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What to do when moving out of state

April 26th, 2013 - 2:32 PM

Are you moving out of state?

Once you know that you’re moving out of state, you can easily start feeling overwhelmed by all that you have to get done. This isn’t a move down the street. No, this is a move to somewhere completely different, oftentimes far away. Try not to let the thought of moving stress you out. I’ve got some great tips, helpful information, and sound advice on what to do when moving out of state. Ready? Let’s go.

Here’s what to do when you’re moving out of state

The very first thing you should do when moving out of state is to make a moving file. I suggest getting a binder and some sheet protectors. This move file will keep important documents (like your bill of lading), receipts, and moving quotes. Anything remotely related to your move will go in this binder.

Once the binder is all set, you’re ready to get moving quotes. The two most important factors you should consider when looking at moving companies are price and quality of service. Identify your specific move needs, then start calling or clicking around for estimates. I recommend getting a free moving quote from U-Pack® first. U-Pack is an affordable long distance “we drive, you pack” moving service with rates competitive with truck rental. Start sorting through your quotes, keeping the ones that fall into your moving budget and discarding the ones that do not. Remember, U-Pack includes an experienced driver, fuel, taxes, and liability coverage with every move.

The next step is to follow U-Pack’s Moving Out of State Checklist and go step-by-step to complete tasks before, during, and after your move. This checklist is downloadable and printable, so you can put it directly in your moving binder and check tasks off as you go! Don’t miss out on it.

More advice for out of state moving

While the out of state moving checklist has every moving preparation task you could possibly think of, I have a few tasks I want to shine the spotlight on.

  • Research moving companies. This post has everything you need to know about how to find reputable moving companies.
  • Clean Out. Before you pack all your belongings into moving boxes, sort your items into things you want to keep, things you want to donate or sell, and things you want to trash. Remember that with U-Pack, the less you move, the less you pay.
  • Learn Pro Packing Tips. Watch this packing tips video to brush up on your packing skills.
  • Gather Records. Be sure to collect medical, veterinary, school, and other types of records to keep or transfer to your new town.
  • Register to Vote. Read this post about how to change voter registration when you’re moving out of state. You can also update your driver’s license when you register to vote, too.
  • Update your Vehicle Info. Check with your state Department of Transportation to find out how to update your license and registration in your new state.
  • Forward your mail. Fill out a change of address form online or by stopping by your local post office.
  • Research schools. This post is all about how to find the best school districts in America. You can also search online or ask for recommendations from new coworkers or friends.
  • Connect utilities. Read this post about how to transfer utilities when you move.
  • Deduct moving expenses. Remember to keep your receipts safe in your moving binder so that you can deduct your moving expenses next tax season.
  • Research neighborhoods. This post has all you need to know about things to look for in a new neighborhood.
  • Don’t forget Fido. Read these 10 Must-Know Pet Travel Tips here.

These spotlight tips should help you to stay on task. If you have any tips to add to our list about what to do when moving out of state, leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.