to your new state.
- Forward your mail. You can easily have your mail forwarded to your new address with a Change of Address form from the U.S. Postal Service. You can stop by your local post office and complete one for free, or pay a $1.00 verification fee online or by phone. Be sure to notify billers of your new address when you receive the forwarded mail.